HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD OASIS ACADEMY MEDIACITYUK
 

Star date: 10th February 2010  

IT'S THE NON FAITH SCHOOL FOR CHRIST'S SAKE

When Salford City Council handed over the old Hope High School to the Oasis Trust a couple of years ago, it was supposed to be a `non faith school'. But as the Salford Star pointed out at the time, evangelical Christianity wasn't too far away from the aims of the organisation that's running the school as the Oasis Academy MediaCityUK.

Now the `non faith' academy has been advertising for a new principal who will have to "demonstrate their commitment to…the outworking of the Christian Ethos"…

Full story here…


Almost three years ago, in issue 4 of the Salford Star, we questioned the motivation of the Oasis Trust in running our kids' schools as we discovered that the organisation was running adverts for its Oasis Enfield Academy which stated "It is vital…that our staff own our Christ-centred ethos and the values which flow from it" and "We are looking for a Principal…who owns Oasis' Christian ethos…"

It all seemed a bit odd for a `non faith' school. We interviewed the Trust's head and leader of church.co.uk, Steve Chalke who assured us that Oasis was not following an evangelical agenda, saying that "our Christian faith is what motivates us and drives us forward, it's not what we expect of anyone else…"

He told us to go talk to Salford City Council which we did, and the then Director of Children's Services, Jill Baker, said "The staff don't have to buy into Christ…My understanding is that you don't even have to be a Christian to be the Principal, let alone a member of staff…"

Cut to the beginning of 2010 when an advert appeared for a new principal, following the departure for the exotic climes of St Helens by award winning head, David Terry.

The Information Pack for Candidates states:

`There will be a clear expectation that the person appointed as Principal of an Oasis Academy will be able to demonstrate their commitment to the Oasis values and behaviours which are the outworking of the Christian Ethos which underpins the wider work of Oasis and which is set out in the Education Charter'.

And a little further down it adds "We are motivated by the life, message and example of Jesus Christ…"

The Information Pack does also state that Oasis is into "Never imposing our Christian beliefs on others but seeking to behave in a Christ-like way with everyone…"

In 2008's issue 8 of the Salford Star we quoted Oasis head, Steve Chalke preaching at the Central Salford Church on the Quays (also part of the Oasis `family')…

"The good news of Jesus Christ is the good news that needs bringing to everyone, all of the time, in every area of their lives" he said "It begins in Hope and soon…we will end up with a church which is also a school…a school that is also a church…

"The good news of Jesus" he continued "is good news spiritually, emotionally…educationally, which is why we're opening the school…"

Meanwhile, between the 26th and 28th February, the `non faith' Oasis Academy in Enfield is to host the Faithworks Conference 2010, at which Steve Chalke is one of the main speakers. Faithworks, also in the Oasis `family', is about `building whole communities' through `360 degree engagement' with a "biblical mandate"…

Now, before the pitchforks come out, Salford Star has no problem with all this at all. Except that it's being done under the umbrella of a `non faith' school….

 


 

 

Mr A Hakim wrote
at 2:09:16 PM on Friday, June 7, 2013
It very interesting to know that the government is stealthily going towards religious basis education than what is and was moderate secular method of teaching . The international trend is or was to eradicate total religious teaching from its roots . Now that it has become apparent that while uprooting the religious methodology for the basis of MORAL ethics, the populis has become immoral , no sense on justice , degeneracy is on the in crease those that has gone way foreword are bent on to debauch the rest of the populations. To my limited thinking , it is apparent to me that only way to bring back the people, is to restart with the education with religious basis . At the current situation there is no control on the people , a person committing an act of immorality has nothing to answer to , they have no regards to the law of the land nor do they respect the authority . The status quo was created by the atheaus agenda inside the government . No wonder the government was publicising the concept of death and was telling the media to have talks on issues of death . My last words , it's the similitude of the blind man had a knock on his head and thought he saw a light and now he thinks he can see and starting to lead the people .
 
Matthew wrote
at 1:16:47 PM on Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Alice, I believe you have got Oasis mixed up with another organisation, the Emmanuel Schools Foundation, which runs schools in the north-east. They have been accused of teaching creationist nuttery in science lessons, but those allegations have yet to be proved. Oasis has been running schools in the UK since September 2007, and at no point has it received similar criticism. Steve Chalke has, however, been criticised by some in the Christian community for his liberal views on some Christian doctrines - Google "Steve Chalke" and "the lost message of jesus". Steve is hardly the fundamentalist that you make him out to be.
 
Alice Searle wrote
at 10:34:32 AM on Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I hope there is going to be a BIG protest from Salford people re this threatened building. There are so many records of buildings being demolished and regret felt after the act. It is farcical that money is being ploughed into community and local history events and projects e.g.Streetsmuseum, canal restoration, Ordsal Hall etc., on the one hand and historic buildings being demolished on the other. It's all to do with money. AGAIN. What will be distroyed will be worth more than money. On the issue of the Media City Academy and its insistance that it is not a faith school I am really worried. As a teacher, who recognises that children should be given the opportunity to learn about all religions and also hear about living without any religion. I am not deceived by what Steve Clalke says. This school will have a 'hidden curriculum' to brainwash the pupils into one line of thinking on morality and on creation/evolution. Parents beware! Council stop being dazzled by the cash!
 
Jane wrote
at 3:44:43 PM on Wednesday, February 10, 2010
At a meeting in Croydon when I queried the lack of success of the Oasis Academies in Wintringham and Immingham (one just on the 30% benchmark and one below), Steve Chalke told me I was mistaken. I then published the figures on the Croydon SOS website, rather than be called a liar again at another meeting. I also put up links to another advert for a head of an Oasis Academy with similar wording to the one you quote - that has now gone from the website. Other links were to reports from Southampton of the major problems at one of the academies there. John Denham described Oasis as "inexperienced" at running schools so it beggars belief that they are still one of the favoured sponsors, in line to open even more.

http://www.croydonsos.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=119:democracy&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

http://www.croydonsos.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=109:oasis-cant-guarantee-to-improve-results&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

http://www.croydonsos.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=110:can-oasis-keep-its-staff-or-students&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

http://www.croydonsos.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=104:oasis-mayfield&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD COUNCILLORS TELL MAYOR ‘NO SURRENDER’ TO PEEL HOLDINGS OVER BARTON LIFTING BRIDGE
Bridge/A57: What does this Paul Dennett stand for? Name me 10 positive actions which may be credited to this helium filled caricat... [more]
article: SALFORD COUNCILLORS TELL MAYOR ‘NO SURRENDER’ TO PEEL HOLDINGS OVER BARTON LIFTING BRIDGE
As usual Salford city Council will bow down to Peel. Peel RUN Salford City council not our councillors.They are just yes Men/Women... [more]
article: SALFORD COUNCILLORS TELL MAYOR ‘NO SURRENDER’ TO PEEL HOLDINGS OVER BARTON LIFTING BRIDGE
I can only think the wake up call by local activists has forced the Irlam Labour Councillors voices on this bridge. Well done to t... [more]
article: SALFORD COUNCILLORS TELL MAYOR ‘NO SURRENDER’ TO PEEL HOLDINGS OVER BARTON LIFTING BRIDGE
roger jones now trying to be the local hero to save his own skin. its his council that have fucked us all over once again. The man... [more]
article: SALFORD MP REBECCA LONG-BAILEY JOINS 100 MPS CALLING FOR FOSSIL FREE PENSION FUND
Total disgrace on England's MPs. Not a single penny should go into Fracking. The MPs pension fund should be put into building new ... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD COUNCILLORS TELL MAYOR ‘NO SURRENDER’ TO PEEL HOLDINGS OVER BARTON LIFTING BRIDGE

Star date: 13th December 2017

AS BRIDGE ROW RUMBLES ON, IRLAM RESIDENTS OPEN CONTROVERSIAL BRIDGE THEMSELVES

Local councillors in Irlam and Cadishead have told Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, not to give in to Peel Holdings 'ransom' in the legal row over the opening of the Barton Lifting Bridge. The Salford Star understands that the company has not yet even responded to Salford Council's letter setting out why the bridge is Peel's responsibility.

Meanwhile, fed up of waiting for Peel Holdings and Salford City Council to resolve their legal differences, yesterday campaigners took matters into their own hands and gave the bridge a champagne opening.

Full details here...

SALFORD MP REBECCA LONG-BAILEY JOINS 100 MPS CALLING FOR FOSSIL FREE PENSION FUND

Star date: 12th December 2017

100 MPS CALL FOR £612MILLION PARLIAMENT PENSION FUND TO DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS

"Fossil fuels helped ignite the first industrial revolution, but we now know that their continued use will threaten our very existence" Rebecca Long-Bailey

Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, has joined one hundred other MPs, including Jeremy Corbyn and Caroline Lucas, in calling for the £612million Parliamentary Pension Fund to divest from oil, coal and gas companies.

Today, fifty heads of state, including Theresa May, are meeting in Paris for a summit on climate change and climate finance hosted by French President Macron.

Full details here...

BBC LOCAL DEMOCRACY REPORTER SHAM AS CONTRACTS HANDED TO MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS PUBLISHER

Star date: 11th December 2017

£8 MILLION BBC NEWS PARTNERSHIP SEES MAINSTREAM COMMERCIAL MEDIA BENEFIT

"This is a major advance...leading to greater public accountability for our local politicians" BBC

The BBC has announced that its new massively funded Local Democracy Reporter scheme is set to benefit the profit-driven mainstream media, with Manchester Evening News publisher, Trinity Mirror, getting six funded reporters in Greater Manchester.

The Salford Star pulled out of the process months ago, with the board telling the BBC "To us it seemed administratively complex and there were doubts about reporter freedom".

Full details here...

SALFORD HAS A LAUGH FOR MALE SUICIDE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN

Star date: 10th December 2017

BIGGEST THREAT TO MEN UNDER 45 IS THEMSELVES

It's A Laugh
Tuesday 12th December 7pm
The Old Pint Pot £5

Two snowmen in a field, one turns to the other and says 'Can you smell carrots?'

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, so Salford University students are holding a fundraising evening of comedy and music, in support of the Campaign Against Living Miserably at The Old Pint Pot on Tuesday, hosted by Amy Gledhill and featuring six top comedians.

Full details here...

SWINTON SQUARE SEES CAROLS, FROZEN PRINCESSES AND SANTA

Star date: 10th December 2017

SWINTON CHRISTMAS IN FULL FLOW

Christmas at Swinton Square
Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd December free

Swinton Square is well set for Christmas as two special happenings on Saturdays before Christmas feature carols from Salford City Academy, a Frozen family show, a visit from Father Christmas and the chance for adults to win £100 spending money.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx