Last week, as pupils in Oxfordshire returned to school after the summer holidays, pupils at Pegasus Primary School, Orchard Meadow Primary School and Windale Primary School marked a new chapter as they joined United Learning. The schools in the Blackbird and Greater Leys estates, which were formerly part of the Blackbird Academy Trust, have joined United Learning which has a number of Oxfordshire schools including North Oxfordshire Academy and Hanwell Fields Community School.
As part of United Learning, pupils at the three schools will be able to enjoy exciting activities designed to enhance their overall school experience and staff will benefit from the Group’s wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities.
Jane Watret, Chair of the Executive Governing Body of the three schools, said:
“All three schools are delighted to be joining United Learning. The schools work closely as a family and so it is only right that they join United Learning together.
“Joining United Learning provides the perfect opportunity to accelerate the progress that is already well underway at the three schools. By drawing on United Learning’s expertise and resources, the schools will be able to significantly enhance the opportunities available to pupils and provide children in this part of Oxfordshire with the education they all deserve.”
Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning, said:
“We are very pleased that the three schools have joined us and we look forward to working with pupils, staff and parents over the coming years. Since January, we have been working very closely with the schools and we have been impressed by their many strengths, including their focus on pupils’ personal development and welfare. This is something we are very keen to preserve and build on.
“Across the schools, pupils already enjoy excellent extracurricular and enrichment opportunities. Through our commitment to delivering an Education with Character, we will seek to enhance these opportunities and pupils will now have the chance to participate in our many events and programmes designed to introduce them to a broad range of different experiences. We look forward to including pupils in our group-wide events and activities alongside our other schools in Oxfordshire.”