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Skills For Life


Mission Statement
“To prepare our young pupils to be the adults that they are to become, by encouraging them to reach their full potential academically through high quality teaching of a curriculum including life skills.Additionally, to introduce all pupils to a wide range of potential careers and mentors from the business world both locally and regionally so that they are fully prepared for the world of work when that time arrives.”

‘Skills for Life’ is at the heart of all we do within the Skills For Life Trust both within the curriculum and in extracurricular activities.

We encourage our young students to reach their full potential both in their academic and personal progress  throughout their time at school.

We are so committed to our Skills for Life mission that we have invested in our own Skills for Life Manager who will  ensure this is  driven forward and embedded in to daily school life.

We understand the need and importance of connecting education with the business world which will ensure our young people  develop the personal and business skills that will fully equip them for the world of work or further education.

We want all our students to have the essential skills for their future whatever they decide to do;
•     Confident and equipped with soft skills
•     Equipped with life skills so they can be independent
•     Understand their role in the community and wider society
•     Primary children to be fully equipped and ready to get the best out of their secondary education
•     Secondary students to be the first choice for employers
•     To be aware of the world and different cultures
•     Have a good knowledge of the workplace and how to behave

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We are passionate about  inspiring our students to be the best they can be and to ‘reach for the stars’ in their future career choice. It is our aim to provide them with the best careers advice they deserve and need . This will be delivered in many ways;
•    Business mentors will be allocated to help with workplace skills, CV’s and job interviews
•    Work experience organised within a chosen industry
•    Extracurricular clubs which encourage life skills
•    Through our newly extended DT Department, we are offering a wide variety of trades to NVQ Level 2 and apprenticeships.
•    Courses on Sales and Customer Service
•    Regular Skills for Life/Career Assemblies are held by a variety of individuals, businesses and organisations to widen the students’ knowledge of the outside world and to give them an insight into the many different jobs that are available

Recent Secondary Careers Assemblies held:

David Dein – Former Vice-Chairman Arsenal Football Club


The British Army


Alex Auger – The Juice Executive


Kerry Allen – Ministry of Justice


Other Careers Assemblies include:

  • Tutch Media
  • Sandhole Vets
  • Ashford Group Vehicle Recovery
  • Canute Logistics
  • Isuzu Finance
  • Fire Service
  • Whitbread Hospitality
  • Pardell PR
  • Tracey Crouch – local MP
  • Dovetail Games
  • Kreston Reeves Accountants

Recent Primary Skills For Life assemblies held:

Masai Chief


Entomologist Greenwich University


Huguenot Museum


The Army


Other Skills for Life assemblies include:

  • Fire Service
  • Kent Search Dogs
  • Nutritionist
  • Blood Runners Bike Service
  • Dentist
  • Lawyer
  • Cats Protection
  • Vet

We started our Skills for Life programme to help to achieve our mission by embedding the values within the curriculum and daily lessons.

Our strategy is an integral part of all three schools, equipping our students with the vital skills they need for secondary school and adult life.  We believe that every student can reach their potential and our caring and dedicated staff will allow them to achieve this.
Students should become valuable and fully rounded member of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.

Our Primary School values are shown in our RECIPE acronym:


Our Secondary School values are shown in our EMPLOY ME acronym:

These values are based on promoting positive behaviour for learning, which will establish in our students, the skills that are imperative to function capably in life.

Our RECIPE/EMPLOY ME acronyms are displayed at the front of each classroom.  A different word from the RECIPE/EMPLOY ME is incorporated into the weekly lesson planning and is then referred to by our teaching staff, linking it to the work the students are doing.

Selected years and classes will have an appointed ‘Learning Ambassador’ who will represent their class when visitors enter.  The chosen Ambassador will greet the visitor(s), introduce themselves, explain what they are learning, share their books and explain our Skills for Life and RECIPE/EMPLOY ME values.

Our Skills for Life and RECIPE/EMPLOY ME values are displayed throughout our schools.

Within the Trust we believe these values are for everyone to live by and not just the children and students. At a recent Skills For Life Trust training day, staff were asked what Skills for Life and RECIPE/EMPLOY ME meant to them. We collated a few of the quotes and feel these really epitomise the values:

“Respect is earnt – whether you are a teacher or a student, you should learn that it is a two way street. If you show respect to others they are likely to show you respect in turn.”
“Respect for all staff & pupils, whatever their role.”
‘Respect everyone no matter who they are.’

“Always striving to improve.”
“Willing to improve and undertake training if beneficial.”
‘To excel at something you must dedicate hours and hours to practice.

“Working together for a better tomorrow.”
“TWAM – Together We Achieve More.”

“Having the confidence, support and initiative to work without assistance.”
“Confidence and skills to be able to work alone.”
“Keep on working towards your goals despite the setbacks.”
“Keep going – never give up!”
‘Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.’
‘Keep going when the going gets tough.’

“Every moment is a privilege no matter how difficult because we are making a positive difference.”
“Manage stress/workload to allow for a good work-life balance”.
“Being happy, excited and showing it!”

“Not always money – job satisfaction, being valued & work/life balance.”
“Have personal goals.”

“Being able to hear and acknowledge the ideas and feelings of someone else.”
“Don’t shut people out, let them speak and make sure the door is always open.”

“On time, fully equipped and ready. Able to structure your time effectively.”
“Always be prepared – plan, plan, plan.”

You – ready, respectful, responsible
“Taking accountability for your own actions and future.”
“Your future, your work, your job, your success.”

“Lead by example –  Manners maketh the man” (and a much better accepted adult).
“Polite, courteous and kind to all.”

“A dynamic, flexible person, who embraces change.”
“Getting our young people ready! –  Arming them with the soft skills.”

‘We are so proud of our Trust and what it has to offer and want our students to be fully informed, prepared, confident and most of all, excited about their future!’

Sam Presneill
Skills for Life Manager


The ‘Skills for Life’ vision

From September 2014, in order to achieve the ‘Skills for Life’ vision, the following has been put in place:

  • Senior and middle leaders in all academies have agreed specific ‘soft’ skills, qualities and knowledge to be written into the academy curriculum
  • Regular careers assemblies in all academies including the legal profession, catering, the fire service, NHS, veterinary profession, teaching and many more
  • Careers assemblies stressing the importance of English and Maths
  • To have extra curricular clubs running such as gardening and cookery. These are to encourage life skills
  • As finances allow, to extend the DT department to include qualifications such as electrician, motor mechanics, engineering, plumbing, carpentry bricklaying and plastering

Clearly the students must prosper academically but we believe that if their interest is taken by any one part of the ‘Skills for Life’ strategy, then they will have aims and ambitions which will significantly bolster their commitment to achieving school based qualifications.A high performing specialist academy with sports College and raising achivement status.