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Posted on: 17/09/2021

Principal's Blog Week 3

We have had an incredibly busy week at the Academy and are looking forward to our annual Open Morning on Saturday 25th September.  Faculties and Heads of Houses have been busy choosing students to act as ambassadors during the event so please make sure that you sign and return any permission letters your children bring home.  This is one of my favourite events of the year as it gives us the opportunity to showcase our amazing students and outstanding facilities.

You can view our new prospectus on the website along with our new Academy video.  Please click links to access.

To help us promote future events at the Academy and celebrate students work and extra-curricular achievements we now have a Facebook page. Please like the page and keep up to date on daily events and celebrations.  Click HERE to access and Like our page.

Uniform Update

This week we have received a large delivery of outdoor PE tops which have been distributed to students. If your child has not yet been given their outdoor top it will be with them soon.  If the size, you ordered does not fit please ask you child to see Miss Lamb at Reception.

Our suppliers have confirmed that blazers are currently with the embroiderer and should be with us some time next week.  We are awaiting an update on PE t-shirt.  We appreciate your patience waiting for outstanding orders – unfortunately it has been an industry wide issue this year due to material import delays affecting item production.

School Bus Update

We have experienced a number of issues with buses since we returned earlier this month.  One element compounding this is the nationwide shortage of drivers.

We are in daily contact with Transport for Greater Manchester regarding the 988 service and Liverpool City Regions Bus Development Officer regarding the 722 service.  Routes have recently been altered to try and resolve previous timing issues with a further revised route for the 988 operating from Monday 20th September. Click HERE for revised timetable.  Please be assured that we are working closely with all involved to quickly sort this out.  Please report any further issues to Lesley.white@hopeacademy.org.uk  

Road Safety - Bikeability Level 3 Courses

As you are aware, many our students choose to cycle to school each day, which is extremely pleasing. One issue that is causing concern is the way in which some students are cycling.  We have had a number of complaints from the local community regarding dangerous behaviour from students who cycle to and from school.  Incidents have also been witnessed and dealt with on the academy site at the start and end of the school day. 

To support students who cycle to school we have arranged to run several Level 3 Bikeability courses on-site.  The course is free to attend and will take place during the school day. We have 60 places with courses taking place week beginning Monday 27th September. Letters have been posted home to selected Year 7 and 8 students.  We will be booking further courses in the future.

SIMs App

This is a convenient way that we share information with you about your child’s school life and academic achievement i.e., reports.  You can access the system from a smartphone, tablet or PC – anytime, anywhere.  It can also be used to update your child’s contact and medical information.

If you do not have access to the SIMs App, please contact karon.lamb@hopeacademy.org.uk who will e-mail an invitation to you.  For more information about the App please see our website.

Homework and Satchel:One

You will have received an e-mail detailing our homework expectations by year group and subject.  This information has been shared so that you are aware what subject homework to expect on a weekly basis.  The expectations document and also information to support you and your child accessing Satchel:One can be found on our website in the Pupil Zone.

NUT FREE School

Please remember that we are a ‘NUT FREE’ school – make sure that you do not include any nuts in your child’s packed lunch as we have a number of children whose nut allergies are triggered via airborne allergens.

CATs  Testing

The Learning Hub team have been busy administering CATs and reading tests with Year 7 students this week.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team for their wonderful organisation which has allowed us to collect this important data.  Students have behaved excellently and have shown great maturity.  Any students who have been absent this week will sit their tests next week.

Hope Opportunity Trust - Royal Springboard Bursary Scheme

On Thursday 16th September Hope Academy hosted an information evening for parents and students of all the schools in the North West who are involved in the Hope Opportunity/Royal Springboard Bursary Scheme. During the evening representatives from Royal Springboard spoke about the exciting opportunities that the students can look forward to when they are able to be matched with one of their many boarding school partners around the country.

At Hope Academy we have three students who have been selected to take part in the scheme and we are hopeful that the students will be able to gain a place at one of our partner schools. The three students who have been chosen by Royal Springboard are Jacob Fairclough, Drea Houlihan-Ellison and Reuben Hardiman. Congratulations boys!

If you would like to find out about the work Royal Springboard are involved in, please look at their website. https://www.royalspringboard.org.uk/

On Saturday 18th September, the three students have been invited to visit St Peters School in York to have a look around the campus and experience what life is like at boarding school. They will be able to meet students who are boarding at the school and get a chance to take part in lessons and extra-curricular activities.

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