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Councillor employed by Oasis charity makes grant to Oasis

Inside Croydon has discovered that Conservative councillor Gareth Streeter managed to oversee a £1,500 donation from council funds towards a group from the Oasis academy chain – the very same Oasis chain which is associated with the Oasis charity where … Continue reading

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Oasis academy gets third principal in less than two years

There’s been an unusually rapid turnover of senior leadership staff at the Oasis Arena Academy in South Norwood, as GENE BRODIE reports A secondary academy that opened on its new site in September 2016 is already on to its third … Continue reading

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Oasis chief gets 20% pay rise as academies warn over finances

Education correspondent GENE BRODIE on an eye-watering salary hike for the man in overall charge of some of Croydon’s biggest schools The leader of a church-linked multi-academy chain which operates five large schools in Croydon has just been awarded a … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Gareth Streeter, Oasis Academy, Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Oasis Academy Shirley Park, Schools | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Croydon’s ‘Olympic legacy’ has been turned into a private gym

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, reports on allegations of an abuse of public property by one of the country’s largest multi-academy trusts Council officials have been ordered to conduct an urgent investigation into how the Oasis Arena Academy in South … Continue reading

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Church-linked academy chain denies having ‘religious ethos’

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, has found a new website which has discovered the Oasis academy chain, led by a Baptist minister, saying that they really have very little to do with churches or religion There have been calls for … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Oasis Academy, Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Oasis Academy Shirley Park, Paul Scott, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Schools, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

None of Croydon’s new school buildings have sprinklers fitted

Not a single school building constructed or planned in Croydon over the past five years has been fitted with a sprinkler system, despite building regulations going back for a decade having an “expectation” that sprinklers should be included in all … Continue reading

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£160m schools plan to be badgered over surplus places

In the thrall of property developers as usual, Croydon Council officials want to spend many millions of public money on building schools where there are not enough pupils. Education correspondent GENE BRODIE reports Croydon Council’s school-building strategy will come in … Continue reading

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Something stinks: Arena car park has the builders in – again

And here you have it, from Croydon Council, the local authority that appears to relish spending millions of pounds of public money on construction projects, and then going back just a few months later and digging them up again. Barely … Continue reading

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Something stinks at Croydon Arena after building works end

Something stinks at Croydon Arena. There’s a very earthy nature to the whiffs that have been detected on the cold winter winds. It seems that one of the sewers under the car park which is used by the sports arena … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Oasis Academy, Schools, South Norwood, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Woodside councillors take one-way route to a dead end

Residents living near Croydon Arena and South Norwood Country Park have had two years of turmoil as the council has gone ahead with building a massive secondary school. When they’ve turned to their Woodside ward councillors for help, well… GLORIA … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Croydon FC, Croydon Harriers, Environment, Hamida Ali, Oasis Academy, Paul Scott, Planning, Schools, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

GCSE results show academies struggling to make the grades

If our education correspondent GENE BRODIE had to do an end-of-term report for the borough’s academised secondary schools after the 2015 GCSE results, then “Could do better” might be regarded as an understatement If you’re a parent seeking an educational … Continue reading

Posted in Archbishop Lanfranc, Ashburton, Coloma, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Education, Gareth Streeter, Gavin Barwell, Harris Academy Crystal Palace, Harris Academy South Norwood, Harris Academy Upper Norwood, Oasis Academy, Oasis Academy Shirley Park, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Schools, South Norwood, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Arena Academy build causing mounting anger for residents

Woodside councillor Paul Scott could be in for a rowdy reception when he speaks at a public meeting at the Stanley Halls on Monday evening. If, that is, locals are allowed to raise matters which their councillors have been avoiding … Continue reading

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Council’s chasm of unaccountability grows wider each day

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Our borough’s elected representatives are being increasingly marginalised by a system that places huge power in the hands of a handful of unaccountable officials, writes STEVEN DOWNES Make the most of it at the Town Hall tonight. For … Continue reading

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Council lets builders turn Arena parkland into a car park

Education correspondent GENE BRODIE avoids saying “we told you so” about what promises to be a disappointing start to life at big school for the bright-eyed new Year 7s at the Oasis Academy alongside Croydon Arena Parents of children excitedly … Continue reading

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Planning meeting became an Arena for education strategy

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Woodside resident PAULA GOODMAN feels betrayed by her Labour councillors over what she sees as an abuse of the planning procedures to permit the development of a 1,300-pupil Oasis academy next to Croydon Arena In a meeting with … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Ashburton, Croydon Council, Education, Gavin Barwell, Hamida Ali, Oasis Academy, Oasis Academy Shirley Park, Paul Scott, Planning, Schools, Stephen Mann, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Planning chairman backs down over ban on MP Barwell

How many U-turns does Labour’s council leader Tony Newman have to perform before he disappears up his own fundament? Gavin Barwell will be allowed to speak at tonight’s planning meeting at Croydon Town Hall after all, as the Labour-run council … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell, Oasis Academy, Oasis Academy Shirley Park, Paul Scott, Planning, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Sarah Jones MP, Schools, Tony Newman, Transport, Whitgift Foundation, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

MP Barwell barred from speaking at academy planning meeting

MP Gavin Barwell has been banned from speaking on behalf of his constituents at a crucial planning meeting at Croydon Town Hall on Thursday night. The meeting is due to consider controversial proposals to shoehorn a six-form-of-entry Oasis academy secondary … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Education, Environment, Gavin Barwell, Oasis Academy, Paul Scott, Planning, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Sarah Jones MP, Schools, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Council presses on with £22m academy that no one wants

As Croydon Council prepares to give the go-ahead for a school which has just 29 first-choice applications, WALTER CRONXITE turns detective to investigate the mysterious case of the disappearing demand for school places Residents living near Croydon Arena in Woodside … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Wright, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, Education, Hamida Ali, Julie Belvir, Oasis Academy, Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Oasis Academy Shirley Park, Paul Greenhalgh, Paul Scott, Planning, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Schools, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Oasis governors cleared to rule on academy planning decision

Croydon Council’s highly paid legal eagles see nothing wrong with current and former governors from an Oasis academy in the borough being part of a planning committee that is to decide on an application to build a six-forms-of-entry Oasis academy … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon North, Environment, Hamida Ali, Julie Belvir, Nathan Elvery, Oasis Academy, Paul Scott, Planning, Schools, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Woodside residents given fortnight to review Oasis plans

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Residents in Woodside have just received a special Christmas present – more than 2,000 pages of planning proposals for the Oasis Arena Academy, all to be reviewed and commented on by December 25. Not surprising that FRANCES FEARON … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Croydon Council, Croydon FC, Croydon Harriers, Education, Environment, Hamida Ali, London-wide issues, Oasis Academy, Paul Scott, Planning, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Schools, South Norwood, Sport, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Wildlife, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Arena trams ‘most congested part of network’ says Bee

Croydon Council’s planning committee meets next month to consider the application to build a massive secondary academy on Metropolitan Open Land next to Croydon Sports Arena. But the Labour-run council’s cabinet member for transport has already suggested that public transport … Continue reading

Posted in Ashburton, Boris Johnson, Commuting, Croydon Council, Education, Environment, Kathy Bee, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Oasis Academy, Parking, Paul Greenhalgh, Planning, Schools, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Newman refuses to halt ‘bias’ on Arena academy ‘stitch-up’

Residents in Woodside ward are demanding an urgent meeting with their three Labour councillors, including council leader Tony Newman, and insist that any councillors on the planning committee with links to Oasis academies – including the chairman, Paul Scott, another … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Education, Environment, Hamida Ali, Oasis Academy, Paul Scott, Planning, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Schools, Tony Newman, Wildlife, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Woodside residents worried over contract for Oasis academy

Along comes another non-public “public consultation” non-consultation, which has all the appearances that the local authority wants as few people as possible take part. The notice – which we have reproduced below – was first spotted by Inside Croydon’s loyal … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Hamida Ali, Oasis Academy, Paul Scott, Planning, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Planning committee dominated by Oasis school governors

Angry residents from Woodside and South Norwood are considering a formal complaint about the conduct of a meeting on Thursday in which four of the 10 members of the council’s planning committee, including the chairman, all had some connection with … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Wright, Croydon Council, Education, Environment, Oasis Academy, Parking, Paul Scott, Planning, Ryelands Primary and Nursery, Schools, Tony Newman, Transport, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments