Hastings Opportunity Area – celebration event November 4, 2021

Nov 12, 2021

The Hastings Opportunity Area (HOA) held an event on Thursday 4 November at the Sussex Coast College, Hastings to celebrate its achievements since 2018.

Invited speakers delivered presentations on the HOA programme over the last four years.  The range of programmes funded by the HOA include:

  • An Emotional well-being service delivered across 12 schools in Hastings. Key workers supported 338 pupils with their emotional well-being in school. 82% of these reported a reduction in their anxiety
  • Expanding i-Rock, so that between 62 to 120 service users/young people were able to access the award winning i-rock service each month.
  • 2,445 parents accessed help with parenting; either advice or training
  • 20 schools delivered evidence-based programmes to improve literacy;
  • 16 schools were involved in the Hastings Maths Programme, to embed mastery approaches to maths teaching across Hastings schools;
  • More than 450 enrichment programmes were delivered across Hastings schools, enabling thousands of children to access sports, creative, outdoor, science and IT and leadership activities and environmental projects
  • 26 community providers delivered 64 activities targeted at vulnerable children and young people such as sports, performing and creative arts, sports, cooking and outdoor activities: and
  • Innovative ‘Opportunity Days’ were held for Year 10/11 to give them hands on experience of different jobs and careers and allowing them to meet relevant professionals.

Speakers celebrated the progress made across Hastings schools prior to Covid, particularly among disadvantaged pupils. For example, in 2019 (the last time that formal results were available due to Covid):

  • 4% of disadvantaged pupils reached the expected standard in reading in Hastings, above the national average of 62%;
  • 77.7% of all pupils at Key Stage 2 reached the expected standard in maths in Hastings, up from the previous year’s figure of 72.9%; and
  • Improvements across secondary schools, whilst not at the same rate as those within primary schools were still significant.

Richard Meddings, Chair of the HOA said:

“Hastings Opportunity Area has, over the last four years, worked in partnership with local multi-academy trusts, schools, the local authority and voluntary sector partners to improve opportunities and outcomes for children and young people living in Hastings.

It has enabled schools and other partners to innovate and embed effective models of practice with all partners collaborating which would not have been possible without the passion and commitment of all those involved.

As we enter Year 5, we are now focused on embedding and spreading impact in Hastings and elsewhere so that even more children and young people continue to be given every opportunity to succeed.”


Share this post

Latest news stories

Sharing learning

Sharing learning

On 4 November, the HOA held an event at the Sussex Coast College, Hastings, to celebrate our achievements since 2018.  At the event, the HOA...

read more