A warm welcome at The Hundred of Hoo Academy


I was given a warm welcome at the Hundred of Hoo Academy yesterday when I joined students for a working lunch to discuss any issues that they might have with the school or the local community.

I am pleased to say that I was impressed with their knowledge and their views. The group was made up of students from across the year groups.

Following this I was given a tour of the Academy by the Head of School  Gary Vyse. I was able to talk to pupils in the classroom and of course to the teachers.

Here is a message from the Executive Principal Dr Gary Holden (taken from their website).

Welcome to the Hundred of Hoo Academy.

Under our academy motto, Aspire, Achieve, Excel, we encourage our students to set their sights high, achieve to the best of their ability and take pride in all that they do.

Our aim is to support all children in becoming happy, confident and active citizens, ready to play a leading role in whatever walk of life they choose, and, to do this, we are passionate about promoting:

  • The highest standards of achievement;
  • Excellent teaching and learning;
  • A challenging, enjoyable and tailored learning journey for all;
  • Participation, personal development and well-being;
  • Courtesy, respect and self-discipline;
  • Partnership with parents and the wider community.

Since 2009, the Hundred of Hoo has been partnered by the nearby Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School. This vibrant and dynamic relationship has helped to raise aspirations and bring about a rapid improvement in standards, recognised by OFSTED in October 2010, who judged the school to be satisfactory overall with good capacity to improve. In particular, inspectors praised the quality of leadership, students’ behaviour, the progress made by students with special educational needs and the school’s engagement with the wider community.

The successful partnership with ‘the Math’ was further strengthened in September 2011, when the Hundred of Hoo converted to academy status as part of the Williamson Trust.

We now continue to build on recent improvements to ensure that the Hundred of Hoo becomes a beacon of excellence for the whole community; an academy that has the confidence of parents and that young people are proud to attend.

Dr Gary Holden
Executive Principal

Top Photograph shows me meeting Gary Vyse

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One Response to “A warm welcome at The Hundred of Hoo Academy”

  1. ... Says:

    Glad it went well. Mr Vyse is the best, I love him!

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