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Principal's Welcome

History of The John Wallis 2-19 Church of England Academy, Ashford, Kent
 
In September 2010, under the sponsorship of four sponsors, The Diocese of Canterbury (the main sponsor) Christ Church Canterbury University, Benenden School and Kent County Council,  The John Wallis Academy opened as an 11-16 Academy replacing the predecessor school, Christ Church School.
 
Mr John McParland, Headteacher of St Simon Stock Catholic School in Maidstone, Kent from 2001 to 2010,  was appointed Principal Designate of The John Wallis Church of England Academy and took up his post in April 2010 to prepare for its opening in September 2010. The Year 7 intake in September 2010 was 129 students and in September 2019 the Year 7 intake was 240 students. 

In 2011, the Academy opened its Sixth Form to its first cohort of students.  
In 2012, Linden Grove Primary School, a local school next door to the Academy, became part of The John Wallis Church of England Academy to create a 3–19 Academy, welcoming pupils of all faiths and none. 

In March 2013, the SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) judged the distinctiveness and effectiveness of The John Wallis 3 – 19 Church of England Academy to be outstanding.

In January 2014, the Ofsted Inspection judged our 3 – 19 Academy to be a “Good” school in all areas inspected.

In September 2014, we opened our new £8.6 million buildings which included two new buildings and a major refurbishment of the existing building. In February 2019, we opened and blessed our new Nursery and Primary building becoming a 2-19 Academy bringing our Academy onto the one campus.  By Easter 2020 we will be a 0-19 Academy when our Nursery will accept babies from 3 months old.

In summer 2014, our students achieved the best GCSE results in the history of the school with 52% of our students achieving 5+ A* - C grades including English and Maths (up from 44% in the previous year) with 99% achieving 5 or more A* – G grades. The DfE "Value Added" rating put us in the top 2% in the country and seventh overall nationally of similar schools and third of all schools in Kent for ‘value added’. We were acknowledged as the best non-selective school in Kent in terms of the progress our students make between key stages of their education. We were congratulated by the Right Honourable David Laws, the Minister of State for Schools, on the high accolade achieved in the Value Added Performance Measure.

In February 2015, we were praised in the House of Lords by The Lord Bishop of Ely, Bishop Stephen Conway quoting the following words:

"I cite the example of a cracking diocesan academy, the inspirational John Wallis Church of England Academy in Ashford, in Kent, a three to 19 Academy that is having a really transformative impact on the whole of the community”.

A great accolade indeed, acknowledging the excellent work taking place in our Academy community serving the South Ashford area.

In 2016, with the new progress measure, The John Wallis Academy achieved a Progress 8 score of + 0.15 placing the Academy as the best non-selective school in the Ashford area and, on the DfE website, acknowledged as the best non-selective school within a 75 mile radius for its 2015 results for similar schools, where the headline measure of 5A*-C including English and Mathematics was used.   For the last four years our Progress 8 scores has been a positive score continuing the success and progress of our students in their GCSE examinations. Click here for DfE Schools' Comparison site.

The Post 16 performance has also been excellent since its opening in September 2011 with the first cohort of 25 out of 39 students in September 2013 obtaining places at university, 18 of whom received their first choice university. In the last six years, 260 students have continued their studies at universities throughout the UK and abroad with the majority obtaining their first choice university. In 2010, students did not believe they could go to university nor did they have the aspiration to do so which makes their achievement ever more laudable. The Level 3 BTEC Vocational results have been a strength of the Post 16 phase of the Academy since its opening in September 2011. 

In the last 7 years, there has been a huge transformation in the raising of standards in the Primary phase of the Academy culminating in excellent progress being made in the 2018 KS2 SATs.   

The above photograph was taken at the opening of the Primary phase of The John Wallis Church of England Academy in September 2012. Miss Lacon was appointed, Vice Principal and Head of Primary.

In the academic year 2019/20, the Senior Leadership Team comprises of the Principal,  two Vice Principals (1 Primary, 1 Secondary), 5 Assistant Principals (1 Primary, 4 Secondary) and the Director of Finance and Operations.
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