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Hope Community School, Southampton is part of The New Generation Schools Trust. As a free school, we are being set up by the Trust with the full support of the government in response to what local people feel they need in order to provide an additional choice of education for children in their community.

We are established as an academy, which means we will be independent from the local authority, will receive our funding directly from the central government and have the flexibility to set our own curriculum.

We are subject to inspections by Ofsted and our SATs results will be published in tables in the same way as traditional state schools.

We have a local council which is responsible for working with the school to ensure it delivers high quality education.

The Local Council at Hope Community School, Southampton have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

•   Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

•   Holding the Principal accountable for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff

•   Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure finances are well spent.