Following a rigorous selection process, the multi-academy trust Oasis Community Learning has been confirmed as the preferred sponsor for the new Worcester City Secondary School.
Worcestershire County Council Cabinet approved the proposal to establish a new 600 place secondary school in Worcester to meet the increased demand for school places in November 2021. From mid-March to April 2022, Worcestershire County Council invited interested parties to submit bids to run the new school. After completing a selection process the council submitted their recommendation to the Regional Schools Commissioner for the Department for Education who made the final decision.
Oasis Community Learning (Oasis) is a multi-academy trust consisting of 52 academies across the country including 18 secondary schools and Oasis Academy Warndon, a Worcester primary school, rated by Ofsted as a 'Good' school in 2019. The Trust therefore has local understanding and knowledge in addition to offering a broad curriculum and range of support for children and young people and their families. Oasis have demonstrated their ability to achieve positive outcomes for pupils and equip them for further education, training and employment.
Councillor Tracey Onslow, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education at Worcestershire County Council, said: “We are delighted that Oasis Community Learning have been appointed as the sponsor to run the new Secondary School in Worcester City and we’re confident that they will help us achieve the best possible outcomes for our children and young people. The provision of a new school will ensure more children can access a secondary school place within their local community in a growing city.
I would also like to thank all our stakeholders and those who took part in this competitive process. We were impressed by the level and quality of interest and submission.”
John Murphy, Chief Executive Officer at Oasis Community Learning, said: “We are excited to have the opportunity to build on the work we are already doing in the local community. We are committed to supporting every student and as a family of schools to share best practice to drive continual improvement across the Trust.
At Oasis Community Learning we want to ensure we create ‘Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community’ and so our academies are a proactive part of local neighbourhoods, and we hold an expansive vision of the role that education should play in strong, vibrant and proud communities.”
Visit: New Worcester Secondary School | Worcestershire County Council for more information.
Oasis Community Learning
Oasis Community Learning multi academy trust exists to deliver ‘Exceptional Education in the Heart of the Community.’ One of the largest providers of academies in the UK, it is responsible for 52 primary and secondary schools across the country.