Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Developing Democracy Award

OSCA are very proud to have been one of the first 19 schools in the country to have been awarded this recognition due to the work on teaching democracy and british values, and the work of its student leadership teams.


Local Academy receives National Recognition.

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy Press release

A local academy is one of the first schools in the country to be presented the British Youth Council’s Developing Democracy Award. Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, Oldbury, adds the brand new award to its achievements in 2015, including being rated as Good by Ofsted back in May.

The new Award is for schools that encourage pupils to take an interest in the democratic process and along with only 18 other schools nationally, OSCA received its award on Monday 23rd November. The Developing Democracy award is given to schools who have been encouraging pupils to have their say in society - both within the school or through social action projects in the local community.

The Discovering Democracy Award, which was created to support the need to develop character as well as a strong grounding in core academic subjects, was launched by the British Youth Council in partnership with the Cabinet Office and the Department for Education in September. The Award aims to showcase those schools who engage young people, particularly those aged 16+, with democracy from an early age, whether that is voting for their representatives or  a school council, or voter registration, or getting involved in social action campaigns.

All awards are judged by a panel of young people and celebrate and share the success of schools and colleges that go further in equipping their students with the skills and knowledge to use their voice in our society.

Jon Foster, Chair of the British Youth Council said:  "The British Youth Council is delighted to highlight the great work of schools up and down the country. Schools are often the best place to offer the foundations to nurture grassroots democracy and I'm really excited to find so many schools leading the way!"

OSCA was also recognised locally for its contribution to developing students’ knowledge of democracy when one of its members of staff was recognised at the SHAPE awards, hosted by Sandwell Council. Sajidah Ali, a Senior Tutor for OSCA Sixth was recognised for her ‘outstanding contribution to improving voter registration and facilitating democratic engagement’ in the school by the elections team at Sandwell Council.

Marie McMahon, Principal said: ‘I am delighted that our students are taking such an interest in the fundamental British value of democracy, and very proud that we have won an award for our efforts. It is yet another accolade in a fantastic year for the academy, and we are working tirelessly to ensure there are many more to come’.