The Portico Academy Trust was established in April 2016 and presently consists of West Leigh Junior School, Porters Grange Primary School and Nursery, Friars Primary School and Nursery, Hamstel Junior School and Hamstel Infant School and Nursery.


The Trust was formed to support and challenge, within a context of partnership, high expectations and professional integrity, schools with primary pupils.  Within a core of commonly held beliefs, we hold that each school in the Trust will retain its individual identity and character.


Portico Academy Trust aims to be at the heart of the local communities it serves. We aim to deliver to local families an excellent education and create new opportunities for our pupils. 




Through working closely together and sharing best practice, initiatives and expertise, we want all our children to be confident and successful lifelong learners.


As a Trust we strongly believe that it is important that all of our children acquire the essential key skills they will need to secure the fundamental building blocks of how to learn. By doing this they will develop a love of learning and become enthusiastic, independent inquisitive, risk-taking learners.

  • We want the best learning experience for every child, every day.

  • We recognise that learning is the key to every child’s future.

  • We meet challenges head on and find creative solutions.

  • We treat all members of our school community and our environment with respect.


  • To create a family of outstanding schools with clear purpose, direction and objectives

  • To provide environments where teaching and learning is paramount and children enjoy and are engaged in a rich and relevant curriculum tailored to their individual needs

  • To narrow gaps in attainment with the intention of reducing inequalities

  • To ensure empowerment of all pupils to achieve their full potential

  • To create and foster a culture of high aspiration amongst all pupils, regardless of their social, economic or cultural background 

  • To strive for excellence in teaching and learning

  • To ensure strong engagement in learning that fosters a lifelong learning ethos

  • To promote excellent progress for all learners.

  • To promote outstanding leadership and governance.

  • To establish a financial foundation to enable the Trust to fulfil its vision

  • To provide continual professional development and promote a well-resourced, high quality environment

  • To become the employer of choice

  • For each academy to be recognised as a centre of learning excellence, disseminating best practice within and beyond the Trust

  • To engage proactively with parents and the community in partnership to support pupil progress, wellbeing and achievement 





Sir David Amess MP

Bob Hellen

Garry Lowen

Steven Levy

Kate Baynes

Sue Hay

Bob Hellen

Frances Gretton

Graham Lane

Alan Murkin

Heather Oram

Karen Packer

Ros Sanders

Claire Smith

David Struthers

Cheryl Woolf

Ron Wright

Staff of Portico Academy Trust

Cheryl Woolf 

CEO & Executive Headteacher to West Leigh Junior School

 Richard Queenborough

Director of Learning

Carly Hay

Media & Communications Manager

 Rebecca Oakes

Emotional, Wellbeing and Inclusion


Jo Jarvis

Director of Finance

Madelaine Salmon

Finance Manager

Russell Sampson

Facilities Manager

Jenny Titford

HR Officer

Julie Lapslie

Clerk to Trustees




Our Trust is governed directly by our Trustee Board and holds our principals and headteachers to account. 

Trustee Attendance August 2020

Legal & Financial documents

Legal, Financial and Supplementary funding documents can be found below.
If you require a document you are unable to locate, please get in touch using the contact us page.




June 27, 2019

Our More Able Mathematicians in Year 2 enjoyed an amazing day on Thursday 27th June when Nick from JuniorSTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) came to visit us and carry out some fantastic Lego Robotics workshops.  The children had a great time develo...

June 24, 2019

On Monday the 17th  June, Year 5 went on an educational visit to St Mary’s Church and Prittlewell Priory. We were very fortunate with the weather as it was a sunny day so the children and adults were in good spirits.  When we were working in the church with the on-site...

May 17, 2019

On Monday 13th May 8 year 2 children went to Garons Park to compete in the Southend Primary Sports Association Quad Kids Competition, a multi-skill athletics event.

There were 8 schools competing to become top team (boys and girls) and top individual (boy and girl).


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Portico Academy Trust   59 Ronald Hill Grove   Leigh-on-Sea   Essex   SS9 2JB
Tel: 01702 987890  Email: office@porticoacademytrust.co.uk