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Director of Performing Arts

Director of Performing Arts

Oasis Academy Oldham


  • Expired
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Apply by:
7 January 2018

Job overview

Oasis Academy Oldham is looking for a passionate and creative individual to develop a highly accessible and engaging programme of performing arts across the academy including the development of extra-curricular programmes. 

We are a school on a very strong trajectory. The school is in the top 3% of the most improved schools in the country for GSCE performance over the last two years, Ofsted has praised the progress that is being made and our ethos and outstanding £30 million state-of-the-art facilities ensure we are a vital hub for our community.

We are looking for a talented and inspiring Director of Performing Arts to be responsible for re-invigorating performing arts across the academy to ensure enriching and diverse opportunities in the arts are available for all students.

This is a role in which you will be able to make a real impact. As a vital member of a dedicated and talented Creative Faculty you will be able to ensure that we become a beacon for performing arts in the local community.

In return, we can offer a firm commitment to professional development, as we have a culture where talent and dedication is nurtured, recognised and rewarded. As Ofsted stated in their last inspection of Oasis Academy Oldham; “Teachers appreciate the many opportunities that they have to improve their practice through more training”.

Furthermore, through Oasis Community Learning, the opportunities to further your career are significant. Oasis has, for example, recently been successful in a bid to open a secondary free school within Oldham. This partner school will enhance the career opportunities available – making this a very attractive position for someone committed to furthering their career in education.

The schools are committed to meeting the needs of our community, but excellent transport links to Manchester and our proximity to the M60 mean that our staff are able easily able to reach us from a much wider area.

We are looking to appoint a colleague who will:

  • To develop an exciting programme of engaging and enriching activities for pupils to access
  • To galvanise students in their enjoyment of performing arts subjects
  • To re-design and re-modify the curriculum to ensure it meets performance measure requirements but also ensures an engaging programme for all students at both key stages  
  • To work with the community hub team to provide a wealth of performing arts opportunities for members of the community 
  • To work with an Assistant Principal to further to develop our ‘Cultural Offer’ for students 
  • To teach in the Creative faculty including the teaching of Drama 

In return you can expect:

  • A highly competitive salary and benefits including a generous pension scheme and access to our outstanding onsite gym, which is free to staff members 
  • Excellent and extensive opportunities for professional development 
  • The opportunity to join an organisation with a national reputation for consistently improving results and facilitating community transformation. 
  • Regional and national support towards career progression
  • A supportive and encouraging Senior Leadership Team who prioritise staff and value every individual 

If you are interested in becoming part of our team, building on our success and joining us on our exciting journeys, we would love to hear from you.  The Principal welcomes an informal conversation either by phone or school visit.To learn more about us or to download an application pack, visit our website: or email: 

Completed applications should be returned to 

Closing date for applications is: 12.00 noon on Monday 7th January 2017

Interviews dates to be confirmed.

Oasis is committed to making a difference to the lives of the communities it works in, and as such you must show a willingness to demonstrate commitment to the values and behaviours which flow from the Oasis ethos. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment and to undergo appropriate checks, including enhanced DBS checksOasis Community Learning supports Equal Opportunities Employment.Oasis Community Learning is a company limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales no. 5398529 and is an exempt charity under the terms of the Charities Act 1993 and 2006.

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About Oasis Academy Oldham

Oasis Academy Oldham is a dynamic school, focused on delivering outstanding outcomes for our community.

Our students get experiences that are the envy of many other schools and our results, while there is still a long way to go, are on a positive trajectory. Our wider community is diverse and our students are respectful and confident learners who deserve the very best. Our £30 million state-of-the art facilities are a reflection of this.

We also offer an extensive extra-curricular programme where our students can try their hands at everything from floristry to archery. Our school drama performances stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best. Students excel on the sports field and I am continually impressed by the active role that our young people take in shaping and enhancing our wider community.

Oasis Academy Oldham is a cheerful, friendly place in which everyone can feel at home and give their best. We insist on the highest standards of good behaviour, mutual respect and concern and we expect all students to take responsibility for themselves and for others.

Since my appointment I have been committed to recruiting, nurturing and recognising talented educationalists to help us build on the progress that is being made. We have a culture that actively wants to embrace new ideas and best practice that will support and engage our students. We want to challenge the norm and set our expectations high.

We regularly plan opportunities to develop the well being of our staff and ensure our communications strategy means that every member of staff has a voice, feels valued and able to contribute to our vision. Free staff gym membership and regular staff wellbeing CPD sessions are part of this commitment.

By joining Oasis Academy Oldham you will also be joining the wider Oasis Community Learning network, an organisation committed to the provision of high performing schools and healthy communities in a nurturing and inclusive system.  This means that the career progression opportunities for talented educationalists are enviable and the possibilities to develop your career are very clear.

That sense of community goes beyond the school gate; through our Community Hub we ensure that parents, carers and local families are also able to benefit from all that we offer.  We have created a community kitchen and run a financial inclusion project.

That is why I am so proud to be the Principal of this Academy. We are making huge strides as a school – and it really is a privilege to work with young people of which are community can be proud.

Yours sincerely,

Marie Dillon


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