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Oasis Academy Coulsdon is the first school in Croydon to receive Religious Education accolade from Council

Oasis Academy Coulsdon is the first school in Croydon to receive Religious Education accolade from Council

A secondary school in the heart of Surrey is celebrating after achieving a national accreditation, and they’re the first secondary school in the London Borough of Croydon to receive the accolade.

Oasis Academy Coulsdon, situated on Homefield Road, Coulsdon was awarded the WIRE SACRE accreditation because of the work Ms John, Head of Religious Education at the academy has done to provide students across all year groups with fantastic opportunities to be part of international conferences, forums, and a number of other online events which promote peace, tolerance, and understanding of all beliefs and faiths. As a result the Academy has this month been presented with the Widening Inclusivity in Religious Education (WIRE) Award.

The letter, addressed to Ms John from Councillor Richard Chaterjee at London Borough of Croydon Council reads; “Croydon SACRE looked at your evidence and were very pleased to see all the activities that you have taken part in. The members of SACRE made some very complimentary remarks about the wide range of activities the students have taken part in and would like to commend you for managing to complete the award in an exceptional and difficult year for schools and teachers.”

Recent events that have contributed to the award for the academy include putting questions to his Holiness the Dalai Lama on a live global stream, and participating in online conference with the World Humanitarian Drive (WHD). At one event with WHD, our students were fortunate enough to be part of a session with Mandla Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela.

Lorna John, Head of RE at Oasis Academy Coulsdon, commented saying; “Oasis Coulsdon prides itself as having spiritual and moral development at its heart, the students have positively engaged in a number of noteworthy and enriching opportunities both in and outside the classroom which have been recognized by Croydon Council's SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education). It's great to know that we are the first Secondary School to achieve this prestigious award, and I am extremely proud the students for their hard work in making this happen.”

The WIRE award lasts for two years from the point of presentation, and further evidence must be submitted to have this extended, and the academy are really looking forward to seeing what future events their students get involved with.

Catrin Green, Principal at Oasis Academy Coulsdon, added; “I am extremely proud of our students and staff for achieving this award, especially during this year of upheaval. I am very thankful to Ms John for making this happen and for providing so many wonderful opportunities for our students.”

Daniel Marsh