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Our Story

The Kingfisher and Fitzwaryn Schools are both Special Needs Schools based in South Oxfordshire, who joined together in 2013 to form The Propeller Academy Trust.

In forming the creation of the Trust, we have successfully embraced the role of being a sponsored school to support schools to achieve a minimum of good rating with Ofsted. We are delighted to be recognised for this aspect of our offering and proud to be the first and only Special Needs Trust in the county holding this status of Sponsor in Oxfordshire.

The Trust has been highly focused on the growth and capacity of our existing schools and has achieved over £1 million of development and investment across both schools, with the opening of new Sixth Form centres at each location. This continues to build on our financial stability for both schools, however more importantly has provided an increased provision for children in the local area or where specialist provision is needed out of area.

The Trust has been proactive in developing and streamlining central support services and providing systems for growth, whilst enabling smart working, strong succession planning and flexibility.

The Trust is a successful conduit for introducing sponsors and grants to our schools enabling enhanced facilities and experiences for our students. This remains a key focus for us in light of commercial demands and always wanting to achieve more for our pupils.

The schools within the Trust continue to provide high levels of progress and academic experiences for all students at all stages with many of our students entering successful employment within the community.