Strood Academy’s Big Event

Strood Academy’s third annual “Big Event” took place on Wednesday 11th October. Run at the same time as Post 16 parents evening, all student groups from year 8 upwards were invited to attend with their parents and carers.


During a busy evening, up to 250 pupils and their parents took the opportunity to speak with universities, further education providers, apprenticeships providers and local businesses about potential future student destinations.

A notable new addition to those exhibiting was Louise Badelow, Leigh Aspire Programme Manager. Leigh Aspire is a new Leigh Academies Trust initiative that provides high achieving pupils with cultural and educational enrichment opportunities.

Ms Badelow commented “It was fantastic to be able to attend the Big Event at Strood Academy to talk to both students and their families about the many exciting opportunities available through Leigh Aspire”.


Sincere thanks to each and every one of the following organisations for attending:

Army Careers
Canterbury Christchurch University
Delphi Diesel
Goldsmiths, University of London
Kent Training and Apprenticeships
LAT train to Teach
Leigh Aspire
Mid Kent College
North Kent College
University of Greenwich
University of Kent
University of Westminster

I felt the event went very well, there was a lot of interest from those parents & students who stopped to talk and they all seemed interested. The organisation was good and the venue appropriate. Many thanks for inviting me to be a part of the event and I hope we can continue to support the Leigh Academies Trust at future events.” –Steve Smith, Delphi Diesel Systems

I thought that the event went really well. There was a high level of engagement and everybody I spoke to were really interested in all aspects of the event. I also managed to get rid of all of my prospectus’, which is always a positive! We would love to come again next year, and thank you very much for hosting us.” – Leon Harris, Outreach Officer,University of Westminster

We had a really positive experience – met some lovely students and parents. It seemed very well organised and you got a lot of traffic through the doors! We were always busy so thank you.” – Sophie Cawsey, Mid Kent College

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