Admissions Talk
        for entry in
      September 2010

It is my very great pleasure to welcome you
                   ...
Admissions Talk
• Introduction and
  Purpose
• Background
• Philosophy
• Achievements
• Admissions
  Procedure
• Next step...
Background
• Opened in 1990 as The Leigh CTC
• Independent of Local Authority (Kent)
• Funded directly by government
• “To...
Now
• Leigh Academies Trust runs two schools
  – The Leigh Technology Academy
  – Longfield Academy (formerly Axton Chase)...
The Leigh Technology
             Academy
                 Four Colleges as One Academy
 To balance smallness with breadt...
Philosophy
• Academy Motto:

• Act Enterprisingly
• Work in Partnership
• Achieve Excellence




                         ...
Culture
• Education through Technology
• Enhanced Technology, Sport,
  Business
• Vocational and Academic Learning
• Respo...
Standards and
             Expectations
• Behaviour and
  Manners
• Motivation and Self
  Belief
• Discipline and Self
  C...
The Leigh ‘keys’
• Modular culture: 6 equal units of learning a
  year, 6 assessments, 6 reports
• 4 Schools within the Ac...
Modular Learning
• Half term units
• Regular assessments
• Regular reports
• Target setting
• Discussion of
  methods
• Ne...
The Leigh Technology Academy
        Learning and Teaching
• Varied Learning spaces
  – normal classrooms
  – double size ...
Vertical Structures
• Vertical Curriculum
   – 2 years for Key Stage 3
   – Up to 3 years for Key Stage 4
   – Up to 3 yea...
Achievements
• 96% of Y11 students gained
  5 A*-C grades at GCSE in
  2009

• 43% including English and
  Mathematics

• ...
Achievements
• More vocational
  courses than most
  other schools
• More work related
  learning
  – Industrial/Business
...
Some of our High Achievers
• Justin Langford, David Pickersgill, Barry Hunt,
  Sukdeep Mato, Stacy Rowan, Robin Williams,
...
Additional Facilities
• GOALS Soccer Centre
• 11 all weather pitches
• Community use, evenings
  and week-ends

• Kent and...
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Admissions Procedure

• The Academy is part of the Common
  Admission Framework
• Applications in by 6 November 2009
  – C...
Admissions Procedure
• Ability Tests carried out at The Academy
  on Saturday 28 November to place all
  applicants into o...
Admissions Procedure
            Who gets in?
• All those looked after children and those with
  Statements, that we have ...
Admissions Procedure
           Who gets in?
When oversubscribed, Admission criteria will
  be applied in the following or...
Admissions Procedure
• All applicants must be resident in the
  catchment area: DA1 – 11, DA13, DA14,
  BR8 and TN15 in We...
Admissions Procedure
• Last year - 900 applications were received by
  the deadline
• 240 students admitted
• 59 Appeals w...
Evidence
• Talk to the students
• Talk to the staff
• Look at the website:
  www.leighacademy.org.uk
• Talk to other paren...
DfES audit report, 2006
• “The College is led by an inspirational Principal
  who has established a culture of rigorous se...
DfES audit report, 2006
• “Particularly impressive are the pace of change
  and sustained improvement over a long period,
...
Ofsted Letter 2009
• “The progress made by students over Years 7 to 11, as
  seen in the 2008 examination results, was hig...
Investors In People report 2009

• “The Leigh Technology Academy is a centre of educational
  excellence serving the whole...
Investors in People report 2009
• “The Academy is a remarkably innovative organisation
  and has a very clear vision for i...
Longfield Academy
        Achieving Excellence Together

• Part of Leigh Academies Trust
• Will grow to 1150 students
• Em...
Longfield Academy
         Achieving Excellence Together

• Examination results 2009
  – 50% of Y11 students gained 5A*-C ...
Longfield Academy
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It is not the strongest of the
species that survive, nor the
most intelligent, but the one
most responsive to change.

   ...
“We are what
we repeatedly
do. Excellence
then is not an
act, but a habit”
Aristotle, 384 – 322BC




                    ...
The Leigh Technology Academy

       Thank you,
           and
 please remember that
 5.00pm, 6 November
          2009
 i...
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Open Evening 2009

  1. 1. Admissions Talk for entry in September 2010 It is my very great pleasure to welcome you to The Leigh Technology Academy Chief Executive, Leigh Academies Trust 1
  2. 2. Admissions Talk • Introduction and Purpose • Background • Philosophy • Achievements • Admissions Procedure • Next steps 2
  3. 3. Background • Opened in 1990 as The Leigh CTC • Independent of Local Authority (Kent) • Funded directly by government • “To find new ways to raise standards” • 2007 becomes The Leigh Technology Academy • 2008 Leigh Academies Trust established that now governs The Leigh and Longfield Academies 3
  4. 4. Now • Leigh Academies Trust runs two schools – The Leigh Technology Academy – Longfield Academy (formerly Axton Chase) • One Board of Governors • Principals/Headteachers at each Academy • Frank Green – CEO of Trust – Executive Principal of both Academies • 240 Students in Y7 at The Leigh 1500 total • 180 Students in Y7 at Longfield 1150 total 4
  5. 5. The Leigh Technology Academy Four Colleges as One Academy  To balance smallness with breadth of opportunity, we have created four small colleges. Each College has around 375 students.  The Leigh Technology Academy is divided into  Brunel College Mr Tony Ryan  Chaucer College Mr Pete Finnegan  Darwin College Mr Mark Poulter  Da Vinci College Ms Maggie Leah-Wilkinson • Our specialisms are Technology, Sport and Business 5
  6. 6. Philosophy • Academy Motto: • Act Enterprisingly • Work in Partnership • Achieve Excellence 6
  7. 7. Culture • Education through Technology • Enhanced Technology, Sport, Business • Vocational and Academic Learning • Responsibility, • Commitment • Confidence • Standards and Expectations • Innovation • Highly qualified and gifted teachers 7
  8. 8. Standards and Expectations • Behaviour and Manners • Motivation and Self Belief • Discipline and Self Control • Achievement and Expectation 8
  9. 9. The Leigh ‘keys’ • Modular culture: 6 equal units of learning a year, 6 assessments, 6 reports • 4 Schools within the Academy: human scale education • Vertical Tutor groups across whole Academy • Vertical Curriculum: 2 Year KS3, 2/3year KS4, 2/3year KS5 • Vocational programmes as entitlement for all in KS4 • Industrial links in all areas of Learning • Leadership capacity: All senior staff are involved in working with other schools and organisations 9
  10. 10. Modular Learning • Half term units • Regular assessments • Regular reports • Target setting • Discussion of methods • Negotiated grades • Ownership 10
  11. 11. The Leigh Technology Academy Learning and Teaching • Varied Learning spaces – normal classrooms – double size classrooms – learning resource plazas • Classes of 20 students per teacher working individually or combined, depending on circumstance • Varied sessions from 60 minutes to 3hours • 60 – 70% of lessons will be within their College in Years 7-11 11
  12. 12. Vertical Structures • Vertical Curriculum – 2 years for Key Stage 3 – Up to 3 years for Key Stage 4 – Up to 3 years for Sixth Form studies • Vertical Tutoring – Tutor groups contain students of all ages – From 11 to 19 – Creates a sense of family – Provides support 12
  13. 13. Achievements • 96% of Y11 students gained 5 A*-C grades at GCSE in 2009 • 43% including English and Mathematics • A-level results: 533 points per candidate • 60+ students to University each year 13
  14. 14. Achievements • More vocational courses than most other schools • More work related learning – Industrial/Business focus in all areas of curriculum – WRL activities from Y8 – Overseas placements 14
  15. 15. Some of our High Achievers • Justin Langford, David Pickersgill, Barry Hunt, Sukdeep Mato, Stacy Rowan, Robin Williams, Alistair Goss, Graham Linfield – First Class Honours degrees • Julie Dunkley – Women’s Shot Putt Champion • Glen Johnson, Ben May, Matthew Read – Footballers in the Premiership and Championship • Nikki Waterman – Sports scholarship to USA university • Mark Heather – World Junior Sailing Champion 15
  16. 16. Additional Facilities • GOALS Soccer Centre • 11 all weather pitches • Community use, evenings and week-ends • Kent and Medway Training Consortium of 17 schools • 70 teachers a year are trained here • Ofsted grade 1 - Excellent 16
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  21. 21. Admissions Procedure • The Academy is part of the Common Admission Framework • Applications in by 6 November 2009 – CAF to Kent or Bexley • 4 preferences for Kent, 6 in London – Supplementary form to The Leigh 21
  22. 22. Admissions Procedure • Ability Tests carried out at The Academy on Saturday 28 November to place all applicants into one of 5 ability groups • 1 March 2010 letters go out to parents with offers. 22
  23. 23. Admissions Procedure Who gets in? • All those looked after children and those with Statements, that we have agreed should name The College/Academy, are taken from the total and will be offered places • The remainder are divided into 5 ability bands of equal numbers of applicants in each, from which equal numbers of places are allocated. • The oversubscription criteria are then applied if there are more applicants than places. 23
  24. 24. Admissions Procedure Who gets in? When oversubscribed, Admission criteria will be applied in the following order: 1. Special consideration for social, medical grounds 2. Siblings, elder sibling must be at the Academy on 1 September 2010 to count – Random allocation – remaining applicants in each band listed alphabetically and selected by random number generator until places are filled. 24
  25. 25. Admissions Procedure • All applicants must be resident in the catchment area: DA1 – 11, DA13, DA14, BR8 and TN15 in West Kingsdown • In total 168 places are allocated to the inner catchment: Children who attend – Brent, Craylands, Darenth, Fleetdown, Gateway, Knockhall, Oakfield lane, St. Anselms, Stone St. Mary’s, Sutton at Hone, Manor Community, Temple Hill, Wentworth, Westgate, West Hill, York Road schools • 72 places are allocated to the outer catchment 25
  26. 26. Admissions Procedure • Last year - 900 applications were received by the deadline • 240 students admitted • 59 Appeals were heard and 3 places were offered • This year 240 places are available at The Leigh and 180 places Longfield • Need to apply to be considered • …….. chances of a place are a little better than 26
  27. 27. Evidence • Talk to the students • Talk to the staff • Look at the website: www.leighacademy.org.uk • Talk to other parents • Prospectus • Ofsted Report, DfES audit, Investors In People report. 27
  28. 28. DfES audit report, 2006 • “The College is led by an inspirational Principal who has established a culture of rigorous self- evaluation and continuous improvement” • “The College is a powerful, confident and successful institution which has improved steadily since its inception and which has the capacity to go on improving” • “A striking feature of the audit was the support given by students to the values and ethos of the College” 28
  29. 29. DfES audit report, 2006 • “Particularly impressive are the pace of change and sustained improvement over a long period, the willingness to tackle underperformance, and the ambition to go on improving” • “The College is calm and purposeful. Its links with other educational institutions, especially primary schools and higher education, are of a very high quality.” • “Students of all ages spoke of pride in their College and all described a safe environment which celebrates success and encourages learning and achievement.” 29
  30. 30. Ofsted Letter 2009 • “The progress made by students over Years 7 to 11, as seen in the 2008 examination results, was high overall and reflects the academy’s care to ensure that students take courses that meet their needs and abilities.” • “Staff and students speak about recent changes with real enthusiasm and pride. The academy’s core values emphasise enterprise, partnership, achievement and respect and are having a positive impact on students’ lives.” • “Students are confident, polite and welcoming and show a good sense of independence because the academy encourages this. They show great respect for the buildings and the high quality facilities available to them.” 30
  31. 31. Investors In People report 2009 • “The Leigh Technology Academy is a centre of educational excellence serving the whole community of Dartford. Students meet and work together in a well-ordered and harmonious community. The Academy is a high-performing organisation which takes students of all abilities. Its success is built on the traditional values of pride, respect and hard work in a modern, hi-tech learning environment ” • “The Academy is a remarkable community of people and the culture underpinning the Investors in People Standard remains embedded, indeed, the Academy is clearly an example of good practice and this is something that other organisations can learn from.” 31
  32. 32. Investors in People report 2009 • “The Academy is a remarkably innovative organisation and has a very clear vision for its future success which is openly shared and understood by everyone. People work together well and associate strongly with their respective Colleges and teams, and there is a clear sense of belonging.” • “There is great energy within the Academy and people have a strong desire to perform well in everything they do, people at all levels are innovative and share a common vision for success, everyone is very proud of the local and national recognition of the Academy’s achievements.” 32
  33. 33. Longfield Academy Achieving Excellence Together • Part of Leigh Academies Trust • Will grow to 1150 students • Embedding the Leigh ‘keys’ underway • 3 Colleges, 3 Principals • New building about to begin and ready in 2010/11 school year • 180 intake to Year 7 • Freedom pass makes travel affordable 33
  34. 34. Longfield Academy Achieving Excellence Together • Examination results 2009 – 50% of Y11 students gained 5A*-C grades – 35% gained 5A*-C grades including English and Mathematics • Admissions – 180 places in Y7 (140 Sept 2009) – Distance will be main criterion when oversubscribed 34
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  38. 38. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin 38
  39. 39. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit” Aristotle, 384 – 322BC 39
  40. 40. The Leigh Technology Academy Thank you, and please remember that 5.00pm, 6 November 2009 is the closing date for applications. Web: www.leighacademy.org.uk e-mail: info@leighacademy.org.uk 40

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