John Mason School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with special academy status, located in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.HistoryEstablished as an old grammar school in 1960, Berkshire Education Committee named JMS after sixteenth-century intellectual, diplomat and spy Sir John Mason, whose picture can be found hanging in the school hall. He was born in Abingdon and educated at the nearby Abingdon School.Situated on Wootton Road, John Mason is centrally located in a four-way partnership of Abingdon schools known as 14:19 Abingdon. The other members are Larkmead School, Fitzharrys School and Abingdon and Witney College. The four partners share Sixth Form lessons. John Mason has approximately 1000 students as of 2007. Mrs Sarah Brinkley began as the school's new headteacher in 2015.Specialist school and academy statusThe three schools in the Consortium were granted Specialist School Status in 2004. John Mason focused in the visual arts department. This meant it will now received greater funding from the government to provide for specialist equipment. In 2006 JMS opened the 06 Gallery, a new construction reflecting the specialism, featuring many of the student artwork.Previously a community school administered by Oxfordshire County Council, John Mason School converted to academy status on 1 February 2014. However the school continues to coordinate with Oxfordshire County Council for admissions.