New beginnings for Oasis Academy Woodview

Across the country primary pupils and staff are returning to lessons for the autumn term, welcoming new pupils and staff to their school families.  One school in Edgbaston have an extra special welcome to give to their new head teacher.

Oasis Community Learning is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Doddridge as the new Principal of Oasis Academy Woodview in Edgbaston.  Paul joins the Academy following the retirement of long-serving former head teacher Louise MacCarthy in July.

Born in Liverpool, Paul moved to Birmingham in 2002 and began his teaching career a year later.  In the fourteen years since he has taught in five schools across Birmingham and Sandwell.  Previously he was Head Teacher of St George’s CE Academy in Newtown since 2011, he guided the school from ‘Special Measures’ to ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ early years’ provision.  Pupils at St George’s make exceptional academic progress from their starting points, and pupil progress in ‘Writing’ is amongst the region’s best.

Paul’s passion for improving the outcomes and life chances of every child, and for serving the wider community, impressed the Oasis interview panel earlier this summer.  He takes up his new post in time for new term.   

Commenting on the appointment Oasis Community Learning Regional Director for the Midlands, Chris Edwards, says, “Paul is an exceptional school leader with over a decade’s experience serving the children and families of Birmingham.  We are delighted that he is joining the Oasis family as the new Principal of Oasis Academy Woodview.”

“What was immediately clear was his passion for inclusion and for providing every child with the opportunities that they need to flourish.  He has the vision to take the Academy forward, and to build on the fantastic work that has already been accomplished.  I know that the pupils, parents and the wider community will provide Paul with a warm welcome.”

On his appointment as Principal of Oasis Academy Woodview, Paul Doddridge says, “It is a real privilege to be joining Oasis Academy Woodview as the new Principal, and I can’t wait to get started.” 

“I know that the Academy is a caring and nurturing school, where everyone’s progress and success matters and that remains the priority.  I want our pupils to leave us in Year 6 as confident, happy learners, ready for the next step and ready to fulfil their full potential.  I am really looking forward to getting to know the children, their families and our staff over the next few weeks.”