Oil giant's link-up injects £300k into Oasis Academy Immingham projects
STUDENTS at Oasis Academy Immingham have been urged to grab the "amazing opportunities" afforded to them by the school's partnership with oil giant Phillips66.
Speaking as the company presented a cheque for US$100,000 to the Academy – the fifth and final annual instalment in a US$500,000 donation – principal Kevin Rowlands spoke of his dream that an Academy student would one day become managing director.
The cash injection – which equates to just over £300,000 – has funded the Academy's purpose-built motor vehicle workshop and the expansion of the curriculum in subjects as diverse as engineering and hair and beauty.
In addition to money, the partnership has seen the launch of various educational projects, including the EEK (Educating Engineering Kids) visits to the Humber Refinery and BEEP (Business Education and Enterprise Partnership) workshops.
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Mr Rowlands said the partnership and the projects set up would continue.
He said: "Half-a-million dollars over five years is an incredible investment and we are extremely fortunate that we are located here with such prestigious neighbours.
"The legacy is there, the curriculum opportunities are in place, and it's now up to us to continue to exploit future opportunities."
Mr Rowlands described how far the Academy had come in the first five years of the partnership. Back in 2008, just 25 per cent of students achieved five or more grade A* to C GCSEs, including maths and English. Last year the figure was 50 per cent.
Nina Stobart, external affairs and public relations lead at Phillips66, said: "As of September this year every single child at the Academy will have been to an EEK day at the Humber Refinery whilst at their feeder school.
"Our young engineers have also been mentoring some of the sixth form students and we also have an arts programme.
"People think of us as a company which makes petrol, but the partnership goes much deeper than that."
Brian Coffman, general manager at the Phillips66 Humber Refinery, said the Academy espoused many of the values – respect, enthusiasm, achievement, community and hard work – held dear by the company.
He told the students: "Phillips66 wants people with those sorts of values. We need students who study engineering, maths, science and business and I look forward to the opportunity to interview some of you as potential employees."
Describing his impressions of the Academy facilities, he said: "The equipment that I have seen in the workshops was pretty tremendous, and all the students that I have seen have been very respectful."