FAQs

Admissions and How To Apply

Criteria: The criteria for the Inspiration Academy is judged on distance from the school as the crow flies.  Last year took students from 42 different Primary Schools.

Admissions Policy: This can be found on our website

What if we live in another borough

We have students attend from Kent and Bexley in year 7. At Post 16 this extends to Kent, Bexley and Greenwich.  Please click on the link to see how to apply

What is a UTC?

We opened in 2014 as a UTC taking students from years 10 to 13.

We were the first UTC in the country to take on students from the age of 11.

UTCs are established by companies and universities in areas of high demand for talent. They provide a bridge between the world of education and the world of work, training young people in the technical entrepreneurial skills and personal and collaborative skills needed to succeed in the modern workplace.

Each UTC works with a network of local industry partners to design a learning programme which covers not only the core curriculum of English, Maths, and Sciences, but also sought-after technical qualifications taught by specialist staff with industry standard equipment.

The UTC programme has a strong emphasis on employer engagement, including real-life project-based learning, which engages students and develops their personal attributes. On leaving a UTC, students have already established connections with local employers, have applied practical skills through project-based learning and are used to working in a professional environment.

This makes them highly employable and sets them up for a broad choice of pathways at 18 – whether that’s going to university, higher and degree apprenticeships, or directly into a career. The impressive track record of student destinations after leaving UTCs is testament to the quality of this distinctive educational experience.

Link to https://www.utcolleges.org/

What is the IB MYP

All students in Years 7-9 study the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. This is an internationally renowned, challenging framework that encourages students to make connections between their studies and the real world. Students study across 8 subject areas, which provides a broad and balanced education and a solid basis for GCSE and Post 16 studies later in their school journey. 

Students enhance their conceptual and intercultural understanding, empowering them to inquire into issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. This results in young people that are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. Further information can be found on the school website.

What Language do you offer

In Years 7 -9 students will study German. This is linked to our specialism of Engineering and Computing

PE and Sport

All students take part in regular PE lessons. We are excited about our Sports field opening in Summer 2021 which will be in addition to our very large sports hall.  Additionally there are after school clubs and as a school we compete is District and County events.

Pastoral Support

We have a robust pastoral system in place.  Each year group has a dedicated Student Support Manager and students meet daily with their tutor.  

SEN and Inclusion

Our SEND and Inclusion team work with our teachers to ensure that all student needs are met within the classroom. We know that high quality teaching is the best way to support our SEND students and so equip our staff with the most up-to-date strategies. When needs cannot be fully met within the classroom, we can utilise a range of support and intervention measures both in school and from across our wider Trust network.

Homework

We use tools such as Hegarty Maths, Tassomai  and Google Classroom, where staff upload homework assignments and resources.  All students have their own personal accounts and can login to access their homework. In Year 7 students are expected to complete 1 hour 40 minutes of homework  each night consisting of 30 minutes reading, 20 minutes studying their knowledge organiser and 50 minutes of subject homework.

Uniform

The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy holds professionalism and a businesslike approach at the heart of everything we do. It is important that students have a smart and businesslike appearance throughout the day.  Additionally, students will have to comply with health and safety regulations as well as clothing that suits our environment. 

The full list of uniform can be seen here

Uniform costs can be found using the following link to our supplier Brigade

http://www.brigade.uk.com/direct/index.php

Equipment

Students are expected to have the following items every day:

  • at least 2 black pens
  • at least 2 blue pens
  • at least 2 pencils
  • a ruler
  • a rubber
  • a pencil sharpener
  • at least one dry wipe marker
  • a selection of highlighters
  • colouring pencils
  • a glue stick
  • a scientific calculator
  • a protractor
  • a set square
  • an appropriate reading book
Mobile Phones

Students are not allowed to access their mobile phones during the school day.  If they need to bring their phone with them, they should make sure they are switched off and in their school bag.

Rewards and Consequences

We expect outstanding conduct and behaviour from our students at all times. The overwhelming majority of our students meet these high expectations.  Occasionally students make poor choices and face consequences for their actions in the form of after-school detentions.

Parents/Carers are notified of these detentions by email and through the My Child at School application. Staff also contact parents to inform them and discuss any issues arising.

Travel

The Leigh UTC is situated on the route of the regular and reliable Fastrack service, with a bus stop outside The Leigh UTC building.

https://theleighutc.org.uk/travel/

Term dates

To view the Academy’s current school day and term dates click here.

School Meals and FSM

The Academy operates a cashless system for school meals and all payments must be made via ParentPay. Account details will be shared with parents/carers and money can be added when required.

Food is supplied by Cucina Ltd and sample menus can be seen here.

https://theleighutc.org.uk/cucina-menu/

If your family is entitled to Free School Meals please apply through your council.

Attendance

The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy believes that excellent attendance and punctuality is the key for our student’s success. We work with parents to ensure that attendance and punctuality are at the highest they can possibly be in order to prepare our students for their future life

https://theleighutc.org.uk/attendance/

Safeguarding

The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all members of our school community. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

All staff members contribute to the safety of our students by providing a safe environment for learning and identifying students who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. All staff are trained to take appropriate action to ensure our students are safe both at home and in our school setting.

Communication

We believe that communication with parents/carers is an essential part of the support for our students.

We will share information in a variety of ways.

  • Weekly Bulletins
  • Termly Newsletters
  • Parents evenings
  • Access to My Child At School where assessment and behaviour information is shared
What is the Leigh Academy Trust

Leigh Academies Trust is a non-profit making charitable company limited by guarantee, based in Strood, Medway. The Trust exists to support and assist schools to build upon their existing strengths and to help them achieve rapid educational transformation. It has significant experience in running schools, and today includes both sponsored academies and schools which have chosen to convert to Academy status.

The Trust was formed in 2008 with the linking of the Leigh Technology Academy and Longfield Academy under one governing body. It encompasses 15,000 students between the ages of 2 and 19 in twenty three primary, secondary and special academies including one all-through and one grammar school. To view LAT mission and values click here.

Year 10 and Post 16

We accept a limited number of students at year 10 and applications should be made as the information on our website.

At Post 16 students follow one of a number of pathways.  Our specialisms include Engineering, Computing and Business.  The image below shows the pathways we offer.

To apply for Post 16 please complete a Supplementary Information Form and return to admissions@theleighutc.org.uk