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Spires Academy joins multi-academy trust

The Canterbury-based secondary school is partnering with E21C (Education for the 21st Century)

Posted by Julian Owen | October 08, 2017 | People, policy, politics

A partnership between Spires Academy and E21C “will help nurture our growing reputation for providing a genuinely comprehensive education and assist in developing the gifts and talents of all the school’s students,” says the school.

Newly rated as a ‘good’ school by Ofsted, Spires is described as “providing a warm and nurturing environment for learning”, mirroring its motto: ‘A small school with a big heart’. In addition, the school has recently been accredited with the Leading Parent Partnership Award, in recognition of its programme for parental engagement.

“We are thrilled to announce our relationship with E21C,” says Nicki Mattin, Principal of Spires Academy. “We met with six different multi-­academy trusts to make absolutely sure we were choosing a partner team which shares our own principles, aims and values. Our recent Ofsted result reflects the hard work our new teaching team has been putting in, and we want to continue to build on that success.”

As the school prepares to grow overall school numbers from 600 to 750, work is well underway for a new multi-­‐functional building, which will house five science labs, a drama theatre, additional classrooms and design & technology facilities, with completion earmarked for December this year. Becoming part of E21C, which will formally begin in January 2018, will also provide career development opportunities for staff.

E21C’s current member academies are all situated in the London Borough of Bromley, including a brand new secondary school under construction in Beckenham. Spires Academy establishes a new hub for the Trust in Kent, from which it intends to attract other schools from in and around the Canterbury area. 

“With its first-­class learning facilities and great relationships with leading private schools in Canterbury, Spires Academy is an excellent fit for E21C,” says CEO, Paul Murphy. “We are delighted with this opportunity to launch our hub in Kent and we anticipate a lasting and special relationship with Nicki Mattin and her school.”

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