Welcome from the CEO

Donna Lodge NewOur schools have their own identities but all share a common approach to encourage students to reflect and embrace challenges, learn from mistakes and develop the resilience essential in our rapidly changing world.

Exam results, apprenticeships and university places are important, but so too is the need to develop wider life skills, the communication abilities and confidence that will contribute to both job prospects and happiness. Our schools are keen to ensure the development of the whole person and be responsive to the needs and interests of individuals, whilst monitoring the horizons to ensure currency and value in the subjects offered.

Our Trust wide curriculum offer is broad and balanced providing students, regardless of ability or background, the opportunities to challenge themselves in national curriculum subjects as well as in less traditional areas for example in developing financial awareness and enterprise skills. Our schools emphasise the need for effective transition arrangements between key stages and teachers design learning experiences to build on prior attainment, whilst adopting a destination driven focus to develop ambition and heighten aspirations.  We make sure our students are able to use their vital subject knowledge in creative and practical ways and that they are provided with opportunities to build, apply and evaluate their skills in a variety of different contexts.

The curriculum is enriched through a variety of clubs and societies, through an extensive trips offering and through sporting and cultural events.  There are options to participate in cross Trust activities as well as at individual school level.

We believe in a collaborative approach with other non-Trust schools and lead the North West Kent Teaching School Alliance.  We are keen to work with non-selective and selective schools and across educational phases.  Local businesses are already committed to supporting the Trust in co-creating experiences to provide an authentic insight into the world of work. We would like to build links with even more local businesses to support students as they consider their career choices. There are so many ways that businesses can become involved, from helping teachers design projects and providing work experience placements to supporting within the classroom and bringing new ideas to our Trust and schools.  The necessity to influence qualification content and ensure students leave school with appropriate skills has never been more pressing. So please do get in touch and arrange to come and talk to us.

CEO

Donna Lodge BA(Hons), M.Phil, NPQH, NPQEL