Oasis students with a thirst to succeed
Reporter: Dawn Marsden
Date online: 23 August 2013
GCSE: IT was smiles all round at Oasis Academy Oldham as students celebrated great results.
Principal David Hayes said the sharp increases on last year’s results marked a significant shift in the school’s progression.
He added: “We are delighted with this set of results. I am extremely proud of our students who have secured the best ever outcomes for themselves in the Academy’s history.”
The number of Oasis students achieving at least five A*-C grades including English and Maths has risen to 50 per cent, up 17 per cent on last year. The percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades has jumped 18 per cent, to 85 per cent.”
Among the Academy’s star pupils are Leah Glendenning overcame huge adversity to pass eight A*-C grades including English and maths.
She missed almost 10 months of study through illness in Years 10 and 11 and underwent five operations, but she is heading for Oldham Sixth Form College to study health, social care, English language and photography.
Roni Spencer arrived at the Academy in March 2011, in Year Nine from another school at which she was at risk of exclusion for behavioural and attendance issues.
Her change of school brought about a dramatic change and she has celebrated eight *A-C grades — and a 98 per cent attendance record in her final GCSE year. She will now study nursing, health and social care.
Shamil Abakorov spoke no English when he arrived from Russia in August, 2011.
He joined Oasis in November that year and has now passed seven exams at A*-C grades.
Shamil is planning to study IT networking at Oldham College.
The Academy, in Hollins Road, is now in its fourth year after national academy chain Oasis Community Learning brought together South Chadderton and Kaskenmoor Schools in September 2010. Mr Hayes was appointed principal just over a year ago.
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