The independent National Centre for Diversity has recognised a Oasis Academy Watermead, Sheffield, for their steadfast commitment to diversity and equality for pupils and staff.
Oasis Academy Watermead, Barrie Crescent, have achieved the Investors in Diversity for Schools standard. In a letter to the Academy, National Centre for Diversity Chief Executive Solat Chaudhry said, “The achievement of the standard gives a positive message to all the (Academy’s) stakeholders, and each person should be congratulated for their input and success of the organisation.”
In the accompanying report completed this month, staff completed an anonymous survey to paint a truly reflective picture of the work on inclusion, fairness and equality at the school.
100% of staff felt that the ethos and culture of the school demonstrate its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and 100% that there was fairness in the organisation. Lessons at the Academy are designed to enable new learners to fully participate, regardless of background or starting point.
Staff’s experience of being including themselves is also very good. All those who completed the survey were happy that the Academy is ‘outstanding’ at preventing discrimination, tackling discrimination if it ever were to occur, preventing bullying, and tackling bullying if it ever were to occur.
The accreditation of the Academy meeting the Investors in Diversity standard is valid for the next two years, and the staff are now taking action to meet the requirements for the more advanced stage 2 award.
Commenting on the accreditation, Oasis Community Learning Regional Director Lynne Goodhand says, “At Oasis Academy Watermead staff are all committed to ensuring that every pupil is included from their very first day at the academy.”
“Every child is special to us and deserves the opportunity to make exceptional progress and to flourish – this award from the National Centre for Diversity shows our commitment to equality, inclusion and fairness and we are delighted.”
Oasis Academy Watermead was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2017, and has been also awarded ‘School of Sanctuary’ status.