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Thomas Raymond appointed as Principal of Oasis Academy Arena

“We are creating a vibrant school for this community to be proud of”

Mr Thomas Raymond, an experienced school leader with a track record of driving up standards for all students, has been appointed as Oasis Academy Arena’s new principal. 

Mr Raymond is an experienced educationalist who has dedicated his career to the progress of the young people of South London.  Following his graduation as a maths teacher, he has taught in schools in Croydon, Surrey and Wandsworth. 

Over the last six years, he has developed his ability as a senior leader of schools, having been an Assistant Head teacher and then Deputy Head teacher at an inner London secondary school. 

In the interim between the resignation of the Academy’s previous principal Mr Griffiths last summer and Mr Raymond’s appointment, experienced Executive Principal Di Morgan has led the school providing continuity for the students while maintaining the Academy’s high expectations.  Ms Morgan will continue to support Mr Raymond for a short time as he takes on the leadership.  

Commenting on his appointment Mr Raymond, Principal of Oasis Academy Arena, says: “I am honoured to have been appointed as Principal of Oasis Academy Arena, and I am very much looking forward to working alongside our students, staff and families.”  

“During my career in education I have taught in schools across South London, including Croydon which is a town I know well.  With our fantastic facilities, dedicated staff team and aspirational young people, we have a fantastic opportunity to create a vibrant learning environment and outstanding school which this local community so richly deserves.”

Kirstie Fulthorpe, Oasis Regional Director for London and the South East, says: “We are delighted that Mr Raymond is Oasis Academy Arena’s new Principal.  He has a longstanding track record of progressing schools, and at interview we were impressed both by his vision for the Academy, and his career-long dedication to the young people of this community.”

“Oasis is committed to providing our young people with the ‘Outstanding’ school that they deserve, and with Mr Raymond leading the Academy we are in an extremely strong position moving forwards.”