Oasis drops bid for Winterbourne academy

Published on: 02 Dec 2016

Student, staff and parent protesters have succeeded in their campaign to stop the national chain Oasis taking over Winterbourne International Academy.
Oasis, which runs 50 schools across the country including eight in Bristol,  has dropped its bid to sponsor the academy.
It said in a statement: “Following an extensive due diligence process and after careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with our application to sponsor the Academy.
“We would like to thank the staff for their engagement during the due diligence process, and it was a pleasure to meet such bright and talented students. We wish the entire Academy community all the very best for the future.”
The academy group said it had been approached as a potential sponsor because it was a systems leader, and it looked forward to working in the West of England with whichever organisation took on the running of Winterbourne's secondary school.
The campaign group SoSTRFWIA  responded on Twitter to the announcement by saying it was proof that parent and student power does have impact.
The board of the Ridings Federation is seeking new sponsors for both Winterbourne and Yate academies because it does  not believe it can bring about the improvements necessary quickly enough on its own.
Olympus Academy Trust, working with Castle School Education Trust, and Surrey-based Greenshaw, are also interested in the academies. They have carried out their due diligence and are expected to make presentations next week. A final decision will be made by a Regional Schools Commissioner from outside the South West.

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