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 Dragon is the lead sponsor of a new primary school academy. From September 2013, three primary schools in the Leys area of Oxford are part of the new Blackbird Academy Trust.
The Dragon and two other charities working in education, Family Links and the Hamilton Trust, will help lead and support the new Academy as sponsors. The primary schools, Orchard Meadow, Pegasus School and Windale, will all retain their own identities under the umbrella of the Academy which will be led by Executive Director, Jill Hudson.
The school was pleased to accept the invitation to become a sponsor of the new primary academy as a natural extension of its 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 existing 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.
The Dragon is excited to be taking up this role and looks forward to working closely with Jill Hudson and her team. The Dragon is keen to create productive two-way relationships and hopes to learn from staff and children in all three schools of the new Blackbird Academy Trust.