Newhouse Academy looks to the future with a new headteacher and as part of a successful Academy Trust
Date published: 08 October 2020
Alex Burnham is the new headteacher at Newhouse Academy in Heywood
Newhouse Academy, in Heywood is offering parents of prospective students the chance to tour the school with a virtual open event.
There have been some major changes at the school this year, with a new headteacher taking charge and the school joined the Hollingworth Learning Trust as an academy in April.
New headteacher Alex Burnham joined Newhouse Academy in September 2020. He arrives with extensive experience of school improvement, having supported, advised and led schools across the country. These schools, some of which were in challenging circumstances, are now providing improved life chances for their students and have become the school of choice for their communities.
Mr Burnham plans to utilise the partnership with Hollingworth Academy, to ensure Newhouse makes the necessary steps to becoming the school of choice in the community.
He said: “Hollingworth is an outstanding academy with a fantastic track record in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 education. We are already working closely with them to ensure the students at Newhouse Academy, have access to the same opportunities.
"Our new academy has a new vision, described as 'High expectations in all that we do'. The staff have designed our 'high expectations' agenda, so that they can hold themselves and each other to account. We can’t expect our students to aspire if we ourselves don’t look to consistently improve.”
Hollingworth Learning Trust describes its core purpose as to make a real positive difference to the lives of its children. Its role as a sponsor of Newhouse Academy is to provide the support, challenge, expertise and resources necessary to significantly improve the provision for education.
Darren Randle, Hollingworth Learning Trust CEO commented: “Every school we work with is on a journey towards becoming world class and we are here to support this. Our Trust exists to support school improvement and share innovation in order to raise standards, improve provision and unlock potential. The purpose of each school is to improve the life chances of each child regardless of ability, gender, social background or ethnic origin.”
Each school within the Trust has a unique context and works to best meet the needs of its students and local community. It does not believe in a standard ‘one size fits all’ approach or the development of ‘identikit’ schools, rather supporting development whilst respecting each school’s unique character and context.
Alex Burnham summarised: “We are developing a relentless focus on student achievement based on our values of aspiration, integrity and respect. By creating a can-do culture with an emphasis on self-regulation, we are preparing the students for bright, successful futures. We want the community to be proud of Newhouse Academy and trust that our staff will be doing all they can, to provide the students with the opportunity to develop personally and academically.”
Newhouse Academy is offering a virtual open event this year on its website in the form of a 3D tour and accompanying information.
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