Endless Possibilities

Endless Possibilities

Endless Possibilities

Endless Possibilities

Endless Possibilities

Welcome from the CEO

Kingfisher Learning Trust was established in September 2016 with much thought and based on strong beliefs. The Trust’s Intent is founded on respect for everyone within the Trust family by encouraging and celebrating diversity. Excellence is at the heart of all of Kingfisher’s work, and the Trust’s Vision is for ‘Endless Possibilities’, working creatively to find the best possible approaches in all aspects of its provision. A design principle of the Trust is to develop a continuum of provision across the Trust – bringing together the best practice from both special and mainstream schools, ensuring that every child and young person within Kingfisher Learning Trust receives an aspirational, engaging and appropriate curriculum offer, enabling all learners to grow as individuals and have the knowledge and skills to contribute to society.

Schools within the Trust include:

  • Kingfisher Special School in Oldham; a school for primary aged children with complex and severe learning needs
  • Medlock Valley Primary School in Oldham; a mainstream primary school (sponsored from 1stSeptember 2019).  This school has now been judged by Ofsted to be good overall (March 2024)
  • Halcyon Way School in Oldham; a new free school for primary aged children with less severe to moderate learning needs (opened January 2022)
  • Littlemoor Primary School in Oldham; a mainstream primary school (joined the Trust 1st January 2022)
  • Blackshaw Lane Primary School in Oldham; a mainstream primary school (joined the Trust 1st October 2023)
  • Cromwell High School in Tameside; a secondary special school with a sixth form for students with complex and severe learning needs (joined the Trust 1st April 2024)

As a values-led organisation and with an intent underpinned by integrity, the Trust is looking to work in partnership with like-minded schools with a similar culture, within Oldham and across neighbouring Local Authorities. As such, the Trust is not an expansionist Trust but one built upon meaningful and respectful relationships with high aspirations for all of the children, young people and staff. To this end, the Trust is planning to grow in three ways:

  • with mainstream Primary Schools, reaching out to enhance practice and inclusive provision
  • establishing new innovative Free Schools
  • welcoming Special Schools from beyond Oldham to further develop and enrich specialist provision.

The Trust remains resolute in ensuring that growth is not too rapid and as such, ensures that the necessary capacity, personnel and processes are in place to support any development. Schools within Kingfisher Learning Trust need to be within a coherent geographical cluster, with a shared sense of community, ethos and values to ensure they are all well supported.

Best Wishes,
Anne Redmond

Message from the Trust Chair

As Chair of the Board of Trustees of Kingfisher Learning Trust, I am pleased to introduce you to our organisation. We believe passionately in the importance of providing opportunities to succeed and prosper for all pupils and staff within the Kingfisher community. This means that we are never satisfied with the status quo but continue to look for ways to evolve and improve the standard of our provision and the impact that this has on outcomes for individuals and the wider community we serve.

We would encourage you to take the opportunity to visit us to see how we are putting our vision and values into practice or to meet to discuss ideas, share good practice and to talk about opportunities for mutual support, cooperation and collaboration.

Helen Crabtree

Our Schools

Halcyon Way School

Halcyon Way School will be a 140 place school for primary aged children and is being developed on a site on Gordon Street, Chadderton – on land to the rear of the current Kingfisher Special School. Admissions to the school will be for those pupils having an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority. The proposed...

Kingfisher Special School

Kingfisher Special School is the only Primary School in Oldham for children with complex and severe learning needs – a place of learning. At Kingfisher, we strive to ensure that all of our children are ‘Safe, Happy Learners’ whilst offering an exciting, creative curriculum which allows the children to learn in the best way possible for them.

Medlock Valley Primary School

We are delighted that in September 2019, Medlock Valley Primary School will be joining Kingfisher Learning Trust. We very much look forward to our learning journey together and hope that it is positive and rewarding as we work together to ensure we are getting it right for the children of Medlock Valley and those within Kingfisher Learning Trust. 

Littlemoor Primary School

Blackshaw Lane Primary and Nursery School

We are all striving towards the same goal, seeking to meet the best interests of the individual children in our care. We aim to create a happy, secure environment where children can learn with enjoyment and we hope that, by good example, they will grow up to be respectful, courteous and caring.

Cromwell High School

Cromwell High School; a secondary special school with a sixth form for students with complex and severe learning needs (joined the Trust 1st April 2024)