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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   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:

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

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