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Hardingstone Academy invited to showcase its achievements at Parliamentary Review

Posted by Stephanie Broad | November 10, 2015 | People, policy, politics

Hardingstone Academy is one of only a handful of outstanding or considerably improving schools which has been invited to take part in the Parliamentary Review 2015/16 of primary education.

The Parliamentary Review, conducted by ministers, will issue a report aimed at sharing best practise in education to raise standards across all of the UK’s primary schools.    

Hardingstone Academy is sponsored by the EMLC Academy Trust, which specialises in establishing, maintaining, managing and developing academies and free schools.

Hardingstone became an academy at the start of 2014 following an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted report. Since then, EMLC Academy Trust alongside its school improvement partner, Third Wave Enterprises (TWE), has rapidly improved standards at the school by enhancing leadership and teaching, supporting pupils through targeted interventions and providing school-to-school support. 

EMLC Academy Trust managing director, Duncan Mills, is delighted that Hardingstone Academy has received the Parliamentary Review invitation in recognition of its commitment to improving standards. It comes at a time when the school is looking to increase the number of places available to local children. 

Duncan said: “We are delighted that ministers feel Hardingstone Academy is well placed to appear as one of the showcased schools. It is a great opportunity for us to reflect on the improvements we have made and to highlight and share good practice. It is the passion of EMLC Academy Trust to give every child the opportunity to attend an excellent school with outstanding teaching and leadership. The contribution from TWE, our sister organisation, has been essential in bringing about these improvements.

“Our results speak for themselves. Since the EMLC Academy Trust started working with Hardingstone Academy, it has shown improvements in its SATS results across all areas, with 83 per cent of students now achieving level 4 or above in the combined score for reading, writing and maths.”

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) recently approached Hardingstone Academy to see whether the number of places for local children could be increased. 

The plans will see 210 new primary school places created by increasing the number of admissions from 30 to 60 per year group.

Duncan commented: “We are pleased to support Northamptonshire County Council in its bid to create more school places and to meet the increasing rise in demand.  As an improving school, there is a great deal we can offer local families who want their children to flourish in a stimulating, safe and caring environment. We believe that every child deserves to be the best they can be.'

Thirty additional places were created at Hardingstone Academy for the start of the autumn term. NCC is due to submit a planning application for an extension to provide eight new classrooms and a new reception area.  The planning application will be subject to consultation.


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