Celebration at Oasis Academy Warndon as National Award is retained!
A local primary school which is Ofsted rated as ‘Good’ in the heart of Warndon community is celebrating once again after receiving the news they have retained the national award status of ‘Investors in Diversity for Schools’
Oasis Academy Warndon have worked tirelessly over the last few years to ensure they provide a diverse, equal and inclusive environment for all.
The Investors in Diversity for Schools Award is a nationally recognised equality, diversity accreditation that recognises excellence in this area. The academy has been working hard to ensure an inclusive education is available to all students. Oasis Academy Warndon ensures the children have a curriculum that acknowledges their needs and builds on their requirements.
The Academy uses ‘Character Robots’ to children to help develop an understanding of the importance of having strong morals and values by which to guide them and reflect on and develop their learning to maximise their potential. These work alongside with the Oasis 9 Habits, which are; compassion, patient, humble, joyful, honest, hopeful, considerate, forgiving, and self-controlled. This deliberate focus on social and moral development underpins the Oasis ethos and Warndon approach.
Suzanne Owen, Principal at Oasis Academy Warndon, commented on the award saying
“We’ve continued to ensure inclusion is a key focus since we achieved the award initially in 2019. We pride ourselves on our developing approach to diversity and equality in our academy community. The bespoke curriculum delivered ensures our pupils develop into moral, purposeful and hopeful global citizens, ready to make a difference in the world. Lucy Thomas, who leads on Equality and Diversity in the academy, has been a fantastic ambassador for this, she is continuously introducing innovative approaches to ensure deep learning and understanding .
The Academy website clearly outlines the schools equality and inclusion targets for this academic year, including; promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through all appropriate curricular opportunities, with particular reference to issues of equality and diversity.
Lucy Thomas, Equality and Diversity Lead at Oasis Academy Warndon, added “We’ve all worked extremely hard as members of staff to create an inclusive climate which reflect our ethos accurately. Everybody, who works in our academy, act as role-models for the children by modelling positive behaviours such as compassion and acceptance. Furthermore, teaching staff, subject leaders and senior leaders have been able to embed equality, diversity and inclusion deep into our curriculum to provide all children with learning opportunities which address issues surrounding fair treatment while promoting an inclusive approach. It’s brilliant to know that our hard work and efforts have been recognised!”
Staff at the Academy undergoing annual training in a variety of SEND areas to ensure equality and inclusion is achieved in each and every lesson.
A key part of the process to gaining this award was for the Academy’s internal stakeholders having to complete a questionnaire, to find out as much as possible about how well the Academy promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. This formed the basis of how well Oasis Academy Warndon did on their journey towards achieving the award.