Oasis Academy Coulsdon

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Oasis Academy Coulsdon
Oasis Academy Coulsdon logo.PNG
Motto Our Partnership for Success
Established 1 September 2008
Type Academy
Religion Non religious but funded by a Christian organisation
Executive Principal

Mr Andy Booth

[1]
Founder Steve Chalke, Oasis Trust
Location Homefield Road
Coulsdon
Greater London
CR5 1ES
England Coordinates: 51°17′57″N 0°06′39″W / 51.29912°N 0.11075°W / 51.29912; -0.11075
Local authority Croydon
DfE URN 101822 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 938
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Colours Green      Blue     
Website Oasis Academy Coulsdon

Oasis Academy Coulsdon, formerly known as Coulsdon High School, is a school in the London Borough of Croydon, England. It is between the area of Coulsdon and Caterham. It is an academy run by the Christian charity Oasis Trust. The conversion to an academy in 2008 attracted a £20 million investment over five years by the government, via the Oasis Trust.[2][3] Improvements included laptop facilities and a sixth form college opened in 2011. In July 2014 the Sixth Form shut down due to poor intake. [4]

History[edit]

Taunton Manor[edit]

Taunton Manor opened in 1959. The main buildings have stayed pretty much the same since then, with various extensions being built.

Coulsdon High[edit]

Taunton Manor reopened as Coulsdon High in the Summer of 1994. Several new extensions were built for the changeover. The school was not very successful however, and persistently underperformed in comparison with other schools in the area.[citation needed] In 2006 the school was put on special measures.[5] Within one year, the status was revoked by Ofsted when the school was judged to be rapidly improving.[6][7] However the plans for the new academy were already under way.[8] Many objected to the plans, claiming that the consultation was flawed and highlighting the school's recent rapid progress.[9][10][11][12] In its final year Coulsdon High achieved the best GCSE results in the school's history, a 41% A* - C pass rate.[3]

Oasis Academy Coulsdon[edit]

The school reopened again as Oasis Academy Coulsdon on 1 September 2008. The grand opening was attended by the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of Schools Lord Adonis and the founder of the Oasis Trust Steve Chalke.[13] The new headteacher was John Murphy.[3] He was personally headhunted for the job.[citation needed] He specialises in taking over at under-performing schools and turning them around within two years.[citation needed] Oasis have invested over £20 million of government funding into the school, resulting in the opening of a sixth form in 2011 and a community health-care centre in 2009.[3]

Current curriculum[edit]

Oasis Academy Coulsdon runs the standard UK National curriculum with a few exceptions. Students can take several GCSE subjects as BTECs instead including Physical Education and Business Enterprise. Under the schools previous status as a technology college, students were required to take one technology subject for GCSE. It has not yet been disclosed whether this will be continued at Oasis Academy: Coulsdon.

Famous graduates[edit]

Famous graduates of Oasis Academy Coulsdon in all its previous forms, include the football player Nigel Reo-Coker and the three times world champion boxer Duke McKenzie.[14] Mazhar Majeed, the cricket bookmaker who was arrested on charges of match fixing, is also a graduate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contacts". Oasis Academy Coulsdon. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Delegated decision made by the Chief Executive: award of contract for the redevelopment of Coulsdon Academy". Croydon Council Website. Croydon Council. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "All change at Coulsdon's newest school". 
  4. ^ "FAQ-Investment". [dead link]
  5. ^ "Academy Prospect for Coulsdon High". [dead link]
  6. ^ "Coulsdon High School : 2007 Ofsted Report". educationadviser.co.uk. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "‘Failing’ school scores best ever Sats results". Your Local Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Coulsdon High School Consultation on Academy Proposals". Croydon Council Website. Croydon Council. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "GREEN PARTY SLAMS FLAWED CITY ACADEMY CONSULTATION". http://croydongreens.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "New Academy is 'good for the community'". BBC Website. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "City Academies letter sent to the papers". http://croydongreens.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  12. ^ Miller, Harry. "Exclusive: Chalke outlines plans for new Coulsdon academy". Croydon Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Government minister visits Coulsdon academy". 
  14. ^ "Boxers of the past- Duke McKenzie". 

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