Tree planting ceremony marks formal opening of new Putney primary school
Published: Friday 20th January 17
The borough’s newest primary school - Oasis Putney Academy - has been officially declared open by the Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening.
To mark yesterday’s (Thursday) formal occasion a tree was planted at the school by Miss Greening with help from some of its pupils. Later she took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open its classrooms.
Miss Greening cuts the ribbon to formally open the new school
The new school has been built on the site of the former Putney Hospital site which closed in 1998. Over the course of the next few years pupil numbers will grow up and it will eventually cater for up to 420 local children.
It will help meet the rising demand for school places in this part of Putney. This is due partly to the increased birth rate but also because of the growing popularity of Wandsworth's schools.
The proportion of the borough’s primary schools judged to be either good or outstanding by education standards watchdog Ofsted now stands at 92 per cent – one of the best performance records in the country.
Wandsworth’s cabinet member for education Cllr Kathy Tracey said: “It’s great news for families in Putney that this school has now been officially opened. Its first intake of pupils is thriving in a brand new building that boasts really excellent teaching and learning facilities.
The tree was also planted by representatives from Oasis, Durkan, commons conservators, pupils and council leader Ravi Govindia
“The children, their parents and of course teaching staff all seem really excited about their new school and I am sure that Oasis will now go from strength to strength and deliver a great education for children in this part of Putney for many, many years to come.”
Di Morgan, Executive Principal of the new school said, “This is a very proud moment for all of us at Oasis Academy Putney, and for the large number of people whose vision and hard work has contributed to the completion of this beautiful new school for future generations of Putney children.
“Oasis Academy Putney is already a happy, safe and challenging environment, in which local children are flourishing academically and growing into caring and responsible members of their local community. We are very grateful that so many members of our local community could join us for the celebrations.”
The academy was built as a collaboration between Wandsworth Council and construction experts Durkan, as part of a wider development.
Fraser Wells, Managing Director of Durkan Estates, said: “Our collaboration with Wandsworth Council demonstrates how partnership working can deliver valuable community assets, as well as providing a development of quality new homes to the area. We’re very pleased to be joining our project partners in welcoming the first pupils to their exciting new Academy.”
For more information about the new school visit www.oasisacademyputney.org