THREE Blackbird Leys primary schools have officially been taken over by one of the country's biggest multi-academy trusts.

Pupils returned to Pegasus Primary School, Orchard Meadow Primary School and Windale Primary School last week for the first term under the stewardship of United Learning.

The schools, which were formerly part of the Blackbird Academy Trust, have now become part of the 'super trust' which runs more than 60 schools across the UK.

In Oxfordshire United Learning already run the North Oxfordshire Academy and Hanwell Fields Community School.

Headteachers have said the move is necessary because it gives them access to a much bigger network - opening up access to shared expertise and pooled resources.

Jane Watret, chair of Pegasus Primary School, said: “All three schools are delighted to be joining United Learning.

"The schools work closely as a family and so it is only right that they join United Learning together.

“Joining United Learning provides the perfect opportunity to accelerate the progress that is already well underway at the three schools.

"By drawing on United Learning’s expertise and resources, the schools will be able to significantly enhance the opportunities available to pupils and provide children in this part of Oxfordshire with the education they all deserve.”

The move was first announced in February with the details finalised over the last few months.