Gove full of praise for pupils’ efforts

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EDUCATION secretary Michael Gove visited Newton Hope Academy - and praised the school’s work to help all pupils achieve their potential.

Mr Gove spoke to pupils taking part in the Achievement for All programme, which is designed to support those struggling with English and maths.

The Newton school - formed after the merger of St Aelred’s and Newton High - has 86 pupils enrolled on the scheme.

Principal John Gannon said: “Hope Academy is just five months into Achievement for All and we have seen unprecedented impact on the educational progress of pupils. In English, pupils on the programme are progressing at twice the national average rate of progress, this is phenomenal.”

Chair of Governors, Professor Bart McGettrick, who is Dean of Education at Liverpool Hope University, added: “The engagement with Achievement for All has been an extremely positive initiative for the school to have taken.

“Teachers have developed a confidence with the pupils which has led to impressive gains in achievement. We look forward to seeing this trajectory of improvements continuing to enable the school to demonstrate excellence in its academic progress.”

On leaving Hope Academy, Mr Gove was presented with a piece of artwork created by one of the students that had the words ‘Believe in Achievement for All’ wrapped around the academy’s logo.

Mr Gove added: “It’s fantastic to see that Achievement for All has had such impressive results. This shows just what can be achieved with strong school leadership, innovative thinking, and close working with parents and carers.”