Kent County Council approached Swale Academies Trust in March to support the Community College Whitstable. In a recent Ofsted visit CCW received a “Requires Improvement”. It has now been recommended that the Trust will provide support. This will add competencies, skills and attributes needed at the school.
Derek Trimmer, Executive Headteacher Secondaries, said that this is “an exciting opportunity for the Trust, we can work in partnership with the staff at Whitstable”. He went on to say that “this partnership is about maximising student potential, raising standards and giving them a world class education through the opportunities that already exist.”
The Trust has accepted to support and work in partnership with Community College Whitstable into their growing community of schools. CCW joins 8 other schools under the trust, including secondary schools Westlands School, Sittingbourne Community College and Meopham School. This positive collaboration will see staff from various Swale Academies Trust schools visiting and supporting staff at Whitstable, sharing good practice and developing effective systems.
The decision to join the successful local, Kent based organisation was not taken lightly. CCW Chair of Governors, Clarissa Williams, wrote to parents stating “This is to give CCW the opportunity to benefit from a sustainable and long-term model of high-quality school improvement that is based on proven good practice and collaboration”.
“It was not a decision we took lightly and in so doing we took into consideration all aspects of CCW provision and practice and all the opportunities Swale Academies Trust can offer us.”
“In particular Swale Trust is a local, Kent based organisation with clear lines of accountability.”
“Swale Academies Trust has a child-centred approach and recognises the uniqueness of individual communities within its school group.”
Support from the Trust for CCW will begin at the end of May.