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Academy Council

The Academy Council plays a vital role in the life of Oasis Academy Long Cross. It is comprised of members of the local community, the local authority, parent representatives, a member of the support staff and a member of the teaching staff. Meeting 6 times in the evening throughout the academic year, the Academy Council acts as ‘critical friends’ on issues of attainment and performance, whilst also being very involved in ensuring the development of a thriving and holistic community Hub.

The Academy Council does not have the statutory responsibilities of the Academy, these are held at national level by the OCL Board. All Academy Councillors are appointed by the Oasis Community Learning National Executive.

Oasis Academy Councils are made up of between 7 – 15 people. This list is updated every six months or annually. All Academy Councillors are appointed for a 3 year term of office unless stated otherwise.

Contact us to find out more about volunteering as an Academy Councillor and make the difference to your community today! 

Academy Council


Appointed By/Category

Role on AC

Date Appointed

End Date

Business/Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions, or any interests arising from relationships between academy councillors and academy staff)

Attendance for Academic Year '17/18

Julia Dauban Oasis / Staff Principal, Oasis Academy Long Cross 01/09/2014 Ex Officio Oasis Academy Long Cross Employee 1/1
Shay-Marie Smith Oasis / Parent Special Educational Needs (SEN) & Inclusion Link 17/09/2015 18/11/2018 None 1/1
Zoe Edwards Oasis Parent Safeguarding Link TBC TBC None 1/1
Ellie Harding Oasis / Sponsor   18/5/2015 17/05/2018 None 1/1
Susan Saunders Oasis / Staff Support Staff 01/09/2014 31/08/2017 None 1/1
Tim Bray Oasis / Staff Hub HR Lead and Academy Business Manager 01/09/2016 31/12/2018 Oasis Academy Long Cross Employee 1/1
Liz Jahn   Council Secretary     None 1/1
Jill Longman Oasis / Sponsor   15/06/2015 14/06/2018 None 0/1
Mark Pepper Oasis / Sponsor Community & Premises & The Hub Link 01/01/2016 31/12/2018 None 0/1
John Geater Oasis / Sponsor Chair / Health & Wellbeing link / Marketing & Community, Website & IT Link 01/09/2014 31/08/2018 None 1/1
Chris Potter Oasis / Staff   TBC TBC Oasis Academy Long Cross Employee 1/1
Aisling Bennett Oasis / Sponsor   17/09/2015 16/09/2018 Oasis Academy Long Cross Employee 0/1