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Academy Groups

 Last updated in August 2021

There are now a large number of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) that in many ways act like mini Local Authorities except for the mandatory responsibilities which stay with the LA, including: place planning; aspects of Special Education Needs; responsibility for excluded children; accountability to the locality; standards; and the bureaucracy that inevitably accompanies local authorities. These MATs stem from many different types of foundation, including: charities; church groups; individual successful schools; organisations that also supply schools services where they make their profits; a number of schools getting together as a co-operative. 

Many of these incorporate Sponsored Academies, who are usually taken over by more successful schools, MATs or other organisations.

There is no pattern for the structure of academy groups, but the following list attempts to list every Trust with an interest in Kent and Medway schools.  Currently, the government is putting pressure on Local Authorities and many school governing bodies in an attempt (largely successful) to force them into academy partnerships. There is often no public consultation for these conversions and it is not until the decision is announced that one can be sure this is happening. Often there is great secrecy about the process. 

 You will find the full list containing every academy in Kent and Medway (I am happy to be updated or corrected on this information) below. At the foot of the list come single school MATs, presumably having taken this status with the unfulfilled intention at present of expanding, and Single Academy Trusts (SATs). 

There are 62 MATs with more than one school across Kent and Medway. These include just nine with the government target for Trusts to have a minimum of 12 schools in them, most including schools outside the county, although The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust (Aquila) and Kent Catholic Schools Partnership are purely Kent based. 21 have just two or three schools in them, so some way to go before achieving the target, and likely to come under government pressure to amalgamate with others. 13 are classified as MATs with only a single school in them, presumably having had the ambition to expand, and 45 SATs, presumably happy to exist on their own. 

The individual Academies page lists every academy by District (or area in the case of Medway). Likewise the Free Schools page (although needing an update). 

There is much more information about every Kent and Medway secondary school individually via the links. 


Many headteachers subscribe to this site. Over the years I have had too many reports of acquisitive Multi-Academy Trusts, attempting bullying tactics to force schools to join them. Another trick typically confirmed the promise of a 5% levy to go to the MAT then increased it to 8% after contracts were signed. Take care.

The following abbreviations are used: (C) Converter Academy; (Sp) Sponsored Academy; (F) Free School; Multi-Academy Trust (MAT); Single Academy Trust (SAT), University Technical College (UTC).
Multi-Academy Trusts
 Academies Enterprise Trustcomprising 31 secondary academies, 32 primary academies, and four special schools, stretching from Essex to the Isle of Wight, including  St James the Great Academy (S), in Malling AET was told by the DofE to pull out of sponsoring two additional Portsmouth schools and focus on raising standards in its existing academies. See article here. As a consequence, it also lost three Maidstone primaries to Leigh Academies Trust. It has had periods of controversy over standards subsequently.

Ace Learning Trust: Federation of Hamstreet (C) and Furley Park (C) Primary Schools

Aletheia Anglican Academies Trust: based at St George's CofE School (C), Gravesend. Incorporating: Shorne CofE Primary (C) & St Botolph's CofE Primary (C), both of Gravesend; Stone St Mary's CofE Primary (C, Greenhithe); Horton Kirby CofE Primary (C). Sutton-at-Hone CofE Primary (C), Rosherville CofE (Sp),  Holy Trinity CofE VA Primary (C). It will run the new Alkerden Secondary School in Ebbsfleet as an all-through school. Is taking over the Cliffe Woods Academy Trust with its two schools, Cliffe Woods and Halling primaries. 

Alternative Learning Trust: Two Alternative Provision establishments including North West Kent APS. Is taking on the Will Adams Centre in Medway.

Barton Court Grammar School Trust: including Charles Dickens School, Ramsgate, after a troubled history (S), taking over new Barton Manor Free School on site of now-closed Chaucer Technology School, opening 2022 having slipped by three years.

Barnsole Academy Trust: Now closed and incorporated into the Maritime Academy Trust.

Brook Learning Trust (now part of the Leigh Academies Trust), was based on Hayesbrook School (C), incorporating: High Weald Academy (previously Angley School) (S) and Ebbsfleet Academy (previously Swan Valley School), Ebbsfleet (S). See article. Probably the worst performing Trust in Kent.

The Canterbury Academy: The Canterbury High School (C) and The Canterbury Primary School (C). Also runs the Canterbury 14-16 ACP PRU  and The Canterbury Youth Service.

Castle Trust: Had Delce Academy, Rochester taken away from it and now runs just one primary school in Hampshire.

Chancery Education Trust currently runs three primary schools in Bromley, and is to take on the new Chapelfield School in Maidstone. 

Character Education Trust: previously called Divergent Partnership Trust: based at Wrotham School, is to take over Aylesford School (S), but PFI issues have been blocking this for years.

Cliffe Woods Academy Trust (to be merged, taken over by Aletheia Trust): Cliffe Woods Primary School; Halling Primary School, both Medway.

Coastal Academies Trust (Previously Dane Court and King Ethelbert Academies Trust): Dane Court Grammar School (C); Hartsdown Academy (C); King Ethelbert School (C); Cliftonville Primary (Sp). The Trust has taken over the Royal Harbour Academy (not yet an Academy), previously Ellington and Hereson having absorbed the now-defunct Marlowe Academy, in Ramsgate. There may be problems with this application as described here.  The Trust ran Charles Dickens School in Broadstairs for a while, before KCC passed it over to St George's CofE, also Broadstairs, and it has now passed on to Barton Court as a Sponsored Academy. See latest article on the controversial new secondary school in Thanet, with here, its implications for Hartsdown and Royal Harbour.

Connect Schools Academy Trust  (previously Crofton Schools Academy Trust): Comprises three primary schools in Bromley, together with Cage Green Primary (S) in Tonbridge and the new River Mill Primary in Dartford (F) further details here.  

Coppice Primary Partnership: Coxheath (C)  and Loose (C) Primary Schools, Maidstone; St Katharine's  Primary, Snodland (S)

Cygnus Academies Trust, Brent Primary (C); Manor Community School, Swanscombe (C), Westgate Primary, Dartford (Sp), Royal Rise Academy, Tonbridge (previously St Stephen's); Greenlands Primary School (C), Dartford (previously Darenth Community Primary School); Dartford Bridge Community Primary (S). 

Deal Education Alliance for Learning Trust, Deal Parochial CofE Primary (C); Hornbeam Primary (C); Northbourne CofE Primary (C); Sandown (C); Sholden CofE Primary (C); The Downs CofE Primary (C); Kingsdown and Ringwould CofE Primary (C).  Worth Primary (C). See article.  

 The Decus Educational Trust; previously the Gravesend Grammar Schools Academies Trust. Also includes Whitehill Primary (C). A disastrous venture to take over Kings Farm Primary School was abandoned in the midst of a scandal, also incorporating Whitehill. 

The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust (Aquila): All Souls CofE Primary, Folkestone (C); Archbishop Courtney Primary, Maidstone (Sp); Brenzett CofE (Sp); Charing CofE, Ashford (C); Charlton CofE Primary, Dover (Sp);  Dymchurch Primary (C); Eastchurch Primary, Sheppey; Kennington CofE Junior (Sp); Kingsnorth CofE (C); Reculver CofE Primary (Sp); St Eanswythe's Cof E Primary, Shepway; St George's CofE, Sheppey (C); St Mary's CofE Primary, Ashford (C);  St Mary of Charity, CofE (Aided), Faversham (Sp); St Nicholas CofE, New Romney (Sp); Sandwich Infants and Temple Ewell Church of England Primary (Sp). The Trust also sponsors three additional Single Academy Trust schools: Christ Church Church of England Juniors in Ramsgate (Sp); The John Wallis CofE Academy (Sp); St Laurence in Thanet Church of England Juniors (Sp).  See item about the successes of the Trust.

The Dover Federation of the Arts Multi Academy Trust: based at Astor College for the Arts (C), incorporating Barton Juniors (C); Shatterlocks Infants (C); Whitecliffs Primary College of the Arts (C).

Education for the 21st Century: eight primary and secondary schools, mainly in Bromley, but including Spires Academy in Canterbury. 

EKC Schools Trust: Briary Primary, Herne Bay; Bysingwood Primary, Faversham; Holywell Primary, Upchurch; and Queenborough School, Isle of Sheppey. Article about the new Trust here.

Endeavour MAT: Wilmington Grammar Boys; Wilmington Grammar Girls.  Stone Lodge School, a new Free Secondary School in Dartford, opened in 2019. The Trust has received approval for the new Gravesend Central School

Fort Pitt Thomas Aveling Academy Trust: Fort Pitt Grammar School Chatham (C) & Thomas Aveling School (C) (joint lead schools);  Robert Napier School (Sp); Phoenix Primary Academy (previously Phoenix Junior Academy and Glencoe Junior School) (Sp); Balfour Junior (C). 

Fulston Manor Academy Trust, Sittingbourne.  based on Fulston Manor School: South Avenue Juniors (Sp) and South Avenue Infants (C). 

 Future Schools Trust, Maidstone. Comprises Cornwallis School (Sp), New Line Learning Academy (Sp), Kent's first Free School - Tiger School (F), primary. Was to be re-brokered in September 2018 following poor performance, to Every Child Every Day Academy Trust, but this has been revoked, presumably as the Trust's secondary schools have improved. 

The Galaxy Trust:  four Dartford primaries: Oakfield Community Primary (C); Temple Hill Community Primary (C); West Hill Primary (C) and Fleetdown Primary 

 The Griffin Schools Trust: "The Griffin Schools Trust is a charitable company, limited by guarantee, whose main aim is to increase access to the best of education for the most socially deprived and disadvantaged children, by sponsoring Academies". The most recent article on Griffin here. They currently run Kingfisher Community Primary, Chatham (Sp); Saxon Way Primary, Gillingham (Sp); and Lordswood Primary, Chatham (Sp); along with another seven primaries and three secondary schools, which included the notorious Stantonbury InternationalThe disgraced leadership of Stantonbury has now had the school removed from the Trust by the Regional Schools Commissioner. The Trust also ran Wayfield Primary, Chatham (C), but after it was placed in Special Measures, it was transferred to the Primary First Trust. 

Grove Park Academies Trust, Sittingbourne.  Grove Park Primary, together with new Special Free School, Aspire School

The Howard Academy Trust, The Howard School, Rainham (C); Miers Court Primary, Gillingham; (C); Temple Mill Primary, Strood (Sp); Deanwood Primary (C);  Thames View Primary (C).  Has taken over the ill-fated Medway UTC, renamed it Waterfront UTC, and extended its age range to 14-18, probably with the intention for it to go to 11-18 (see Leigh UTC). Has been awarded the controversial new Park Crescent Academy for which, at the time of writing a Planning consultation is underway. 

 Inspira Academy Trust: Chartham Primary School and St Stephen's Infant School, Canterbury. 

Inspire Partnership Academy Trust: Currently runs three primary schools in South East London, together with Maundene Primary in Chatham (Sp). Elaine Academy (Sp), taken from the now-closed Williamson Trust after problems and  Delce Academy (C). re-brokered from the Castle Trust after a meltdown.  

 The Island Learning Trust: Halfway Houses Primary (C) & Minster in Sheppey Primary (C), both Isle of Sheppey, and has taken on the failed Sunny Bank Primary (Sp) in Sittingbourne.

The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), based on the Kemnal Technology College in Bexley. This is a Trust of 15 secondary and 30 primary academies stretching from Essex to Hampshire. These include in Kent and Medway: Orchards Academy, previously Swanley Technology College, (C); Rainham School for Girls, Medway (C); Dame Janet Primary Academy, previously Dame Janet Infant & Junior Schools, Thanet (Sp), Drapers Mill Primary, Margate (Sp); Horizon Primary, Swanley (Sp); Newlands Primary (Sp), Northdown Primary (Sp) & Salmestone Primary (Sp), all in Thanet; Napier Community Primary & Nursery, Gillingham; Pluckley Church of England Primary (C); & Smarden Primary (C). There have been considerable problems identified by Ofsted with each of its four Thanet schools, but at last, they appear to be coming round, although all four remain unpopular with families. Rainham Girls launched a strange proposal to go all-through in 2019, but this has now fallen. 

Kent Catholic Schools Partnership: This Trust was set up in 2012 by the Archdiocese of Southwark, with the aim of acting as an umbrella organisation for all the Kent Catholic Schools, as they applied to become academies en masse(!) Not all Kent Catholic schools have joined. A recent article looking at an important controversy hereHoly Family Catholic Primary, Maidstone (Sp);  More Park Catholic Primary, Maidstone (C);  Our Lady of Hartley Catholic Primary (C); St Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury (C); St Augustine's Roman Catholic Primary, Tunbridge Wells (C); St Edmund's Catholic School,Dover (Sp); St Edwards' Catholic Primary, Sheerness (Sp); St Gregory's Catholic Comprehensive, Tunbridge Wells (C); St Gregory's Catholic Primary, Margate (C); St John's Catholic Primary, Gravesend (C);  St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Aylesham (C); St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Broadstairs (C); St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Northfleet (C); St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary, Tonbridge (C); St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Dover; St Mary's Catholic Primary, Whitstable; St Peter's Catholic Primary, Sittingbourne (C); St Richard's Catholic Primary, Dover (C); St Simon Stock, Maidstone (C); St Simon of England Roman Catholic Primary, Ashford (C); St Teresa's Roman Catholic Primary, Ashford (C); St Thomas Catholic Primary, Sevenoaks (C); Stella Maris Catholic Primary, Folkestone (C); Ursuline College, Thanet (C).  In progress: St Francis Catholic Primary, Maidstone (since 2014). 

Leigh Academies Trust: Has four 'hubs' and one stand-alone academy.  It has now merged with (taken over) The Williamson Trust.
The first hub, based on Leigh Academy, Dartford (Sp) incorporates Wilmington Academy (Sp), Dartford Primary School (previously St Alban's Road Infants & York Road Junior Academy now combined), Hartley Primary (C) and Milestone Academy (Special School), New Ash Green (C). It opened the new Cherry Orchard Primary School at Ebbsfleet Garden City, September 2017. It also runs Leigh UTC Kent's only University Technical School, which has failed to attract pupils and is now converting into an 11-19 school by allowing the new Inspiration Centre (11-14) to feed into it. 
Secondly, the Mid-Kent Hub, led by a new member of the Trust, the successful Mascalls School (C) in Paddock Wood and runs three Maidstone primary academies taken over from AET - Molehill Primary Academy (Sp); Oaks Academy (Sp, previously Oak Trees Community School); Treetops Academy (Sp, previously Bell Wood Community Primary School), together with the newLangley Park Primary School in Maidstone (F). It also runs Horsmonden and Paddock Wood primary acadmies as well as Marden Primary Academy in the Weald. Leigh has also been awarded two new Free Schools in the area on the same site, opened in September 2020: the secondary special school Snowfields Academy, and a Primary on the same site, Bearsted Primary Academy. 
The third hub is to built around Strood Academy (Sp), transferring to the Trust from being an SAT sponsored by University for the Creative Arts. This has also become the administrative headquarters of the Trust. It has been awarded the new Leigh Academy Rainham, a secondary school opening in 2021. The take over of The Williamson Trust, brought the following schools into the Trust: based on Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School in Rochester (C), incorporating the Hundred of Hoo Academy (Sp), was a secondary school but is now expanding as a 4-19 all through school; All Hallows Primary School; High Halstow Primary school (C); Stoke Community (C), all in Medway.   
The fourth hub in SE London includes Stationers Crown Woods Academy in Eltham (C), £50 million new buildings and one of the most oversubscribed schools in SE London and a new secondary Free School, Castle Community Primary School, to be built on the Greenwich Peninsula.
Longfield Academy (Sp), the first of the Trust's schools apart from Leigh itself, stands alone.   

Lilac Sky Academy Trust: Now closed with all academies re-brokered to other Trusts Richmond Primary, Sheerness (Sp) & Thistle Hill Primary, Sheppey (Sp)  transferred to Stour Valley Trust;  Knockhall Community Primary (Sp) to Woodland Academy Trust where it is still struggling (2020); Morehall Primary, Folkestone (Sp) & Martello Grove Academy (Sp), Folkestone to the controversial Turner Schools (where they are still struggling). Use my website search engine for multiple articles on Turner Schools. Lilac Sky was heavily involved in Furness Special School, Hextable which proved a disaster and Furness has now re-opened as a Special School annexe, called Broomhill Bank North. It was also heavily involved in failing the Castle Community College in Deal (since recovered). The government continues to stall on publishing an investigation into its finances.

Maritime Academy Trust: Based in Greenwich with seven primary schools, now including Featherby Infants (C) and Featherby Juniors (Sp) in Medway. The new Ebbsfleet Green Primary School (F), opened in 2020. It has also taken over the now-closed Barnsole Trust, comprising: Barnsole Primary (C); Bligh Infant (C) & Junior (C) Schools and Danecourt Special School (C), all in Medway.

Meopham Community Academies.  Now dissolved. Meopham Community Primary was the lead school of this now-defunct Trust after the headteacher led it into failure. Meopham primary has now been taken over by the Pathway Academy Trust.  The MAT had sponsored Chantry Community Academy in Gravesend. It was also running Istead Rise Primary School in Gravesham which it took into Special Measures and, under the Meopham umbrella then had a series of appalling Monitoring Inspection Reports. Both schools have been removed from Meopham, with the Meopham Headteacher having left his post. Istead Rise (Sp) has now been taken over by Swale Academies Trust, Chantry (Sp), then in Special Measures being transferred to the Skills for Life Trust and is now Ofsted Good. 

Medway Anglican Schools Trust: All Saints CofE Primary (C); St James CofE Primary Academy (Sp); St John's CofE VC Primary (C); St Margaret's CofE VC Junior (C), all in Medway. The three headteachers who conceived the idea which came to fruition in September 2015 'are now enjoying well-deserved retirements' July 2017.

 Oasis Community Learning is part of the Oasis Trust (known as ‘Oasis’), a UK-based Christian registered charity founded by Reverend Steve Chalke in 1985, after being assistant minister at Tonbridge Baptist Church, Kent for four years. Oasis Trust has developed into a family of charities now working on five continents and 11 countries around the world, to deliver housing, education, training, youth work and healthcare. Oasis provides services for, local authorities and national governments, as well as self-funded initiatives aimed at providing an opportunity to people across the globe. As the website states: “The work of Oasis Community Learning is motivated and inspired by the life, message and example of Christ, which shapes and guides every aspect of each of our Academies”. Oasis, however, is keen to state that "Oasis Academies are open to pupils of all faiths and of no faith and are committed to being inclusive of all communities". Oasis Community Learning runs some 40 academies across the country including Oasis Academy, Isle of Sheppey and  Oasis Academy Skinner Street (primary in Gillingham) which failed an Ofsted Inspection and was in receipt of a pre-termination warning letter, but has now been judged Good.  Was to run new Free School at Thistle Hill, Sheppey but withdrew (been moved out?). It was proposing to take over Chaucer Technology  School, which failed its OFSTED and has since run into further difficulties,  when the school's problems were resolved, but abandoned the challenge. The school has now closed.   Shockingly, and without notice or consultation, Oasis announced the closure of  Hextable Academy in February 2015 because it claimed it was not able to run it on the provided funding. Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey is a disaster and disgrace, featured in numerous articles most recently (July 2020) here.

Orchard Academy Trust: Allington Primary School (C); Barming Primary School (Sp), the latter up from Special Measures under KCC to Good as an academy.

Our Community Multi-Academy Trust: A messy amalgamation of two small primary Trusts. There are also further details in an article about one of the schools, Lynsted and Norton Primary, recently placed in Special Measures. The two Trusts were the Potential in Everyone Trust, comprising four primary converter academies in Swale - Borden CofE (C); Bredgar CofE (C); Minterne Community Junior (C); The Oaks Community Infant (C), and The Village Academy Trust. The latter was based on Selling Church of England Primary School (C): incorporating Dymchurch Primary (C)Lydd Primary School (Sp); Lynsted and Norton Primary School (C) & Milstead and Frinsted Church of England Primary school (C); Petham Primary, Canterbury (Sp) It also took over Pilgrims Way Primary School & Nursery, Canterbury from St Stephen's Junior School, which was then re-brokered to Veritas Academy Trust. 

  Parallel Learning Trust: This Trust of five schools, all for children with SEN or at risk of exclusion, four in London, now includes the Inspire Special School (F), Medway's first Free School, that crashed into Special Measures and has now been taken on and turned around by the Trust. 

The Pathway Academy Trust: Culverstone Green Primary and Riverview Infant, Riverview Junior (Sp) Wrotham Road Primary (C) Meopham Community Academy (see Meopham Community Academy Trust (C)). All Gravesend

The Pilgrim Multi-Academy Trust: The Pilgrim School (C) and St Margaret's at Troy Town (C), two primaries in Rochester; together with St Mark's CofE Primary, Eccles (C). Has been awarded Rochester Riverside Church of England Primary School, a new Free School to serve the Medway riverside. 

The Pioneer Academy Trust: Runs six primary academies in Bexley. Has now taken over the failed Edenbridge School (Sp). 

The Primary First Trust: Cuxton Primary, Medway (Sp); Wainscott Primary(C), Medway; Wayfield Community Primary, Medway, now out of the clutches of Griffin Trust (C); Westcourt Primary, Gravesend (C), Springhead Park Primary, Gravesham, a new Free School. Also has, and is based at a primary academy in Bexleyheath. 

Rainham Mark Educational Trust (RMET). Rainham Mark Grammar School (C) taking in Twydall Primary, Gillingham (Sp), and Riverside Primary (C). Is taking on the controversial new Park Crescent Academy in Thanet, opening in 2023 (?), and the subject of multiple articles on this site. 

REAch2: The largest primary-only academy trust in the country, but has a lengthy pattern of schools in difficulty (perhaps because of sheer numbers). The company website states: “The structural vision for REAch2 is to build an Umbrella Trust of Multi-Academy Trusts (MAT)”. It is based in Hillyfield Academy, a SIX (!) form entry primary school in Walthamstow, growing to 1400 children under the age of eleven. Its 59 Primary schools include four from Kent: Kemsley Primary (Sp) & Milton Court Primary (Sp) in Sittingbourne; Tymberwood Academy (previously Raynehurst Primary School) (Sp) & Copperfield Academy, previously Dover Road Primary, in Gravesham (Sp), all previously in Special Measures. Copperfield Academy has struggled for at least fifteen years, initially under KCC,  under REach2 since 2013, and eight years on is at last out of Special Measures with a Good Ofsted.  

Rivermead Inclusive Trust: Rivermead Special School (C, Lead school); Hoo St Werburgh Primary (C); Walderslade Primary (C)

Rochester Diocesan Multi-Academy Education Trust: Closed down in 2019 after transferring Rosherville CofE Academy, Northfleet (Sp) to Aletheia Trust and St James CofE Primary Academy, Isle of Grain to Medway Anglican Schools Trust. The Board ran the Bishop of Rochester Academy, Chatham (Sp), one of the original academies, from its opening in 2010, encountering a variety of difficulties, but at Easter 2015, it was suddenly transferred to The Thinking Schools Academy Trust. 

Roger De Haan Charitable Trust: Now empty with Folkestone Academy (all through 4-19) (Sp), transferred to Turner Trust. The Trust controversially and badly managed The Marlowe Academy (Sp) since its opening in 2005. The Academy closed in 2015, having been unable to attract students and in severe financial difficulties.  

The SchoolsCompany Trust, Deal: Wound up having 'lost' large sums of money and is still under government investigation. Goodwin Academy has been transferred to the Thinking Schools Academy Trust. Its other schools were PRUs in Devon and they have also been re brokered. From Local Schools Network: 'The trust owed £5.7m to the DfE, accounts* show.  Liability for this has been partly transferred to trusts which took over SCT academies.  WAVE MAT promised to repay £250k while The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, which took over the Goodwin Academy, Deal, accepted liability for £2.6m.  The remaining £3m has been written off'. The government continues to stall on publishing an investigation into its finances.

Skills for Life Trust: based on Greenacre School, Chatham (C); Warren Wood Community Primary (Sp); Chantry Primary, Gravesend, (Sp) after it was failed by Meopham Community Trust, now has a Good OFSTED. Hilltop Primary (C); took on neighbouring Walderslade Girls School (C) after latter declined in performance in 2019. 

 The Skinners' Kent Academy This Trust runs the Skinners Kent Academy (Sp) and the Skinners Kent Primary School (Sp). It is part of the Skinners' Company, which also runs The Skinners' School and the Marsh Academy, secondary school at New Romney both SATs in their own right. This charitable company also runs the Voluntary Aided The Judd School, the private Tonbridge School and Skinners' Academy, Hackney..

The Stour Academy Trust, based on Sturry Cof E Primary School (C), incorporating two new Free schools, Finberry Primary and Chilmington Green, both in Ashford, together with Adisham CofE Primary (C); Water Meadows Primary School (C, previously Hersden Village Primary); Lansdowne Primary, Sittingbourne (Sp) and Sturry CofE (C). Took over from Lilac Sky Academies Trust in January 2017: Richmond Academy (Sp) and Thistle Hill Primary Academy (Sp) both on Sheppey. 

Swale Academies Trust: Based on Westlands School, Sittingbourne (C), incorporating Sittingbourne Community School (Sp),  Meopham School (Sp) and The Whitstable School (C), together with five primary schools - Regis Manor Community Primary School (Sp),  and Westlands Primary school (Sp), both Sittingbourne, along with Beaver Green Primary, Ashford (Sp); Southborough Primary, Maidstone (C);  Istead Rise Primary, Gravesham, became a Sponsored Academy after the failure of Meopham Community Primary to manage it. Was taking over Chaucer Technology School, but this has now closed. Also runs the North School, Ashford but has problems because of PFI issues, and Holmesdale after it failed in 2018. My quote: 'The Trust has a bruising reputation for achieving its aims but, as a result, has the best Ofsted profile of any Academy group in the county' (followed by the evidence). It also runs 10 academies in East Sussex, including three secondary schools.  

 The Tenax Schools Trust.Based on Bennett Memorial Diocesan School (C). Also includes Bishop Chavasse Free School, Tonbridge (F); Brenchley and Matfield CofE Primary (C); Fordcombe Primary (C): Leybourne, St Peter and St Paul CofE Primary (C); West Malling CofE Primary (C)In partnership with St Andrew’s Church, was proposing to open a new Church of England and Methodist Primary School in Paddock Wood from 2018, postponed as pupil numbers did not justify it (also in 2020).Lamberhurst St Mary's CofE (C) is a Voluntary Aided School, with approval to convert since 2016, and featured on the Tenax website as one of their Trust schools, but is not yet an academy. 

The Tenterden Schools Trust: Surely the ideal mixture. Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre, Tenterden (C), and all four local Primary schools: Tenterden Infant (C); Tenterden CofE Junior (C)  St Michael's CofE Primary (C), and Rolvenden Primary (C) all at the centre of a large rural area. Just don't fall out with one of the schools!

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust headed up by The Rochester Grammar School (C) initially with All Faiths' Children's Community School (C). The trust also sponsors: the controversial and poorly led Holcombe Grammar School (previously Chatham Grammar School for Boys, Sp);  Gordon Infant and Junior Schools (Sp); New Horizons Children's Academy, Chatham, a new build academy; Victory Academy (previously Bishop of Rochester Academy, Sp); and Cedar Children's Academy, Strood (Sp). Has taken over Goodwin Academy from the closed down SchoolsCompany Trust. Also runs several Portsmouth schools.  Features strongly in these pages, with recent controversies at RGS and Holcombe. Will be running the new Maritime Academy in Strood, but this has been beset by legal issues, originally planned to be all-through but now a secondary school. TSAT Chief Executive controversially resigned in July 2016. The Rochester Grammar appears to be on a self-destruct mechanism, as explained here and in previous articles.

 TIMU Academy Trust: Bobbing Village School (C); Iwade School (C), both in Swale. 

 Turner Schools"bringing national experience in running Outstanding schools to local communities in East Kent" (recently revised from North and East Kent). Set up in April 2016, clearly much favoured by the government through Dr Jo Saxton, now Political Adviser at DfE. First Chair of Board was in favour of profit-making academies. Taken over Morehall Primary and Martello Grove Primary in Folkestone from the controversial Lilac Sky in January 2017. Runs the new Free School on site of now-closed Pent Valley School in Folkestone. Acquired Folkestone Academy from Roger de Haan Trust. See multiple articles on its controversial nature, most recently here. Folkestone Academy has now split into two schools, the secondary standalone element, along with Folkestone Primary. 

 United Learning An educational charity, controlled by United Church Schools Trust, recently the subject of several Private Eye exposés. Runs 87 academies and private schools, including the private Ashford School. In Kent, it runs the Wye Free School and is to run the new Chilmington Green Secondary School, a Free School in Ashford. 

 The University of Kent Academy Trust: Lead school Brompton Academy (Sp), also runs Chatham Grammar (C, previously Chatham Grammar School for Girls),  a recent article here

 Valley Invicta Academies Trust, Maidstone: incorporating Valley Park School (C) & Invicta Grammar school (C).  The Trust also runs: Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford (Sp), Valley Invicta East Borough Primary School (C), The Lenham School (Sp, previously Swadelands). Now runs three new-build primary academies: Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes (Sp, Snodland), with SEN Unit; Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill, with SEN Unit (Sp); Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase, with SEN Unit (Sp). Has opened the new School of Science and Technology Maidstone. 

Veritas Multi-Academy Trust: Warden House Primary (C) in Deal, having wisely parted from SchoolsCompany. Also runs Pilgrims Way Primary (Sp), re-brokered from Village Academy Trust. Also taking on Mundella Primary, from Folkestone. 

Viking Academy Trust: Chilton Primary (C) and Upton Junior (C), Thanet. This has now been joined by the  Ramsgate Arts Primary School (F), which originally ran in Chilton Primary premises, previously Ramsgate Free School.  

 The Westbrook Trust; based on Brompton-Westbrook Primary School, Chatham; Byron Primary (Sp); St Margaret's Infants, Rochester (C); Oaklands School. Highly controversial attempt to take over Fairview School is currently in abeyance

The Williamson Trust. Now Closed after merging with (been taken over by) Leigh Academy Trustbased on Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School in Rochester (C), incorporating the Hundred of Hoo Academy (Sp,11-19), now has admitted Years R and 1, expanding as a 4-11 all through school; All Hallows Primary School; High Halstow Primary school (C); Stoke Community (C), all in Medway. Sponsorship of St James CofE Primary Academy, Isle of Grain was shared with the Rochester Diocesan Trust, bot hof which are now defunct, and it has passed to Medway Anglican Schools Trust, and it has now been awarded a Good Ofsted Report.  

 Whinless Down Academy Trust: Priory Fields School (C); St Martin's School (C), Vale View Community Primary School (C), all in Dover. 

 The Woodard Academies, part of the Woodard Schools group, independently standing Church of England Schools.  This comprises 27 private preparatory and secondary schools, 14 affiliated state schools, and four academies, including St Augustine's Academy, Maidstone (Sp).

 The Woodland Academy Trust: runs three Primary academies in Bexley, took over controversial Knockhall Primary Academy (Sp), Dartford, from Lilac Sky in January 2017, and has still not improved its reputation.  

Single School Multi-Academy Trusts (school name, some with very different Trust names)
Amherst School; Bradfields Academy, Medway; Chatham House & Clarendon House Grammar, Thanet; Chattenden Primary School, Medway; Dartford Grammar School for Girls; The Folkestone School for Girls (closely associated with Turner Schools); Graveney Primary School, Faversham; The Harvey Grammar School; Oakwood Park Grammar School; The Rowans, Medway (AP); Wrotham School; Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School; The Academy of Woodlands, Medway.  
Single Academy Trusts (school name). All converters unless otherwise indicated.
The Abbey School (Faversham, see Brockhill; below); Borden Grammar School Trust; Brockhill Park Performing Arts College (with two attempts to partner other SATs, The Abbey and The Towers vetoed by the SEHTB)Cranbrook School Academy Trust; Dartford Grammar School; DYRMS - An Academy with Military Traditions (Sponsored by Ministry of Defence); Hadlow Rural Comunity School (F); Herne Bay High School; Highsted Grammar School; Highworth Grammar School; Hillview School for Girls; The John Wallis CofE Academy (all-through, Sponsored by The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust);  Knole Academy (Sp, Mr Gordon Phillips, Co-Sponsor, KCC); The Maplesdon Noakes School; The Marsh Academy (Sp, The Skinners Company); Mayfield Grammar School; The Norton Knatchbull School (C); Sandwich Technology College; Sir Roger Manwood's School; The Skinners School (C, Sponsored by the Skinners Company); Tonbridge Grammar School; Towers School (see Brockhill above); Trinity School (F); Weald of Kent Grammar School;
Christ Church CofE Junior School, Ramsgate ((Sponsored by The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust); Chiddingstone CofE School, Sevenoaks; Christ Church CEP, Folkestone (C);  Dover Christ Church Academy;  Folkestone St Mary's CofE Primary Academy; Godinton Primary; Ashford; The Gateway Primary Academy, Dartford (C); Hampton Primary School, Herne Bay; Joydens Wood Infant School, Dartford; Joydens Wood Junior School, Dartford; Jubilee Primary School (F), Maidstone;Luddenham School, Faversham;  Sheldwich Primary School; St Eanswythe's CofE Primary, Folkestone; St John's CofE Primary, Maidstone; St Laurence in Thanet CofE Junior (Sponsored by The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust);  St Stephen's Academy (Juniors), Canterbury; Temple Grove Academy (federated with the Haberdashers Aske's Federation); The Wells Free School (F);  Wentworth Primary School, Dartford (F); Wilmington Primary School (C).

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