Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


Here you can find out most frequently asked questions from current and prospective parents/carers.

If the answer to your question isn't on our website or on this list, please feel free to contact us, and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. 


What can/can't my child bring to school?

Prohibited items can be found on our uniform page. 

How do I pay for school lunches?

Oasis Academy Coulsdon uses ParentPay as the method of payment for a wide range of services at the Academy including lunches, trips and events, and wrap around care services.

ParentPay offers you the freedom to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available. We hope that everyone will benefit considerably from this facility.

Find out more here.

What percentage of your students are selected on the basis of faith or ability?

None at all.  All places at the Academy will be free and available to the local community within an admission policy that mirrors the admissions arrangements for other local community schools.  Students will be accepted irrespective of ability or faith

Are Oasis Academies faith schools?

Staff and students of all faiths are welcome to be part of each Oasis Academy and faith is not a factor in the admissions criteria for the school.  The academies are 'schools of religious character' in order to enable Oasis' ethos of inclusion, which is grounded on the Christian faith, to be prominent in the school's character.

Who funds academies?

Academies are publicly funded independent schools.  The majority of the funding comes direct from central government.  The  Education Funding Agency  (formerly the YPLA)  will fund the annual running costs of the academies via a grant each academic year.  The sponsor has responsibility for the day to day running of the academy.  Oasis academies are sponsored by Oasis Community Learning, an exempt charity.

What is an academy?

Academies are state-funded independent schools and in many cases, join an academy network or family.  

What do i do if my child is sick?

If your child is too unwell to come into school you must notify the academy office as soon as you can. 

You must contact the academy each day that your child is unwell. 

If you child becomes sick during the school day, they will be instructed to visit the school nurse who will assess the extent of the illness and call appropriate parents/carers. 

Does my child have to wear school uniform?

We strongly believe in the importance of school uniform as we believe it helps create a strong sense of identity and unity.  As such it is compulsory that it is worn at all times of the school day.  

What colour is the school jumper?

The Academy jumper is black with the Oasis logo.

Are tracksuit bottoms allowed?

There is an option for students to wear the Academy tracksuit trousers for outside PE in cold weather conditions. If students have reason to wear tracksuit trousers for indoor PE this can be discussed with the PE department. Tracksuit trousers are available from the Academy uniform supplier, they are black with the Academy logo on and come in a wide range of sizes.

My child will be travelling from South Croydon, how easy is the journey?

Arriva Buses have allocated two 466 buses, specially designated for our Academy Students at 3pm; the end of the school day. The buses wait at the Lacey Drive bus stop and students are escorted safely onto the buses by staff. Students who leave the premises later than 3pm should walk to the Coulsdon Road, cross at the zebra crossing by the parade of shops and catch the 466 bus opposite the petrol station.  Buses run every 10 minutes.