Who We Are
The Swale Academies Trust based in Kent came into being in September 2010 as one of the first few Academy Converter Schools based around Westlands School in Sittingbourne. As a National Support School and an Academy Sponsor Westlands and Swale Academies Trust have developed into one of the South East’s leading Academy Sponsors with currently four secondary schools and six primary schools within the Trust. Currently, the Trust provides support for other schools, located outside the Trust in Kent and East Sussex. Further schools are scheduled to join us during the next academic year. Swale Academies Trust is constituted as a multi-academy trust (MAT).
The Trust Principal, Jon Whitcombe, is a National Leader of Education and CEO of the Trust.
As the Trust has grown and developed we continue to ensure that effective school support and leadership is maintained, most of the schools that join us have had inherent weaknesses that need to be addressed. This involves intensive support and considerable levels of experience and intervention. The Trust’s approach to school improvement is based on a combination of CPD, capacity building and collaboration, with relentless focus on teaching and pupil progress, in order to effect rapid and sustained improvements in outcomes for young people.
The Trust has gradually grown over the past five years and has taken on schools with huge challenges and difficulties and helped create the conditions for success.
Swale Academies Trust currently contains four secondary schools:
- Westlands School – Sittingbourne
- Sittingbourne Community College – Sittingbourne
- Meopham School – Gravesham
- The Eastbourne Academy - East Sussex
The Trust are currently supporting The North School in Ashford, Community College Whitstable, Peacehaven Community School and The Causeway School. Currently, both Kent secondary schools are in receipt of an Academy Order in favour of the Trust.
Swale Academies Trust currently contains six primary schools:
- Westlands Primary School – Sittingbourne
- Regis Manor Primary School – Sittingbourne
- South Borough Primary School – Maidstone
- Beaver Green Primary School – Ashford
- Istead Rise Primary School - Gravesham
- James Dixon Primary School - Bromley
In addition Parkland Infants School, Parkland Junior School and Shinewater Primary School are in receipt of an Academy Order in favour of the Trust.
Purpose of the Trust
The purpose of the Trust is to develop good and outstanding schools and ensure the rapid improvement of schools with challenges. Our core business is school improvement and developing high quality leadership and management. The Trust is an organisation which is driven by the belief that all children deserve a good quality education where they are seen as special, unique and above all are exceptionally well cared for.
National Leaders of Education
National Leaders of Education (NLEs) are outstanding head teachers or principals who, together with the staff at their schools, use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances. In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.