The Village Academy exists to support its member schools to achieve the very best standards of teaching and learning, and high levels of engagement with the school community.
To Care To Engage To Inspire To Achieve
Without inspiration achievement is empty.
Without engagement inspiration is impossible.
Without care engagement is artifice.
Across all of the schools within the Trust, we endeavour to provide the nurturing and caring environment essential to the inspiration and success of all members of the school’s community.
The Village Academy is a group of seven diverse schools across Kent; city, town, village and coastal; Church and community.
Two of the seven are Church of England in their character (Selling and Milstead & Frinsted).
Two have attached Nurseries (Pilgrims’ Way and Lydd).
Four are rural in character (Selling, Milstead & Frinsted, Lynsted & Norton and Petham).
Three are urban (Lydd, Pilgrims’ Way and Dymchurch).
Our Key Principles
- All children can succeed.
- “Failure is success in progress”- Albert Einstein.
- Teaching should be ‘Good’ or better in all of our schools.
- We are committed to continued improvement in all of our schools.
- Our greatest assets are the people within our schools.
- We support the development of our staff through the sharing of good practice and the opportunity to openly and honestly challenge each other to improve.
- Each of our schools is different and works within its own distinct context and community; we celebrate and cherish this individuality.
- The curriculum within our schools will inspire children to engage and achieve.
- We strive to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy.
- Effective leadership and teaching are the keys to raising standards.
- Schools and staff at all levels will collaborate with and support each other.
- We engage with other academies, schools and organisations to share good practice.
How we are organised
- The relationship between The Village Academy Trust and its schools is set out in the schemes of delegation for “self” and “centrally” supported schools.
- Governance within the Trust consists of three levels - the Members, the Trust Board and for each school the Academy Council. (See Appendix 1).
- Overall strategic leadership of the Trust is provided by the Principal.
- The central team exists to support all schools, and consists of: two Assistant Principals an Advisory Head Teacher, Early Years Lead, Lead Practitioner, a Finance Director, IT support, Personnel and Payroll Officer, Operations Manager and admin support. These are a mixture of full and part time positions.
- The Academy is organised into two hubs each led by an Assistant Principal.
- The Head Teacher is responsible for their school.
How we work
- Schools contribute towards the provision of central services based on pupil numbers.
- Academy wide policies are adopted by all schools.
- Processes and procedures are increasingly developing consistency across our schools as a result of shared good practice.
- Challenge and support from the central team of the Academy varies according to need.
- Assistant Principals work closely with all of their Head Teachers.
- The termly Strategic Review is a comprehensive summary of the school’s performance which is used by all levels of leadership and governance in holding schools to account and driving school improvement.
- Termly budget monitoring supports provision of best value.
- Achievement and engagement are the key determinants of the levels of curriculum autonomy enjoyed by our schools.
- All schools are required to engage fully in collaborative best practice meetings that develop and support excellence in teaching.
- All schools are required to engage in fortnightly leadership meetings across the Academy.
- We are conscious of the geographic spread of our Trust. We make full use of Skype and other systems to ensure that strong communication links are maintained.
- We invest in the professional development of leaders through dedicated training and supported opportunities to experience genuine responsibility.
- We invest in the professional development of teachers through individual training opportunities and mutually supportive peer mentoring.
- We are committed to the safeguarding of all children and adults. Designated Safeguarding Leads are able to support individual schools. We are able to provide supervision for pastoral support staff. Our Operations Manager provides expert Health and Safety compliance support to our schools.
- The support that is offered from the Central Team to each school will depend on the need of that school. In Centrally Supported Academies, there is likely to be more direction from the Assistant Principal. With Self Supported Academies there is likely to be more consultation with the Assistant Principal. More details and breakdown of responsibilities can be found in the Academy’s Schemes of Delegation. All schools can expect:
- A regular meeting with the CEO at least monthly
- A weekly visit from the Assistant Principal
- A fortnightly Executive Board meeting
- Regular financial monitoring
- Seasonal challenge meetings
- Remote support on demand
- Full access to all Central Staff including regular EYFS Support and access to Best Practice Groups