Colleges

The Academy is organised into 3 Colleges – Kingsley, Angelou and Vitruvius. Each college is situated on its own floor and provides pastoral care to 60 pupils from each year group, led by the Head of College and Director of Pastoral, with its own Student Services team. Students are placed in mixed ability form groups and have dedicated form time each day where they follow our pastoral curriculum. 

Leigh Academy Rainham actively encourages the competitive element of inter-college competitions through termly events based linked to all aspects of Academy life. They are named after pioneers who aspired to achieve great things, irrespective of barriers,  linked to the subject disciplines in their College. 

Mary Henrietta Kingsley was a Victorian pioneer and explorer who set out alone to explore West Africa to pursue her anthropological interests. In her written works she describes her unaccompanied treks through dangerous jungles, encounters with deadly animals and fascination with the African culture, language and botany. The disciplines linked to this Kingsley College include Humanities and Languages.

‘It is a generally received opinion that there are too many books in the world already. I cannot, however, subscribe to any Institution that proposes to alter this state of affairs, because I find no consensus of opinion as to which are the superfluous books.’  – Mary Kingsley

Maya Angelou was an acclaimed Black American poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer from Missouri. Despite experiencing a series of harrowing events in her childhood, she overcame her own fears and anxieties to flourish, developing a broad career that  included writing singing, dancing, acting and composing. The disciplines linked to Angelou College include the Arts and Literature.

‘If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.’  – Maya Angelou

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio was an ancient Roman who applied his understanding of geometry and science in a practical manner as an influential architect and civil and military engineer. He is famous for his written works entitled De architectura in which he outlined the key attributes of effective building design, the principles of which were adopted in Roman architecture. It was his descriptions of the proportions of the human body that influenced Leonard Da Vinci’s famous artwork of the ‘Vitruvian man’. The disciplines linked to Vitruvius College include Maths and Science.