The Academy consists of eight schools, one secondary, one junior, one infant and five primary schools.
The Academy history begins in 2012. It was then that the three schools in Faringdon;
• Faringdon Community College (FCC)
• Faringdon Junior School
• Faringdon Infant School
joined together to form a small Multi Academy Trust. They already had close educational links and these became closer.
In 2014 the Academy expanded when five other schools, all of whom were part of the catchment of FCC, asked to join. These schools were:
•John Blandy Primary School in Southmoor
•Buckland Church of England Primary School, Buckland
•Longcot and Fernham Church of England Primary School, Longcot
•Watchfield Primary School, Watchfield
•Shrivenham Church of England Controlled School, Shrivenham
Under the ‘Faringdon Partnership’ banner all Academy schools, Headteachers, staff and pupils had previously worked together on many educational programmes and In-Service training activities. This strong working foundation has been built upon to create the exciting Multi Academy Trust of today.
The Academy strongly believes that each school should maintain its own distinct ethos and identity and also be fully embedded within its own local community, working with the support of a Local Governing Body.
The Academy has high ambitions for all of its schools with a core objective that all Academy schools should be ‘Outstanding’. This means achieving the highest of academic standards and striving for excellence in teaching and learning. In order to support this the Academy has a School Improvement team which works closely with all schools to improve the classroom experience for our young people.
However, our biggest strength comes from our collaboration as a group of schools with the shared belief that ‘if one fails we all fail, if one succeeds we all succeed.’
We have a central administrative structure that is designed to take a number of routine tasks away from the Headteacher thus allowing schools to focus their energies on their core activity. This would include support for building and repairs, HR and Health & Safety.
As an Academy we believe it is important that we add value to all member schools and provide a breadth of opportunity for our pupils that could never be replicated by any individual school.
We have a Saturday School which operates during term time catering for the majority of age groups and providing a variety of activities. Most recently we have offered archery, tennis, fencing, literacy, art meets Maths, clay and sketching. We are introducing a new Academy Choir under the Saturday School programme.
The Academy also provides a varied programme across the year of sports competitions and festivals, STEM activities and Junior Engineering projects. These range from cross country, TAG rugby, football, basketball, netball, Quadkids, tennis, Ultra Olympics, Able and Ambitious, Mechanisms, Animation, Electronics, Robotics and Public Speaking.
The Faringdon Academy of Schools is a dynamic, forward thinking organisation committed to ensuring that every young person that we look after has the best educational experience possible.
We also ensure our student councils have the opportunity to meet each other (and learn from one another) and in the summer term, there is a debating contest.