Pilgrim's Way

Pilgrims Way Primary
Village Acedemy

 The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

The Academy is formed of the following schools:

-Selling Church of England Primary School
-Lynsted and Norton Primary School
-Milstead and Frinsted Church of England School
-Petham Primary School
-Pilgrims’ Way Primary School and Nursery
-Lydd Primary School

-Dymchurch Primary School

Within the Academy, each school has it's own Head Teacher who runs the school on a day-to day basis. The relationship between the Schools and the Academy is set out in the Academy Charter.

How the schools benefit from being part of The Village Academy

Each school benefits from the following:

  • Leadership meetings. These give the Head Teachers the opportunity to share good ideas and resources with, and seek advice from, Mr Fidge, Directors and the other Heads in the Academy.

  • Termly ‘Challenge’ meetings, between the Head of School, Mr Fidge, members of the Senior Leadership Team and at least one Director, to explore the school’s performance and ensure that improvements are rapid and sustained.

  • Termly Best Practice Meetings. Teachers who are subject leaders and Year Group Leaders attend meetings with their colleagues from other schools, again to share best practice and solutions to any difficulties which have arisen.

  • Academy moderation. Teachers from all the schools in the Academy look at samples of writing and maths from a random selection of children and assess those samples. This ensures that our assessments in these subjects is consistent and accurate.

  • Academy-wide training. Staff have received training in a number of areas including Pie Corbett writing techniques, strategies for supporting dyslexic children and Irlen’s Syndrome. This is in addition to the weekly professional development sessions in school. Some of these sessions would not be financially viable for the school on its own.

  • Networking opportunities. Teachers from each school report that being able to talk to, and even visit, another teacher in the same year group has been very beneficial.

  • IT support. Access to IT support has significantly improved data reporting at our schools, as well as improving the speed with which technical problems are resolved.

  • Schools have access to the Academy’s counsellor, Mr Jez Aitkens, who will see children on a referral basis.

  • Schools also have access to the Academy’s qualified Irlen’s screener, Mrs Sheila Johnson.

For further information about The Village Academy including all our policies, please visit our website www.villageacademy.co.uk