Academy Trust

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. To read more about the Abingdon Learning Trust, please click here


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.


Julie Tridgell, Director of Education

Julie has been working in education since completing her BA Hons degree and PGCE at Durham University. Throughout her career Julie has worked in a variety of leadership roles in challenging schools and took up her role as Vice Principal at Banbury School in 2000 and subsequently her first headship at Carterton Community College in January 2004 followed by  secondary headship in Swindon and latterly as a primary Executive Principal at Zouch Academy in Wiltshire. Having served as a Headteacher/Principal in several different authorities and in both the secondary and primary phases Julie has also contributed to wider educational provision throughout her career working closely with her peers on leadership development and coaching as well as a working collaboratively across schools and Head Teacher organisations including, on a national level, as a member of the Association of School Leaders Council.

Since leaving full time school leadership Julie has continued to broaden and enhance her professional work and skills set as an educational consultant working on developing high performing schools. Her work has focussed on three key areas of work: strategic and rapid school improvement, leadership development, and establishing effective governance working alongside different MATs and Local Academy Boards. Julie’s consultancy work has taken place in mainstream schools – both primary and secondary, an all through school as well as special schools. In addition, Julie has also specialised in governance and has worked as Chair of Interim Executive Boards for schools that are in special measures.


Julie lives in Oxfordshire with her husband Gareth, and they have three grown up children.