Academy News




Dear Parents/Guardians/Carers and Staff,                              

Academy Status


As you may be aware, the Governors have been considering whether it is the right time for St Joseph’s to become an academy.  Many schools across the country are becoming academies, and the Archbishop of Southwark is keen for Catholic schools in Kent to do so as well.


Senior Staff and Governors have been keeping in touch with this issue for over a year now and have more recently arranged several presentations from the executives of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership (KCSP), a Trust set up by the Archbishop so that Catholic academies can continue to be supported and work together. Many Catholic schools in Kent have either become an academy within the KCSP or are on their way to becoming so in this way. 


After careful consideration, the Full Governing Body decided at their meeting on 12th June 2014 to begin the process of exploring becoming an academy as part of the KCSP and would like the views of both parents/guardians/carers and staff on the matter.


The process of conversion takes about 3-4 months and there will be plenty of opportunity for you to find out more and to ask questions.  The interests of St Joseph’s and its pupils are the paramount concern of Governors so the process will only be finalised on the basis that Governors remain convinced it is the right thing to do.


It is important to point out that KCSP assure us that this conversion will mean no adverse changes for staff nor children at St Joseph’s. The daily operational running of the school by the Headteacher and Senior Management Team would be unchanged as would the character, ethos and values of the School.


Information about Academy Status and the process the school has to follow will be available on the school website next week. There is also considerable information that can be found at:


How to take part in the consultation process

A meeting will be arranged where any questions you may have will be answered. You will be informed of the date by 27th June 2014

You can let us know your views by emailing  or in writing to Mr Andrew Brett, Chair of Governors, via the school office.


With best wishes,


T. Shirley