Welcome to the Tenax Schools Trust

Tenax Schools Trust is a Church of England multi-academy trust (MAT) that exists to provide outstanding education in both primary and secondary schools in Kent and East Sussex. Tenax is a mixed trust that includes community schools with no denominational ethos alongside Church of England Voluntary Aided (VA) and Voluntary Controlled (VC) schools. While our Church of England schools place particular emphasis on teaching children and young people about Christian values, beliefs and traditions all of our schools subscribe to our underpinning educational, ethical and personal development principles. We value diversity and will preserve the distinctive local character of each school. We welcome pupils and families from all backgrounds and from all faiths and none.

Our educational philosophy derives from our founding values:

  • We believe in the value and potential of every child and young person.
  • We are committed to high standards of achievement and embrace a positive mind set approach that insists all students can make exceptional progress.
  • We will deliver high quality teaching with a focus on achieving mastery of subjects from phonics through to the skills needed to play a musical instrument well.
  • We value our staff because exceptional learning requires exceptional teachers. We provide excellent professional and career development as well as competitive employment packages. We aim to be an employer of choice
  • We will provide rich additional opportunities for all to build character and develop children and young people’s moral, social and cultural awareness.


The name ‘Tenax’ is the Latin word for ‘tenacious’ or ‘steadfast’. We chose it because we are steadfast in our values and in our commitment to high achievement and personal growth for all young people.

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Our Schools

Bennett Memorial Diocesan School

Bennett is a school with rare qualities. We are a Church of England School, academically highly successful, and we also set great store by the development of character and values.


Bishop Chavasse Primary School

The Bishop Chavasse School is a Church of England primary school with an inclusive Christian ethos serving the local community in South Tonbridge.


Sir Henry Fermor Primary School

Sir Henry Fermor Primary School aims to provide a rich and varied education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice, so that our children are competent, confident, compassionate and able to face the world with faith and courage.


Brenchley and Matfield CE Primary School

Brenchley and Matfield Primary School is a one-form entry Church of England Primary school for up to 210 children aged 5 to 11. We are a Church of England school, aiming to serve children and their families from all backgrounds, religions, colours or creed.


Jarvis Brook Primary School

At Jarvis Brook School the children are encouraged in all aspects of their work to reflect on what works well, and what would be even better, and are encouraged to quest for quality. We offer an exciting and engaging curriculum and ensure children are cared for and comfortable to learn.

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Leybourne St Peter & St Paul CE Primary School

At Leybourne, we are fortunate to have wonderful pupils, dedicated and highly skilled staff, committed governors and supportive parents, all working together to provide an outstanding education for all. The school site is spacious and well resourced, and we have excellent links with the local community.


West Malling CE Primary School

West Malling CE Primary School serves families in the West Malling area and aims to offer an inclusive Christian ethos and high standards and expectations. It works closely with the local community, in particular St Mary’s Church, West Malling.

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Fordcombe CE Primary School

Our aims at Fordcombe are simple: to offer the pupils that come to our school the skills and knowledge to make the best possible start in life. Our stimulating and challenging curriculum aims to provide experiences that foster a genuine love of learning in a secure environment that promotes self-worth and Christian values.


Associate Members

Lamberhurst St Mary’s CE Primary School

Lamberhurst St Mary’s is a popular and successful primary school set in the Weald of Kent. We have a stunning school environment which is very well resourced to serve our happy, hardworking and lovely pupils.

We have a strong, stable and highly regarded staff team who are supported by our committed and experienced governing body.


Training and Development

Altius Teaching School Alliance

The Altius teaching school alliance is dedicated to developing world class teaching. We are passionate about providing high quality training and professional development for teachers and leaders and delivering commissioned school improvement projects.


Teach Kent and Sussex

Teach Kent and Sussex is the Trust’s school-based initial teaching training arm, providing high quality training leading to qualified teacher status and full PGCE. Trainees are based in schools and benefit from the support of outstanding mentors and a strong professional development programme for the duration of their training.