Simon Beamish, CEO of Leigh Academies Trust
  • Simon Beamish awarded Fellowship of the Chartered College of Teaching (FCCT)
  • Fellowship recognises significant contribution of teachers and leaders to the profession
  • Most prestigious membership offered by the professional body for teaching

The Chartered College of Teaching, the professional body for teachers, is pleased to announce it has conferred the status of Fellow on Simon Beamish, CEO, Leigh Academies Trust. Fellowship is the highest and most prestigious membership of the Chartered College and recognises the achievements, skills and expertise of teachers and leaders. 

To become a Fellow, an individual requires at least 10 years teaching experience and to have shown a significant and sustained contribution to the teaching profession. Fellows of the Chartered College, who receive the post-nominals FCCT, play an important role in shaping the future of the profession and supporting future generations of teachers to deliver the best education for young people.

Simon Beamish has been CEO of Leigh Academies Trust since 2013. The Trust is now responsible for 31 academies across SE England, serving 20,000 children and families and employing 2,500 highly talented staff. It has access to considerable resources of £135m per year and uses this to benefit children across the region. As well as running academies, the Trust is responsible for a large teacher training organisation, called Kent and Medway Training, Thames Gateway Teaching School Hub and a growing apprenticeship provider, named LAT Apprenticeships.

Simon Beamish, CEO, said: “I am delighted to have been appointed a Fellow of the Chartered College. All LAT teachers are now Members of the Chartered College and enjoy access to its evidence-based training materials which help to develop expertise in teaching across the Trust. This membership recognises our serious commitment to ongoing teacher training and the value that we place on colleagues pursuing careers through the profession. This commitment will further raise the quality of teaching throughout our organisation and children will benefit as a result.”

Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, said: 

“On behalf of the Chartered College of Teaching, congratulations to Simon on becoming a Fellow. This richly deserved recognition is given to highly experienced colleagues working across the profession. Our Fellows have an important role to play in raising the status of teaching and supporting teachers to be the best that they can be. I look forward to our work together.”

Simon joins 800 other Fellows across the country. Visit to find out more about applying to become a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. 

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Notes to editors:

  • The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teachers. We are working to celebrate, support and connect teachers to take pride in their profession and provide the best possible education for children and young people. We are dedicated to bridging the gap between practice and research and equipping teachers from the second they enter the classroom with the knowledge and confidence to make the best decisions for their pupils.
  • Leigh Academies Trust is a non-profit making charitable company, based in Strood, Medway. The Trust exists to support and assist schools to build upon their existing strengths and to help them achieve educational improvements in order to positively shape the lives of our students and the communities we serve. We now operate 31 academies along the South Thames Corridor, structured into 4 clusters. Our clusters contain all phases of education, from nursery to post-16. Each one has a passionate commitment to inclusion. The Trust was formed in 2008 with the linking of the Leigh Technology Academy and Longfield Academy under one governing body. It now encompasses 20,000 students between the ages of 2 and 19 and we employ over 2,500 staff across the South East.
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