|Motto||Act Enterprisingly - Work in Partnership - Achieve Excellence|
|Established||September 1954 (as Wilmington Technical School)
September 1972 (as Wilmington Hall, which was when the schools split)
1 September 2010 (as the academy)
|Local authority||Kent LEA|
|Previous names||Wilmington Enterprise College, Wilmington Hall School, Wilmington High School, Wilmington Technical School.|
Wilmington Academy is a mixed high school specialising in business and enterprise and a vocational centre for land-based learning located in Wilmington, Kent. It stands next to the site of Wilmington Hall.
The location has been the site of several schools since shortly after World War II when Dartford County Technical School for Girls used Wilmington Manor, across the street, for first-year classes. In 1950 Wilmington Hall (built in 1734, demolished in 1970) became Dartford Technical School for Boys. Wilmington Technical School, formed in the early 1960s, was renamed Wilmington High School in 1975 when new buildings were built. In the mid-1980s two schools were created on the site: Wilmington Hall School and Wilmington Grammar School for Boys. In 2006 Wilmington Hall School achieved the status of a Business and Enterprise Specialist College, and following a decision by students, parents, staff and governors was officially renamed Wilmington Enterprise College in September that year.
In April 2009 Jane Wheatley (Headteacher of Dartford Grammar School for Girls) became Executive Headteacher after the school was put onto special measures.
On 1 September 2010, Wilmington Enterprise College became part of the The Leigh Academies Trust to become Wilmington Academy.
Wilmington Academy specialises in business, enterprise and is a Kent county vocational centre for land-based learning. In addition, it teaches priority subjects including English, mathematics, humanities, and French. There are three student centres on the campus: Learning Resources, Business and Vocational, and Pupil Achievement and Welfare.
- Wilmington Grammar School for Boys
- Wilmington Grammar School for Girls
- Dartford Grammar School for Girls
- Wilmington, Kent
- Kent County Council
- Leigh Technology Academy
- George Whitehead, "The History of Wilmington Hall (Formerly known as 'Common House')", www.odwa.co.uk/archives/WilmingtonHallHistory.doc (MS Word document), accessed 23 March 2009
- Wilmington Enterprise College http://web.archive.org/web/20080607102004/http://www.wec.kent.sch.uk/index.htm
- School Put into special measures http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/8035547.stm