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Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

Academies and Free School News July 2014

This is very much a church month, as both the Church of England and the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark remove more schools from the oversight of Kent County Council, and take over direct control of them. Most of these schools are sponsored; some are Converter academies who have joined in federation.  

You will find further details of the academy groups here, and a full list of academies and those in progress here. Details are as follows: ..............

Sponsored Academies

Diocese of Canterbury: Previously eight academies and three in progress; new in progress Kennington CofE Juniors (my old primary school, currently in serious Weaknesses).

Kennington Junior

Diocese of Rochester: Previously two academies, one in progress; new in progress Rosherville Church of England Primary, Northfleet.

Kent Catholic Schools Partnership: Previously seven academies, five in progress, two of which have now joined -  St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Dover and St Simon of England Roman Catholic Primary, Ashford. New in progress St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Northfleet; Stella Maris Catholic Primary, Folkestone.

St George’s Church of England School, Gravesend: new in progress Shorne Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary, Gravesend; St Botolph's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary, Northfleet.

Other Christian Academy Groups operating in Kent and Medway include

Oasis Community Learning, 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 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".  Amongst its 40 academies there are currently three in Kent and a new primary academy to open on Sheppey in 2015.

United LearningAn educational charity, controlled by United Church Schools Trust. Runs 23 academies and 11 private schools, including the private Ashford School. Also Wye Free School.

The Woodard Academies, part of the Woodard Schools group, independently standing Church of England Schools.  This comprises 45 academies, affiliated stat schools and academies, including St Augustine's Academy, Maidstone.

Jubilee Church in Maidstone has set up the Jubilee Primary, a Free School, opening in September.

Other new academies

Away from the Christian churches, Warren Wood Community Primary School and Language Unit in Rochester has opened as an academy, sponsored by Greenacre Academy.

The new converter academy applications are the three Tenterden primary schools: Tenterden Church of England Juniors; Tenterden Infants ; St Michael's Church of England Primary.  

Last modified on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:45

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