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Star Date: 4th October 2013

A Salford Star Exclusive

OASIS MEDIACITYUK ACADEMY PRINCIPAL LEAVES MID TERM

Patrick Ottley-O'Connor, the head teacher at the centre of the job losses storm at the Oasis Academy MediaCityUK two years ago which led to a pupil riot, has left the troubled high school this week.

A statement from Oasis noted that it was a "mutually agreed decision of Patrick Ottley-O'Connor to explore consultancy opportunities". The decision is puzzling as he has chosen to quit half way through the first term of a new academic year.

Full details here…


Patrick Ottley-O'Connor, the head teacher, or `principal', of Oasis Academy MediaCityUK has left the high school as of this week.

Ottley O'Connor was at the centre of a storm of teachers' strikes and a pupil riot two years ago when over a dozen staff were axed weeks before Christmas and half way through teaching exam courses (see previous Salford Star articles – click here and click here).

At the time, the Oasis Academy was based at the old Hope High School site on Eccles Old Road but has since moved to an imposing new building near MediaCityUK – and remains at least one third under its capacity of nine hundred pupils.

For a head teacher to leave a school in the first term of a new academic year is very odd to say the least but an Oasis spokesperson would only state…

"We can confirm that, effective this week, long-term staff member Patrick Rice has taken over the leadership of Oasis Academy MediaCityUK as interim Principal.

"This appointment follows the mutually agreed decision of Patrick Ottley-O'Connor to explore consultancy opportunities, using his vast expertise in the field of education. The Academy Council and everyone at Oasis would like to thank Patrick Ottley-O'Connor for his significant contribution and achievements during his tenure at the academy.

"They also extend warm congratulations to Patrick Rice on his new position, and believe that his knowledge of the community, his relentless focus and his deep understanding of parents' expectations will give him a great grounding to lead the Academy to new levels of success."

Expressing her surprise at the principal's departure, Judith Elderkin, Salford National Union of Teachers Assistant Secretary, told the Salford Star…

"The arrival of this Academy has been problematic since Salford Council helped to create an additional secondary school that wasn't needed, and it has not been able to attract enough pupils to make it viable as it is now on a site that is not surrounded by a large population. It has been a struggle since the mass redundancies in 2011."

Patrick Ottley-O'Connor, a former head of Todmorden High School, became principal of Oasis Academy MediaCityUK in 2010. He remains a Leadership Development Advisor for the Future Leaders Trust, which aims to "improve the life chances of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds by raising their attainment through school leadership"...

This afternoon, Ottley-O'Connor was still on the Oasis Academy MediaCityUK website welcoming potential pupils...

Matthew wrote
at 11:17:13 on 14 October 2013
I agree with Alan P. What a great opportunity to appoint a leader who knows Salford especially the children. Someone who can communicate with teachers, behave with honesty and integrity and actually trust teachers! There are some fantastic staff at Oasis who are being totally stifled, unable to voice anything any opinions in case of reprisals. Working under fear is not healthy and it really is about time someone at Oasis Central really took issue with this. Unfortunately, this of course won't happen as in appointing the new Head that have once again swept everything under the carpet.
 
Matthew wrote
at 20:20:13 on 11 October 2013
What sad news that yet again Oasis Academy is in the news for the wrong reasons. When I read the above article it brought a smile to my face as once again a Christian organisation has got away by not telling the truth. Did the head teacher really resign? That is something we will never find out as Oasis is very powerful. It wouldn't surprise me if the whole thing wasn't engineered by a certain Mr Rice who certainly has had a meteoric rise without a single interview. We all know how the language results improved under his leadership! As 'wrote' has written a man not be messed with and very ruthless much like most Future Leaders>
 
wrote
at 16:56:33 on 10 October 2013
A school run by useless bullies? Salford coucil backing it?? Who would believe it?
 
Alan P wrote
at 14:58:21 on 10 October 2013
Michael Felse, I agree. We should try to 'put the best into Salford. One point though. This school is lead by useless and incompetent people. The leadership of this place is made of bullies who are preoccupied by scoring points and max out their cv.Glad he's gone. Now let's clear out the rest of the incompetent 'dead wood'!
 
Tom Curran wrote
at 17:06:22 on 08 October 2013
When I first heard that they were planning to put this College here I thought immediately, what a stupid location for it. I used to work right on the site where it is and it was hopeless getting there unless you had your own transport. Right in an area jammed with traffic every morning and evening Its no wonder its under-subscribed. And as for 'Media City' location, whatever happened to Ordsall. Another part of Salford disappearing.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 16:50:02 on 08 October 2013
We must stop knocking the Oasis but talk it up. This is a new future for many young people in Salford. It is time we all worked to put the best into Salford. Instead of trying to throw water out of the bath tub lets look at reinvigorating our educational stream in the knowledge that motivation will give our learners the best of opportunity.
 
wrote
at 06:50:16 on 08 October 2013
oasis one yr wonder
 
heatherbelle wrote
at 19:02:10 on 05 October 2013
Who would want to consult a head teacher that failed and had to be replaced. Finally some justice for those he treated so badly.
 
Gareth L wrote
at 17:57:14 on 05 October 2013
Driving past the site, I think the NUT representative has forgot to mention that as well as being on a site, not near to a population. It doesn't appear to be near to any playing fields for PE. Then again Salford Council were told not to build the school by their own 21st Century Learning Commision. See Star article http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=998
 
Wilson wrote
at 10:57:09 on 05 October 2013
GOOD RIDDANCE
 
wrote
at 06:32:53 on 05 October 2013
You reap what you sow!!! Now you know what it feels like for the 13 people you sacked and the others you forced out. Rot in hell!!! By the way Rice is even worse than Ottley O Connor a horrible man.
 
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