Monday, 17th June 2019
PUPILS at a North-East academy have been visited by a Parliamentary Lord
PUPILS at a North-East academy who are set to benefit from the support of a multi-million pound Government initiative have been visited by a Parliamentary Lord.
Under Secretary of State for the School System Lord Theodore Agnew was given a tour of Haughton Academy, Darlington, part of the Education Village Academy Trust (EVAT) and one of 30 North-East schools identified in the Opportunity North East (ONE) Vision initiative.
The £24m Government-led programme plans to help improve standards in secondary schools and raise pupils’ aspirations.
Lord Agnew, who was escorted by Year 10 pupils Bethany Wanless and Bailey Whitley, said: “School improvement journeys take considerable effort, but with the right ethos and strong leadership, it can be the most rewarding time for an academy trust.
“I’m delighted that Haughton Academy is part of our Opportunity North East programme, putting them at the forefront of our plans to drive up academic standards, boost social mobility and raise aspirations for children in the North-East.
“I look forward to seeing continued improvements and hearing how the trust is supporting us to make sure more people leave schools in the North-East with the qualifications and skills they are capable of achieving.”
Meeting with academy principal Jonathan Lumb, EVAT chief executive Mike Butler and interim director of Academies Regional Delivery Group North Katherine Cowell, the minister learnt of the enhanced opportunities available for students and staff with the proposed merger of EVAT with the Endeavour Academies Trust, Middlesbrough.
He was also told about plans for the development of a new all-weather sports pitch at the Education Village, which will provide children and young people from across the Trust, local partner schools and community users with a top-class facility.
Mr Butler added: “It was an honour and a privilege for Haughton Academy to have been selected for a visit by Lord Agnew and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to show him the impact to date of the strong leadership which is delivering sustainable school improvement.
“The minister was able to witness first-hand the hard work of the staff and students and the pride they take in their accomplishments.”
Mr Lumb added: “We are delighted to be involved in the ONE Vision programme and look forward to reaping the benefits of the enhanced networking and partnership that it will bring. We believe the pupils will benefit hugely from the funding that is provided to facilitate the development and delivery of targeted improvement programmes as we continue our journey to becoming recognised as an outstanding school.”