Leigh Academy Rainham Celebrates its first Ofsted Rating

Students at Leigh Academy Rainham walking outside their building

Leigh Academies Trust is delighted to announce that Leigh Academy Rainham has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in 3 of the 4 categories following its first ever Ofsted inspection and ‘Good’ overall. This is a particularly exceptional accomplishment for a non-selective school in the Medway unitary authority. The school, which opened in September 2021, was praised for its “interesting and ambitious” curriculum, exemplary pupil behaviour, and strong focus on student welfare and personal development.

Ofsted inspectors highlighted that “The school has thought carefully about how it has designed the curriculum. It has ensured that pupils are taught interesting, relevant knowledge in each subject.” 

Inspectors also noted the school’s effective support for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), stating “The school supports the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) effectively.”

The report commended the school’s behaviour expectations, with inspectors observing that “Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. The school sets out very clear, high expectations of how pupils should conduct themselves during lessons and around the school.”

Leigh Academy Rainham’s personal development provision was also singled out for praise: “The school has designed a personal development curriculum that truly enriches pupils’ wider experience. It makes sure that disadvantaged pupils, including those with SEND, benefit greatly from the programme.”

Principal, Alex Millward said: 

“We are immensely proud of this Ofsted judgement, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our exceptional staff, students and wider school community. Our vision is to deliver an excellent education that inspires students to achieve their full potential, and this report confirms we are absolutely on the right track.”

Simon Beamish, CEO of Leigh Academies Trust, added: 

“This Ofsted rating for Leigh Academy Rainham is a fantastic achievement and reflects the Trust’s commitment to providing a world-class education for all our students. I would like to congratulate Principal Alex Millward and her team for their tireless efforts in making the school such a success in its first years.”

Leigh Academy Rainham is part of Leigh Academies Trust, a multi-academy trust with 32 primary, secondary and special schools across Kent and South East England. The Trust is dedicated to delivering education for a better world through its family of academies.

Ofsted Report (PDF) Kent Online Article