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Welcome to The Leigh Academy Post 16

Welcome to The Leigh Academy Post 16

Post-16 is a thriving aspect of the life of The Leigh Academy, led by a dedicated team of staff, all sharing the same determination to open doors for the young adults in our care. We believe that our role is to help our students to become the best versions of themselves that they can be and, in so doing, to ensure that they are ready to enter further education, an apprenticeship or employment.

To make this possible, we provide a choice of 30 courses of study on pathways that allow students to follow purely academic, purely vocational or combined academic and vocational routes. We also offer the International Baccalaureate Organisation’s Career-related Programme, which is an internationally recognised and valued suite of courses that goes even further in preparing students for the rigours of the next phase of their life. We are also proud to have a bespoke programme of study, delivered in conjunction with Dartford Football Club, to allow talented young footballers the opportunity to study Post-16 courses, as they develop their football career.

Our Post-16 students have dedicated study spaces throughout the Academy that make different kinds of study possible. They have pastoral support, via their form tutors and College Student Support Managers, as well as the support of the Director of Post-16 and his team. They also have regular access to careers and further education guidance. We aim to help our students to achieve a sensible balance between the different aspects of their lives and to develop an open-minded, flexible and adaptable mindset that enables them to embrace challenges positively.

We have high expectations of our Post-16 students and reflect these standards in the concept of being on PARADE throughout their time with us. By this, we mean that we expect excellent PUNCTUALITY, excellent ATTENDANCE, ROLE MODELLING to younger students, a positive ATTITUDE TO LEARNING, compliance with the Academy DRESS CODE and adherence to the principle of EQUALITY.

We really value the contribution that Post-16 students make to the life of the Academy and offer them the chance to serve in the Post-16 Leadership Team, whereby they can help to guide the direction of provision for students throughout the Academy. These positions of responsibility come with great rewards, as well as great responsibilities, and help to prepare our students to be ready for the future. In everything we do, our mission is simple: to make our Post-16 provision and our Post-16 students “Simp-Leigh be the best!” they can. I warmly encourage you to apply to join our Post-16 community and thank you for considering us, as you make this important choice.

Julia Collins, Principal