The North School

Kent, United Kingdom

Location: Kent, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 19 years

About The North School

We are proud that The North School is a happy and improving school where students and teachers enjoy learning together. An experienced team of colleagues provide all students with the best possible opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom. Our teachers encourage all students to develop their resilience and independence. 

Our students are expected to treat each other and staff with care, courtesy and consideration. They are taught to always try their very best at whatever they do and to value the progress they make as individuals. We value a community approach to education to ensure that there is a broad range of expertise within the school. This enables our students to be supported in all areas, so that they may strive to reach their full potential in school and in their future lives. 

At The North School we recognise that the students are at the centre of the learning experience and that they all come with different needs and abilities, not to mention interests and strengths.  Therefore we continually review the curriculum diet available; to ensure that it best reflects the national picture and the needs of the students.  This enables us to make the learning experience as skills based as possible with a broad range of subjects and an emphasis on personal achievement. 

Working in partnerships with parents and the local community is important to us. Collaboration with parents to ensure that every pupil in our care reaches their full potential is highly valued. We encourage all parents to get involved in the life of the school. The well-established Parents’ Forum offers an excellent opportunity to influence the developments at the North School.

Our classroom practice and academic achievement are supported by a wide range of facilities that include a Basketball Academy, excellent sports facilities and clubs, a climbing wall and even a full working farm that has achieved great success at the Kent Show. All these elements contribute towards our safe, positive and varied learning environment that will enable your child to achieve their full potential and enjoy their time with us.

Mrs Anna Lawrence

Head of School


Our school is made up of three communities that put the student at the heart of everything we do.

Essella, Mabledon and the Sixth Form are each supported by a dedicated team of teachers and support staff that create an effective platform that underpins each student’s progress and well-being.

While our aim of ‘putting achievement first’ ensures we prepare students for their exams, our curriculum is focused on delivering more general knowledge and on supporting the spiritual, cultural and moral development of the young people in our care.

In academic subjects, students are set according to ability so that we can give them the best and most appropriate support. We offer a range of exam options to cater for different interests, abilities and learning styles, with a grammar stream that allows higher-ability students to meet their aspirations and your expectations as parents.


At The North School we recognise that people have different strengths and interests and we aim to give individuals the opportunity to develop those further where possible.

We expect students to have high expectations of themselves, to share our aim of ‘putting achievement first’ and to commit to the school’s values,

As a school we value:

· Challenge: Everyone is expected to do their best, never settle for second best and show a determination to achieve high standards in whatever they do

· Respect: The school upholds each individual’s right to learn and respects different views, opinions and beliefs; showing kindness and consideration towards others is a baseline

· Resilience: We understand that long-term success requires perseverance, quality improvements to students’ work and the ability to learn from mistakes

· Community: We believe that being part of the school community makes us stronger; caring for each other and supporting our local community helps us achieve our very best. 

· We learn together, we celebrate together and we support each other through challenges.

· Leadership: The school believes that the voice of students and the leadership they show should play a significant part in the life of The North School.


Since its creation in September 2010 Swale Academies Trust has become a stong and successful school improvement service, specialising in taking schools in Ofsted category and turning them into good schools.  A glance at the most recent Ofsted reports for Westlands Primary School, Meopham School, The North School, Regis Manor School and Sittingbourne Community College, will all point to the effectiveness of the Trust in bringing about change and providing and enabling excellent leadership.  First and foremost Swale Academies Trust is about the provsion and development of high quality leadership and management.

We don’t seek to develop clone schools that deliver education in a regimented manner. Rather, we value the development in our schools of a spirit of enquiry and action research that provides the best possible education that is right for pupils in a local setting. We do however collectively value and strive for all students to produce beautiful work which showcases their development over time of which they, their teachers and support staff and parents can be really proud. We are proud of our schools and we strive for a sense of shared pride in the achievements of all of our students.

Our ambition is driven by enabling schools and children to succeed. We have a wide range of excellent and highly accomplished senior leaders who lead with a sense of purpose, charisma and a set of shared values. The Trust is fortunate to be overseen by a Board of Directors who share leaders’ values and who provide the highest quality challenge and support.

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Address: Essella Road, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8AL, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1233 614600
Positions available at The North School