Oasis Charitable Trust, which runs 52 Academies with 30,000 students across England, has been announced as the operator of the country’s first Secure School.
This is scheduled to open in late 2020 on the site of Medway Secure Training Centre in Kent.
- Oasis Charitable Trust chosen following rigorous application process
- Government investing £5 million to transform Medway into first Secure School
Today’s announcement is a major step towards delivering on the Government’s commitment to put education at the heart of youth custody. Oasis provided a clear and ambitious vision and will be given complete autonomy to set the curriculum and timetable, and will decide how they recruit, train and pay staff.
Three quarters of Oasis’ academies operate in the UK’s most deprived areas and most were rated by Ofsted as failing at the time they were taken over. The organisation has overseen a turnaround whereby 80% are now rated as good or outstanding.
The £5m investment will include extensive refurbishment of classrooms and residential areas to provide the best possible environment for Oasis to deliver services like their existing mentoring and work with young people at risk of violence and abuse.