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New Sheffield schools take root

VIP guests at the tree planting ceremony to mark the launch of the new Oasis academies in Sheffield

VIP guests at the tree planting ceremony to mark the launch of the new Oasis academies in Sheffield

Tree planting ceremonies were held to mark the launch of two new Sheffield primary schools, which will open their doors in September.

The schools in Fir Vale and Shirecliffe are to be run by the Oasis Academy group, which already has a chain of 11 schools across the UK.

Oasis Academy Fir Vale and Oasis Academy Watermead will each provide 60 new reception places, with construction work now well under way.

Watermead off Barrie Crescent will grow gradually until, by 2020, the school will have 420 pupils, helping ease the pressure on places in Shirecliffe and Southey.

Fir Vale on Skinnerthorpe Road and Bagley Road will be ready to take in children of all ages, including nursery youngsters.

Both schools will be part of the city council’s admissions system, and will not be faith-based.

Watermead principal Lynne Goodhand said: “Our curriculum will be rich and vibrant, taught through cross curricular themes and projects, working with artists, musicians and actors and enhanced by real experiences.

“Inspirational teaching is the expectation. We will learn to sing, play musical instruments, read with passion and follow our dreams.”

Fir Vale principal Debra Ward added: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity, and one I am immensely proud to be involved with. The academy will be at the very heart of the community, working with and on behalf of all.

“The inclusive ethos will ensure that all will be welcomed, that no-one will get left behind and no-one will be forgotten.”

The launch event was attended by Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children and young people, Oasis founder Steve Chalke, Firth Park Coun Alan Law, Burngreave Coun Talib Hussain and Children’s Commissioner Antony Hughes.

 

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