Tonbridge Federation

TonbridgeFederation2The Tonbridge Federation is a partnership between Hugh Christie Technology College, Long Mead Community Primary School and Little Foxes Children’s Centre.
All these partners are committed to working together with the public services and the local community to improve the life chances of all young people in Trench Ward and surrounding areas of North Tonbridge. The Federation is also a key member of the Trench Partnership; a group of strategic partners who work together to improve the opportunities for people living within the community.

Our key aims;

  • By working together we can do more to provide a better learning experience;
  • Offering children and parents more opportunities for learning.
  • Improving motivation and confidence.
  • Creating greater challenge and support.
  • Effective use of funding allowing more money to be spent on the education of children with more focused support for families.

Our staff are our greatest asset.

  • The Executive Principal (Jon Barker) leads the federation, with a Head of Learning in each school and a Children’s Centre Manager in charge of the Children’s Centre
  • We provide staff with greater opportunities for increased breadth and depth of experience with improved promotion prospects, continual professional development and a wider sharing of knowledge and expertise.
  • We allow staff to have the opportunity to become involved in a more innovative and exciting curriculum in a stimulating environment that encourages research and development.

Community partnerships will support:

  • Improved opportunities for lifelong learning.
  • Increased use of school buildings with better community based facilities including out of school clubs and child care.
  • Supporting children to become good citizens with improved preparation for employment/ongoing education and an awareness of their roles and responsibilities within and beyond their local environment.
  • Closer understanding of people’s needs, extending support for children and families.
  • Improved health and well-being of people within the community.

What is The Children’s Centre and why is it involved?

The Children’s Centre is a service hub where children under five years old and their families can receive seamless integrated services and information. The aim of the centre is to ensure that every child gets the best start in life. 

This is achieved by offering

  • Integrated early education.
  • Support for parents – including advice on parenting, local childcare options and access to specialist services for families.
  • Child and family health services – ranging from health screening, health visitor services to breast-feeding support.
  • Helping parents into work – with links to the local Jobcentre Plus Centre and training.
The Little Foxes Children’s Centre is based on the Long Mead Primary School site. By working together with the two schools that serve the community, the Children’s Centre is being supported to provide an even better level of provision for the children and families in the area.

Key People:

Jon Barker is the Executive Principal and has the strategic oversight of Hugh Christie and Long Mead Community Primary School. His responsibilities cover both schools in areas such as Children’s Services, staff appointments, training and development, finance and site issues and community partnerships.
Justin Sheppard, Head of Upper School and Paul Bargery, SENCO have an oversight of all the provision at the school that supports children with learning, social and behavioural difficulties. Paul is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).