Kingfisher Learning Trust was set up as a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) on 1st September 2016 by the then Kingfisher Community Special School. The Kingfisher Community Special School is now an Academy called Kingfisher Special School. Kingfisher Special School has been recognised as outstanding by Ofsted three times in 2007; 2010 and 2014 with no identified areas for improvement.
In the last inspection (2014), a standard was identified as ‘the Kingfisher way’:
“The quality of teaching has improved since the previous inspection, even though it was then also judged as outstanding. This is because of the relentless drive to do things the ‘Kingfisher’ way, a standard to which all staff aspire.”
The Trust is planning to grow wisely over the next few years and will be opening a new Free School, Halcyon Way, which will provide for 140 primary aged children with less severe to moderate learning needs.The Trust is also looking to work in partnership with like-minded schools with a similar culture, be they mainstream or special.
Kingfisher Learning Trust believes in collaboration and developing highly skilled professionals who understand their part, and the roles of others, in ensuring a culture of high aspiration. The Trust is well-led, ensuring that foundations and scaffolding are established to support staff development resulting in an empowered staff team with the confidence to educate the whole child.
Kingfisher has always been outward facing and successful in system leadership, developing reputation and practice in the support offered to other children, as one of the first National Teaching Schools and a National Support School, both within Oldham and across other Local Authorities. Children benefit from staff unceasingly developing their skills and expertise through reflective practice and coaching and a continually improving ethos – always asking why and how they can improve. Practice is based on proven outcomes towards educational excellence through review and research. Staff are encouraged and have opportunities to develop their skills in self-reflection to become responsible for their own development needs.
The Trust’s CEO underpins her work on collaboration and through the building of relationships. She has been the Strategic Lead for the Oldham Schools Alliance and a Commissioner on the Oldham Education and Skills Commission, now supporting the Oldham Education Partnership Board in providing leadership and governance to assist Oldham in providing coherent strategic leadership and governance.