Proposed partnership between Strood Academy and Leigh Academies Trust

Directors of Strood Academy recently decided to enter into detailed discussion on a proposal for Strood Academy to join Leigh Academies Trust (LAT). LAT has invited Strood Academy to join forces to create a Medway ‘cluster’ of academies, replicating the existing cluster models within LAT. Strood Academy, which already enjoys academy status, would become an important hub for this development and help to lead it.

Strood Academy is already a ‘Good’, large and thriving secondary school, which has a strong reputation and is highly popular amongst its local community, housed in magnificent new facilities on the western edge of Medway. The proposed partnership would aim to secure Strood Academy’s on-going improvement and long-term success. It would bring further opportunities for students and their families, as well as leaders, teachers and support staff. It would enable the sharing of ideas and expertise across a growing and highly successful group of academies which operate in healthy competition with one another to challenge, support and drive up standards for their students.

A final decision on the proposal is expected to be taken later this year.

Simon Beamish, Chief Executive of Leigh Academies Trust, said:

“This partnership will bring additional high quality expertise and resources to Strood Academy to continue improving the life chances of young people across the area. Leigh Academies Trust also looks forward to creating cross-academy initiatives and wider career development opportunities for staff. Strood Academy is well-placed to help lead a new ‘cluster’ within LAT, serving the Medway area. Our whole organisation is delighted by the decision of Strood Academy to begin detailed discussions and we look forward to developing a strong relationship from this point.”

Kim Gunn, Principal of Strood Academy, added:

“This is an extremely exciting proposal and will allow students and staff at Strood Academy to build on the solid foundation which has been created since its opening in 2009. It will provide opportunities for staff and students at Strood Academy to share good practice across the Trust and help further improve outcomes for children, enhancing their life chances. We are very much looking forward to being a part of such a successful Trust.”

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