A core part of the Trust’s approach is to be ‘outward facing’ to its community. We believe that the stronger a school and its leaders become, the greater their obligation to give something back by helping those in need in their community. Our core philosophy says it all: “shaping the lives of young people through high quality education and in doing so, transform the communities in which they live”.
Below are a range of examples which demonstrate community facing initiatives across LAT.
Telescope Bistro, Longfield Academy
Open twice per week to the local community, serving high quality cuisine, prepared by Post 16 students following City & Guilds Diplomas in Professional Cookery and Hospitality Services.
Dartford Football Academy, The Leigh Academy
A successful collaboration which enables students to study A Level courses at The Leigh whilst also accessing professional football training at Dartford Football Club.
Mascalls Gallery, Mascalls Academy
A professional art gallery based on campus, exhibiting works from nationally and internationally renowned artists. The facility supports the arts curriculum at Mascalls Academy as well as being open daily to members of the public.
Sports Centre and Hydropool, Milestone Academy
Available to Milestone young people and members of the local public – open daily.
Horticulture Centres, Wilmington Academy and Milestone Academy
Run by students and servicing local business with high quality fruit, vegetables and flowers. Both have won awards at Chelsea Flower Show and are members of the Royal Horticulture Society.
Play 4 Ages and MegaCamps, all secondary academies
Provide holiday clubs for children across the local areas during academy closure periods.