Oasis announces new regional leaders

Oasis Community Learning has announced the appointment of three new senior leaders to provide additional leadership capacity in three of the four regions it works in. 

In the Midlands, Oasis Academy Hobmoor Executive Principal Paul Tarry has been promoted to Regional Director to lead Oasis’s eight primary schools in Birmingham and Worcestershire.  He replaces the long-serving Chris Edwards who has left the education sector to take up a new role with a charity in Coventry. 

Paul Tarry says: “When we made the decision to bring Hobmoor Primary School into the Oasis trust of academies in 2013, we were impressed by their stated commitment for inclusion, ensuring that every child makes good progress regardless of background or starting point.  Over the last five years, I have seen that dedication every day in our academies in Birmingham and across the country."

“I am honoured to have been appointed Oasis’s new Regional Director for the Midlands, a position with so much opportunity to serve the children and staff of eight different school families and their wider communities.  There is lots to do and we have exciting plans for our future in the region.”

In the South West, Mr Laurence Pitt has been appointed Oasis’s first Deputy Regional Director working with existing Regional Director Matt Butler.  Laurence was previously the Executive Headteacher of Ashley Down Primary School and Brunel Field Primary School, both of which are rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding.’  Mr Pitt is also the Chair of the Bristol Primary Heads Association.

Laurence Pitt says: “As a headteacher in Bristol, and my work with the Bristol Primary Heads Association, I know well the excellent work that Oasis is doing in the city to provide opportunities for every young person.”  

“Having met with the team I know that this is an organisation that has exciting plans in place that will make a real difference to education in Bristol.”

In London and the South East, Matthew Tiplin is to take up a new role as Regional Lead Principal, working with Regional Director Kirstie Fulthorpe.  An experienced educationalist, school leader and inspector, he will contribute additional leadership capacity and guidance to the principals and staff of Oasis’s fourteen academies in the region.

Matthew Tiplin, Oasis Regional Lead Principal in London and the South East, says: “Having worked in schools and for Ofsted in and around London and the South East throughout my career, I am aware of the excellent progress being made by Oasis academies across the region.  I am delighted to be joining an organisation that shares my passion for lifting young people’s aspirations and the expectations they have of themselves, and ultimately raising standards.”

Commenting on the appointments, John Murphy, CEO of Oasis Community Learning, says: “We are delighted to be able to announce that Paul, Laurence and Matthew will be joining Oasis, hugely experienced professionals who will have a hugely positive impact across the whole of our family of academies.” 

“As school leaders with track records of driving up progress for all students, I am excited about the knowledge and insight that they bring to us.”  

“With the addition of two new roles, and Paul taking the baton from Chris Edwards in the Midlands, we are creating additional leadership capacity and offering more support to our principals and teachers than ever before.  This is an exciting moment for our family of academies, and shows the ambition and commitment we have for our young people.”