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
Executive Principal

Mr Andy Booth

Founder Steve Chalke, Oasis Trust
Location Homefield Road
Greater London
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 www.oasisacademycoulsdon.org

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]


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. In 1999 the school, which was located in an area where some other schools were selective,[4] attempted to change its admissions policy to achieve "a more balanced ability range", but was prevented from doing so.[5] A further judgement the following year allowed it to retain its feeder primary schools.[6]

Coulsdon High received a 'Good' Ofsted judgement in 2001,[7] and was awarded specialist status for maths, science, IT and design technology in 2002.[8]

In 2003 the school was reported to be suffering significant financial challenge, with an impending budget deficit that was set to impact the school timetable and staffing levels.[9][10] The problems were linked to a national school funding crisis.[11][12][13]

Ofsted's system of inspection changed significantly in 2005, and in 2006 Coulsdon High was put into Special Measures. However a few months later it received its best ever SATS results,[14] and the following year the special measures were revoked by Ofsted when the school was judged to be rapidly improving.[15] The report praised the vision and commitment of the headteacher and senior management team as crucial in setting the agenda for improvement, and also found the school to be in the top 25 per cent of schools for the value it added to students' achievements.

However plans to replace Coulsdon High with a sponsored academy were already under way on the grounds that the period in special measures had affected pupil recruitment and created doubt that the school could recover the confidence of local parents quickly enough for financial viability to be restored.[16][17][18][19] Many objected to the plans, claiming that the consultation was flawed and highlighting the school's recent rapid progress.[20][21][22][23] In its final year Coulsdon High achieved the best GCSE results in the school's history, a 41% A* - C pass rate.[3]

Coulsdon Academy closed in July 2007, and the occasion was marked with a party, attended by former staff and students.[24]

Oasis Academy Coulsdon[edit]

The school reopened again as Oasis Academy Coulsdon on 1 September 2008. The opening ceremony was attended by the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of Schools Lord Adonis and the founder of the Oasis Trust Steve Chalke.[25] The new headteacher was John Murphy.[3] Oasis invested over £20 million of government funding into the school, resulting in the opening of a community health-care centre in 2009 and a sixth form in 2011.[3] In July 2014 the Sixth Form shut down due to poor intake.[26]

The academy was rated as "good" by Ofsted in its first full inspection in 2011,[27] and it maintained that rating under the revised Ofsted framework in 2015.[28]

Famous graduates[edit]

Famous graduates of Oasis Academy Coulsdon in all its previous forms, the three times world champion boxer Duke McKenzie.[29] Mazhar Majeed, the cricket bookmaker who was arrested on charges of match fixing, is also a graduate.


  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" (PDF). Croydon Council Website. Croydon Council. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "All change at Coulsdon's newest school". 
  4. ^ "11 Plus Regions". Eleven Plus Exams. Eleven Plus Exams. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "OSA Determination ADA/00014". National Archives. Office of the Schools Adjudicator. Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "OSA Judgement ADA/000210". National Archives. Office of the schools adjudicator. Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "A glowing Ofsted report for Coulsdon High School". Croydon Guardian. 2 May 2001. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "High achievers rewarded". Richmond & Twickenham Times. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Menhinnitt, Daniel. "Talks to stop short week". This is Local London. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "CROYDON LBC UNDERWRITES DEFICIT BUDGETS TO FORESTALL SHORT SCHOOL WEEKS". Local Government Chronicle. 10 July 2003. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  11. ^ MILES, TIM. "720 Children Sent Home as a School's Money Runs Out". Evening Standard. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Menhinnitt, Daniel (12 June 2003). "100 school jobs axed". Croydon Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  13. ^ Slater, Jon (4 July 2003). "Fury at union's 'crass gesture' over crisis". Times Educational Supplement. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "'Failing' school scores best ever Sats results". Your Local Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Coulsdon High School : 2007 Ofsted Report". educationadviser.co.uk. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "THE FUTURE OF COULSDON HIGH SCHOOL" (PDF). London Borough of Croydon. London Borough of Croydon. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  17. ^ Moody, Graham (14 September 2007). "Christian charity to run Coulsdon academy". Croydon Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "Consultation meeting for parents at Coulsdon High School" (PDF). Croydon Council. Croydon Council. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Coulsdon High Consultation (Results)" (PDF). Croydon.gov.uk. Croydon Council. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "GREEN PARTY SLAMS FLAWED CITY ACADEMY CONSULTATION". http://croydongreens.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 22 September 2013.  External link in |work= (help)
  21. ^ "New Academy is 'good for the community'". BBC Website. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "City Academies letter sent to the papers". http://croydongreens.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 22 September 2013.  External link in |work= (help)
  23. ^ Miller, Harry. "Exclusive: Chalke outlines plans for new Coulsdon academy". Croydon Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  24. ^ "Coulsdon High says goodbye". Croydon Advertiser. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  25. ^ "Government minister visits Coulsdon academy". 
  26. ^ Millard, Rachel (13 April 2014). "Sixth form at Oasis Academy Coulsdon is closed after two years". Croydon & Purley Advertiser. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  27. ^ Salaria, Kekshan. "Oasis Academy Coulsdon: Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. Ofsted. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  28. ^ King, Chris. "Oasis Academy Coulsdon: Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. Ofsted. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  29. ^ "Boxers of the past- Duke McKenzie". 

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