New Principal

Nigel Whittle to take Oasis Academy Oldham to ‘new levels of success’

An Oldham based Academy is taking the next step in its journey toward academic excellence with the appointment of a new Principal.

Oasis Community Learning has appointed Nigel Whittle as Principal of Oasis Academy Oldham on Hollins Road, Hollinwood.  He took up post at the start of this academic year on September 1st.

Throughout his career, Nigel has played an instrumental role in helping schools raise standards and expectations, ensuring that students have the best chance of achieving their academic potential.  He was formerly the Head Teacher of Havelock Academy in Grimsby, which under his leadership saw the number of students achieving at least five good GCSEs including English and Maths rise by 24% percentage points, exceeding national progress rates for all groups of students.

When Havelock school was visited by Ofsted in May, inspectors praised the leadership of the Principal, noting that “leaders and managers have had a relentless and effective focus on improving teaching.”

Nigel Whittle says, “Students only have one school career. It is the responsibility of the Principal to ensure that all who are involved in that career do everything within their power to ensure that it a rewarding and fulfilling experience, one where every opportunity is taken, every talent is developed and all potential is nurtured and fulfilled.

Oasis Academy Oldham has been on an incredible journey since it opened in 2010.  I am really looking forward to working with the whole Academy team and the wider Oasis family to ensure that expectations are continually raised and that together we reach new levels of success, constantly striving to make our vision of placing exceptional education at the heart of the community, a greater reality.”

John Murphy, CEO of Oasis Community Learning, says, “We’re incredibly excited about the new sense of energy, dynamism and direction that Nigel will bring to the team.  I know I speak on behalf of the Academy Council, staff, students, families and wider community members as I welcome Nigel to Oasis Academy Oldham.”

Oasis was founded in 1985 and exists to help people lead full lives through strengthening communities.  Currently working in 11 countries across the world, Oasis is involved in projects as diverse as helping people trapped in poverty in India to pioneering education in the UK.  Through its educational trust, Oasis Community Learning, Oasis is one of the largest providers of academies in the UK, currently responsible for 48 primary and secondary academies across the country. 

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