Bulwell Academy hopes to see more students going to university according to their new principal.
Paul Halcro has immediately started his mission setting about raising aspirations of his students.
He wants to try and develop the sixth-form at the Bulwell Academy and expand it from the 60 students enlisted for the coming year up to 250.
By doing so he believes more students can go to university.
This is in spite of figures which traditionally show the Nottingham North constituency has the lowest number of people in the country going into higher education.
“I want to continue on with the good work and move forward. One way I want to do this is by getting the sixth form up to capacity. By having more students in the sixth form, we can hopefully expect to say a higher number of students who are looking to go to university. This can only be good for the area.”
Mr Halcro takes over from Graham Roberts, who retired earlier this year. Mr Roberts oversaw the transformation of education in Bulwell, which included the merger of Henry Mellish and River Leen schools. The Bulwell Academy has forged links with several businesses in Nottingham.
Mr Halcro also said,
“It is vital that people get experience for work, not just qualifications. We intend to ensure our students get that.”
Mr Halcro, 42, was formerly deputy head teacher at Thomas Telford School in Shropshire, one of the top-performing schools in the country. Over the summer, the school became joint sponsor of the Bulwell Academy, and Mr Halcro believes its expertise can help.
“It has a fantastic track record and has worked with other schools in its area to raise standards. Our staff at Bulwell will be able to go there and see how it is run, how lessons are done. At the same time, staff from Telford can come here. .”
Mr Halcro hopes to see the academy achieve the 50 per cent mark in terms of students gaining five A* to C grades at GCSE including English and maths. This year, it achieved 31 per cent. But he added: “We want students to enjoy coming to the academy. That is the main aim. If they enjoy coming here and look forward to the school day, they can be successful.”