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Welcome back to a new term and a new year. 2018 marks one of those statistical points whereby every child has been born after 2000 and every adult was born before 2000.
Mrs Jenny Hislam left Aspire in December to take up a new post at the University of Worcester and she moves on to her new challenge with our best wishes and thanks for all her contributions to the growth of the school since her appointment in the early days of Aspire.
The school has passed 100 pupils on roll and is still dealing with and processing referrals from an increasing pool of Worcestershire schools including Middle schools. With enquiries from out of county schools and providers we are in a strong position moving into the New Year and naturally extremely busy given the time of year. We have a series of functional skills examinations fast approaching and we look to the pupils building on their previous successes. These ‘layers’ of exams provide great confidence building stepping stones towards GCSE’s but also are an essential part of the pupil portfolio of qualifications moving into post 16 provision.
Pupils had a super time involved with Aspire Plus our OPCC funded project during out of school hours, accessing both a Go karting day and a Christmas shopping trip to the Bull Ring in Birmingham. Thanks to the staff again for creating these brilliant opportunities.
On Friday mornings we offer a drop-in meeting for parents and carers at Aspire from 0830 to 0930 to meet informally and discuss a range of topics but also to deal with queries and pressing issues. Alison Tarbuck our parent governor will be in attendance to meet and chat with parents and carers but we will also be exploring finding a venue to host a similar session in Bromsgrove or Redditch or Malvern or Pershore. We hope that parents and carers continue to find the meetings helpful.
Good luck to everyone with their new ventures and aspirations for the New Year whatever they may be and let’s hope 2018 is a positive year for us all.
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
Your views about the school are important to both us and Ofsted and we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the School inspections – a guide for parents it explains why schools are inspected, and what happens during an inspection.
If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.