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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.


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. #community

Kindest regards

Mrs Adams - Head of School