The Blackbird Academy Trust has been in a period of transition since United Learning Trust assumed responsibility for the three schools in September 2018. This does not mark an end to the Dragon School’s engagement with the schools but does mark an end to its role in the formal governance structure. The Dragon remains engaged through outreach, shared events, teacher support to governing bodies and parent volunteers.
The Blackbird Academy Trust
Since 2013, Dragon School has been a lead sponsor of the Blackbird Academy Trust. In February 2018 an intention to merge with United Learning group of schools was announced. BAT Chairman, Chris Jones, noted the enormous contribution made by Dragon pupils, staff and volunteer parents to the BAT, giving examples of the joint music workshops with Oxford Philharmonic, the contribution of Dragon teachers to innovation and learning techniques, and the work of Dragon volunteer parents to the creation of a new library at Windale.
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Article in the Oxford Mail
In September 2013, three primary schools in the Leys area of Oxford became part of a new primary academy, The Blackbird Academy Trust, with Dragon School as the lead sponsor.
The Dragon and two other charities working in education, Family Links and the Hamilton Trust, now lead and support the new Academy as sponsors. The primary schools, Orchard Meadow, Pegasus School and Windale, retain their own identities under the umbrella of the Academy which is led by Executive Director, Jill Hudson.
The Dragon was pleased to accept the invitation to become a sponsor of the new primary academy as a natural extension of its existing partnership work with a number of local primary schools including Pegasus School. The Dragon has a long-held commitment to the education of children in Oxford and is keen now to extend and build on established relationships with partner schools to benefit more children, extend opportunities for learning and help them learn well.
In undertaking this important commitment to children in Oxford we are delighted to be working with our fellow sponsors. Family Links, through work with many schools (including the Dragon), has developed expertise in positive behaviour management and the creation of emotional support for good teaching and learning. The Hamilton Trust, which has also worked with many schools in Oxford, supports primary teachers nationally and has a particular specialism in maths.
Since the formation of the new primary academy, the Dragon pupils have taken part in a number of joint activities and visits with pupils from the three Blackbird Academy primary schools.