Dartford Primary Academy is a member of Leigh Academies Trust. We benefit hugely from collaboration both in terms of staff training, expertise and resources. We are stronger as part of the trust and the opportunity to work closely with experienced and outstanding practitioners across the trust.
The Trust is a non-profit making charitable company limited by guarantee, based in Dartford, Kent. The Trust exists to support and assist schools to build upon their existing strengths and to help them achieve rapid educational transformation. It has significant experience in running schools, and today includes both traditionally sponsored Academies and schools, which have chosen to convert to Academy status.
The Trust was formed in 2008 with the linking of The Leigh Technology Academy and Longfield Academy under one governing body. The Trust has since expanded, and to date encompasses around 15,000 students, between the ages of 2 and 19, in primary, secondary and special academies.
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.