Chesterfield secondary school turns over new leaf as it opens under new name

A secondary school in Chesterfield that was rated ‘inadequate’ has turned over a new leaf after converting to an academy.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 12:15 pm
Outwood Academy Hasland Hall, formerly Hasland Hall Community School, has officially opened its doors.

Outwood Academy Hasland Hall, formerly Hasland Hall Community School, has officially opened its doors to students as part of Outwood Grange Academies Trust for the first time.

The academy was rated as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted following an inspection in October 2019.

Subsequently it was issued with a Direct Academy Order (DAO) by the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) on behalf of the Department for Education.

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Outwood Grange Academies Trust was selected as the preferred sponsor of the Broomfield Avenue-based secondary school.

The academy will be led by Steve Roberts, who has also overseen the successful transformation at Outwood Academy Newbold.

Steve will be lead principal at both Chesterfield-based Outwood academies.

He said: “We are proud to officially welcome Outwood Academy Hasland Hall into the Outwood family and I speak on behalf of the entire trust when I say we are so excited for the future.

“Over the last few years we have overcome many challenges at Outwood Academy Newbold by working together with the community to do all we can to ensure we put students first.

"Only by doing this will we be able to raise standards and transform the lives of our students, making them valuable members of the community and wider society.”

Outwood has been working with Hasland Hall for sometime as it prepared for its conversion, laying the groundwork for a smooth transition.

Steve Edmonds, who was acting principal at Hasland Hall Community School, said: “This is an exciting time for Hasland Hall. Outwood has a history of not only transforming schools, but also playing active roles in the local community and playing a role in the regeneration of the areas in which they are based.

“I’d like to thank our students, their parents/carers, our staff and other academy community members for their patience during this process and I urge them to keep working with us as we work towards ensuring all our students fulfil their potential.”