Award-Winning Academy's High Praise
L to R Mr Graham Walker (Chair of Governors), Mr Knapton (Principal), Nicky Morgan (Secretary of State for Education), Mr Martin Vickers (MP for Cleethorpes) with Year 7 pupils Lily Wright, Benjamin Foster-Smith, George Gale and Amelia French.
Year 7 pupils Benjamin Foster Smith and Amelia French discuss their classwork with Nicky Morgan.
Mrs M Dewland (Director of Humber Teaching school), Mr Martin Vickers (MP for Cleethorpes), Nicky Morgan (Secretary of State for Education), Mr Knapton (Principal), Mrs A Smith (Vice Principal).
The Education Secretary praised an outstanding North East Lincolnshire academy for its continued drive to raise standards during a special visit.
The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP toured the impressive new £3.6-million teaching block at Healing School – A Science Academy and learned of its recent successes in national awards.
It has recently picked up a Pupil Premium Award from Mrs Morgan's Department for Education after success with disadvantaged pupils and the Schools, Students and Teachers Network named it in the country's top 10 per cent for progress made by pupils.
The Secretary of State congratulated Healing School on its achievements.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said:
"The work at Healing School is inspirational and it was a real pleasure to meet some of the hard working staff and pupils.
"The Academy has shown innovation in ensuring all children receive a high-quality education, regardless of background, as demonstrated in their recent Pupil Premium Award. It is really positive to see how they have boosted pupils' confidence through extra-curricular activities such as drama and Glee club.
"It was fantastic to see the new fit for purpose building with state-of-the-art classrooms and discuss the ambitious plans to extend the Multi-Academy Trust."
Healing School Principal Mark Knapton was delighted to host Mrs Morgan.
"We're thrilled the Secretary of State found the time in her busy schedule to visit Healing School," said Mr Knapton.
"It's further recognition of our success, coming on the back of two prestigious awards from national bodies.
"Mrs Morgan was keen to see our impressive new facilities, paid for by the Government's Academies' Capital Maintenance Fund.
"We were grateful to receive the support and provide the sort of environment our children and staff deserve.
"The Secretary of State was also interested to hear of our ambitions to grow our Multi-Academy Trust and share best practice across a wider number of the area's schools.
"We are determined as well to build on our success as a Teaching School, developing outstanding practitioners for this academy and our partner schools and colleges.
Mrs Morgan also met with members of the student council and discovered its valuable input into life at our academy.
"The Secretary of State was left in no doubt that this is a school proud of its past achievements but also ambitious to drive forward and raise standards further."
Healing School - May 19th 2016