Kent, United Kingdom
About Longfield Academy
Longfield Academy is part of the Leigh Academies Trust. The Trust also includes several other secondary Academies – The Leigh Academy, Stationers Crown Woods Academy, Mascalls and Wilmington Academy, a special needs school – Milestone Academy, and several primary Academies. All of the Academies share one governing body, and are led by a Chief Executive Officer based at the Trust offices.
As with all other Leigh Trust secondary Academies, Longfield is structured to embrace the ‘small schools’ model of learning. The college structure seeks to foster the strong links that exist within a small community. Excellent communication between the Colleges and home is a central part of this process.
The Academy is led by Principal, Alex O’Donnell. A Head of College leads each college of approximately 380 students from Years 7-13 together with a team of dedicated staff. All students are organised within a vertical tutoring system where students learn from and support each other to achieve the very best outcomes.
The building has discrete facilities for each of the colleges – Anderson, Matisse and Galileo, whilst also housing specialist resources accessed by the whole Academy. Each College teaches Mathematics, English, Modern Foreign Languages, ICT and Humanities on the first floor.
On the ground floor of Anderson College can be found the specialist Science facility and presentation space. The Academy’s provision for some students on the autistic spectrum is also part of this College.
In the middle of the Academy building is Matisse College which houses the Expressive Arts classrooms, as well as a large plaza area and indoor garden.
At the far end of the building is Galileo College which houses both a Professional Kitchen and Technology rooms. In the centre is another indoor garden and ‘The Telescope Bistro’.
Most of the community facilities of the Academy are found adjacent to Main Road, including the sports hall, dance studio, multigym, learning resource centre, the Helix restaurant and a theatre.
Longfield Academy Visions and Values
We believe in high aspirations for the whole community and aim to offer opportunities for individuals to develop personally as well as academically. The college system underpins the values of community, empathetic relationships and mutual support. It allows us to guide the adults of the future to make informed decisions about their future. We know the journey through life is always beset with challenges; we aim to ensure our learners are curious, determined, creative, and able to work both independently and collaboratively enabling them to be successful.
Additionally, we believe it is crucial to have an understanding and appreciation of cultures, especially our own. We will work collaboratively to ensure no student is left behind. Above all, our strong moral compass will drive decision making at Longfield Academy to ensure all achieve beyond expectations.