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I had a great opportunity and the privilege to talk about The Aspire Academy at the Middle Schools Head Teachers Forum last Friday at the Southcrest Hotel in Redditch. It was wonderful to be able to share the journey of Aspire and the nature of the work we do with such a cohesive and collegiate group of welcoming Head teachers and offer our support to them as an effective Alternative Provision for pupils in crisis.
Also on the card at the Forum was James MacNeille, West Midlands chief HMI and it was interesting listening to his presentation about the state of inspections across the region. Refreshingly he agreed that a bespoke feedback / information session for AP institutions in the West Midlands Region would be helpful for schools. I certainly think so.
This term has seen more Functional Skills exams sat than any other and next term sees us hosting 65 pupils sitting the GCSE General Studies exam. From our humble beginnings and dipping our toe in the water with GCSE’s this is a significant step forward for us in taking advantage of the last year of this accessible GCSE for our pupils, both in year 11 and 10.
We had a terrific response to our adverts for teachers and a full interview schedule is in place over the next two days to hopefully add some like minded suitably qualified teachers to our roster. Thanks to all those who showed interest and applied.
The Aspire Plus programme continues in the holidays and we are hoping for more success again for young people choosing from an interesting selection of activities. Huge thanks to the staff for running these programmes.
Finally today we are at 109 pupils. We received notification from the EFSA that we will be funded for 120 places next year. Exciting times in the growth of Aspire and we know that we will cruise past this number with ease, as the need is so great in the County. Thank you to all our commissioning schools who refer pupils to us and support us with the service we provide and special thanks go to the Head Teachers who wrote the supportive e-mails before Christmas regarding our funding.
Next term sees us accelerate our plans to improve the Well Being of all involved in the academy as we work towards the Well Being award for schools. I hope that parents and carers will support us on our journey with this and get involved with the self-audit process.
I wish you all a Happy Easter, especially the staff at Aspire who work so hard.
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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