This week Oasis Community Learning was honoured to welcome the Secretary of State for Education, Damien Hinds MP, to meet with students and staff of Oasis Academy South Bank, Waterloo.
Mr Hinds accepted the invitation from Oasis Community Learning CEO, John Murphy, to come and see the innovative and inspiring teaching and learning environment created by Oasis Academy South Bank Principal Carly Mitchell and her staff team for himself, and most importantly to meet the students at the school.
Following a brief meeting with Carly, John and Oasis Founder Rev Steve Chalke MBE, Mr Hinds toured the Academy to meet with the young people. Students exhibited examples of their work, discussed with the Secretary their future ambitions, and shared their experiences of the school over lunch.
Oasis Academy South Bank students sat GCSE examinations for the first time this year and secured some exceptional results. The average Progress 8 score was +0.92, and the average score for disadvantaged students was +1.01. 83 percent of students achieved Level 4, higher in both English and maths, and 60 percent Level 5, or higher.
Secretary of State for Education, Damien Hinds MP, says, “Thanks to the staff and students of Oasis Academy South Bank free school for a truly inspiring visit. A striking example of innovation combined with the sharing of expertise and ideas across a strong multi-academy trust.”
Oasis Community Learning CEO, John Murphy, says, “It was a privilege to spend time with Oasis Academy South Bank’s students today with the Secretary of State for Education. These young people are engaged, ambitious and insightful, and were a credit to their Academy and their families.”
“We are grateful to Mr Hinds for visiting the Academy, which has achieved such strong results this year. Mrs Mitchell and her staff have created an inspiring teaching and learning environment, based as much on the development of character as academic prowess. They should all be very proud of what they have, and continue to achieve.”