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 and plans for the future are discussed between the head teachers of all three schools.
A valuable and unusual asset of the school is the Welsh Farm at Troedyrhiwgellifawr ("House in the grove at the foot of the hill"), which lies towards the end of a remote valley in West Wales near the village of Pumsaint and the town of Llandovery as well as being close to the Dolaucothi Gold Mines (Landranger Grid Reference: SN676442). It is surrounded by forested hills and sheep farms and is somewhat isolated from other properties. Students commonly undertake a four day trip while in Year 9, and some have the option to revisit in Year 10 for a Geography Fieldwork trip, Year 11 for a Triple Science Observational Cosmology Trip and in Year 12.
The John Mason Association (referred to as the JMA, the 'friends' of John Mason School) own and run the Welsh Farm, which is visited by nearly all students, and used for field trips, tutorial group visits and other specialised trips. The JMA purchased the farm in 1969 for £1500 and renovation has been ongoing ever since. The majority of students love the farm and many request to return after they have finished their GCSEs in Year 11.
Troedrhiw is available for hire by current and past JMS parents, students and staff.
Alumnus Frank J. Wood '74 Makes Gift to Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary Accounting Program
Nov 16, 2011; The Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary announces a gift from Frank J. Wood, a 1974 alumnus. The $3 million...