Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Who We Are

We are for community. A place where everyone is included, contributing and reaching their God-given potential.  

Established in 2004, our vision is to create "Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community."  Beginning with three secondary schools in Enfield, Grimsby and Immingham, we have since grown into one of the largest Multi-Academy Trusts in England, a growing family of 52 primary, secondary and all-through academies in five regions across the country. 

We serve over 32,000 young people, 47% of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds and 31% speak English as an additional language. 

Each of our academies, and the services behind them, are committed to creating exceptional entitlement that ensures that our students have real choice in their lives.  We want them to leave at the end of their time at school equipped, ready and eager to make the most of their next steps.     

We are also committed to a model of inclusion, equality, healthy relationships, hope  and perseverance and this permeates all aspects of the life and culture of each academy and the organisation as a whole. 

Oasis Hubs 

We know that great schools are only sustainable within happy and healthy communities. In order to tackle the root causes of disadvantage we seek to ensure that school improvement and community development go hand in hand. In this way, the improvement is likely to be deeper, mutually supporting and long lasting.   

Our academies are therefore just a part of an Oasis ‘Hub’ that provides wide-ranging and integrated services, designed to meet the needs of local people. Our shared aim is to work with and alongside disadvantaged children, young people, whole families and members of the wider community, empowering them to transform their neighbourhoods into places that are safe, supportive and full of opportunity. We want to see no one excluded or isolated, inclusive communities where every individual is supported to thrive and flourish. Find out more about Hub and what we do for our communities. 

Meet our National Leaders

Steve Chalke, MBE
Founder of Oasis

John Murphy

John Barneby

Lara Kyle

Philip Beaumont
National Director of Academies

Chris Chamberlain
National Director

Jill Rowe
Director of Ethos and Formation

Helen Arya
National Director of Learning
and Development

Rob Lamont
Deputy COO

Mark Orrell
Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Herminder Channa
Regional Director

Tom Verity
Regional Director
(South West Primaries)

Peter Knight
Regional Director
(South West Secondaries)

Joanna Lawton
Regional Director
(South Coast)

Louise Lee
Regional Director
(London & SE Secondaries)

Adam Browne
Regional Director
(London & SE Primaries)

Emma Merva
Regional Director
(North East Primaries)

Philip Beaumont
Interim Regional Director
(North Secondaries)

Emma Johnson
Regional Director
(North West Primaries)

Emily Hobson
Lead of Curriculum, Pedagogy
and Behaviour for Primary

Mark Thompson
Lead of Curriculum, Pedagogy
and Behaviour for Secondary

Paul Tarry
Director of People, 
organisation and Culture

Sarah Graham
Director of Compliance, Policy
and Legal

Chris Hodgins
Director of Property and Estates

Ben Cowdrey
Director of Communications

Amanda Craxton
National Head of Data


Sarah Otto
Data Protection Officer