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Posted on: 17/01/2020

Head of school Blog - Week 17

Students have experienced an exciting week of events at the Academy which I am very happy to share with you. Our year 11 students have continued with their mock examinations this week and have been absolutely fantastic.  A large number of students have been arriving at the Academy from 7.30am to enjoy breakfast in the LRC whilst doing their final preparations before their exams.  We look forward to sharing the results with both students and parents during the Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 5th February. On Tuesday we hosted the latest presentation in our Journey of Hope programme.  ‘Helping your Child to make the Correct Career Choices’ was supported by presentations from Carmel College, Hope Academy Sixth Form Centre and St Helens Chamber regarding apprenticeships.  Further information for future Journey of Hope presentations can be found on our website.  /1012/journey-of-hope-workshops-2019-20 Twelve year 9 girls travelled down to Oxford earlier in the week, supported by Mrs Crean and Mr Wignall, for the ‘It all adds up’ maths conference for girls at The University of Oxford. They spent Tuesday afternoon shopping and exploring the historical sights of the city. On Wednesday, they spent the day at the university exploring probability through Bayes Theorem, looking at career options involving maths, and learning what being a student at Oxford is all about. The girls’ attitude and behaviour throughout the two days was exceptional and they represented themselves and the Academy with pride.  I would like to thank Miss Brophy for organising this amazing opportunity for our students and also Mrs Crean and Mr Wignall for their support. We have reached a very important point in the academic year for year 9 students as they prepare to choose their GCSE options.  I explained the options process to students on Wednesday and shared more detailed information regarding the timeline of events.  The Academy is looking forward to welcoming both parents/carers and students to our Options Information Evening on Wednesday 29th January at 6pm.  You will have the opportunity to speak with teaching staff and visit each subject area.  It is our expectation that all students attend this important event.  You can view the 2020 Options Booklet and timeline on our website.  /521/options-timeline-and-booklets-for-2020 This week in Inspire time the theme has been Media and Democracy (Brexit). Students have reflected upon the impact the media and our government have on our lives, and how Parliament is run. We looked at the democratic voting system and then used it in a classroom vote after discovering facts about Brexit. We learnt about the danger of Fake News and how important it is to look for the real facts behind the opinions we are given. Finally, students read this week’s news stories to find out about what is happening around the world today. We prayed for our politicians and media to strive for justice and truth, and we prayed for peace in our world: If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart. Amen Important diary dates Monday 20th January Year 13 Mock Exams begin Tuesday 21st January Year 11 Photographs (am) Tuesday 21st January Ski Meeting – 6.00pm Thursday 23rd January Careers Fair 10.00am – 2.20pm (Yr9-13) Wednesday 29th January Year 9 Options Information Evening – 6.00pm Wednesday 5th February Year 11 Parents’ Evening 3.00pm-6.00pm Tuesday 11th,Thursday 13th and Tuesday 25th February Year 7 Liverpool University Visit Wednesday 12th February Year 8 Parents’ Evening 3.00pm – 6.00pm   I sure that you are all aware of the important work carried out in the local area by N.E.C.G (Newton and Earlestown Community Group).  Please click on the following link to find out their wonderful calendar of events for 2020.  tinyurl.com/NECG2020 #community Kindest regards Mrs Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 10/01/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 16

Happy New Year!  I hope you all enjoyed Christmas and the festive break with your family and friends.  It has been great to welcome back staff and students this week for what will be a very busy and exciting half term. Our year 11 students made a fantastic start to their mock examinations this week, they will continue with these until Friday 17th January.  Students have displayed a high level of maturity during preparation and I am sure that this will be reflected in their individual results.  The mock examination timetable can be viewed on our website.    /950/year-11-mock-exam-timetable-january-2020 On Tuesday our Ski Trip students enjoyed their last visit to the Chill Factore before they leave for the slopes of Italy on Saturday 8th February.  There will be a final parent meeting on Tuesday 21st January. We have reached a very important point in the academic year for students in year 9 as they prepare to choose their GCSE options.  Parents and students had the opportunity to speak with subject teachers during Parents’ Evening on Wednesday.  The most important event is our Options Information Evening on Wednesday 29th January; parents and students will be able to speak with teaching staff and visit each subject area.  Further information will be sent out next week.  You can view the 2020 Options Timeline on our website.  /521/options-timeline-and-booklets-for-2020 If your new year’s resolution was to have a general tidy-up at home we would welcome any items of good quality uniform that you may have.  Items can be left at reception or student services.  We have a stock of re-cycled uniform for parents to view and take home.  Please contact your child’s Head of Year for further information.  I have mentioned in previous blogs the need for students to wear suitable outdoor clothing.  All our students are outside at some point during break and lunchtime, therefore please encourage your child to dress appropriately for winter weather conditions. This week in Inspire time the theme has been The Epiphany – ‘Los Tres Reyes Magos’.  Students have found out about Epiphany celebrations from around the world, what the three gifts signified, and the meaning behind the Christian tradition of blessing houses at the New Year.  During Year Group Collective Worship students reflected on what the Three Wise Men can teach us: to be committed to our journey wherever it may lead, even if it takes us into unknown territory. We meditated on a quote from Jeremiah about the plans God has for us.  Let us reflect on those words now: ‘“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future.”’   Important diary dates Tuesday 14th-Wednesday 15th January Maths Conference for girls at Oxford University Tuesday 14th January Journey of Hope – Guiding your Child to make the correct career choices – 6.00pm Monday 20th January Year 13 Mock Exams Tuesday 21st January Year 11 Photographs (am) Tuesday 21st January Ski Meeting – 6.00pm Thursday 23rd January Careers Fair Wednesday 29th January Year 9 Options Information Evening – 6.00pm Wednesday 5th February Year 11 Parents’ Evening 3.00pm-6.00pm Tuesday 11th,Thursday 13th and Tuesday 25thFebruary Year 7 Liverpool University Visit Wednesday 12th February Year 8 Parents’ Evening   Kindest regards Mrs Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 19/12/2019

Head of School blog - week 15

As we come to the end of this term I would like to share news of events from the last week with you. Once again this year, the Christmas Markets did not disappoint.  The Academy had a wonderful seasonal buzz about it and was crammed full with 45 stalls, all selling a range of items from Christmas baubles to hand-knitted baby cloths and blankets.  Father Christmas welcomed children into his grotto before rushing back to Lapland.  Thank you to everyone who attended this magnificent evening, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! On Monday 16th December, we hosted our Carols by Candlelight service. We enjoyed a number of carols led by our Hope Choir with a solo of ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ by Grace Fisher (Year 8), and Bible verses telling the story of Christmas, read beautifully by our students. The evening closed with a lively performance of Jingle Bell Rock from the choir! Every Christmas Hope Academy donates food hampers to the local community. Our staff, local Parishes and Primary Schools nominate families they believe would benefit most from receiving the hampers.  Kasia and her chaplaincy team have spent this week delivering the hampers to families within our community.  I would like to thank you all for your amazing generosity, we delivered over 30 hampers in total which were gratefully received. Year group celebration lunches have taken place every day last week.  Two students from each form were invited to lunch with their Head of Year – this is a reward for students who have been outstanding in a particular area eg attendance, positive attitude or LORIC skills.  The celebrations take place each half term and this time included students who have taken part in recent events and helped during the Christmas markets.  Well done to the students who went above and beyond this half term. Years 7-9 students attended Advent services at St Peter’s Church, where staff and students enjoyed a time of carols, readings and prayer. It was a beautiful time spent reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you to Dr Rev. Chris Stafford for leading our time of worship, and to St. Peter’s for allowing us to use your beautiful church for the day. Our year 11 students have been developing revision skills to help them prepare for their mock exams starting on 6th January.  During Inspire time we have been showing them a number of revision techniques which can be found in the protected area on our website.  The login and password details have been given to students and also posted home.  Students have been introduced a new teaching and learning software programme called Century Tech. Century Tech is a powerful resource which uses artificial intelligence and neuroscience.  The programme allows students to learn on a bespoke pathway and can be used as a home learning tool so that students can work independently to fill their gaps in knowledge. Century Tech is a great resource for our students to use over the Christmas break in preparation for their mock exams. Christmas is an exciting time, with a whole lot going on in the world, so it’s all too easy to let our fascination with the online world distract us from what’s really important – spending time with our families. National Online Safety provides parents with advice and support (and hopefully a few laughs) with a new song for parents all about not spending Christmas glued to our phones! Please click on the links below to watch the video on various social platforms:  https://www.facebook.com/NationalOnlineSafety/videos/618627542214453/  https://twitter.com/natonlinesafety/status/1205497016379465729  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edc08Jlm1MA&feature=youtu.be   Important diary dates January Monday 6th January 2020 Year 11 Mock Exams commence (6th Jan-17th Jan) Tuesday 7th January Chill Factore – 3.45pm Wednesday 8th January Year 9 Parents’ Evening – 3.00pm   Year 10 Sports Science/Sports Studies Exam – 9.00am Monday 20th January Year 13 Mock Exams – all week Tuesday 21st January Ski Meeting – 6.00pm Thursday 23rd January Careers Fair Wednesday 29th January Year 9 Options Evening – 6.00pm   Finally, I would like to wish you all a merry and restful Christmas and look forward to welcoming our students back to school on Monday 6th January 2020!   Season’s Greetings Mrs Adams - Head of School Lord, When we celebrate the day when you came among us, help us to remember that life isn’t about status or power or wealth, but about being with the people we love. Help us to serve others in humility and generosity. Amen
Posted on: 29/11/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 12

Students and staff at the academy have enjoyed another full programme of events this week. The BBC Bitesize School Tour came to Hope Academy on Tuesday 26th November to talk to years 8, 9, 10 and 12!  The sessions focused on careers in the creative industries and featured a panel of 3 professionals from TV, Radio, Journalism, Gaming and Music.  The aim was to offer an inspiring insight into the world of creative work and shine a light on routes into and opportunities within a sector that many of the audience might not have considered.  We welcomed some amazing creatives for the panels who were very excited to share their stories and advice for breaking into creative industries.  Each session was hosted by presenter Kate Thistleton (from BBC Radio 1) and the opportunity for students to Q&A at the end. This is what our students had to say after the Bitesize event; “There are lots of crazy fun jobs around the world that I didn’t even know existed” Y9 “I learned about how famous hosts take their steps to becoming what they want to be” Y8 “I couldn’t believe the amount of jobs and opportunities that I didn’t know were even a real thing!” Y9 “I learned that even when you get a job, it doesn’t mean you have to stick with that job forever” Y9 “You could use your hobbies or skills to get a job you enjoy” Y8 On Tuesday, Kasia and six year 8 pupils who are working towards their silver Faith in Action Award, spent the day volunteering at All Saints Church.  They helped our local primary schools take part in the ‘Christmas Journey’ – a wonderful walk through the meaning of Christmas starting from Mary being visited by the Angel Gabriel to discovering the gifts brought by the wise men.   Our students accompanied groups on their story walk, assisting the storyteller in their work and helping the younger pupils find out more about the birth of Jesus. All those involved got a lot out of it! Our students’ then supported their groups create a Christmas craft. Kasia said that it was a lovely way to focus minds on the true meaning of Christmas. The Year 11 Executive team met with senior members of staff on Thursday to give their feedback on a number of topics.  The main areas for discussion were: Feedback from the recent Preparing to Perform Event New wet lunch procedures Executive team roles and Prefect Responsibilities Year 11 study zones From Monday we will have a number of designated year 11 study zones in various areas of the academy.  Study Zone One (Library) will be open for year 11 students from 7.30am until 8.30am every morning.  This area will also be available for independent study each evening from 3.20pm-5.00pm.  Next week during Inspire time, students will be informed of the other areas available to them at lunchtime.  May I take this opportunity to remind you that the academy closes on Thursday 19th December and does not re-open until Monday 6th January 2020.  If you are planning to order new items of school uniform you will need to place the order and collect before 3.30pm on Thursday 19th December. Whilst on the topic of uniform, we are very proud of how smart our students look; I would like to thank you for your support in ensuring students arrive in full academy uniform and ready to learn.  I have noticed recently that a number of skirts are much shorter than the requirement stated on our website - Skirts and pinafores should be no more than ONE INCH above the knee.  Please bare this in mind when purchasing replacement items. Finally, I am pleased to confirm that our whole school Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day will take place on Friday 13th December.  If your child would like to wear a Christmas jumper on this day, please ensure they bring a £1 to school which will be donated to Save the Children. Please see below important diary dates from now until the end of December. Tuesday 3rd December Christmas Music Concert at 6.00pm – solo and ensemble performances by our talented students Peter Pan Theatre trip 5.30pm-10.00pm Wednesday 4th December Year 7 Parents’ Evening 2.45pm until 6.30pm Monday 9th December Christmas Markets 6.00pm until 8.30pm Tuesday 10th December Year 11 Mock Interviews Friday 13th December Christmas Lunch and Christmas jumper day Thursday 19th December Christmas services – St Peter’s Church Academy closes – 3.20pm   Kindest regards, Mrs Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 22/11/2019

Head of School blog - Week 11

This week has been a week of celebration for our community!  As mentioned in last week’s blog, Twitter is a great way to keep up-to-date on the daily activities throughout the academy.  https://twitter.com/Hope_Academy.    This year’s Year 7 Retreats took place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  The Animate Youth Team from Lowe House in St. Helens delivered sessions which incorporated a number of fun activities with insightful reflections on scripture. The theme of the retreat was Community, and it focused on our three core values of Respect, Courage and Ambition. The day was based around a piece of scripture from Corinthians 12:27 which highlights the importance of us all being part of the same body with different skills. Students took part in a variety of tasks, ranging from a ‘Crystal Maze’ team game to a ‘Game of Life’ individual task, and a number of others in between! Students had a fun time and got the opportunity to reflect on how to treat others and how to live out our academy core values. On Wednesday evening we welcomed nearly 200 parents/carers and students to our year 11 Preparing to Perform event.  Teachers from each subject area shared important information to support our students in the build up to their mock examinations in January.  Feedback was extremely positive and I would like to thank year 11 families for attending this event.  All subject presentations and handouts will be added to the website early next week – you will receive a text to confirm when they are available. Year group celebration lunches have taken place every day this week.  Students from each form have been invited to lunch with their Head of Year and Pastoral Manager– this is a reward for students who have been outstanding in a particular area, such as; attendance, positive attitude to their learning, LORIC skills and achievement points.  These celebrations will take place each half term.  Well done to all 86 students! We have been working hard reviewing and updating our website. The CEIAG (Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) section has lots of information regarding the support provided for each year group.  It also has a section specifically for you, our parents/carers.  Please follow the link and take some time to look at the wonderful opportunities your children are being offered at the academy. /1367/careers-education-information-advice-guidance-ceiag If you have any questions regarding CEIAG please contact Miss L Davies (louise.davies@sthelens.org.uk) As the days are getting colder and wetter, Kasia, our Chaplain has launched the ‘Collect A Coat’ appeal. If you have any old coats lying about the house that are too small for your children, or you have a new coat and the old one is taking up space, please bring it to the chapel!  Once we have a rail of coats, we can encourage students we see without a coat to come to the chapel and find one that fits! Students may borrow these coats at break and lunch to keep them warm and dry during the winter months. Year 8 parents – all year 8 reports have now been uploaded to the SIMS app. Please have a look if you haven’t already done so. Finally, we are busy planning events for December including dates for our whole school Christmas dinner and the ever popular Christmas jumper day.  I look forward to confirming arrangements in next week’s blog.  I have added important calendar events taking place from now until the end of December.   Monday 25th November Careers and Curriculum day Tuesday 26th November Journey of Hope parent session – Coping Strategies for Teenage Anxiety (delivered by Dr Blake, Educational Psychologist) 10.00am – 11.00am Tuesday 26th November Year 10 sports studies/science mock examination BBC bite size school tour y8/9/10 Thursday 28th November Executive student meeting 12.30pm – 1.20pm Tuesday 3rd December Christmas Music Concert – solo and ensemble performances by our talented students 6.00pm – 8.00pm Wednesday 4th December Year 7 Parents’ Evening Peter Pan Theatre trip 5.30pm-10.00pm Monday 9th December Christmas Markets 6.00pm – 8.30pm Tuesday 10th December Year 11 Mock Interviews Thursday 19th December Christmas services – St Peter’s Church Academy closes – 3.20pm Kindest regards,   Mrs Adams Head of School
Posted on: 15/11/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 10

Staff and students have had another busy week at the Academy and I would like to share a selection of events with you.  To keep up-to-date on a daily basis please follow our main Twitter account https://twitter.com/Hope_Academy.   I have also added a list of department twitter accounts at the end of my blog. During last week’s year group collective worship we welcomed Army veteran Sue Hughes to the Academy.  Sue was a nurse in the army and spoke movingly of her time in the armed forces.  She also volunteers with the veterans association. She shared the story of Ray, a 96 year old veteran who was one of the first soldiers on the beaches during the D-Day landings.  We would like to thank her for sharing her experiences with our staff and students.  On Remembrance Sunday, students from the Academy joined pupils from our local primary schools to take part in the Newton-le-Willows Remembrance Parade in Earlestown.  Kian (Year 10) laid a wreath at the cenotaph on behalf of the students, staff, parents and governors of Hope Academy. Kasia, our Chaplain commented that it was wonderful to see so many of our students, both in and out of uniform, involved in this special event.  On Monday 11th November at 11.00am the Academy fell silent to remember those who lost their lives during World War I and II and also those serving and caught up in armed hostilities around the world today. They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. The Year 7 Service this week was very well attended despite the weather.  Parents and carers were welcomed by our Principal & CEO, Mr Patrick Ferguson and the service was celebrated with Rev. Chris Stafford and Fr. Vincent Fedigan. The theme was ‘Let Your Light Shine’ and students read bible readings and prayers on this theme.  Miss McCulley and her form 7A shared a lovely reflection and it was wonderful to hear them share their own prayers and poems.  Families were also entertained with a solo from Grace Fisher in year 8, who sang a beautiful rendition of somewhere over the rainbow. Mr. Robinson, Head of Year 7, reflected on the last 9 weeks and shared a video of their Journey from transition day to present day. This can be found on the Twitter: https://twitter.com/Hopeclassof2024. The highlight of the service was when each year 7 student was blessed by both Rev. Chris and Fr. Fedigan, and lit their candle to let their light shine.  The candles had a uniquely decorated guard which each student had made during Inspire time. The Service ended with year 7 holding their lit candles and forming a semi-circle around their families. It was a very special evening for all involved. Further to last week’s blog and the continued onset of cold and wet weather you may wish to buy a school jumper.  Our uniform shop has a stock of grey Hope Academy jumpers costing from £15.00. You can order on-line or alternatively purchase uniform items from reception.  Please ensure your child is suitably dressed for winter when travelling to school.  Unless it is raining our students are encouraged to be outside during break and lunchtime. As you are aware I have recently asked for your support in completing a parent voice survey; we are pleased to share the very positive results and our intended actions for the future. You can view the summary here /1501/parent-carer-questionnaires-parent-voice.  We will be holding our annual Christmas Markets on Monday 9th December from 6.00pm.  This event is always very popular with staff, students, parents and the local community.  If you would like to run a stall, please email HopeChristmasMarket@sthelens.org.uk. I would like remind parents of our Class of 2020 students about the Preparing to Perform evening on Wednesday 20th November.  A reminder letter was sent home yesterday and can be viewed on our website. (/249/letters-home).  This event will help your son/daughter to prepare for the mock examinations starting on Monday 6th January 2020   We will also be sharing lots of information which will support you and your child in the run up to the GCSES’s in May – just 20 school weeks away! Finally, you will have received an important text from us on Monday regarding a change in term dates.  We will now close for the Christmas holidays on Thursday 19th December and re-open on Monday 6th January 2020.  The letter can be found in the letters home section of the website.  /249/letters-home   Kindest regards,   Mrs Adams - Head of School   @hopeclassof2020 @Hope_science @Hope_Music_Dept @Hopeclassof2021 @hope_religious @hope_careers @Hopeclassof2022 @Hope_drama @HopeAcademyPE @hopeclassof2023 @HopeHumanities @HopeChaplain @Hopeclassof2024 @dt_hope @Hope_Volunteers @Hope_englishKS3 @HopeArtsDept @FriendsofHopeA @Hope_Maths @Hope6thForm    
Posted on: 8/11/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 9

It's great to be back at the Academy after a well-earned rest for students and staff.  We have lots of events planned for this half term starting with our Year 7 Welcome Service on Wednesday 13th November at 6.30pm.  We look forward to welcoming parents and carers to this very special evening.  If you have not already done so, please confirm your attendance by returning your reply slip to the Year 7 pastoral office. Due to the change in seasons and the onset of dark nights I would like to remind you of our adverse weather procedure.  The academy will remain open unless absolutely necessary to close it.  If the weather is too bad for the academy to open, a notice will be put on the academy website (www.hopeacademy.org.uk) and the Hope Twitter account (https://twitter.com/Hope_Academy).  A recorded message will be left on the academy’s telephone system and you will also receive a text message.  Wire FM and Wish FM will be notified and will put out regular bulletins. In the event that the academy needs to close during the course of the school day, you will be informed by text and by e-mail.  PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE ACADEMY UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. Your child will be kept safe in school until you are able to collect them.  If snow settles on the ground, a route will be cleared from the road to the main entrance. With the change in weather in mind, please ensure your child is suitably dressed for winter when travelling to school.  Unless it is raining our students are encouraged to be outside during break and lunchtime. This is also an opportune time to discuss safety with your children now that evenings are getting darker.  Please remind them to: Encourage your child to return home before it gets dark Advise them to try and stay in well-lit areas, stay on main routes and avoid dark short cuts Make sure they advise you where they are going and what time they will return and to keep their mobile phones charged and with them Encourage your child to stay in groups rather than walking on their own They should inform you or a member of staff straight away if they see anything that makes them feel uncomfortable May I take this opportunity to remind you that uniform items are grey tights or white socks for girls; black tights or grey socks are not permitted.  Uniform items can be purchased from our Uniform Shop; we have winter PE tops available priced at £18.00.  Your sons/daughters are also permitted to wear sports skins underneath their Academy PE top during PE lessons.  Thank you for helping keep our students smart! We welcomed senior leaders from Archdiocese schools to the Academy this week as we launched Century Tech.  Century Tech uses learning science, artificial intelligence and neuroscience to analyse how individual students learn best; it constantly adapts to provide support and challenges.  Year 10 students have been trained to use this powerful software and are currently using it to support their learning in science and English.  This exciting new resource will be extended to other subject areas and year groups during this academic year. During the holidays we have been reviewing, updating and adding information to our website.  We have added a new section in the curriculum area called subjects; you will find curriculum information for each subject and year group here /216/subjects.  We are also working hard creating a section on Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) which we will launch this half term. In my last blog I asked for your support in completing a parent voice survey; I would like to thank all the parents and carers who were able to take the time to complete the survey.  Your comments and feedback will form part of our ongoing commitment to deliver the best possible opportunities for our students and ensure that we achieve our vision to be ‘outstanding in all we do’.  I look forward to sharing the positive results with you in next week’s blog. We will be holding our annual Christmas Markets on Monday 9th December from 6.00pm.  This event is always very popular with staff, students, parents and the local community.  If you would like to run a stall, please email HopeChristmasMarket@sthelens.org.uk. Finally, I would like to share the following government link to parent guides relating to relationships, sex and health education which have been published by GOV.UK.  https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/812594/RSE_secondary_schools_guide_for_parents.pdf Kindest regards, Mrs Adams - Head of School
Posted on: 24/10/2019

Head of School Blog - Week 8

We have come to the end of a very successful half term at the Academy.  Our students and staff have achieved so much during the last 8 weeks and I am sure they are looking forward to a well-deserved half term holiday.  Our Year 11 Executive Prefect team met for the first time on 8th October to help plan for the coming academic year.  They will be supporting and leading on key areas of our academy development plan including; student voice, student well-being, charity, sport and transition work.  They are a very committed and inspiring group to work with and we are looking forward to the opportunities that their hard work will bring to our student community. Students and staff continue to work hard daily to ensure that we achieve our vision to be ‘outstanding in all we do’. Can I please ask for your support in completing the parent voice survey using the link below. Your feedback will be used to celebrate good practice as well as helping us to focus on areas of priority. We are incredibly proud of our school community and we look forward to your engagement. Parent Voice link: Parent Voice - Hope Academy 2019 (Deadline: Monday 4th November) I am pleased to confirm that the Year 7 Welcome Service, which was postponed earlier this month, will now take place on Wednesday 13th November at 6.00pm.  We look forward to welcoming parents and carers to this very special evening. During the next half-term we will be hosting the following events at the Academy: Remembrance Commemoration – Monday 11th November Year 7 Welcome Service, Retreats and Parents’ Evening – Wednesday 13th November, Monday 18th November, Wednesday 4th December Year 11 Prepare to Perform Event 1 – Wednesday 20th November Music Concert and Carols by Candlelight – Tuesday 3rd December and Monday 16th December We will be holding our annual Christmas Markets on Monday 9th December from 6.00pm.  This event is always very popular with staff, students, parents and the local community.  If you would like to run a stall, please email HopeChristmasMarket@sthelens.org.uk. I would like to remind you about my recent letter regarding attendance which can be viewed on the website (Link to Letters Home).  The Academy attendance target is 97%.  As attendance is closely linked to academic success, please make sure your son/daughter is on target for 100% attendance by not taking holidays during term time and avoiding routine doctors and dental appointments during the academy day.  If you have any questions regarding attendance please do not hesitate to contact your child’s pastoral manager or head of year. Finally, I would like to thank you, our parent community for your continued support which is, as always, very much appreciated.   Kindest regards, Mrs M Adams - Head of School

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  • 22/01/2020 Well done to all the primary students that took part in this mornings competition held at Hope! Thank you to for organising! Huge well done to all our sports leaders for officiating and running the tournament! 🏸😁 Read more
  • 21/01/2020 Thank you for sharing some great ideas today. Lots of good practice to take back and share with the team. Read more