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Oasis Academy MediaCityUK say farewell to “incredible” Principal

Oasis Academy MediaCityUK will be saying farewell to their retiring Principal, Fiona O’Sullivan, this half term, with colleagues praising the impact that she has had.

Mrs O’Sullivan, who has been has the academy since June 2014, has helped the school achieve its strongest Ofsted grade. Over the summer, the Academy celebrated their best ever results with 73% of students achieving a higher-grade pass in English and 65% in maths. A brand-new community facility has also been established.

As Ofsted inspectors noted in their last report: “The principal has created the conditions which have led to the rapid improvement in the school through a combination of clarity, determination and humanity. She exemplifies the school’s ethos which is committed to the success of every pupil.”

Mrs O’Sullivan, Principal of Oasis Academy MediaCityUK said: “This Academy has been a huge part of my life, and I am so proud of everything that we have achieved. I would like to thank our talented staff and ambitious students for my fantastic time here. Oasis Academy MediaCityUK really is a wonderful place to learn.”

Marie Dillon began her career in Oldham and has been serving children and families in the North West for the previous 23 years. Progressing from a classroom teacher to Head of Year and then Head of Humanities, Marie joined Oasis Academy Oldham as Assistant Principal in 2010 and became Deputy Principal in 2014, before joining sister school Oasis Academy MediaCityUK as Deputy Principal in 2016.

Ms Marie Dillon said: “I am incredibly proud to have been appointed as Principal at Oasis Academy

MediaCityUK. It is a great privilege to serve this community and be part of the family of Oasis Community Learning academies.

“This Academy is on a journey to ‘Outstanding’, where every individual is celebrated for who they are and supported to be the very best that they can be.”

Rachel Jones, Regional Director for Oasis Community Learning, added: “I cannot praise Mrs O’Sullivan enough for all that she has achieved.

“She has been an incredible leader. She has drive, integrity and a real passion to support every student in her academy. I am sure that I join with the whole community to wish her a relaxing retirement – she deserves it.”

“I am, however, excited by the energy that Mrs Dillon will bring to the role. She has been a key part of the Academy’s journey in recent years, so have no doubt that Oasis Academy MediaCityUK will continue to go from strength-to-strength.”

"Marie is very excited to continue to build on positive relationships and the achievements of the Academy during Fiona’s leadership, whilst also maintaining a strong focus on the vision of the Academy moving forward. She said: “I look forward to working with the whole community as we strive for even greater success for our young people, and help them to become respectful and responsible global citizens.”