Litherland High School begins a new chapter in its history as it becomes an academy, joining The Heath Family (NW) Multi-Academy Trust and celebrates a positive Ofsted report.
Sunday 1st March saw Litherland High School officially change its status to become an academy working in partnership with The Heath School, an outstanding National Teaching School with a long proven track record of supporting school improvement.
School leaders from both schools are working very closely to bring about rapid and sustained improvements throughout the school, involving students, teachers, parents and the local community in order to bring a bright future for all students at Litherland High School. This was underlined by the recent Ofsted report which stated ‘The partnership with the Heath Family Multi-Academy Trust has been highly beneficial.’ The report went on to say that the students feel safe in school and they make a key contribution to a well- ordered and harmonious school. The HMI noted that the school continues its improvement journey at an ever increasing pace.
Co-Principal, Maria Sharratt stressed ‘We intend to maintain our focus on languages, the international dimension and crucially the importance of LHS being at the heart of our community as we move forward in our drive to improve results and standards. We are building on existing strengths and we are determined and committed to providing the students of Litherland High School with the highest quality education and the most exciting educational opportunities.’
As an academy the school will have greater freedom to design its own curriculum thereby ensuring a broad and balanced offer of subjects for students as well as having greater responsibilities to manage its own affairs. The school will receive its budget direct from government, not the local council. The Heath Family will have overall responsibility and accountability for maintaining Litherland High School and it is looking forward to putting in place a Local Governing Body.
To mark the school’s conversion to an academy and to reiterate its focus on improving educational standards, its motto will change to be ‘Together in the Business of Learning’. Co-Principal, Rob Rogers added ‘There will be a greater emphasis on English and mathematics as we prepare our students to compete in an increasingly competitive job market. We are keen to improve on a positive Ofsted report which acknowledged the improvements already underway.’