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Oasis Academy South Bank likely to open in Westminster Bridge Road

Parents who have applied to send their children to Waterloo's new secondary free school which opens this September have been told that the school is likely to be situated at the Oasis Centre in Westminster Bridge Road.

Oasis Centre
Oasis Academy South Bank is likely to open in the Oasis Centre, to the left of the Lincoln Tower in this picture

Oasis Academy South Bank had been planning to move into former Government offices at Hercules House on Hercules Road but parents have now been told that the school's new home is likely to be the Oasis Centre at 75 Westminster Bridge Road.

The Department for Education is expected to fund a multi-million-pound refurbishment of the building, with facilities for the first 120 year 7 pupils due to be completed by September.

Plans for the secondary school to open at the Oasis Centre will force a rethink of Oasis's longer-term project for the redevelopment of its church and office complex opposite Lambeth North Station.

The new school has also named the members of its academy council (governing body). It will be chaired by civil servant Hilary Spencer who has a senior role at the Department for Education. Council members include local resident David Clarson who also chairs the Waterloo Community Development Group, as well as two parent representatives – Fintan McAlindon and Sarina Da Silva.

The academy, established by the Oasis charity founded by Baptist minister Steve Chalke, won approval from education secretary Michael Gove last summer.

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