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Sunday, 15 November 2015 17:28

Academy & Free School News October 2015

There were four new Converter Academies in Kent for October, all primary schools. Culverstone Green Primary and Riverview Infants are both in Gravesham.

Culverstone Green                                         Riverview Infants

Dymchurch Primary has joined The Village Academy Trust, based in Swale, and St George’s CofE (Aided) Primary in Sheppey has joined the Diocese of Canterbury Academy Trust. These four schools bring the total of current and proposed primary academies in Kent to 137 out of 432, or 32%. 

Dymchurch                                              St Georges Sheerness

Whilst t here are no new academies in Medway there are three new sponsored primary 'academies in progress', all currently in Special Measures, bring the total of current or in progress primary academies to 34 out of 79 or 43%.…….

When these become academies, the Special Measures classification is cancelled, thus reducing the number of problem schools in Medway! They are all being taken over by successful Medway Academy Trusts, but schools who have no previous additional academies attached: Byron Primary by the Westbrook Trust (Brompton Westbrook Primary School); Temple Mill Primary by the Howard Academy Trust and Twydall Primary by Rainham Mark Grammar School.

Whilst Riverview Infants in Gravesend has become an academy, the sister Junior School is in no position at present to make a decision, the headteacher having been removed earlier in the year, leaving much to be done to get the school back on track.  

You will find a full list of Kent and Medway academies and applications here; and a list of multi-academy Trusts here. When I started these sections they were quite straightforward, but are now becoming unwieldy and I am grateful for any errors that need to be corrected, or omissions and updates that need to be added.

I have currently no news of fresh Free School applications, but you will find details of current and proposed Free Schools here

Two recent articles on the website are both Medway based: the proposal by Chatham Boys’ Grammar, part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust to become co-educational, and a look at the Griffin Academy Trust, responsible for four Medway primaries.

Last modified on Sunday, 15 November 2015 19:04

1 comment

  • Comment Link Thursday, 26 November 2015 16:50 posted by Carly Grant

    I took my little boy to Riverview in Gravesend a few weeks ago. He absolutely loves it. I think the advantages of having a school in a lower populated area makes a big difference compared to those just outside London.

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