Welcome to our website. The Thomas Aveling School is an 11-19 co-educational non-selective secondary school serving our community in Rochester, Kent. We are a converter academy (having gained this status in September 2011) having previously been a Technology Collegeand Training School. On 1st September 2015 our academy trust merged with The Fort Pitt Academy Trust to form a new trust of 4 schools, 1 grammar school, 2 high schools and a junior school. This merger will enhance still further the opportunities and support we can offer students in all of these schools.
We aim to create a culture of high expectations and success for all students and staff.
Our GCSE results have improved dramatically over the last few years with 58% gaining 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths in 2015 – a record for the school whilst inclusive strategies have ensured that 100% of all students gained at least 5 pass grades. A level results have risen equally impressively with our average grade being a C and 100% pass rate being attained..
As well as supporting students of all abilities to make outstanding academic progress Thomas Aveling provides an excellent all round education valuing Music, Drama, Sport and Art highly with high quality facilities .
We work in collaboration with a wide range of partners. We are a Leadership Development School for the National College and work with other schools to help raise standards.
We are a leading member of Kent and Medway Training and along with over 20 other schools train up to 100 new teachers each year. We are also a key partner of our 2 local teaching schools – leading on CPD provision for these organisations.
We have a vibrant, inclusive and successful sixth form of 180 students with many young people joining Thomas Aveling at 16 from local secondary schools. We offer advanced courses in both Academic and Vocational courses and have a good track record in enabling students to access Further and Higher Education.
We are delighted to have been designated a Good School by Ofsted in January 2012 achieving good grades in all categories. Some quotes from Ofsted include:
‘The range of academic and vocational options meets all interests and abilities’
‘Teaching strengths include the ability to capture students’ interest and build their confidence’
‘Year 13 students hold offers for competitive courses in leading universities’
‘Leaders and managers at all levels vigorously communicate an ambitious vision’
‘Excellent resources ensure high levels of engagement and good results’
‘Thomas Aveling inspires children to see their potential and see for themselves they have much to offer’
‘Morale is extremely high’
‘Relationships between all groups in the school are mutually supportive’
‘The school has a happy, lively atmosphere’
‘This is a good school. Most striking is the sense of shared purpose’
‘Teaching is good overall with an ability to engage and challenge students’