It is unbelievable to think that we are in October of 2017 already and heading towards half term. We have achieved a great deal already this term including advancing our number on roll from 69 to 88 as of today with a further 14 referrals from commissioning schools still to be processed.
As a county wide resource for commissioning schools, we have really established ourselves as something that is very much needed to improve the quality of the lives of some our hardest to reach pupils. They need an alternative to mainstream and we provide that. Of course it doesn’t always work out but for the majority of pupils sent our way for the majority of the time we are a safe haven and a containing provision with strong resilient relationships at the heart of everything.
We had our last remark through from GCSE English Language and we are pleased to say that the grade went up from a 2 to a 3 for the young man in question. Our results have been the best in our short time in existence and we look to build on that further next results cycle. More pupils left with more qualifications than ever and more are sustaining their post 16 destination this time round. A lot of this is down to the additional resource provided by the OPCC to support our summer liaison with pupils, but not least the dedicated work of the staff and of course the pupils who really want to be successful despite all the difficulties. The residential week in the Isle of Wight in late July was incredibly hard work for the staff but the rewards for the pupils have been tremendous in terms of buy in to school life and relationships. Nearly all of these pupils had never been away before and yet they managed and thrived.
I am looking forward to speaking to university students at their placement fair this afternoon and hope to encourage as many as possible to undertake their work based placements with us in a whole variety of positions. Applied Criminology, Youth & Community and Education are all courses that involve a placement as well as CAMHS. The students make a real difference to the work of the school. It’s a two way process. It is with great pride that we have our partnership award with the university and we are honoured to have been nominated for two awards at the university mentoring awards ceremony later this month. We’ll let you know how it goes.
I spoke recently at a Worcester Education Network event about the school and my aspirations for it. I am humbled by the many offers of support from businesses who want to help us in some way; work experience opportunities, mentoring, practice interviews, a space. They are awesome people and I am grateful for the specific support of Sharon Chance at Coomber Electronics who has been integral in enlisting support for us.
The ambition for the school to achieve excellence is at the forefront of what we do and we are hugely grateful for all the support from everywhere to help us grow. We certainly couldn’t do it without a wide network of support. Thank you.
Simon Stevenson – Headteacher
Six of our KS4 students are accessing a 6-week outdoor education programme at the University of Worcester Lakeside Campus – the first session was a huge success with our students enjoying a great afternoon canoeing in the Worcestershire sunshine.
We enjoyed some musical performances from our school band and the event ended with Dan Johnson, one of our Yr11 leavers, receiving the prestigious ‘Warriors Cup’ for outstanding achievement this academic year!
The school was inspected by Ofsted on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th May by Dan Owen, Lead Inspector HMI, and we are delighted to announce that we were graded GOOD for our overall effectiveness.
Please click here for a copy of our full report – The Aspire Academy: Full Ofsted Report, May 2017
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