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Oasis Academy withdraws from opening Romford free school

PUBLISHED: 16:19 19 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:35 19 October 2015

The former Old Church Hospital site

The former Old Church Hospital site

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Oasis Academy has withdrawn from opening Romford’s first free school, which was due to welcome pupils in September 2016.

Oasis Community Learning, owner of Oasis Academy, had planned to open the school at the Oldchurch Hospital site, Union Road, Romford, with an initial intake of 90 pupils.

But it has announced the end of its involvement in the project on its website.

It said: “Oasis is experienced in opening schools in communities that need them, however in this instance the process of establishing the new academy has required a much greater investment of time and resources than was originally envisaged.

“Following an assessment of Oasis’s priorities going forward, we have decided to withdraw from the project and end our involvement in the new school.”

The academy’s aim was for the school to reach its full capacity, of 630 pupils, by 2022.

Oasis Academy has said the school will instead be opened by REAch2 Schools.

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