John Mason School is part of the Abingdon Learning Trust, a multi-academy trust that has been established by John Mason School, Fitzharrys School and Rush Common School.
Being an academy does not change the joint partnership work by all three secondary schools and the college in the Abingdon Consortium and the wider partnership of primary schools in their shared commitment to the education of our children. JMS governors reaffirmed our commitment to the partnerships and to ensure equality and inclusive education remains at the heart of the school’s vision and values.
Conversion to an academy school does not have any effect on those children applying for admission as the Board will abide by the Admissions Code and applications will still be made through Oxfordshire County Council.
Opportunity – Collaboration – Ambition - Community
Abingdon Learning Trust is a family of schools rooted in local communities. Our vision is a bold one:
‘To nurture curiosity and fuel a passion for learning – shaping confident individuals and resilient communities, stronger together and ambitious for the future.’
But what does this mean for the staff and students at John Mason School?
For our students it is opportunity rich education; the chance to experience new things – in sport, music, science, languages, computing, the arts; through trips and visits delivered by authors, engineers, university lecturers, employers, actors, musicians, politicians – authentic learning experiences. We endeavour to make the connection between what children are learning and the potential it has to change their lives in the future. These opportunities should raise aspirations and show our students that if we work together, they can achieve whatever they set their minds to. This mindset is essential in the classroom when learning gets hard, growing the essential skills of grit, resilience and enquiry.
For our staff this vision means that their professional development is paramount; if our teachers are reflective in approach and provided with the time and support to continue training, then our students will achieve more. As a Trust our decisions are rooted in evidence, led by our Director of Research and Innovation, and we encourage our staff to be actively involved in research at local and national level.
I am extremely proud of the ethos and community at John Mason School, shaped by Abingdon Learning Trust. We believe in the power of young people to change the world; they just have to be shown how.
Executive Headteacher, Director of Secondary Education
Abingdon Learning Trust