Children who feel happy, safe and valued are more likely to succeed and achieve their full potential. It is the aim of the Academy to support students and their families through the obstacles that life presents to ensure that our students become well-rounded, reflective and resilient citizens.
We achieve this in a number of ways:
The Designated Child Protection Officer is Pete Devlin (Head of Apollo College).
Sharron Duff (Minerva) and Maxine Mclean (Apollo) are Child Protection Officers.
The Trust Human Resources maintain the Single Register. Staff receive regular CP training.
The academy commissions the expertise of external providers to give specialist support to students on a one-to-one basis including mentoring and counselling.
Student services managers work closely with other agencies to provide support and guidance to students and their families. Wilmington academy is part of the Dartford Inclusion Forum and works closely with local schools, NW Kent Behaviour Service
as well as the local authority to provide specialist intervention and support, including managed moves where appropriate.
Low levels of literacy on entry continue to be a challenge for a large proportion of our learners. The academy has a Director of Literacy who leads on a range of support and interventions to help our students’ recovery with their reading, spelling, grammar and writing deficits.
Our SEND team led by the SENCO track and review the progress of all students with additional educational needs and provide support and interventions as appropriate to ensure that every student makes at least expected progress.
The teaching assistants receive regular training and work with colleagues within the Trust as well as external agencies to ensure that provision is of the highest quality.
Leigh Academies Trust has developed a range of specialist support for the academies to supplement provision. This includes the Trust attendance and welfare officer who works closely with the student services managers, Educational Psychologists so that needs are promptly addressed and a Careers advisor who provides independent advice and guidance to students on the range of opportunities available to them.
The government provides extra funding for students who receive free school meals and/or children in care. Please see Pupil Premium Statement (About us) for more information.
For more information see Policies (About us)