Academy is ready for exciting future

September 07 2016

HANHAM Woods Academy is entering an extremely exciting period in its history.

HANHAM Woods Academy is entering an extremely exciting period in its history.
Having seen improving outcomes for its students over recent years, coupled with the long standing care and support it offers children and their families, the academy continues to grow in both size and reputation. Under the leadership of principal Steve Kneller and his new Leadership Team and with the support of Cabot Learning Federation an even brighter future is on the horizon.
At Hanham Woods Academy students:
ASPIRE to greatness;
BELIEVE in themselves academically;
INSPIRE others and are INSPIRED by others;
ACHIEVE more than they ever thought possible.
There is a renewed focus on academic excellence where students are both challenged and supported, improved guidance around career choices to raise aspirations and prepare our young people for their future lives, a developing ethos built around a new ‘House’ system which fosters teamwork and leadership skills, greater resources to support our most vulnerable young people especially around issues relating to mental health, together with significant new investment in the school site courtesy of Cabot Learning Federation.
In recent examination results, once again Hanham Woods Academy students performed very well. At GCSE level results in English and Computer Science showed an improvement on previous years and students also performed very well in vocational subjects such as BTEC Sport.
Among individual students Rachel Williams will be celebrating her 2A*s, 5As and 3B grades. Abdullah Tabraiz gained 1A*, 7As and 1B grade whilst Michael Coviello’s results included 1A* in maths together with 6 other A grades and 3 B grades. Many other students achieved significant successes and celebrated together with staff and fellow students today. All students will now continue to study at Post 16 level or as apprentices locally.
New principal Mr Kneller said:  “Students have been rewarded for all their hard work and dedication. To see so many happy smiling faces on results day made me feel quite emotional and to know we had provided an education whereby students had developed the knowledge, understanding and skills to access their next steps made me feel very proud!
“To hear so many students thanking their teachers for all they had done for them was unexpected and showed a real sense of teamwork and togetherness you don’t see in many other academies.”
Post 16 students achieved some stunning results this year. Students achieved well in both in academic and vocational courses, with high numbers moving on to their preferred destinations, whether that was university, college or higher level apprenticeships in their chosen careers.
Sam Noakes  is off to his first choice university, Northumbria, to study Product Design and Ella Gibson  will be training to be a teacher at UWE.
Director of CLF Post 16, Kath Cooper, said: “While I’ve only been able to talk about a small number of our students and their successes, I am immensely proud of the way in which our students have applied themselves to their studies and developed as individuals during their time as Sixth Formers. I feel confident that they will go on to achieve well on the courses they are going to and will be the rounded citizens our community needs.”