Strood Academy is a sponsored academy and has been open since 2009 becoming increasingly popular and oversubscribed. UCA is the lead sponsor and in September 2012 the academy moved into £30 million new buildings which is exceptionally well resourced. We have been creative and innovative in the way the academy has been organised and structured to raise standards and to ensure that every child really does matter. The academy has outstanding facilities including interactive whiteboards in every teaching area, network and wireless ICT, a sixth form centre and excellent sports facilities. We work very closely with the local Teaching Schools and are the strategic lead for all Leadership Programmes across the alliance and work with the IOE.
The sponsors’ vision for the academy is to create a school with children at the centre of all the academy does. We aim to develop well educated, considerate and caring citizens with a strong sense of values, who will achieve academic success and always aim high so as to seize the opportunities that life offers. The strength and effectiveness of the academy’s leadership and management, along with excellent teaching and outstanding facilities has already secured a transformation in academic performance and aspirations since opening. We have balanced innovation with traditional values to engage and enthuse young people in learning to secure a successful future. All children are treated as individuals who matter and who are able to make a positive contribution to their community. Our core values are creativity, collaboration, distinctiveness, respect and sustainability which are embedded and evident in all of our activities.
Our teaching staff work hard and give their time freely to support young people. We have 90 teachers and an extensive team of associate staff who support and care for young people. The academy is a nine form entry with 1400 children on roll, of whom 210 are in the sixth form. Inclusion is a strength at the academy and makes a real difference to the life chances of many vulnerable young people, allowing those in mainstream classes to work in a calm and productive manner. We support in class and withdraw children according to their needs, handling and interpreting data to intervene early and to enable progress to be accelerated. This includes SEN provision, behaviour, attendance and punctuality, alternative provision both on and off the site and work both directly with and leading others in supporting and challenging our most vulnerable young people. We do this work in partnership with a wide range of agencies and the success of these partnerships has opened up many previously untapped opportunities for young people.
The Academy provides many opportunities that go beyond the National Curriculum boundaries and promote a broad view of achievement. Student activities are celebrated in art, culture, sport, music and community service. We believe in taking learning beyond the classroom and encourage a wide range of trips and visits as well as visiting speakers and theatre groups. The Academy, therefore, provides a unique opportunity to establish outstanding educational provision with many distinctive features, and a high quality education for its students through to post 16 education, working within the Strood community of schools, the North Medway Partnership; and in collaboration with higher education and the world of business and enterprise.