A recent Ofsted inspection has rated the overall effectiveness of Hope Academy in Newton-le-Willows as good. The report represents a massive improvement at the Academy over the last year.
Ofsted’s rating of the Hope Academy as good has been hailed by the Bishop of Warrington as an example of how decisive and effective strategic leadership can transform the fortunes of a school.
Bishop Richard said “the Ofsted report is a ringing endorsement of the changes that have been put in place since the intervention of all partners following inspections that put the school into special measures. It shows our determination to work with the Archdiocese and Liverpool Hope University to make sure that pupils get the highest possible standard of education in a Christian school that really values their welfare.”
Ofsted’s report highlights a host of emerging strengths at the Academy under its new leadership. It cites the appointment of Patrick Ferguson in January 2015 as a “fundamental turning point” stating that he “provides an exceptional model of leadership for all staff”
Governors were commended for securing the rapid pace of improvements in the academy and supporting the strong leadership team in ensuring that the ambition and vision for the academy is carried through. Ofsted found that the governing body’s checks on the academy’s work have directly contributed to the fats pace of improvement.
Teaching was seen as good overall with teachers planning lessons well and working together as a learning community to improve teaching practice. Staff were judged as being highly responsive to pupil’s academic and personal needs with positive relationships between staff and pupils.
Behaviour was found to be good and attendance above the national average in an academy where pupils are more confident in being open and supported in understanding different faiths and cultures.
Ofsted did raise some areas of improvement including the need to improve the progress of disadvantaged pupils and a need to enable some pupils to catch up in English and mathematics.
Learners’ achievements in academic subjects in the 6th form were also judged to require improvement.
Bishop Richard added “this report makes excellent reading and shows a remarkable turnaround in the academy’s performance in the last year. Very many congratulations to staff, pupils, governors and all in the leadership team for achieving so much in such a short time. I pray that through determination, rigour and continued focus that Hope Academy will progress to becoming an outstanding place of learning .”