Troubled school is on the up

Patrick Ferguson is the new principal at Hope Academy, Newton-le-Willows
Patrick Ferguson is the new principal at Hope Academy, Newton-le-Willows
  • Hope Academy is finally improving, education watchdogs say
  • Ofsted praises pupils’ behaviour
  • School was placed in special measures last year
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Watchdogs reckon achievement is improving at a troubled St Helens school.

Three inspectors visited Hope Academy in Newton-le-Willows earlier this month, observing 23 lessons and scrutinising the work of the pupils, as well as holding interviews with pupils, staff and governors.

They reported that achievement is improving and that pupils are completing more work than previous inspections indicated.

Intensive programmes of support and improved teaching have meant that Year 11 pupils are on track for a much better performance in this year’s GCSE exams.

Inspectors and pupils agreed that teaching at the academy has improved and that the marking of work is now more thorough.

The conduct of the pupils was also praised wholeheartedly.

The inspection team reported: “Behaviour has improved significantly since the last monitoring inspection. The conduct of students both in lessons and around the academy is sensible and mature. They co-operate well with adults and are respectful of each other.”

The attendance of pupils at the academy was also judged to have improved.