Academy holidays offer Trust sites the opportunity to use our venues for a number of activities other than our core role of educating the next generation.

During the recent half term break, Longfield academy was delighted to host, in conjunction with ZC Social Media and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Get Social Kent, the largest social media event in the region. This whole day conference attracted some 350 business delegates hungry to learn more about the best use of social media for their businesses; one might say that this time, our venue was utilised to educate and inform the current generation.

An action packed day included presentations and workshops by industry experts on all aspects of social media as well as the opportunity for businesses from diverse sectors to talk to an audience of the local business community at their exhibition stands.


Keynote speakers were Franky Saegerman (Head of Digital Insights, NATO), Zoe Cairns (Chief Executive, ZC Social Media), Greg Russell (Partner Manager EMEA, Facebook) , and Luke Quilter (Chief Executive, Sleeping Giant Media). Workshops were provided by Facebook, AM Marketing, ZC Social Media and Sendible.

Some key figures from the day are pictured below.


An interesting addition to what was the third Get Social event to take place in Kent, were interviews by the Techtalk radio show as pictured below. The Techtalk show features this industry’s most exciting developments.


In true style, the Get Social Kent event trended on the social media platform, Twitter, under the hashtag #GetSocialKent.

Simon Beamish, Leigh Academies Trust’s Chief Executive said:

“Leigh Academies Trust and Longfield Academy were proud to host Get Social 2016. The digital media industries are a rapidly growing employment market in the UK. LAT is strongly committed to working with these businesses to provide the best career chances for our pupils.”

Organiser comments on the day were as follows:

“The venue was perfect for the buzzing amazing atmosphere for Get Social Kent. The staff and team were so helpful and attended to us when needed. They were so polite and were so engaging with us and the rest of the attendees at the event.

I would highly recommend Longfield Academy to any business looking to run a conference, event or meeting without any hesitation.

We thank you all so much for making Get Social Kent an amazing event! “

Zoe Cairns, CEO ZC Social Media

“You were so accommodating throughout and were so ’on the ball‘ in making sure that the event ran as smoothly as possible; please say thank you to everyone who was involved, from your IT guys to the photographer- it was just brilliant.”

Paul Brooks, Events and Marketing Manager, ZC Social Media

“I chaired the third Get Social Kent Event held on the 3rd November at the Longfield Academy.

The event was brilliant, very well attended, a huge crowd of highly engaged business people, fabulous speakers from NATO, Facebook, Sleeping Giant Media and the fantastic Zoe Cairns of ZC Social Media.

The Techtalk Radio Show unboxing event was also incredibly good fun.

The venue was way above my expectations, the facilities were first class, the staff incredibly helpful and supportive and the day went very, very smoothly. I wouldn’t hesitate to stage more events at this superb venue. A great day”.

Paul Andrews, CEO Jobs in Kent

“I felt that the venue and the staff suited the event well. Your staff were extremely accommodating and helpful, especially when we needed things instantly!

We were so well looked after in every area it was a real pleasure to bring our event to Longfield.

I hope we can work together in the future, please do pass on our sincere thanks to all your team who worked with us to make this event the success it was.”

Linda Marsh, Director of Membership Services, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

An example of exhibitor comment was:

“Exhibiting at Get Social Kent today has proved to be both successful and fun! Some great key speakers and a brilliant venue- thank you”.

Karen Gray, Marketing Manager, McCabe Ford Williams


Cucina catering provided excellent refreshments for the day:

Through Leigh Academies Trust’s Working with business initiative building sustainable links at our academies with the local business community is highly valued as a way to bring the world of work into education to equip every student with an enhanced set of skills to prepare them for the transition into employment; Get Social Kent was an ideal opportunity to reinforce existing relationships and foster new ones.

All Trust sites are managed by LAT Enterprises, a company limited by guarantee with the sole purpose of raising funds for the benefit of all students attending academies within Leigh Academies Trust.  Every year the company gift-aids profits to enhance the curriculum provision within the academies. Get Social Kent is one example of the type of event that our sites can accommodate – please see for further detail.

Thank you to ZC Social Media and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce for choosing Longfield Academy as your venue and we look forward to working with you again.