The Marsh Academy came into being on the closure of the Southlands Community Comprehensive School in New Romney and opened in 2007 in the buildings of its predecessor school, backed by its co-sponsors - Tonbridge School, Microsoft, and Kent County Council - and a strategic partnership with Folkestone School for Girls.
The Marsh Academy made rapid progress, supported by Tonbridge School. This direct involvement in the development of the Academy fostered a sharing of skills that helped the Academy to nurture the potential of its students. In recent years a number of Tonbridge School students have become Academy Learning Mentors during their gap year.
Moving into brand new buildings opened a new chapter for the Academy, as the strategic partnership with Folkestone School for Girls came to an end and a new Principal was appointed.
In September 2013 the Skinners’ Company became the Principal Sponsor, with Tonbridge School and Microsoft remaining as co-sponsors. The partnership between The Marsh Academy, The Marsh Academy Governing Body 2018-19 and its sponsors continues to be based on mutual trust and support.
The most recent Ofsted inspection in February 2017 rated the school “good”, confirming the rating originally achieved in 2013 and commenting favourably on the significant progress made by the school since the previous inspection. Students continue to make good progress in all curriculum areas, some achieving exceptional results; creative teaching methods and innovative facilities ensure that learning is always engaging, varied, and personalised; great emphasis is placed upon developing the literacy and numeracy skills required throughout every discipline; and, students are helped to become self-motivated and independent learners.
The Marsh Academy provides the highest quality pastoral support for students. Students join one of four mini-schools with older students providing younger students with supportive and positive role models. This encourages confidence, team-work and personal development. Students are also cared for by a Mini-School Leader, a Student Development Leader and a Tutor, who ensure that the needs and ambitions of every individual are met.
The Marsh Academy Admissions arrangements .