The Gallery Trust currently has two special schools in its Trust – Iffley Academy and Bloxham Grove Academy.
Iffley Academy is located in central Oxford, and is Oxfordshire’s largest special school, with 147 pupils on roll. Rated as Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2015 and formerly known as Iffley Mead School and Isis Academy, there has been a special school on the site in Iffley since the 1960s. Iffley Academy is designated as a National Support School and the Head Teacher, Kay Willett, is a National Leader in Education. Iffley Academy recently achieved the Restorative Services Quality Mark from the Restorative Justice Council – the first special school to receive this award, and is a Strategic Partner of the Oxfordshire Teaching School Alliance.
Planning is underway for the Academy to be re-built on its site in Iffley, and building of new school buildings will commence in 2018.
Bloxham Grove Academy The Department for Education have given the go-ahead for the Trust to open a new special free school. Bloxham Grove Academy is currently in the pre-opening phase of planning and while an opening date is not yet available, the Trust hopes that this new provision for students with SEND will open in 2020.
The new Academy will cater for 100 students with SEND by year 4 of opening, and will be co-located with another school on a rural site in North Oxfordshire.
The Gallery Trust is in consultation with two Oxfordshire special schools, Springfield School in Witney and Bardwell School in Bicester, with a view to the schools joining the Trust.