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The Golden Thread Alliance is a Multi Academy Trust with nine incredible primary schools under its wing, each with its own unique character and history. 

Our Trust was formed in January 2023 following the merger of Galaxy Trust in Dartford and Pathway Trust in Gravesham.

Despite their differences, all our schools subscribe to The Golden Thread values of Respect, Equality, Courage, Integrity, Ambition, Kindness, and Responsibility. 

These shared values are at the heart of what our Golden Thread really is: an invisible, yet incredibly strong thread that connects our schools, staff, families and pupils, binding us in the belief that we are as united as we are different. 

A message from our CEO Garry Ratcliffe Chief Executive Officer
A message from our CEO

It is a great honour to be part of and lead the inspiring work of The Golden Thread Alliance. 

For those of you who have just known your school Trust as “Galaxy” or “Pathway,” I want to take this opportunity to introduce what our new identity is all about, starting with our name. 

 “The Golden Thread Alliance” signifies a group of very unique primaries that, despite their differences, are committed to working together and sharing a core set of common values, running through each school like a ‘Golden Thread’.  

As such, our primary goal has always been to bring communities together by following the same uplifting values and vision, no matter how different the backgrounds of our schools and students may be. 

Our aim is to further the development of each of the nine schools in our Trust, with a focus on preserving their own unique character and keeping what makes them special for the children, families and staff exactly the way it is. 

The “business” side of our organisation will take care of the rest, using our funds to directly invest back into each school, and always for the benefit of each child. 

As CEO, I am incredibly proud of everything we have accomplished so far and of all the hard work put in by our amazing staff, children, and their families. 

I am looking forward to seeing what more we will accomplish working together. 

Our Vision & Values preview image

Our Vision & Values

Our Vision & Values