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Regional Schools Commissioner visits “Transformed” Victory Academy

Regional Schools Commissioner visits “Transformed” Victory Academy

Students and staff at The Victory Academy last week welcomed their Regional Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington, to witness the school’s brilliant transformation under the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT).

The Academy recently celebrated a brilliant hat-trick of achievements – after it achieved record GCSE results, was ranked the top non-selective school in Medway by the Department for Education (DfE), and was rated Good by Ofsted within a few months.

Mr Herrington, who oversees academies in South-East England and South London, hailed the “tremendous progress” at the school after touring its impressive facilities, taking part in an interactive Q&A session with students, and meeting with senior leaders from the school and Trust.

The visit comes shortly after TSAT was last month ranked the best multi-academy trust (MAT) in the country for the performance of its secondary schools.

The Academy has made a remarkable turnaround since TSAT became its sponsor and Mandy Gage became Principal just over two years ago. At the time the school, then called Bishop of Rochester Academy, had disappointing results and was rated Requires Improvement by Ofsted.

The DfE now recognises the school as “above average” nationally, for adding on average almost a third of a GCSE grade per student.

TSAT is a family of 13 schools in the Medway and Portsmouth area, which provides a high-quality education for all students.


Mandy Gage, Principal of The Victory Academy, said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome Regional Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington to our school, to showcase the excellent teaching and vibrant atmosphere in our classrooms which have propelled our rapid transformation.

“We were proud to host Mr Herrington just after TSAT was ranked best in the country for the performance of its secondary schools, demonstrating the effectiveness of the Thinking Schools approach which underlies our recent successes.

“We are on a really exciting journey, and look forward to continuing to go from strength to strength over the coming months and years.”

Dominic Herrington, Regional Schools Commissioner for South-East England and South London, said: 

“I very much enjoyed visiting The Victory Academy in Chatham, and the opportunity to witness first-hand the transformation that the school has achieved since it joined the Thinking Schools Academy Trust.

“It was fantastic to see the tremendous progress made, and meet the school’s articulate and ambitious students. I look forward to working with The Victory Academy over the coming years, as it continues to build on its success.”