Pupils ben­e­fit from trust’s am­bi­tions

Gloucestershire Echo - - EDUCATION CHOICES -

HOLMLEIGH Park High School opened in June 2019, fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion of Beau­fort Co­op­er­a­tive Academy to join the Green­shaw Learn­ing Trust.

Lo­cated in Tuf­fley, the school is proud to of­fer a com­pre­hen­sive ed­u­ca­tion to stu­dents from Gloucester and the sur­round­ing area.

The school’s am­bi­tion is to be­come one of the best-per­form­ing schools in the South West, and in the few months since be­com­ing Holmleigh Park, it has made im­pres­sive progress to­wards this goal.

A new head­teacher has been ap­pointed, and an in­sis­tence upon high stan­dards of uni­form and be­hav­iour has al­ready be­gun to trans­form the cul­ture of the school, so much so that the school en­cour­ages prospec­tive par­ents to visit on any day, with­out an ap­point­ment, to see the changes for them­selves.

A chal­leng­ing new cur­ricu­lum has been in­tro­duced. As well as be­ing stretched with com­plex and de­mand­ing con­cepts in lessons, stu­dents read chal­leng­ing clas­sic lit­er­a­ture ev­ery day in form time, so that they can com­pete with their peers at top in­de­pen­dent schools and have the best pos­si­ble chance of suc­cess at GCSE and A level.

The school also be­lieves that to be suc­cess­ful, stu­dents must leave school as well­rounded in­di­vid­u­als, and so all stu­dents are ex­pected to en­gage with the wide range of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties at the school.

Per­form­ing arts fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a the­atre and a large num­ber of mu­sic prac­tice rooms, while Holmleigh Park’s Sports Cen­tre boasts a swim­ming pool, gym and a full-size in­door bas­ket­ball court, along with a num­ber of grass pitches and hard courts out­side.

Foot­ball, net­ball, rounders, cricket, ath­let­ics and rugby are all pop­u­lar, with sev­eral teams in each year group, and a num­ber of for­mer stu­dents go­ing on to rep­re­sent their coun­try in re­cent years.

The out­door ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum is ex­pand­ing, with a range of res­i­den­tial trips and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award on of­fer. » What is the Green­shaw Learn­ing Trust? The Green­shaw Learn­ing Trust has been work­ing in Glouces­ter­shire for the past three years, and has been cred­ited with quickly trans­form­ing its schools.

These in­clude Five Acres High School in the For­est of Dean (for­merly Lak­ers School), Hen­ley Bank High School in Brock­worth (for­merly Mill­brook Academy), and Yate Academy.

All three recorded their best ever re­sults this year, with re­sults which would have put them top of all non-se­lec­tive schools in Glouces­ter­shire, South Glouces­ter­shire and Bris­tol in last year’s league ta­bles.

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