Sheffield school recognised for its commitment to diversity and equality

Oasis Academy Watermead has achieved theInvestors in Diversity for Schools standard
Oasis Academy Watermead has achieved theInvestors in Diversity for Schools standard
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A primary school in Sheffield has been recognised for its commitment to diversity and equality for pupils and staff.

Oasis Academy Watermead, in Barrie Crescent, Shirecliffe, has achieved the Investors in Diversity for Schools standard.

Oasis Academy Watermead has achieved theInvestors in Diversity for Schools standard

Oasis Academy Watermead has achieved theInvestors in Diversity for Schools standard

Lessons at the school have been designed to enable new learners to fully participate, regardless of background or starting point, and a staff survey revealed that they felt the ethos and culture of the school demonstrate its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and that there was fairness in the organisation.

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Oasis Community Learning regional director, Lynne Goodhand, said: "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.”

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The staff, who completed the survey, said they were happy that the academy is outstanding at preventing and tackling discrimination and bullying, if it ever were to occur.

In a letter to the school, 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.”

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The accreditation is valid for two years and staff are now working towards meeting the requirements for the advanced stage two award.

The school was rated outstanding by Ofsted last year and and has been also awarded School of Sanctuary status.