Community Strategy

Our ambition is to make The Oxford Academy a centre for community learning and opportunities. We believe that the Academy must be outward facing, innovative, engaged and trusted. Of course schools are about young people, what they learn and do, but there is much more. We live in a local community and we are part of a city and a county, so it is vital work together to improve and enrich the lives of everyone.


With our community we established five principles and from these we worked out our four aims. In turn came seven important priorities. These have guided our work during the last two years. We are regularly reviewing our principles, aims and priorities to make sure they are relevant and successful.


Our five principles

Connect Together Create Develop Value

Be at the heart

of the community

Be of benefit

to all of us


Be ambitious

and inventive


Build partnerships

and sustain them

What we do 

must make a



Our four aims:

  • To provide a rich variety of learning opportunities for our community
  • To give people from our community the chance to progress further, whatever their age, skills, interests and starting points
  • To support the wider needs of our community and contribute to its development and growth
  • To build sustainable partnerships which can benefit the community

Our seven priorities:

  • Improve literacy and numeracy
  • Have better links with our primary schools
  • Broaden and enrich our curriculum
  • Develop a wider learning community – improving parental engagement, family and adult learning, holiday programmes and leisure activities
  • Improve employability skills, to include apprenticeships and entrepreneurship
  • Create opportunities for Young Leadership
  • Be a focal point for community provision and services, including nursery provision

A lot has been achieved:

  • Developing community education provision including :
    • Free Maths and English GCSE
    • Free ESOL classes
    • Free ICT classes and clinics
    • Level 5 Sports Massage
  • Partnership with Oxford United
  • Literary Festival
  • Art Festival
  • TOA Play   -  13 Primary Schools engaged with school sport provision
  • Primary school links
  • Parent toddler reading group
  • Parent Forum
  • In school volunteering opportunities
  • Successful planning and bid for new nursery with Peeple
  • Old School Intergenerational project
  • Old School nationwide pilot schools
  • Successful link with Silver Robin
  • Interact club special recognition award for charity work from the Rotary Club
  • Work with Youth Ambition
    • Blackbird Leys Youth Forum set up
    • Youth Ambition Leadership Group attending City Council meetings and running events
    • Summer school programme
    • Allotment project
    • Fit for Prom
    • Student council
  • Holiday activity programme
  • Race Team project with the support of Oxford City Council and The Engineering Trust
  • Grub Club – family cooking
  • Family Links
  • Tougher minds
  • Ethnographic research with Oxford City Council
  • Excellent Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance provision working in partnership with
    • Oxford Brookes University
    • IntoUniversity
    • Business in the Community
    • Unipart
    • O2i
    • BMW
    • Oxford City Council
    • Oxford United
    • Inspiring the Futures
    • Landmark Securities – Westgate Alliance
  • Developing effective partnerships and relationships with local and national business
  • Work with Leys CDI
  • T Shirt printing project
  • Music technology project
  • Successful bid for additional 3G football pitch
  • Effective links with community sporting clubs such as tennis, fencing, table tennis
  • Partnership with The Oxford Summer School for an Arts and Crafts Summer School
  • Developing activities all ages and abilities
  • Several groups of international students have been involved in successful education integration programmes