Proposals to move the historic Hull Trinity House Academy to the larger site of the former Endeavour High School have moved a step closer.
Hull Trinity House Academy is part of Delta Academies Trust, which undertook consultation on proposals earlier this year. Feedback from parents, students, staff and residents was considered by the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) this week and the RSC has subsequently approved the plans which will see:
- A move from the current school site to the Endeavour building on Beverley Road
- An increase in the number of students in each year group from 120 to 240
- A change from an all-boys school to a co-educational school.
Delta Academies Trust Chief Executive Officer, Paul Tarn, welcomed the decision. He said: “The Trust will continue working in partnership with Hull City Council to develop the plans. The Academy will be central to a resurgent city, with new jobs and opportunities accessible to the young people of Hull. The aim is for the move to happen in time for September 2022.
“Our focus throughout has been on what is in the best interests of current and future students at Hull Trinity House Academy.
“We have worked with The Brethren and local governors to ensure traditions at the school will be maintained, whilst creating an outstanding learning and teaching experience and offering greater opportunities to young people across the city.”
Hull Trinity House Academy Principal Graham Moffatt said: “We are looking forward to discussing next steps with students, staff and parents, and sharing the great opportunities this project will unlock for our school community.”
The Beverley Road site of Endeavour was purpose-built for secondary education and includes facilities such as sport fields, and will enable a gradual increase in the number of pupils attending, whilst admitting girls for the first time in the school’s 234-year history.
Councillor Shane McMurray, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “Following several meetings with the Delta Academies Trust, it is very clearly in the interest of young people within the city to have this school increase its capacity. Not only will they be inducting more young people into a school with a strong ethos and strong learning culture, but they will also be able to increase the breadth of their current curriculum to include more specialist subjects.
“All my initial reservations were overcome upon speaking with the academy who clearly had put in place a plan to mitigate potential issues. I have also had assurance that the school will work to have a positive impact in the local community that it will be amongst; beyond its immediate pupil numbers.
“It’s absolutely imperative that the young people of Hull have the best possible chance of accessing the new jobs and industries that have been and will be developing on our coast and this school is able to deliver this in an authentic way. I wish the very best future for the school, the staff and most of all the pupils of this school.”
Hull City Council has been assessing its property portfolio in preparation of a potential relocation of teams that currently operate from the Endeavour site.