Oasis Academy Coulsdon
Oasis Academy Coulsdon, formerly known as Coulsdon High School, is a school in the London Borough of Croydon, England. It is between the area of Coulsdon and Caterham. It is an academy run by the Christian charity Oasis Trust. The conversion to an academy in 2008 attracted a £20 million investment over five years by the government, via the Oasis Trust.<ref name=AcademyDecision>Template:Cite web</ref> <ref name=croydon/> Improvements included laptop facilities and a sixth form college opened in 2011.Template:Dead link
Taunton Manor opened in 1959. The main buildings have stayed pretty much the same since then, with various extensions being built.
Taunton Manor reopened as Coulsdon High in the Summer of 1994. Several new extensions were built for the changeover. The school was not very successful however, and persistently underperformed in comparison with other schools in the area.Template:Citation needed In 2006 the school was put on special measures.Template:Dead link Within one year, the status was revoked by Ofsted when the school was judged to be rapidly improving.<ref name=Ofsted2007>Template:Cite web</ref> <ref name=bestSATS>Template:Cite web</ref> However the plans for the new academy were already under way.<ref name=AcademyConsultation>Template:Cite web</ref> Many objected to the plans, claiming that the consultation was flawed and highlighting the school's recent rapid progress.<ref name=flawedConsultation>Template:Cite web</ref> <ref name=BBCAcademyStory>Template:Cite web</ref> In its final year Coulsdon High achieved the best GCSE results in the school's history, a 41% A* - C pass rate.<ref name=croydon/>
Oasis Academy Coulsdon
The school reopened again as Oasis Academy Coulsdon on 1 September 2008. The grand opening was attended by the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of Schools Lord Adonis and the founder of the Oasis Trust Steve Chalke. The new headteacher was John Murphy.<ref name=croydon>Template:Cite web</ref> He was personally headhunted for the job.Template:Citation needed He specialises in taking over at under-performing schools and turning them around within two years.Template:Citation needed Oasis have invested over £20 million of government funding into the school, resulting in the opening of a sixth form in 2011 and a community health-care centre in 2009.<ref name=croydon/>
Oasis Academy Coulsdon runs the standard UK National curriculum with a few exceptions. Students can take several GCSE subjects as BTECs instead including Physical Education and Business Enterprise. Under the schools previous status as a technology college, students were required to take one technology subject for GCSE. It has not yet been disclosed whether this will be continued at Oasis Academy: Coulsdon.
Famous graduates of Oasis Academy Coulsdon in all its previous forms, include the football player Nigel Reo-Coker and the three times world champion boxer Duke McKenzie. Mazhar Majeed, the cricket bookmaker who was arrested on charges of match fixing, is also a graduate.