We’re proud to be part of the Sheppey Transformation Partnership and the exciting proposal for secondary education on the Isle of Sheppey.
Culture and Ethos
At EKC Sheppey Secondary, we need to be completely focused on the community needs, have high expectations and aspirations for all the young people we serve. We will work closely with families to ensure we enable every one of our learners to achieve their full potential.
Our students need to understand the value and importance of a good education and how this can positively impact their lives and benefit their community. Through both the formal and informal curriculum, we will develop their character and empower them to become the very best versions of themselves.
In Key Stage Three, students will have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, which will enable them to identify where their individual talents and interests lie so that they can develop and perfect these skills in Key Stage Four. Our curriculum will have clear, signposted links with careers to enable all learners to identify their next steps to progress into their bright futures.
A significant importance needs to be placed on reading and literacy throughout our curriculum because we know the importance of these skills in the working world.
Every aspect of school life will need to be underpinned by brilliant teaching. Faculty leads will develop excellent practice across departments and all staff will be passionate about what they do. All staff will have high expectations for effort and behaviour and work tirelessly to encourage the very best from every child they work with.
The pastoral team will need to be the centre of care, they will create a sense of family within the school and will do everything they can to ensure our students have everything they need to be successful.
Relationships are the foundations which ensure that the impact of learning can be infinite.
As teachers and leaders, we need to be our students’ ‘adults’ and model the behaviours and attitudes which we wish to develop in them.
Positive, strong, authentic, trusting and if necessary, lifelong relationships are absolutely essential to improve progress in Sheppey. The historical distrust of the education in Sheppey needs to be erased from the memories of the community and relationships are the only way to achieve this permanently.
- Students and staff who are happy, welcoming and proud of their school
- Teaching is highly and consistently effective across the school and tailored to meet the needs of all students
- Our culture and ethos is fully embedded and evident in all areas
- Improved parental engagement
- Literacy embedded across the curriculum
- The school looks and feels smarter and safer throughout
- A heightened sense of team work and collective leadership
- The school is an exciting and rewarding place to be educated and work in – a place where everyone is learning!
Key Areas for Improvement
- Ambitious, personalised curriculum
- Continued Professional Development
- Inclusion for vulnerable groups e.g. PP, SEND
- Bespoke curriculum, specifically tailored
- Student Leadership Team
- Careers and cultural capital
- High expectations
- Clear and robust behaviour policy
- Rewards focus
- Restorative based approaches
- Clear roles and responsibilities, with robust line management
Improved communication with all stakeholders
A culture of safeguarding for all
“The community of Sheppey truly deserves an outstanding education experience, with genuine choice for their young people. This new proposal aims to give the community this choice, ensuring they have access to a diverse curriculum that offers them what they need to grow and flourish.
“Our EKC Schools Trust will also unlock opportunity for the young people of Sheppey, offering up new experiences within our sister organisation’s East Kent Colleges Group, and giving the building blocks for the Island’s young people to achieve their ambitions.”
“Queenborough has benefitted so much from being a member of EKC Schools Trust, a Trust that really puts children and young people at the forefront of everything it does. It’s exciting for children, staff and families that our children, Queenborough and those from across the Isle, might enjoy the benefit of being part of the EKC family through their secondary education.
“Our Year 6 children and families tell us every year that they wish they could stay within the Trust and continue to benefit from our inclusive approach and inspirational curriculum.”
“Working closely with EKC Schools Trust, EKC Sheppey College and our wider Group are excited by the prospect of extending our positive influence on education on the Island. Inspiring all ages, from nursery through Primary and Secondary and our young adults to reach for and achieve their ambitions.
“This proposal offers a unique opportunity for the community; this is truly an exciting time for the development of education on the Isle of Sheppey.”
“This proposal is great news for the children, young people and families on the island. With Queenborough Primary School and Nursery part of the EKC Schools Trust family, there is a wonderful opportunity for our isle to have inspirational provision and outstanding support throughout their school journey.
“The proposal represents a positive change, led by a bold Trust with a proven track-record of success on the Island. I can’t wait to see the achievements which our young people truly deserve!”
“As a Trustee of EKC Schools Trust and my own proud history with the Isle of Sheppey, some 25 years, I am excited for the future of education on Sheppey.
“EKC Schools Trust and the East Kent Colleges Group are a powerful partnership, with a strong and successful relationship with the Island that will strengthen education and communities from six months to adulthood.”
“Curly’s Farm is delighted with EKC Schools Trust’s secondary plan for the Isle of Sheppey. Curly’s proudly supports children and young people who need that extra helping hand at pivotal moments in their education, and I know that the Trust’s welcoming, nurturing and inclusive ethos will serve the community well.
“It’s no coincidence that Queenborough Primary School and Nursery, is the only Outstanding school on the Island. Here’s wishing the new team all the best, in their plan to ensure more great provision for our island children and young people.”
Celebrating our EKC Family
“With my work as a lecturer, I have that first opportunity to help people get into industry and give them the skills they really want. I ensure that the students are up to date with current trends in the industry, and that their knowledge allows them to have the opportunities that I had. I also help students learn skills they may not get at other Colleges. We invite in a variety of guest speakers helping our students stand out in the busy job market.”
“I am so proud of my English result. It wouldn’t have been possible without my incredible teachers.”
“I love that the programs here are bespoke, which means that every single student has their needs met. Our team are also dedicated and have years of experience in their fields. Our staff such as our progression mentors, counsellors and Industry Liaison staff make sure our students can gain every opportunity possible during the course.”
“I am very happy I have passed my English and my Engineering course. I have picked up so many skills here and am looking forward to starting work in the industry.”
After finding her passion in ceramics during her course, Kirsty was offered an internship to work with Kate Malone MBE in her studio in Kent. Kate is a ceramic artist and judge on BBC2’s programme, ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’.
Kate has praised Kirsty as “an asset to the business” and said that working with her is inspiring.
“Raising those aspirations and achieving what that young person wants to do is always amazing for their self-esteem and for their confidence and it gives them something to be really proud of… feeling valued in that way can bring about all sorts of wonderful opportunities for that young person.”
“I particularly liked EKC Sheppey College as due to its small size, everyone is very close together and we are like a big family. The staff are amazing, they will give answers to any questions as quickly as they can and they are very helpful overall. As this is the only College in the area, especially being part of East Kent Colleges Group, it is a great opportunity to learn in a local environment, meaning you don’t have to travel elsewhere to get a great education. In terms of the course, I have always felt that I like to help people in some way. Working in a public service such as a prison or the police service, you are dealing with this every day and helping people on a daily basis, so I feel this was the right course for me.”
“The thing I enjoy most about my job role is seeing the outcomes. You get a real sense of how well the students have achieved; whether this is that they have just achieved something personal for themselves at the end of the course, or whether they have achieved a job that they have specifically been looking for. Because we can tailor the courses to each sector that we are doing, it means that those students that come through can attach themselves to something specific at the end of the course, so seeing those positive outcomes is what I really enjoy most.”
“Our creative teams have lots of experience in their respective fields so that you get the best opportunities possible. We will help you with industry-standard ways of working, and you will be able to use some fantastic resources.”
“I really love the social aspect of the Business course, as you can learn with like-minded students and can work together on some projects. The tutors give really good feedback which aids in developing my skills, and if I need extra support I know my tutors will always be happy to help. Being at College has helped me to gain a place at Portsmouth University.”
As a Trust our collective commitment to raising aspiration, helping our children grow, flourish and achieve their ambitions drives our work. With information for families and other interested parties, here’s your opportunity to learn more about our Trust and the amazing work going on across our schools.
Inspirational Curriculum Enrichment
Through our Trust and our East Kent Colleges Group partnership, we’re able to provide inspirational opportunities for children to experience a wider and richer curriculum. Learn more about the amazing opportunities enjoyed by our children and communities.
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The EKC Schools Trust Limited (a company limited by guarantee) and registered in England and Wales under company number 11154851 and whose registered office is Broadstairs College, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1PN.