The School acquired the name The Leigh City Technology College in 1990 when it opened as one of the original 15 City Technology Colleges, through the generous personal sponsorship of Sir Geoffrey Leigh. He was at that time Chairman and Managing Director of Allied London Properties PLC, a company quoted on the Stock Exchange, engaged in the development of Commercial, Industrial, Office Buildings and Housebulding. Through his charitable work for many organizations in education, business, and health, both in the private and public sectors, he has helped organizations to grow, to become more effective and to raise large sums of money for the benefit of their Communities and the Country.
Sir Geoffrey became the first Chairman of the College in 1990 and retired in 2006. He worked tirelessly to help the fledgling CTC develop and has taken a strong personal interest in its growth, development and success throughout his tenure of office. He always gave the Principal full support and was always keen to know how well the students were doing. He gave strong personal support to many individuals that has enabled them to make the very best of their talents.
Although, retired, he is still a member of The Leigh Technology Academy Trust and continues to take an interest in all that goes on. There are now many thousands of young people in the Dartford area whose life chances have been transformed by the contributions of Sir Geoffrey to The Leigh Technology Academy.
The final photograph shows Sir Geoffrey with Lord Coe during the official opening of The Leigh Technology Academy in June 2008.
The Principals, other senior leaders and governors, provide outstanding leadership.Ofsted
Relationships are enhanced by the college structure. Students say, and inspectors agree, that there is a close family feel to being in a smaller college unit, and that students enjoy school more because of this.Ofsted
Students participate readily in the wide range of sports, social, art, music and drama activities that the school provides. Many students attend the after school and weekend revision clubs that staff provide.Ofsted
The school organises the wide range of subjects it teaches extremely well, and reviews them regularly, adjusting its provision to meet the changing needs of students.Ofsted
Teaching is challenging. It is based on accurate assessment of how well students make progress, what their individual learning needs are, and what kinds of activities will best make sure that they learn well.Ofsted
Students make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. Students’ progress in business, design and technology, ICT and physical education is also outstanding. Students make good progress overall.Ofsted