Secondary School Improvement Update

At Swale Academies Trust we recognise that every child is capable of outstanding achievement. All of our academies provide safe, happy learning environments which celebrate and promote the production of beautiful work.

High aspirations, hard work and quality first teaching ensure that achievement remains at the very core of our provision for each and every academy.


'Governors have an accurate view of the school's strengths and weaknesses. They work well with the school's proposed sponsors, Swale Academies Trust, who provide very strong support to the school.'

The Whitstable School, Ofsted report March 2018

'The school have successfully embedded a culture of high ambition. Teachers have very high expectations of their pupils. Pupils have a positive attitude towards their studies and they thrive in this ambitious culture.'

Meopham School, Ofsted report February 2018


Our Secondary Academies combine traditional values, strong discipline and presentable uniform with the very best modern teaching and technology. We follow a broad and balanced curriculum with a wide range of extra-curriculum activities and experiences.

Key features across our Secondary Education provision include:

  • Well trained, highly resourced teachers who are ambitious for every student
  • Close tracking and monitoring of individual student progress
  • Focus on core subjects; English, mathematics and science
  • Targeted intervention and support, either in small groups or on a one-to-one basis for students who need it
  • Pastoral care of the highest order, engaging parents fully with their child’s education
  • Regular communication with parents and termly reporting


'Expertise from other schools within the Trust has been astutely drafted in by the executive headteacher. It has contributed to the rapidity with which the school has improved.'

Sittingbourne Community College, Ofsted report December 2017

'The Eastbourne Academy is supported by a representative of the Swale Academies Trust as a partner in school improvement. This support has successfully provided a framework for improvement in mathematics. Governors are in discussion to further develop this positive relationship.'

The Eastbourne Academy, Ofsted report February 2017

‘The Trust principal is relentless in his drive to ensure students succeed. He sets exacting standards for all and will settle for nothing but the best.’

Westlands School, Ofsted report October 2012


Secondary Improvement Team

The Secondary Improvement Team's key focus is to work with all Trust and Partner Secondary Schools in the Trust - developing and supporting leaders through challenging conversations to ensure rapid progress, innovative teaching and learning and shared good practice. It is comprised of Secondary Headteachers within our Trust and Partner Schools and Educational Advisors from around the county. 


'This is a rapidly improving school, because of the effective partnership between leaders from the school, the interim executive board (IEB) and Swale Academies Trust.'

Peacehaven Community School (Trust partner school), Ofsted report November 2018

'The Swale Academies Trust provides high-quality support and challenge for leaders and teachers. This has helped the school to improve.’

The North School (Trust partner school), Ofsted report October 2017