Oasis Academy John Williams
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|Oasis Academy: John Williams|
|Established||September 2008 (as Oasis Academy: Bristol)|
|Department for Education URN||135663 Tables|
|Executive Principal||Victoria Boomer-Clark|
|Age||11 to 18|
Before 2008, the school was known as Hengrove Community Arts College and then Oasis Academy: Bristol, before adopting its current name in September 2010, in tribute of the school's founding Principal, John Williams, who had died of a heart attack. Hengrove was one of the first Comprehensive Schools to open in Bristol in 1955. It was outstandingly successful in helping children who had not passed the eleven plus,( which was compulsory in those days) to progress, many of them going on to university. It attracted teachers who were enthusiastic about the new comprehensive system, many of whom were outstanding and provided an education which was second to none. The headmaster was Dr. R.Perry.
On 8 October 2012, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited the Academy and unveiled a plaque to commemorate its support for children with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.
Actor Patrick Stewart gave a speech during his visit to the Academy.
The Academy has hosted six school productions: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2013, Alice in Wonderland in 2014, Bugsy Malone in 2015, The Wizard of Oz in 2016, Little Shop of Horrors in 2017 and We Will Rock You in 2018.
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