The Link Academy is led by Emma Edwards-Morgan, who attended the school when it was judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
She and her strong Senior Leadership Team are determined to regain that status and are committed to changing lives among the young people of Netherton and the surrounding area. The end objective is to give every child who comes to The Link the best possible opportunities to progress.
The Principal summarises the approach at The Link Academy as follows, “We build on areas of strength to improve outcomes for all learners, quickly identifying and dealing with any areas of weakness and accelerating learner attainment. We have steadily increased the levels of outstanding teaching in the academy and have placed a strong emphasis on the English and Mathematics skills that underpin every subject”.
A key part of the recipe is raising learner confidence, developing their future career aspirations and increasing their knowledge of career options.
Understanding what they are aiming for in the future motivates learners and helps them to dream big about what they can achieve in life. Learners are rewarded for their efforts to realise their ambitions on a daily basis. They are also rewarded for acts of kindness and helpfulness and for anything that upholds the academy’s values.
The Link has an excellent range of sporting and performing arts facilities that support a broad range of extra-curricular clubs, teams and other activities. Parts of the academy were built within recent memory and a large amount of money has been spent on improving the older buildings.
The academy was fully subscribed last year and, in the words of the principal – “We are very confident that this academy has a great future.”