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A ‘clear vision’ as new principal is appointed at Oasis Academy Skinner Street

A ‘clear vision’ as new principal is appointed at Oasis Academy Skinner Street
Daniel Marsh

A Gillingham primary school has announced the appointment of a new principal who has a ‘clear vision’ and is dedicated to ensuring all pupils achieve their best.

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Oasis Academy Skinner Street in the heart of Gillingham, Kent is delighted to announce Ms Victoria Richmond as their new principal. Mrs Richmond joined the senior leadership team at Oasis Academy Skinner Street in September 2019, working with experienced Executive Principal Clare Wingrave.

“We are working together at the Academy to create a great teaching and learning environment, where children and staff are happy and proud of what they are achieving together,” says Oasis Academy Skinner Street’s principal Victoria Richmond.

“We have high aspirations for our young people, and will accept no limits to what they can achieve. That’s why our new academy motto is Inspire, Challenge, Achieve – we want the children to come to school excited about the day ahead, for them to be challenged, and then for them to achieve.”

Mrs Richmond’s career path is not typical of many teachers. Her early career was supporting young offenders, before working alongside soldiers to develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

“My experience before becoming a teacher was working alongside lots of young people who did not necessarily have the best time at school, which often also led to low self-esteem,” she explains. “That’s part of what I love about working in education now – as a team we have the opportunity to make school engaging for the next generation, and support them to make great progress so that eventually they will leave education with the qualifications they deserve and enthusiasm for the opportunities ahead.”

Clare Wingrave, Executive Principal at Oasis Academy Skinner Street commented on Mrs Richmond’s appointment, saying; “We are very fortunate to have Mrs Richmond join the senior leadership team at the Academy. Her enthusiasm and drive is already having a really positive impact across the whole school, and as such our pupils have had a great start to the new academic year.”

Adam Browne, Regional Director for London & South East at Oasis Community Learning, added; “Mrs Richmond is a school leader who has in-depth knowledge and her career shows her commitment to ensuring every child gets the support they need to make great progress. Under Mrs Richmond’s leadership, Oasis Academy Skinner Street will continue to provide an exceptional teaching and learning environment.”

“During Mrs Richmond’s interview, the panel were very impressed with her very clear vision and direction of the Academy, her expectations for teaching and learning, and a passion to ensure every child receives the very best education at Oasis Academy Skinner Street.”