Swale Academies Trust

The Eastbourne Academy is a member of the Swale Academies Trust.

The Swale Academies Trust based in Kent came into being in September 2010 as one of the first few Academy Converter Schools based around Westlands School in Sittingbourne. As a National Support School and an Academy Sponsor Westlands and Swale Academies Trust have developed into one of the South East’s leading Academy Sponsors with currently five secondary schools and ten primary schools within the Trust. Currently, the Trust provides support for other schools, located outside the Trust in Kent and East Sussex. Further schools are scheduled to join us during the next academic year. Swale Academies Trust is constituted as a multi-academy trust (MAT).

The Trust Principal, Jon Whitcombe, is a National Leader of Education and CEO of the Trust.

As the Trust has grown and developed we continue to ensure that effective school support and leadership is maintained, most of the schools that join us have had inherent weaknesses that need to be addressed. This involves intensive support and considerable levels of experience and intervention. The Trust’s approach to school improvement is based on a combination of CPD, capacity building and collaboration, with relentless focus on teaching and pupil progress, in order to effect rapid and sustained improvements in outcomes for young people.

The Trust has grown gradually and has taken on schools with huge challenges and difficulties and helped create the conditions for success.


Swale Academies Trust Schools


Purpose of the Trust

The purpose of the Trust is to develop good and outstanding schools and ensure the rapid improvement of schools with challenges. Our core business is school improvement and developing high-quality leadership and management. The Trust is an organisation that is driven by the belief that all children deserve a good quality education where they are seen as special, unique and above all exceptionally well cared for.