All Aspire Academy Parents & Carers and now invited in to school on Friday mornings, 8:30-9:30am, to access our ‘drop-in’ mornings where they can meet staff and fellow parents for a chat and a catch-up, over a tea or a coffee.
We look forward to welcoming you on Friday mornings!
During the second half of the Autumn Term Angie Rich, from The Homeless Foundation, has been working with a group of Yr10 students and has also provided some mentoring support to one of our Yr11 students. For the final session before the Christmas break Angie invited her daughter into school to enable a number of students to have a ‘Christmas Manicure’. As you can imagine, this was very well received by our students….
Our new MV & Cycle Maintenence Zone is now up and running here at The Aspire Academy. We accepted the delivery of our classroom cabin during October HT with students accessing their sessions from the new, dedicated area on their return from the holiday. Mr Logan is one happy tutor!
Four of our Yr11 students made time for MacMillan Cancer by baking some fantastic cakes in support of the World’s Biggest
#coffeemorning and very proudly delivered them to Npower, our school partner and neighbour…
Follow this link for further information regarding this fundraising initiative, coffee.macmillan.org.uk
We extend you all a very warm welcome to the ‘Aspire’ Team.
Mr S. A. Stevenson
Two lucky Year 8 students were offered the wonderful opportunity of spending the day at West Midland Safari Park with Mr Zaib and Ms Cooper. The students discovered their WILD side and experienced the ‘Safari Drive through’, ‘The Land of the Living Dinosaurs’ and ‘Penguin Cove’ on what was a truly amazing school day out…
The first ever football tournament was organised for the Aspire Academy students away to Pershore High School on a sunny afternoon in early May. The students arrived at the tournament in high spirits after good preparation for the games during PE lessons. Team Aspire started the games well, with some excellent football and teamwork, passing and moving the ball. The hosts took the lead with a kick up field that bounced into the net. Team Aspire showed tremendous character and togetherness to get an equalising goal, the first ever goal for Team Aspire, celebrated by the students and teachers together and drew their first game 1-1. Team Aspire went on to produce some superb football in their remaining two games, winning 8-0 and 2-0. The pick of the goals came from Jack Thomasson who unleashed a stunning shot into the top corner, it was alike a shot Gabby Agbonlahor would only score in his dreams!!!
Big congratulations to Julia Evans, Longlands Care Farm Chief Executive, for achieving her BBC Countryfile Farming Hero Award 2016 from everyone at The Aspire Academy. Well done, great news and thoroughly deserved!
The first Aspire Academy inter-school football match has been planned vs. Pershore HS (away) 3:30pm KO next Thu 12th May
IT WAS A GAME OF TWO HALVES…..
The ice was still on the ground when the first keen cyclist arrived at Aspire. Students had to be there at 9:30am on the morning of Thursday 18th February, most arrived there earlier waiting in frozen anticipation in the cold. The numb-fingered Mr Driscoll wrestled with his back-rack. The patient students looked on shouting encouragement, and at last they were off….
It is a 40 minute drive to the Forest of Dean – at 10:30am they drove through Monmouth for the 4th time. The patient students looked on shouting encouragement! Eventually the group arrived at the Pedalbikeaway Cycle Centre
and were keen to mount their cool ‘CUBE’ downhill bikes. It takes a long time for expert fitters to match 16x men with their machines – the patient students looked on shouting encouragement!
At last they were off on the ‘family trail’. The more skilful riders tackled the challenging side tracks. The plan was to rendez-vous at the cycle centre café and when everyone was there they would head for the downhill routes. Unfortunately Jon had a puncture and had to walk for 3 miles – the patient students looked on shouting encouragement.
Half time saw a picnic lunch.
The group then headed on to the graded tracks and then the mayhem began. Blue tracks – not for the faint hearted, Red tracks – for the advanced riders and Black tracks for the lunatics!! And as for Mr Gittens, he came off soft and was shown a red card for diving (5x times).
On March 18, we want the world to unite against child sexual exploitation. Write a personal pledge on your hands to show support for our Helping Hands campaign. Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands to help us raise awareness of CSE.
Only together can we help protect the children of today.
We have recently become an approved centre with AQA and now offer all of the students on our roll the ability to achieve AQA Unit Awards alongside all of our qualifications and course in both our core and vocational pathways. The Unit Award Scheme (UAS) is a unique recording of achievement scheme, rather than a qualification. It offers everyone the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised – no matter what this is, how old they are, how long it takes or how small the learning step might be. At the start of the Spring Term we submitted our first claim for certificates – 120 in total – and we have now received these back from AQA.
This week we are submitting our second claim of certificates (a total of 171) for 49x students.
ORGANISED SCHOOL TRIP DURING HALF-TERM
On Thursday 18th February we are planning to take a small number of students on a mountain bike trip to the Pedalbikeaway Cycle Centre in the Forest of Dean (www.pedalbikeaway.co.uk). We will be leaving school at 9.30am and returning at 4.00pm.
We are asking for a nominal amount of £5.00 for the trip, however, this will include transport and bike/helmet hire. Students will need to wear old clothes and bring a packed lunch (including a drink) with them.
If you are happy for your child to attend, can you please sign and return the form that was posted out to home and include £5.00 (cash only please, no cheques).
Please note that places are limited and will be based on attendance and attainment. If you would like your child to take part, please ensure the completed form (and money) is returned no later than Wednesday 10th February 2016.
Dear Parents and Carers
With the new academic year underway I would like to invite you to an ‘information sharing event’ at the Aspire Academy on the afternoon of Tuesday 20th October 2015; the event will run from 4pm until 5pm and refreshments will be provided.
The event is for parents and carers only of young people who attend the Aspire Academy and is being set-up to provide you with information about the changes to the provision in terms of staffing, school day, reporting progress and forthcoming opportunities for everyone at Aspire.
We would also like to raise your awareness of a new group called Friends of Aspire who we hope will include some parents and/or carers who will work to raise funds for the provision; more information as to the difference you could make to the school will be shared here. There is also an opportunity for a parent/carer to join our governing body.
We are also proposing to offer courses and training for our parents and carers in supporting the young people through improving literacy and numeracy courses, understanding how we teach reading and mathematics; we will also provide some training in certain vocational activities if those with parental responsibility are interested. It may also be the case that you have some skills that you might be able to put to good use for the benefit of the school.
During the afternoon there will be time to meet staff at the school and talk briefly and informally about developments and progress in the pupils’ education. The school will be open to look into classrooms and see the pupils’ work on display.
I hope you can make the time to meet us and visit the school on this occasion. It would be great if you could let us know in advance if you can attend so that we can organise the requisite amount of refreshments.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998 schools are required to issue a ‘Privacy Notice’ to parents; please click on the link below for your information. A copy has also been sent home to all parents/carers.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the School office on 01905 455422.
The Aspire Academy Free School Trust is thrilled to announce the appointment of Mr Simon Stevenson as the Headteacher of the Aspire Academy from 1st September 2015.