We are delighted that the school has been awarded Media Arts Specialist School status as from 1st September 2004.Opened in 1957, the Hundred of Hoo is named after the Saxon ‘Hundreds’ in the parish of Hoo St Werburgh, in which the village is located. Each parish was expected to provide 100 soldiers for the King in Saxon times, when required. Its secondary school now provides education for nearly 1,800 boys, girls, young men and women aged 11-19.The school draws its students from the peninsula, which is part rural, part suburban and the Medway Towns, particularly Strood. Its intake is broadly comprehensive, although some Year 6 pupils take the 11 and access one of the Authority’s Grammar Schools. There is also a mixed Catholic Comprehensive in Chatham.In 1992 the then upper and middle schools merged as one, using the adjacent sites and their buildings. Much additional building work has occurred since, providing the school with good specialist facilities and year areas for each year group, including a large Sixth Form common room and cyber café. An examination hall/exhibition/meeting venue has recently been built and is able to accommodate up to 350 examinees or an audience of 600 . Each faculty has an ICT Suite. Specialist Drama and Music provision is to a high standard.Plans for a Media Centre form part of the Media Arts Bid and the school has just received successful confirmation of a New Opportunities Fund/Lottery Bid decision for the provision of artificial pitches and a pavilion. The school has also been suggested for a BSF 80% rebuild in the future and for conversion to full ‘extended’ Community School status, utilising some of the existing buildings for this purpose.The Hoo is now entering a phase where it needs to address issues such as:- Further improvement and consistency in exam results at Key Stage 4/5;- Sharing best practice to enable Teaching and Learning to become even more effective;- Enhancing opportunities to raise boys literacy (the Media Bid has a particular focus here);- Greater inclusion of least able / disaffected minority;- Widening of progression routes at 16 and 18 through vocational courses and the new Media Arts options;- Developing cross-curricular ICT (including new media technology);- Embedding staff workforce reform and creating wellbeing opportunities;- Enabling significant environmental improvement.The proximity of the local primary school and swimming pool add to the school’s community focus. There is also an Autistic Centre established on the site – currently with 26 pupils in years 7 to 10. Inclusion of these students is already a strong feature of the centre’s work. An Inclusion Unit within the school (Hundred of Hoo Students only) has helped keep permanent exclusion down to 2 in 2½ years (in a school which has passed 2,400 through that same period).The Hoo is entering an exciting phase of its development, from strong traditions to innovative learning technology that will enable a significant number of community leaders to become engaged, as well as transforming the opportunities available to young people at the school. Above all it intends to allow teachers and learners to have fun, as well as conventional success.If you would like to be part of this future, get in touch with us very soon.
The Hundred of Hoo Academy
Phase: Secondary Schools
No. of Pupils: 1521
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