CEO introduction

From September 2022 we are launching Vision 2030. It supersedes Vision 2025 and sets out our mission, vision and values as well as our targets for the year ahead which will be updated annually. We are publishing this revised overarching strategy which brings together everything we stand for and aim to achieve at a time of great uncertainty for our country and for the world. Brexit, the Covid pandemic and now the economic challenges which follow from both, mean that the path ahead for our academies and the young people they serve will not be easy.

Having a clear sense of what our organisation is here to do during these bewildering times cannot be more important. We have achieved much since we began in 2008 and more than we ever thought possible since the start of the pandemic in early-2020. We are an exceptionally ambitious organisation that wants the very best for all of our stakeholders. Fundamentally, we are about giving a brighter future to our young people and in doing so, making the world a better place. There can be no more motivating set of ambitions than this.

Simon Beamish

Chief Executive


Education for a better world

Vision: Excellence Charter

We will ensure:


Excellent teaching so that young people achieve their ambitions.


Outstanding leadership to drive improvement in our own academies and across the sector.


An exceptional IB curriculum.


A world class digital strategy for education.


A highly developed and engaged workforce who make a difference.


A small school model of education that delivers high quality pastoral care.


Disruption-free learning and a wide personal development programme.


Targeted support for those who need it so that they too can succeed.

Our values

We care

about our pupils and their families through our human scale approach to education, our staff and their well-being and the world around us, driven by our high ideals and strong moral values.

We work together

as one team because we are greater than the sum of our parts. We foster an enterprising culture through global collaboration with partners in business and education.

We have boundless ambition

to achieve excellence for all and create confident young adults with high levels of resilience and integrity.

We keep getting better

using our ‘can-do’ attitude and research informed approach to continuous improvement and innovation.

Challenges we will tackle

Modern lifestyles

are destroying our planet, increasing inequality and impacting mental health. We will develop resilient learners who feel empathy, act compassionately and behave ethically. We will create pioneering social entrepreneurs with a sense of service to others, future generations and to the planet.

Humans are overloaded with information.

We will develop learners who think critically, based on secure knowledge and understanding. We will enable them to apply insight and judge the significance and reliability of information.

The pace of global change is exponential.

We will develop internationally-minded learners who appreciate differences and have a wide range of perspectives, ensuring they are adaptable, innovative, creative and can harness the power of digital technology.

A lack of employment skills

risks UK wealth and productivity. We will develop confident learners who have a positive can-do attitude and strong work ethic, able to collaborate and work as part of teams. We will focus on STEM and employer links to increase the flow of well-qualified young people entering the workplace.

Changes to the workplace

from the Covid pandemic combined with the impact of Brexit mean that our economy faces challenges for years to come. We will recruit and retain the best staff and build for succession in all key job roles so that our learners can thrive. We will deploy resources efficiently and sustainably by using our economies of scale to ensure continued investment in our academies.

The International Baccalaureate

The ambitions of Vision 2030 draw heavily on the mission statement of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and its Learner Profile. All LAT academies are authorised as World Schools. We fully embrace the benefits of an IB education as expressed by the IBO’s mission statement:

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

Annual targets for 22-23


A: Quality of Education

A1: Ensure all plans are in place to begin the IB Diploma Programme at Leigh Academy Blackheath.

A2: Successful launch of wave 4 T Levels across secondary academies.

A3: The IBO awards World School status to Milestone and Snowfields.

A4: Significantly improve the computing curriculum across all primaries.

A5: All secondaries have at least 75% of year 10 pupils studying the full EBacc from September 2023.

A6: Implement a new disciplinary literacy strategy to include a trained literacy expert in every academy.

A7: 90% of teaching is effective and 40% highly effective.

A8: Restock primary libraries for key stage 2 pupils.

A9: Invest in additional accessibility tools using technology so that all pupils can learn effectively.

A10: Achieve three outstanding secondary academies.

A11: Two primary academies convert to Section 5 inspections as Ofsted consider that they are now outstanding.

A12: Subject to inspection occurring, achieve the Trust’s second outstanding special academy.

A13: Positive progress scores at KS2, positive Progress 8 at GCSE and positive value added scores at post-16.


B: Leadership

B1: Open Leigh Academy Tonbridge as a new co-educational secondary school.

B2: All academies to offer a 32.5 hour week by no later than September 2023.

B3: The first wave of primary academies to begin early close on a Wednesday to support staff professional development.

B4: Achieve Digital Level 4 in all academies.

B5: Deliver the revised 8-point Digital Strategy.

B6: With Kent and Medway Training and Thames Gateway Teaching School Hub, increase the quality and quantity of teachers and education leaders in the region.

B7: Appoint a fourth Academies Director.


C: Behaviour and Personal Development

C1: Launch, monitor and review ambition for disruption-free learning across all secondary academies.

C2: Launch primary careers Skills Builder programme in participating academies.

C3: Pupil attendance returns to pre-pandemic averages.

C4: Introduce Place 2 Be mental health service in three more secondary academies.

C5: Increase the menu of inclusive services made available to academies.


D: People

D1: Every academy has a trained mental health lead.

D2: Launch wave 2 of High Potential Programme and Aspiring Principals’ Programme.

D3: Begin wave 1 of aspiring secondary subject leader programme.

D4: Implement a new Workload Strategy for the Trust.

D5: Improve tailored induction and training programmes linked to all job roles.


E: Operations

E1: Optimise central data management services.

E2: Implement a centralised admissions and clearing system for pupils.

E3: Expand subject specific digital directory.

E4: Work with KCC to develop proposals to expand Marden Primary to 2FE.

E5: Upgrade windows and glazing at The Halley Academy.

E6: Develop proposals with KCC to modernise the Milestone estate.

E7: Agree a catering equipment renewal plan.

E8: Develop proposals for a new post-16 study centre at The Leigh Academy and expand PAN in year 7 to 300.

E9: Relocate and redevelop visual arts classrooms at The Halley Academy.

E10: Update remaining old-style science laboratories at The Halley Academy.

E11: Implement redecoration strategy.

E12: Implement a strategy for energy consumption reduction, including decreasing excessive out of hours use of academies.

E13: Complete phase 2 of The Leigh Academy’s science laboratory redevelopment.

E14: Construct new Maths Block at Mascalls Academy.

E15: Implement co-education capital plan at Leigh Academy Tonbridge.

E16: Complete next phase of Snowfields capital expansion at the Cranbrook site.

E17: Begin 2FE expansion at Hundred of Hoo Primary.

E18: Complete Milestone nursery @ Cherry Orchard.

E19: Open new SRP at Strood Academy and begin construction of building extension.


F: Community and Partnerships

F1: Plan for continued growth in line with the government White Paper by consolidating existing clusters and exploring new ones.

F2: Another grammar school joins the Trust.

F3: Promote IB curriculum programmes through a coherent marketing strategy.

F4: Work with KCC on a new SEN free school bid in North Kent.


G: Innovation

G1: Launch a new fundraising strategy with the goal of £100k in year 1.

G2: Five academies to join “Let’s Go Zero” campaign.

G3: Explore Mind Spark global innovation programme.

G4: Pilot electric vehicle leasing scheme for staff.

G5: Implement a new climate change strategy for curriculum and operations.

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