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‘Close knit family’ as Oasis Academy Ryelands regains IQM Centre of Excellence status for second year

‘Close knit family’ as Oasis Academy Ryelands regains IQM Centre of Excellence status for second year

A local primary school situated in the heart of Croydon has regained the status ‘Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence’ for a second year running. They are just one of 240 schools in the UK to receive this prestigious accreditation.

Together, everyone achieves more – Oasis Academy Ryelands, in Croydon impressed the independent assessor saying; “This is the first Centre of Excellence Review for the academy and they had organised a very detailed programme for this virtual review.”

Highlights from the report include;

  • “Being part of the Oasis Trust has been of benefit at this time as they were able to support with very clear guidance and documentation.”
  • “During the COVID-19 lockdown 460 children and families were contacted every two weeks and those who were identified as vulnerable were contacted on a weekly basis.”
  • “During lockdown staff made a video for children and sent it to them to keep them in touch with the school and the staff. The parents appreciated this so much they made a video to send back to staff to show them what was going on with the children and families, staff loved this and really appreciated the gesture.”

The Centre of Excellence award is an opportunity for schools to build on the success of being one of the very special schools which holds the Inclusion Quality Mark award. A Centre of Excellence brings schools together to share and build on their existing good practice in inclusion best practice.

Louise Champion, Inclusion Manager & SENCO at Oasis Academy Ryelands commented saying; “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this Centre of Excellence status, which is a testament to the hard work, commitment, and passion of all the staff at the academy and local community.”

During the schools review, the accessor completed virtual strategic discussions with the principal, wellbeing lead, assistant principal, head girl (pupil), SENCO and a number of other staff members.

Glenn Lillo, Principal at Oasis Academy Ryelands, added; “At Oasis Academy Ryelands, we are committed to ensuring all pupils, no matter their background, have access to the opportunities and skills needed to fulfil and maximise their potential.”

Accessor at Inclusion Quality Mark UK Ltd, commented on the schools status saying; “Having discussed the progress made since the last IQM review and the school’s plans for the future, I am of the opinion that the school should continue to hold Centre of Excellence status and be reviewed again in 12 months’ time. They certainly deserve it.”

Daniel Marsh