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Posted on: 28/02/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 22

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome back our students and staff for what promises to be an exciting half term.

A group of year 11 and 12 students are taking part in a series of outreach sessions with the University of Cambridge.  The first session took place before the half term break and focused on living and studying at high-tariff universities.  The sessions are designed to dispel some of the myths surrounding ‘Oxbridge’, and detailing how A-Level choices can affect what subjects you can apply for at university.

Year 12 have started their programme with sessions focusing on how to choose courses and universities and how to make their applications as strong as possible.

On Monday we were honoured to host the District Final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition.  Holly Stazicker from year 7 represented the Academy and was the youngest of the seven contestants. 

Although Holly did not progress to the Regional Final to be held in Leeds, she was a very creditable runner-up with a menu consisting of Cavolo Nero potato and black pudding stack served with mustard sauce followed by Thai green curry with vegetables and mussels served with coconut rice and finished off with Banoffee Pie with salted caramel and toffee pieces.  Well done Holly, your family are extremely lucky to have such a talented chef to cook for them; thank you for representing our Academy.

Mr Gent took eleven year 10 students, who are members of our Scholars Programme, to the University of Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon to attend their Graduation ceremony.  The programme is organised by The Brilliant Club and places university researchers (PhD tutors) in schools to teach university-style tutorials to small groups of students.  This has been a unique opportunity for our students to experience university-style teaching and mentoring whilst producing a 2,500 word final assignment. Congratulations to all involved.

Students taking part in the programme are identified as having the potential to make a successful application to one of the most selective universities in the country and give them an experience of university learning to help them make informed decisions about their future.  As part of the programme the group have visited the Universities of Leeds and Liverpool. Following the success of this year’s programme we will continue to work with The Brilliant Club to make sure that our students have the best opportunities to enrich their futures.

This week we also held the first of many activities for our year 7 and 8 Scholars Programme students.  Year 7 will embark on a study of Japanese Samurai culture and how it was removed by Japanese Imperialism.  They will take part in five one hour sessions and complete an essay discussing the clash between modernity and traditionalism.

This term year 8 scholars will be studying the various ways we can conserve the environment and the economic issues associated with this.  They will have the opportunity to look at issues that are not included in the year 8 geography curriculum.  This 6 week block will culminate with a visit to Knowsley Safari Park.

As part of the Archdiocesan Confirmation Program, ‘Animate’, the Catholic Youth Ministry team, had been asked to introduce the subject of the Sacrament of Confirmation to all year 8 pupils in every Catholic and Joint Faith High School in our Diocese.

As such, the Animate team visited Hope Academy on Tuesday and spoke to Year 8 about Confirmation and Faith Journeys. This is also part of the RE Curriculum for Year 8.

All eligible students were given a letter about Confirmation and how to register for it.  If your child is baptised Catholic and would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, please visit  to register.

It has been a busy week in Inspire time and Year Group Collective Worship. Our focus has been on Fairtrade Fortnight, but we have also:

  • Celebrated Ash Wednesday.
  • Launched our #LiveLent challenge to Care for God’s Creation.
  • Had guest speakers from the mental health ‘State of Mind’ deliver a presentation to Year 11, 12 and 13.
  • Had guest speakers in from Nugent with Years 7 and 8 to launch their Good Shepherd fundraising appeal.

Twelve members of our Faith in Action team in Years 8 and 9 distributed ashes to each year group around the academy during a reflective Ash Wednesday Liturgy. It was beautiful to see so many students coming to receive ashes during Inspire time.

This Lent, our challenge as an Academy is to join with both the Catholic and Church of England’s campaign to care for the environment. Pope Francis has asked us to ‘care for our common home’ and The Church of England has launched the ‘Care for God’s Creation’ challenge. If you would like to join us in this challenge, please click here to visit the #LiveLent appeal.

As we begin our journey into Lent,

Lord, nourish us with Your Word of life

and make us one with You in love and prayer.



Mrs Adams


Important diary dates

Monday 2nd – 6th March

National Careers Week and Curriculum Day

Wednesday 4th March

Train to Teach Taster Day

Thursday 5th March

Hope Academy Sixth Form Centre Option Evening 6.00pm-7.00pm

Monday 9th – 13th March

Year 11 Mock Examinations

Tuesday 10th March

Journey of Hope – Teenage Health and Wellbeing 6.00-7.00pm

Monday 16th March

Year 12 Mock Examinations


Dance Showcase 6.00pm

Tuesday 17th March

Year 10 HA Trip to Carmel College/Liverpool University

Friday 20th – 22nd March

Year 7/8 Netball Tour

Tuesday 24th March

Year 11 Drama Practical Examination 10.00-1.00pm

Wednesday 25th March

Year 10 Parents Evening 3.00-6.00pm

Wednesday 1st – 3rd April

Year 10 Rock and River Trip

Wednesday 1st April

Year 11 Preparing to Perform Event 2 6.00pm

Thursday 2nd April

Friends of Hope Academy Easter Bingo 6.00pm




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  • 25/11/2020 Thanks to Mr Wignall for organising to present to this morning. 10A were glued to the screen & are now starting to discuss options for their future. Discussions continued about college & uni versus apprenticeship. Thanks to for a detailed talk👌🏼