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18th November 2013 NEWS RELEASE FROM OASIS COMMUNITY LEARNING Oasis Community Learning is delighted to announce the

appointment of Claire McAslan to the post of Principal Designate at Oasis Academy Romford, the new Primary Free School in the centre of Romford, which has been pre-approved by the Department for Education to open in September 2014. The school, which will open to an initial cohort of 90 Reception-aged pupils, will be a three form of entry school for children aged 4-11 years located on the former Oldchurch Hospital site on Union Road, Romford. The school aims to meet the boroughs critical need for new school places in the town centre. Ms McAslan, who will take up her new post on 1st January 2014, is currently Deputy Head of Queensbridge Primary School in Hackney. A graduate in Art History and Medieval Art History of St Andrews University, she has a distinguished track record in primary school leadership, having held leadership posts in three London primary schools and is a graduate of the National College for School Leaderships Tomorrows Heads professional development programme. Ms McAslan has been instrumental in raising teaching and learning standards in her previous schools, making significant gains in pupil achievement. She has a particular interest in curriculum development and in implementing innovative approaches to the use of ICT in the classroom. John Murphy, National Director of Academies, Oasis Community Learning, said: I am delighted that we have unanimously decided to of fer Claire McAslan the role of Oasis Academy Romford Principal Designate. Claire has a passion to create an outstanding new primary school in the heart of Romford, working in in partnership with the London Borough of Havering and the local family of schools in the area to offer children an excellent, innovative education. She also has a strong commitment to work alongside local businesses, and community organisations to deliver enrichment opportunities for pupils and their families as part of our wider community engagement in the area. Claire McAslan, Oasis Academy Romford Principal Designate, said: I am thrilled to be joining Oasis as the Principal Designate of the new primary school in Romford. I look forward to welcoming the first intake of Reception pupils next September and working with each one of them and their families to help them to be the best they can be. I aim for this to be an outstanding school from day one, offering a fresh and inspirational approach to learning for all our pupils.

A six week consultation period on the new academy begins on 18th November 2013 and will run until January 3rd 2014. Prospective parents and members of the wider community are invited to consultation meetings on 28th November 2013, to hear Steve Chalke, Oasis Founder, speak about the plans for the new academy. They will be able to ask any questions they may have about the proposal and share their views. A consultation booklet is available to download from our website and responses can be made online at: The meetings will be held at the Salvation Army, High Street, Romford, RM1 1JJ. There will be two sessions from 4.00pm-5.00pm and 6.00pm7.00pm. Parents or carers wishing to apply for a Reception class place for their child in 2014 should apply through the London Borough of Havering at by January 15th 2014. For more information, they should visit our website at

Ends Editors Notes: 1) Press enquiries please call Lucia Glynn, Programme Manager, Oasis Community Learning 020 7 921 4464 2) For more information about the school please visit our website:, visit our Facebook page: Oasis Academy Romford, follow us on Twitter: @oasisromford, or contact Julie Clay, Project Manager, by e-mail or by telephone on 020 7 921 4556