Hope Academy: Principal and chair of governors resign after Ofsted visit

The £33m academy was created by the merger of Newton High and St Aelreds

The £33m academy was created by the merger of Newton High and St Aelreds

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THE principal and chair of governors at a £33million academy have both resigned after the school was engulfed by crisis following its most recent Ofsted visit.

The Star revealed last week that there were mounting concerns about standards at the secondary school, which was formed by the merger of Newton High and St Aelreds.

Sources have told the Star that after its most recent visit by Ofsted, Hope chiefs were told the academy would be placed in special measures.

An emergency meeting of governors took place last week and it is understood the chair, Bart McGettrick, has since stepped down.

As the Star went to press on Wednesday, it was confirmed John Gannon, the school’s principal, had resigned. A statement by Hope’s governing body and sponsors cited “personal health reasons”.

The plight of Hope will again throw the spotlight on academies, which are run outside the control of local education authorities.

An inspection by Ofsted last April ruled the academy “required improvement” and subsequent monitoring visit have found progress to be too slow. It is understood the watchdog had serious concerns following its most recent visit last month, though a report will not be made public until April.

A statement was issued by the governing body and sponsors of Hope Academy, Liverpool Hope University and the Catholic and Church of England Archdioceses of Liverpool.

It read: “We will be advertising shortly for a new principal to start in September and are finalising arrangements to support the leadership of the Academy in the interim period. We expect to be able to announce these arrangements very shortly.

“We wish to assure parents and the local community that we are working closely with our local authority partners to address issues that have been raised and improve standards.”

The situation has caused deep concern at St Helens Council, where driving up standards of secondary education across the borough is a priority. As concerns grew this week council leader Barrie Grunewald spoke out.

He said: “Last year I announced my commitment to drive up school standards. We formed an Education Task Group ‘Every Child Matters’ to ensure that attainment levels across the borough would improve and that action would be taken where improvement is weak. I warned that schools that have coasted in the past would no longer have that option. I pledged that we would intervene in under-performing schools and other providers, including the use of formal powers available to the local authority. I am deeply concerned that the standards expected of the Hope Academy – which is independent of full council control - are not being achieved.

“There can be no tolerance of failure therefore along with the other organisations involved with the school – including Hope University and the Archdiocese - we will be taking swift and appropriate action to get the academy back on track as quickly as possible.”

The Reverend Joan Matthew has been installed as interim chair of governors.

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11:24am Thu 13 Mar 14

hillty says...

Would be nice if the school had told parents before it was published in the Star, yet again lack of communication.
Would be nice if the school had told parents before it was published in the Star, yet again lack of communication. hillty
  • Score: 15

11:32am Thu 13 Mar 14

BirleyStreet says...

hillty wrote:
Would be nice if the school had told parents before it was published in the Star, yet again lack of communication.
In a perfect world that would be nice but it was already published as 'fact' by comments attached to the previous story. I think the realistic thing is a press release to catch the Star and doubtless a letter will be on its way home (via the bottom of a school bag) today with further explanation. It's better that the Star publishes what appears to be an official press release rather than garbled rumour based on "my child tells me that they are saying in school that ..."; The previous story was developing on hearsay.
[quote][p][bold]hillty[/bold] wrote: Would be nice if the school had told parents before it was published in the Star, yet again lack of communication.[/p][/quote]In a perfect world that would be nice but it was already published as 'fact' by comments attached to the previous story. I think the realistic thing is a press release to catch the Star and doubtless a letter will be on its way home (via the bottom of a school bag) today with further explanation. It's better that the Star publishes what appears to be an official press release rather than garbled rumour based on "my child tells me that they are saying in school that ..."; The previous story was developing on hearsay. BirleyStreet
  • Score: -4

11:34am Thu 13 Mar 14

BirleyStreet says...

Sarah2114 wrote:
Dog cr@p school no matter how many times they knock it down and rebuild it. It's not the kids it's the lack of caring teachers. 2006 leaver.
Would that be Newton High School or St Aelred's or did you go to both?
[quote][p][bold]Sarah2114[/bold] wrote: Dog cr@p school no matter how many times they knock it down and rebuild it. It's not the kids it's the lack of caring teachers. 2006 leaver.[/p][/quote]Would that be Newton High School or St Aelred's or did you go to both? BirleyStreet
  • Score: 11

11:38am Thu 13 Mar 14

Bill Bradbury says...

No matter who said what and when the school now can address the issues and hopefully start to get things right. What role the sponsors will play we will see. No doubt there will be a meeting for parents to get the full and eccurate tale.
No matter who said what and when the school now can address the issues and hopefully start to get things right. What role the sponsors will play we will see. No doubt there will be a meeting for parents to get the full and eccurate tale. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 10

11:49am Thu 13 Mar 14

haycat says...

BirleyStreet wrote:
Sarah2114 wrote:
Dog cr@p school no matter how many times they knock it down and rebuild it. It's not the kids it's the lack of caring teachers. 2006 leaver.
Would that be Newton High School or St Aelred's or did you go to both?
I did some cover here not long ago and I also went to St Aelreds (2003 leaver).The behaviour was the worst I have experienced and I have been into many schools in bad areas. I felt very sorry for the teachers, some of which taught me at St Aelreds. I was glad to get out of there.
[quote][p][bold]BirleyStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sarah2114[/bold] wrote: Dog cr@p school no matter how many times they knock it down and rebuild it. It's not the kids it's the lack of caring teachers. 2006 leaver.[/p][/quote]Would that be Newton High School or St Aelred's or did you go to both?[/p][/quote]I did some cover here not long ago and I also went to St Aelreds (2003 leaver).The behaviour was the worst I have experienced and I have been into many schools in bad areas. I felt very sorry for the teachers, some of which taught me at St Aelreds. I was glad to get out of there. haycat
  • Score: 7

1:08pm Thu 13 Mar 14

magpie2311 says...

When everyone has finished blaming all of the problems on the teachers, maybe they would like to look to the children - I went to Newton High School 02-07, Aelreds Sixth Form 07-09. No, the teachers weren't brilliant, they didn't always have a handle on things and they didn't always deliver their lessons in the best way. Hell I remember one tecaher punishing ME because the lad who was bullying me threw something rather large at me and 'it was unfair to just punish one of you'. So no, the teachers aren't perfect.

HOWEVER. I missed out on 6 months of my education due to circumstances beyond my control. I almost didn't get my GCSEs. The only reason I aced them (didn't just pass, I ACED them, after missing 6 months and exams that I couldn't resit) was because I PUT IN THE HARD WORK and actually bothered to try and catch up, do my work, ask the teachers for help. Whereas half of my year ended up as stay-at-home mums at 17 or struggling to even get apprenticeships because of their lack of grades, their lack of knowhow, their lack of even bothering to allow themselves to be educated. We ran teachers out, we gave one a bloody heart attack (I say one, I think there may have been three) but we still had some outstanding results in a school that was stuck in Special Measures. I believe the students at St Aelreds were the same - always blaming the teachers but at the end of the day it was those who showed up to lessons and didn't give them crap that got the grades. Every school has this, the teachers are not trained well enough to deal with students; they know how to teach, they don't know how to control or get an adolescent's attention.

I don't believe in education being the be-all and end-all of life, I do believe we should be educated to at least GCSE standard of course, but after that it's up to you what you do. My main issue with the teachers at Newton was they lacked encouragement - but then again, they're in Newton with a load of kids who don't want to help themselves, why should they bother? I still see it now walking round, Hope or Newton/Aelreds, it doesn't matter, you will always get a large bunch of kids who do not want to be educated. And it's always the troublemakers, they get shunned and sent out without even being given a chance some days, but at least there were teachers who recognised them and got rid of them. They didn't do very wel no, and teachers were slated for not paying them any attention, but all they wanted to do was disrupt lessons - I don't ever remember a teacher being kicked out of class for being disruptive, it was always the pupils.

I repeat: when you've finished blaming all of the school's problems - Aelreds, Newton, and Hope - solely on the teachers and head teacher, take a look at the kids that are going. Clearly there are problems if only 43% are passing their classes with any decent grades. I know my year was rubbish and the kids never tried, and the year or two above me were the same, but I'm sure we all got much better statistics than that. And we were the NEWTON ones for crying out loud!! We didn't have all these investors and religious people in charge, we did very well with the teachers we had. And I really liked more of them than I didn't!
When everyone has finished blaming all of the problems on the teachers, maybe they would like to look to the children - I went to Newton High School 02-07, Aelreds Sixth Form 07-09. No, the teachers weren't brilliant, they didn't always have a handle on things and they didn't always deliver their lessons in the best way. Hell I remember one tecaher punishing ME because the lad who was bullying me threw something rather large at me and 'it was unfair to just punish one of you'. So no, the teachers aren't perfect. HOWEVER. I missed out on 6 months of my education due to circumstances beyond my control. I almost didn't get my GCSEs. The only reason I aced them (didn't just pass, I ACED them, after missing 6 months and exams that I couldn't resit) was because I PUT IN THE HARD WORK and actually bothered to try and catch up, do my work, ask the teachers for help. Whereas half of my year ended up as stay-at-home mums at 17 or struggling to even get apprenticeships because of their lack of grades, their lack of knowhow, their lack of even bothering to allow themselves to be educated. We ran teachers out, we gave one a bloody heart attack (I say one, I think there may have been three) but we still had some outstanding results in a school that was stuck in Special Measures. I believe the students at St Aelreds were the same - always blaming the teachers but at the end of the day it was those who showed up to lessons and didn't give them crap that got the grades. Every school has this, the teachers are not trained well enough to deal with students; they know how to teach, they don't know how to control or get an adolescent's attention. I don't believe in education being the be-all and end-all of life, I do believe we should be educated to at least GCSE standard of course, but after that it's up to you what you do. My main issue with the teachers at Newton was they lacked encouragement - but then again, they're in Newton with a load of kids who don't want to help themselves, why should they bother? I still see it now walking round, Hope or Newton/Aelreds, it doesn't matter, you will always get a large bunch of kids who do not want to be educated. And it's always the troublemakers, they get shunned and sent out without even being given a chance some days, but at least there were teachers who recognised them and got rid of them. They didn't do very wel no, and teachers were slated for not paying them any attention, but all they wanted to do was disrupt lessons - I don't ever remember a teacher being kicked out of class for being disruptive, it was always the pupils. I repeat: when you've finished blaming all of the school's problems - Aelreds, Newton, and Hope - solely on the teachers and head teacher, take a look at the kids that are going. Clearly there are problems if only 43% are passing their classes with any decent grades. I know my year was rubbish and the kids never tried, and the year or two above me were the same, but I'm sure we all got much better statistics than that. And we were the NEWTON ones for crying out loud!! We didn't have all these investors and religious people in charge, we did very well with the teachers we had. And I really liked more of them than I didn't! magpie2311
  • Score: 8

1:08pm Thu 13 Mar 14

magpie2311 says...

Sarah2114 wrote:
Dog cr@p school no matter how many times they knock it down and rebuild it. It's not the kids it's the lack of caring teachers. 2006 leaver.
I knew most of your year. And most of them were troublemakers who led the younger years away, truanting and smoking round the back. But hey, let's blame the teachers, not the pupils.
[quote][p][bold]Sarah2114[/bold] wrote: Dog cr@p school no matter how many times they knock it down and rebuild it. It's not the kids it's the lack of caring teachers. 2006 leaver.[/p][/quote]I knew most of your year. And most of them were troublemakers who led the younger years away, truanting and smoking round the back. But hey, let's blame the teachers, not the pupils. magpie2311
  • Score: 12

1:55pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Sankey says...

Tuesday bob crow died and he ran that tube service for the benefit of himself and his union members and to hell with the commuters and the public. The teaching profession is a similar set up and ran for the benefit of the education establishment. Woe betide anyone who dares to critise this elite closed shop and should you do so insuts are hurled or you are told you are too thick to understand it and only teachers are allowed and / or capable of understanding the workings of the system.

That said

Teachers do have a lot to put up with disruly pupils who know (and they are right) that they can do whatever they like.

Somewhere in society we have lost our way over the years it would be nice to go back to the days when public services really were there to serve the public and we talked less about rights and more about taking responsibility for your own (or childrens) destiny.

Sacking a few hapless managers won't restore hope, hope is a product of the general environment and nothing will fundamentally change until the environment does and that includes parents as well as teachers no teacher can teach a kid who does not want to learn. I am sure exactly the same could be said about most of the schools in St. Helens.
Tuesday bob crow died and he ran that tube service for the benefit of himself and his union members and to hell with the commuters and the public. The teaching profession is a similar set up and ran for the benefit of the education establishment. Woe betide anyone who dares to critise this elite closed shop and should you do so insuts are hurled or you are told you are too thick to understand it and only teachers are allowed and / or capable of understanding the workings of the system. That said Teachers do have a lot to put up with disruly pupils who know (and they are right) that they can do whatever they like. Somewhere in society we have lost our way over the years it would be nice to go back to the days when public services really were there to serve the public and we talked less about rights and more about taking responsibility for your own (or childrens) destiny. Sacking a few hapless managers won't restore hope, hope is a product of the general environment and nothing will fundamentally change until the environment does and that includes parents as well as teachers no teacher can teach a kid who does not want to learn. I am sure exactly the same could be said about most of the schools in St. Helens. Sankey
  • Score: -10

3:03pm Thu 13 Mar 14

abdussalam says...

I was part of the final year at St Aelreds (2007-2011). The content of this article is exactly what every single student at St Aelreds predicted would happen. It is unreasonable to blame the children and, and simply pathetic to blame the teachers. The real culprits are the geniuses who decided on embarking upon this terrifying adventure to rehabilitate 2 rivalling schools by joining them together, in what was inevitably going to lead to a miserable ultimatum.

The entirety of the project was a shambles from the very beginning. For example, the students were told to suggest names for the new academy, and we were specifically told for it not to be called 'Hope Academy', yet, after weeks of consolidation the conclusion was pretty much a forecast to what 'Hope' Academy' would eventually become; An absolute waste of time.

I am currently studying Chemical Engineering at a top university, and I know that this would not be the case if most of my teachers at St. Aelreds were nothing short of exceptional. I found them all to be excited about their teaching subject, they were very knowledgable in their chosen field and best of all they were passionate about every students potential to learn. Any lack of enthusiasm from teachers at Hope Academy is probably because they were practically forced to work in a new and extremely hostile environment. It came as no surprise when my younger brother relayed information to me about my favourite teachers leaving this Hopeless Academy, and i actually judge them for not leaving sooner.

In conclusion, the teachers are not responsible, nor are the students; and why should they be? the students are bright enough to predict this result from day one, not even a slightly over-passionate (borderline aggressive) strike on the grounds of St Aelreds dented the stubborn minds of the people who came up with this terrible excuse of a school. Therefore, i feel there is no good future for this academy, and this turmoil will be ongoing until this academic mistake is erased... with a fleet of bulldozers, and a wrecking ball.
I was part of the final year at St Aelreds (2007-2011). The content of this article is exactly what every single student at St Aelreds predicted would happen. It is unreasonable to blame the children and, and simply pathetic to blame the teachers. The real culprits are the geniuses who decided on embarking upon this terrifying adventure to rehabilitate 2 rivalling schools by joining them together, in what was inevitably going to lead to a miserable ultimatum. The entirety of the project was a shambles from the very beginning. For example, the students were told to suggest names for the new academy, and we were specifically told for it not to be called 'Hope Academy', yet, after weeks of consolidation the conclusion was pretty much a forecast to what 'Hope' Academy' would eventually become; An absolute waste of time. I am currently studying Chemical Engineering at a top university, and I know that this would not be the case if most of my teachers at St. Aelreds were nothing short of exceptional. I found them all to be excited about their teaching subject, they were very knowledgable in their chosen field and best of all they were passionate about every students potential to learn. Any lack of enthusiasm from teachers at Hope Academy is probably because they were practically forced to work in a new and extremely hostile environment. It came as no surprise when my younger brother relayed information to me about my favourite teachers leaving this Hopeless Academy, and i actually judge them for not leaving sooner. In conclusion, the teachers are not responsible, nor are the students; and why should they be? the students are bright enough to predict this result from day one, not even a slightly over-passionate (borderline aggressive) strike on the grounds of St Aelreds dented the stubborn minds of the people who came up with this terrible excuse of a school. Therefore, i feel there is no good future for this academy, and this turmoil will be ongoing until this academic mistake is erased... with a fleet of bulldozers, and a wrecking ball. abdussalam
  • Score: 30

6:56pm Thu 13 Mar 14

peterxu says...

We don't need our kids to be calculators or fact retention machines. We need them to be creative, imaginative and good at solving problems. That's why we have the worlds youngest Fusioneer in Penwortham! British education is world class, but it isn't just about being a robot!
We don't need our kids to be calculators or fact retention machines. We need them to be creative, imaginative and good at solving problems. That's why we have the worlds youngest Fusioneer in Penwortham! British education is world class, but it isn't just about being a robot! peterxu
  • Score: 1

7:31pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Meister says...

This school merger was a disastrous project from the start - and whoever made the decision to build the school on the old selwyn jones site needs to be heavily criticised. This acadamy still has the stigma of good old selwyn jones lack of values.
The ex head of aeldreds Marie rimmer held meetings to discuss this school merger. She would not listen to the concerns made several years ago of the need to build this acadamy onto a neutral site.
The general behaviour and attitude of the students is good - however, it's the minority of poorly behaved students with lack of moral values ( & their families) who have to take the blame for these failing standards.
This school merger was a disastrous project from the start - and whoever made the decision to build the school on the old selwyn jones site needs to be heavily criticised. This acadamy still has the stigma of good old selwyn jones lack of values. The ex head of aeldreds Marie rimmer held meetings to discuss this school merger. She would not listen to the concerns made several years ago of the need to build this acadamy onto a neutral site. The general behaviour and attitude of the students is good - however, it's the minority of poorly behaved students with lack of moral values ( & their families) who have to take the blame for these failing standards. Meister
  • Score: 6

7:43pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Sankey says...

peterxu wrote:
We don't need our kids to be calculators or fact retention machines. We need them to be creative, imaginative and good at solving problems. That's why we have the worlds youngest Fusioneer in Penwortham! British education is world class, but it isn't just about being a robot!
Actually I agree with you and how many of today's teachers have actually achieved anything in life just straight from university to teacher training factory. Nor dissimilar to today's wonk parachuted politicians.

How much more inspiring would it be if kids were taught by people who had some life experience and came into the profession late having done other things. Most of the teachers you see these days are not much older than their pupils
[quote][p][bold]peterxu[/bold] wrote: We don't need our kids to be calculators or fact retention machines. We need them to be creative, imaginative and good at solving problems. That's why we have the worlds youngest Fusioneer in Penwortham! British education is world class, but it isn't just about being a robot![/p][/quote]Actually I agree with you and how many of today's teachers have actually achieved anything in life just straight from university to teacher training factory. Nor dissimilar to today's wonk parachuted politicians. How much more inspiring would it be if kids were taught by people who had some life experience and came into the profession late having done other things. Most of the teachers you see these days are not much older than their pupils Sankey
  • Score: -7

7:54pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Shmnowshs says...

It's about time that waste of time principal resigned! All he has done is blame the inherited students and staff from previous high schools. Look at the management if u get that wrong you are not going to succeed! Could you ever get see him - No!
My son is a hope academy student and all I can hope is that things dramatically improve
It's about time that waste of time principal resigned! All he has done is blame the inherited students and staff from previous high schools. Look at the management if u get that wrong you are not going to succeed! Could you ever get see him - No! My son is a hope academy student and all I can hope is that things dramatically improve Shmnowshs
  • Score: 12

8:50pm Thu 13 Mar 14

McCarrot says...

To summarise, the boss failed to deliver for Ofsted & jumped before he was pushed, why turn a drama into a crisis, all schools have their problems, this one has been identified & is being dealt with, this is a good thing, lets get some perspective - I find the teachers do a great job & my son is thriving there...
To summarise, the boss failed to deliver for Ofsted & jumped before he was pushed, why turn a drama into a crisis, all schools have their problems, this one has been identified & is being dealt with, this is a good thing, lets get some perspective - I find the teachers do a great job & my son is thriving there... McCarrot
  • Score: 12

8:52pm Thu 13 Mar 14

whats happening to education? says...

Very well said big William. John Gannon appointed "yes women" who take thesame approach to leadership as he did. He made sure he harrased out the best and kept those who wouldn't challenge him. If Hope is to turn things around the governors, local authority and LA who are busy "expressing their concerns" and "issuing statements" need to address the rest of the problems of bullies at the top. Ofsted stated their concerns of the culture of bullying but if that is what the leadership team is promoting this will permeate the ethos. Staff are still fearful of what leadership will do and there needs to be drastic changes at the top.

Stop spending your time "expressing concerns". Actions always speak so much louder than words. If you are at all concerned and want to ensure Hope Academy turns a corner then take the actions you know need to be done now. And let's not just have another friend of someone at the top in the archdiocesedropped in so they can top up their pension pot. Put someone in who is passionate, caring and wants the best for the pupils and the community.
Very well said big William. John Gannon appointed "yes women" who take thesame approach to leadership as he did. He made sure he harrased out the best and kept those who wouldn't challenge him. If Hope is to turn things around the governors, local authority and LA who are busy "expressing their concerns" and "issuing statements" need to address the rest of the problems of bullies at the top. Ofsted stated their concerns of the culture of bullying but if that is what the leadership team is promoting this will permeate the ethos. Staff are still fearful of what leadership will do and there needs to be drastic changes at the top. Stop spending your time "expressing concerns". Actions always speak so much louder than words. If you are at all concerned and want to ensure Hope Academy turns a corner then take the actions you know need to be done now. And let's not just have another friend of someone at the top in the archdiocesedropped in so they can top up their pension pot. Put someone in who is passionate, caring and wants the best for the pupils and the community. whats happening to education?
  • Score: 13

10:40pm Thu 13 Mar 14

mattyCCC says...

I agree with the majority of comments on here but as a parent at the school just due to Gannon going I don't think that will indeed change much at the school. The teachers seem tired and lack of motivation and tired. Now I know that's probably not helped by poor leadership and management but come on its not just Gannon that's a leader it the whole Senior Leader Team, like what have they been doing? They should be asked to leave as well so the teachers can have new leadership with fresh ideas to take the school forward. Another thing that frustrates me as a parent is that the sponsors of the academy get involved now when they should have done it ages ago they should have seen that it was a sinking ship. Half of my sons teachers are off sick.... I wonder why? Don't get me wrong he is really happy at some of these replacement teachers or supply or temps and has made progress actually with supply teachers more than the official teachers but surely the governors, the unions, the council, the sponsors could have seen the number of staff absenses and noticed that something wasn't quite right. Seems like gannon surrounded himself with yes men, or women (usually young and blonde and not up to the job) and instead of helping teachers get better by the looks of it he just bullies them till they leave. Hope needs new changes, fresh ideas, new teachers, but most importantly it needs to fight and keep the good teachers that are there even if they are supply and support them and guide them through this difficult period.
I agree with the majority of comments on here but as a parent at the school just due to Gannon going I don't think that will indeed change much at the school. The teachers seem tired and lack of motivation and tired. Now I know that's probably not helped by poor leadership and management but come on its not just Gannon that's a leader it the whole Senior Leader Team, like what have they been doing? They should be asked to leave as well so the teachers can have new leadership with fresh ideas to take the school forward. Another thing that frustrates me as a parent is that the sponsors of the academy get involved now when they should have done it ages ago they should have seen that it was a sinking ship. Half of my sons teachers are off sick.... I wonder why? Don't get me wrong he is really happy at some of these replacement teachers or supply or temps and has made progress actually with supply teachers more than the official teachers but surely the governors, the unions, the council, the sponsors could have seen the number of staff absenses and noticed that something wasn't quite right. Seems like gannon surrounded himself with yes men, or women (usually young and blonde and not up to the job) and instead of helping teachers get better by the looks of it he just bullies them till they leave. Hope needs new changes, fresh ideas, new teachers, but most importantly it needs to fight and keep the good teachers that are there even if they are supply and support them and guide them through this difficult period. mattyCCC
  • Score: 9

10:45pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Amy Thornton says...

None of the students wanted the merger, we knew from the start that it wasn't going to work, hence our 'protest' it went unheard, our beloved schools were knocked down and squished into a space too small and improperly organised, no wonder there's problems, I was in my last year of 6th form on the first year of hope Academy and we were abandoned, we had no support, the staff (not all) were more concerned about the appearance of the school than of the success of it's students, the £33 million that was thrown away on the shambles of a school would have been much more useful and appreciated divided between the existing schools, providing new equipment and resources that would have benefited rather than the school which dramatically hindered!
None of the students wanted the merger, we knew from the start that it wasn't going to work, hence our 'protest' it went unheard, our beloved schools were knocked down and squished into a space too small and improperly organised, no wonder there's problems, I was in my last year of 6th form on the first year of hope Academy and we were abandoned, we had no support, the staff (not all) were more concerned about the appearance of the school than of the success of it's students, the £33 million that was thrown away on the shambles of a school would have been much more useful and appreciated divided between the existing schools, providing new equipment and resources that would have benefited rather than the school which dramatically hindered! Amy Thornton
  • Score: 5

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