A West Midlands primary school, committed to delivering first class-education and playing an active role in the local community has been shortlisted for the Times Education Supplement (TES) School Awards 2020.
Oasis Academy Hobmoor educates children aged 3 to 11 within Yardley and the surrounding area. The primary school has been nominated for ‘Early Years Setting of the Year 2020’.
The TES Schools Awards celebrates the extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and school staff across the UK.
Darren King, Principal at Oasis Academy Hobmoor, commented on the nomination saying; “This is a fantastic achievement for Oasis Academy Hobmoor, and is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of the incredible staff team we have.”
The EYFS setting at Oasis Academy Hobmoor has been through transformational change, devised through a labour of love over many years to proudly serve our young children in a community that is in an area of high social deprivation with an Income deprivation affecting children Index figure of 96.7%.
Internationally renowned EY’s consultant Kym Scott described the environment as “Truly inspirational, a wonderful ‘Oasis’ in the heart of Birmingham”.
Anna Ephgrave, EYs expert and author described the setting as “Calm, purposeful and outstanding”.
Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, added; “They should win, they are brilliant, just amazing. Hobmoor are just magnificent, wonderful people. We can’t help kids unless we help the parents. I honestly don’t know what I would do without the level of support for the community that Oasis provides.”
“To put it simply it is an organisation that says yes when help is needed. Never too big or too small when there are problems in the area or a solution is needed. I can always rely on the school and the community centre to do their bit and do it with hope, gratitude and humour.”
When parents requested the need for a safe yet stimulating environment as many homes did not have a garden, and parks were often overcrowded. Hobmoor listened and created a stunning and innovative natural environment where children were fascinated to become curious learners and display the characteristics of effective learning in abundance.
Due to the coronavirus, the awards night cannot be held in person this year as planned. For the very first time, award winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on Friday, November 13th.
Yamin Tulloch, Early Years Lead at Oasis Academy Hobmoor, said; “I am so proud and absolutely delighted that Hobmoor has been shortlisted for EYFS setting for the year. The team are simply remarkable and it is my privilege to lead a dedicated group of talented individuals that go above and beyond every day.”
“Our reward is that we are lucky enough to live, work and play with young children and the exposure we get to their ‘joie de vivre’ - joy in life, for living and for the amazing world around them!”