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Posted on: 20/11/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 10


A letter has gone out today to all parents/carers of our students informing you of the decision of our Principal, Mr Ferguson, to retire. Mr Ferguson has been with the academy for 6 years and we will miss him dearly. He came to us whilst the academy was in a difficult position and through hard work and dedication has driven the academy to the highest standard and quality.

Please see words from Mr Ferguson: ‘I joined Hope Academy six years ago and feel proud and honoured to have had the privilege of working in such a thriving and dedicated community. I have found this decision very difficult but believe the time has come for me to dedicate my time to my family. I have met some wonderful parents and carers over the years and thank you all for the support you have given the academy. I have been blessed with working alongside a team of excellent teachers and support staff and will miss them dearly. But most of all, I will miss our students. I feel a wealth of pride when I see them coming through the doors of the academy every morning. I wish all our students the best for the future in whatever path they chose to take.  I have no doubt that the academy will continue to strive forward and I will continue to follow the journey’

Mr Ferguson will be retiring with us at the end of this term. We will be sending out a Google form in the coming days for parents and students to give you the opportunity to send Mr Ferguson a message. These messages will be collated and presented to Mr Ferguson in a memory box. Please look out for the email.

Click HERE to read Chair of Governors letter to parents.


Year 11 will start their mock examinations on Monday 30th November and finish on Friday 11th December.  During this time they will have different lunch and finish times as detailed below:

Lunch – 11.15am- 12.10pm

Finish time – 3.00pm

They will revert back to their normal timings on Monday 14th December onwards.  Personalised exam timetables have been circulated to each student. Click HERE to view mock exam timetable.  If you have any queries please contact the year 11 pastoral team.


On Tuesday 6th January the Sixth Form Centre will be hosting an open event for students and their parents/carers to find out more about what they will be offering in September 2021.

This will include information about a T level transition course aimed at preparing students to enter T Level courses in 2022 (Business, Digital, Engineering & Health). The transition course will consist of employability/work skills, digital skills, work experience and functional maths/English alongside bespoke subject knowledge related to each students chosen T level route.  Also on offer is Hope Academy Sports where students will study a BTEC extended diploma programme (equivalent 3 A levels) with the opportunity to progress to university, higher apprenticeship or employment. As part of the course students will gain coaching qualifications and a fitness instructor’s course.  Look out for further details in the coming weeks and don’t miss the opportunity to meet the teacher who will be available to answer any questions you or your son/daughter may have.


As part of our commitment to Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) in order to prepare students for a rapidly changing world, we use an innovative online resource called Start. We use this right through from year 7-13.

Start helps your child to connect with their future career potential, develop their employability and help them to explore future careers and study options at school or at home.

We have recently re-set all student usernames and passwords to make this easier for students to access from home. Please see parent letter and our website for further information.

WORD OF THE WEEK – w/b Monday 23rd NovemberWord of the week


The Safeguarding Children in Education team have circulated the following message to all schools in the St Helens area:

Amidst reports of pupils being approached whilst walking home from school, as well as the dark nights approaching earlier, pupils are reminded to stay safe when travelling to and from school.   


The academy have recently received a number of complaints from the community regarding the behaviour of our students whilst cycling to and from school.  Academy staff have also witnessed dangerous behaviour that could cause injury to the cyclist or another student or member of the public.  With this in mind parents of children who currently cycle to school will receive a letter regarding the Level 3 Bikeability course.  Students will be required to attend and pass this course if they are to continue to cycle to school. 

If you do not agree to your child undertaking this course they will not be allowed to continue cycling to school.  The course is free and will take place during the school day.  Further details will be included in a letter which will be posted to home addresses next week.


Tempest will be visiting the academy on Tuesday 24th November to take individual photographs of our year 7 and 11 students. 


‘Each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness. No one deserves to be bullied’ (Barack Obama)

This week is Anti-Bullying Week and the theme for this year is ‘United Against Bullying’. Throughout the week, pupils have discovered where support can be found if they are bullied, how to look out for bullying behaviour, and definitions of types of bullying. Six Year 10 pupils have been trained this week by the Mentors for Violence Prevention, in order to teach pupils in Y7-9 how to help out when they see any bullying behaviour.

Martin Luther King was someone who wanted to see a change in the world. He said that when we accept any form of injustice, it threatens justice everywhere. That means that when we turn a blind eye to unkind behaviour, we give permission for the people acting that way to keep doing so.

If you see someone being spoken about or treated in a way that is unkind, tell someone.

Lord God,

Give us the courage to challenge bullying and injustice in a positive way so that we can create a world where everyone feels safe and happy.


Kind regards

Mrs Adams

Please see below important diary dates from now until the end of December

Tuesday 24th November

Year 7 and 11 Individual Photographs

Tuesday 24th November

Journey of Hope Virtual Workshop

6.00pm – 7.00pm (further details on website)

Monday 30th November

Year 11 Mocks until 11th December



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