Work with Us

Giving children and young people the best start.

As a Trust, our collective commitment to raising aspiration, helping our children and young people grow, flourish and achieve their ambitions drives our work.

Each of our schools has its own unique and distinctive character and vision for its community, something we proudly celebrate and protect. Each offers an amazing environment for its children and its colleagues, and we encourage you to learn more about their incredible work.

At our core, our purpose is to:

  • strengthen and enhance our communities
  • enable the power of education to inspire
  • maximise and achieve the potential of every learner
  • enrich the curriculum through partnership and collaboration

And strengthening and enhancing our communities starts with ensuring our schools and staff draw strength from being part of the Trust.

We empower and develop our staff through access to high-impact CPD opportunities, including coaching and mentoring, professional development programmes, networks across the Trust, and our EKC Group and KMA Partners.

We’re proud of our trust!


Opportunities to work with us

EKC Sheppey Secondary and Sheppey United FC Announce a Community Partnership to empower young talent and community spirit.

“We are delighted to partner with EKC Sheppey Secondary in this impactful initiative”, said Tony Hughes, Sheppey United Chairman. “This collaboration embodies our shared commitment to supporting young people of the Isle and enriching the Sheppey community”.

January Lorman, Headteacher of EKC Sheppey Secondary, echoed this sentiment: “This partnership is a fantastic opportunity for our students to connect with local sporting heroes and benefit from their insights on sport, teamwork, goal setting and perseverance both on and off the pitch. We are confident that this program will have a positive impact on both our school and the wider community”.

Sheppey United and EKC Sheppey Secondary look forward to a successful partnership that empowers young people, strengthens community spirit, and celebrates ‘the beautiful game’.

Stay tuned for more details!

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Are you Looking to start a career in education and the early years?

Trainees and apprenticeships offer an exciting opportunity to start your career, whether taking your first steps or retracing your career path and finding a new spark. We are passionate supporters of Traineeships and Apprenticeships, part of our ongoing commitment to growing and developing our community.

Queenborough's Apprentices win at the East Kent Apprenticeship Awards 2022
Queenborough’s Apprentices win at the East Kent Apprenticeship Awards 2022
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Is a Traineeship for me?

Traineeships offer an exciting opportunity to upskill and gain valuable experience, undertaking a work placement whilst also gaining work-related qualifications.

Are you…

  • Interested in a career in education and the early years and looking to gain experience?
  • A creative, caring, and motivated person?
  • Aged 16-24 and qualified below Level4?
  • Currently looking for work? 
  • Wanting to find out what you’re capable of?

Yes? Then a Traineeship could be just the ticket!

Visit GOV.UK Find a Traineeship to view the latest Traineeship opportunities. Create an account, and you can set up an alert to learn of new placements straight into your inbox. 

It is our hope that Trainees will progress into an apprenticeship and continue to progress a career in education and the early years. 

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Is an Apprenticeship for me?

Apprenticeships are another fantastic option to start your career, whether taking your first steps or retracing your career path and finding a new spark. As an apprentice, you’re an employee, with a contract of employment, you’ll gain valuable experience, earn a professional qualification and get paid. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

Are you…

  • Passionate about a career in education and the early years and looking for your first role in the sector?
  • Looking for an opportunity to gain relevant qualifications giving you the perfect foundation for your career?
  • Wanting to earn while you learn, with support from an experienced mentor?

Yes? Then an Apprenticeship could be just the avenue!

Visit GOV.UK Find an Apprenticeship to view the latest Apprenticeship opportunities. Create an account, and you can set up an alert to learn of new roles straight into your inbox. 

It is our hope that apprentices will progress into a substantive role and continue to progress their career with us. 

Being a part of an outstanding school, helped me gain the skills to become a Level 3 Nursery Practitioner. Queenborough has been a massive part of my apprenticeship journey.
Qualified Inclusion Support Assistant. Queenborough School and Nursery.
I have really enjoyed working with all the different children and learning about their different needs. I have been able to work in several classrooms, and this has given me an insight into different teaching styles.
Apprentice. Holywell
East Stour Primary

Let’s Team Up

If you share in our vision and commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children and believe you will strengthen our community, visit Kent Teach to view the latest career opportunities across the Trust. 

  • Are you looking to start a rewarding career in education?
  • Are you looking for the next step in your career?
  • Do you want to work in an amazing learning environment?
  • Do you want to join a fantastic team?

All candidates must share our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children. Safer recruitment is paramount, and all roles are subject to safeguarding checks, including an enhanced DBS and Barred List check and online search. 

Getting to know Us

Each of our schools has its own unique and distinctive character and vision for its community and each offers an amazing environment for its children and its colleagues. 

Looking to work with Us?

As part of the EKC Schools Trust our schools (our Academies and Associate Members) have access to a range of benefits that ensure they draw strength from being part of the Trust.

Associate Membership Form

To discuss our promise to schools and learn more, please use this form to contact us.

A rewarding role

Trustees and Governors perform a tremendously valuable and rewarding role; encouraging and shaping the broader learning opportunities and experiences available to children, adding value as we work towards our strategic vision and improvement priorities. 

Our Trust Board and Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) are served by a committed team of volunteers offering their skills, time and commitment. 

The Trust and our schools need and benefit from a range of professional knowledge on the Trust Board and LGBs including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing and public relations, property and estates management, as well as organisational change.

You do not need to be a parent or have experience in the education sector, we are interested in character and skill sets. Our development framework ensures our Board and LGB governors are well supported.

Many employers recognise school governance as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility and, Learning and Development Policies and may offer paid leave for governor duties. 

Register your interest

From time to time, vacancies will arise at the Trust Board or Local Governing Body level. To learn more and register your interest, contact us.   

  • “I’ve always been passionate about education and about improving the outcomes for young people in our society. As the Chief Executive of a large further education college Group, I have witnessed the truly transformational impact of a great education and I wanted to help make that a reality for even more young people.
    As a Trustee, I’m able to deliver a real and tangible difference to young people’s lives, ensuring that they get the education they deserve and that their life chances are enhanced through its power. I’m really proud to be able to help in this way, and hope that the communities I serve benefit from my input.”

    Graham Razey OBE

    Chair of Trustees

  • Bernadette Lax -Trustee

    “I chose to be a Trustee within EKC Schools Trust as I believe in the model of trust formed, whereby schools work in partnership whilst keeping their own unique character.
    I am delighted to be part of a Trust really making a positive difference to the lives of local children, their families, and communities. Being a trustee allows me to make use of my professional experience and keeps my knowledge of educational changes current.
    I enjoy being part of a team that brings such a variety and wealth of experience together for such an inspiring purpose – the future life chances of children.”

    Bernadette Lax


  • “With two daughters who have successfully been through the education system from Primary to University, I volunteer as a Governor and Trustee so that I can play a part in helping all other children have a similar outcome, thereby ensuring that they are able to grow and develop to their full potential.
    I particularly like using the skills and experience developed over a number of years to support school leaders and also working with a wide range of like-minded people who all share the same goal, to make schools better places for pupils and the wider

    Peter Goldsack

    Trustee and Governor

Support your development goals or that of your team

Strengthening and enhancing our communities drives our work, supporting communities beyond our Trust fulfils a broader mission.

An established Trust, we have a proven track record of strengthening and enriching our communities. Our schools and staff drawing strength from our unique curriculum enrichment offer, EKC Group partnership, school improvement offer, and our range of services.

Our passionate and expert team deliver bespoke solutions – recognising the uniqueness of every person and organisation we work with – encouraging the conversations, thinking and change needed to drive your agenda forward.  

Our expertise includes:

  • Leadership and Management
  • School Improvement
  • Curriculum, Inclusion and SEND
  • Governance
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources – including Safer Recruitment delivered by our Safer Recruitment Consortium and Lucy Faithful Foundation certified trainer

Even the most highly effective schools benefit from school improvement visits and evidence supports that schools who are limited in their partnerships, inward facing or lacking in challenge will often be downgraded by Ofsted and lose momentum in their drive for quality for their pupils. There is a direct correlation between schools not working in wide, sector specific arrangements and Ofsted grades since 2019.

EKC School’s Trust model is designed to ensure the highest level of collaboration, sharing of best practice and continued professional development balanced with challenge and monitoring from primary specialists with a proven track record in school improvement.

Register your interest

To learn more and register your interest in Education Services use this form to contact us.    

Why people love education services

We focus on our customers and ensure;

  • We RESPECT the individuals and organisations that make up our communities and sector; our rich offer is tailored to our needs
  • We are RESOURCEFUL in serving our communities; insight and innovation key to our approach
  • We are RELENTLESS in our mission to strengthen and enhance our communities.

Getting to know Us

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About Us

Learn more about our EKC family, 2023-2028 Strategy, alongside our governance structure and other key Trust information.

Information for Families

Learn more about our schools and our support to families, the amazing opportunities enjoyed by our children and communities; and about our Community Hub and how you can get involved. 

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Our Schools

Each of our schools has its own unique and distinctive character and vision for its community, something we proudly celebrate and protect.