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A High Performing Specialist Academy for Technology & Applied Learning


Aspire students are students entering Year 7 who have been identified during transition from primary school through discussion with the Head Teachers and SENCos of feeder schools as having significantly higher needs than their peers. 

Aspire students may have low attainment and/or problems with social, emotional and mental health development.  Some may have a Statement of Special Educational Needs whilst others may be at risk of permanent exclusion.  It may also be appropriate to select students who are new to the country and have English as an Additional Language, or students who are returning to school after a long illness. 

Subjects Studied

Aspire students are usually withdrawn from Modern Foreign Languages and this time is used to develop basic literacy and numeracy skills using an integrated ‘Topic’ approach. 

We also run a Year 8 programme in Aspire, to further build on the basic literacy and numeracy skills of those students that still need significant support moving into Year 8.

For further information about the Aspire Programme contact Mrs J Hawkemore (on 01276 457600 ext 331 (or email -

Curriculum Information