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Dear parents and carers,

As the end of term 4 draws near, I write with our Pillars of Excellence Newsletter attached, updating you on the achievements of our students across The Canterbury Academy Trust; from our City View Pre-School and Nurseries, through The Canterbury Primary School, The Canterbury Academy, The Canterbury Academy Sixth Form and out into the work that our Youth, Community and Extended Services Team do across both the Canterbury and Ashford Districts. As we all begin to ‘live with COVID’, this term, along with the promise of warmer weather and longer days, has really brought our schools back to life. Performances, visits, trips, sporting fixtures, to name but a few…have given a true sense of vibrancy back to all that we do, together, across our Trust community.

Heads of School have been in touch as regards the timings for the end of today and the start of next term; also highlighting some of the work that our Trust will be doing across our communities, in and out of our schools, through the Easter break. With that said, if you would like to keep up to date with what is going on across the Trust, please do follow any of our social media channels on;

Facebook, by following;

You can join us on Twitter, by following; 

Or, Instagram, on;  

Finally, can I thank you all, most sincerely, for the way in which you have pulled together to support our partnership with the Kent Association of Headteachers and the appeal for Ukraine. Since my message to you all at the start of March, identifying The Canterbury Academy as a collection hub for the District, we have been left truly humbled by your donations and generosity. Despite everything we’ve faced as a community over the last two years, as always, your compassion, empathy and determination shines through. Parents, families, students and staff have been offering, not only a huge amount of items needed for refugees and those still suffering in Ukraine, but also their time. Mr Barlow from The Canterbury Academy, for example, has offered his time to a charity over Easter and may drive supplies into war torn areas of Ukraine; our thoughts and all very best wishes will be with him.

As you will know, the war in Ukraine is far from over and the situation is only anticipated to get worse. We have already made several deliveries to the onward distribution point in Folkestone and intend to continue doing this through the Easter holidays; so, if you would like to continue donating, your support will forever be appreciated. You can see all of the items needed and the work that we are doing on any of our social media pages, which will continue to be updated regularly. If you feel you would like to make a financial donation, you can do so by using our coordinated GoFundMe page on;

I’m delighted to tell you that the current total raised stands at an amazing £38,136; with my heartfelt and sincerest thanks to all of you who may have contributed to this.

During these ongoing and very worrying times, all we can continue to do as a Trust community is stick together, and on behalf of all my colleagues across the Trust, I thank you for your ongoing support though this past term.

It only remains for me to wish you all a healthy and restful Easter. We shall look forward to seeing your children back in our schools for the start of term 5 on Tuesday, 19th April.

With my every best wish,


Jon Watson
Executive Principal