Earlier this year Leigh Academies Trust placed a bid to become the sponsor of Castle Hill Primary Academy (now Cherry Orchard Primary Academy). The new academy is being developed under school place ‘Basic Need’ in conjunction with Kent County Council. The new two-form entry primary academy, opening in September 2017, will enjoy brand new facilities, a special centre for children with Speech, Communication and Language Needs, plus a nursery for pre-school age children.
The Trust won through a strong field of other applicants as it did earlier in the year when it was chosen to sponsor the brand new Langley Park Primary Academy in South Maidstone.
One of the most exciting aspects of this decision is that the new academy will be based in the heart of the Ebbsfleet Valley, a major centre for housing development in the South East and near to the spectacular new London Paramount complex, due to open in 2020. We anticipate the need for a new secondary school in this area to cope with the growing need for school places in the not too distant future. It is an inspiring prospect for the Trust to be able to create new educational opportunities in a brand new community in the heart of the South East. The decision to appoint Leigh Academies Trust as the successful sponsor for Cherry Orchard places us in a very strong position to operate any new secondary provision that emerges in the area at a later point.
The Trust will now work closely with Kent County Council to develop plans for a successful launch of this new provision, including the appointment of its founding Principal. Cherry Orchard Primary Academy will form part of the Trust’s North West Kent Cluster. This latest decision by central government is yet another very considerable vote of confidence in the power and capacity of Leigh Academies Trust to shape the lives of young people through high quality education and in doing so transform the communities in which they live. Without any question, the Trust is now firmly established as one of the nation’s most successful, medium-sized multi-academy trusts.
Find out more about Cherry Orchard Primary Academy at http://www.cherryorchardprimaryacademy.org.uk.
Above: construction in progress at Cherry Orchard Primary Academy.