A STOCKBRIDGE secondary school has joined a leading multi-academy trust (MAT) in a bid to boost the quality of the education offered to pupils. 

Test Valley School has partnered with HISP Multi-Academy Trust to benefit from its extensive school improvement networks, resources, and collaboration of latest learning practices. 

The partnership will give pupils and staff access to a wider range of resources, equipment and initiative to support the school’s improvement. 

HISP MAT currently works with schools across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth. 

In October last year, Test Valley School was praised by Ofsted in a monitoring visit which found the school on track to being graded ‘Good’ within 18-24 months of the initial inspection in October 2022, when it was rated 'Inadequate'.

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Hampshire Chronicle: Director of HISP Learning Partnerships Jo McKeown and headteacher Nicky Goodridge

Headteacher of Test Valley School Nicky Goodridge said: “I’m eager to see where our partnership with HISP MAT takes Test Valley. To make sure our pupils have access to the very best education, we wanted to widen our support network. Being a part of HISP means we’re now connected to a wide network of specialists who can help Test Valley succeed.”

Amanda Parry, deputy CEO of HISP, said: “We’re so pleased to welcome Test Valley to our family of schools. 

“Our goal is to offer support and guidance to our schools whilst making sure they maintain their unique characters within the local community. The partnership will transform Test Valley’s teaching and facilities, giving it the tools it needs to progress.”

Jo McKeown, director of HISP Learning Partnerships, said: “I am lucky to work with such a dedicated team and community. Our academisation will allow our school to build on what has already been achieved to ensure Test Valley provides excellence for all. Be assured that we will continue to work hard to ensure Test Valley School goes from strength to strength.”

HISP MAT also works with Tanners Brook Primary, Portswood Primary and , Thornden School in Chandler's Ford. 

To find out more about HISP MAT, visit hispmat.org.