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Former council leader responds to Oasis Academy OFSTED report

Published Thursday 11 August, 2022
Last updated on Wednesday 17 August, 2022

Swale Borough Council has responded to the OFSTED report on the Oasis Academy at Minster.

While the council is not an education authority, they have been closely involved in discussions with KCC and the local MP Gordon Henderson over the past three years about the future of secondary schooling on the Island.

Cllr Roger Truelove, former Leader at the council who has led in these discussions, said:

“It is unacceptable for young people on the Island to be offered such a negative educational environment, with appalling levels of behaviour, truancy and poor learning that leads to an inadequate education.

“We recognise the considerable challenges facing the Academy, especially with teacher recruitment, but the young people must come first.

“We believe that our hopes of what can be achieved on Sheppey, is being held back by the educational deficit illustrated here.

“We support the view expressed by Gordon Henderson MP, that the Island needs two schools, with two separate providers, offering choice to local youngsters and families.

“We need to know what changes can be made in the short term, especially for children currently enrolled at the school, or about to start in September.”