Our Ethos and Values

At Aspire our ethos is to develop the individual moulding independent learners and confident young minds.

We Aspire to be a community founded upon mutual trust where everyone is loved for who they are. We seek to Serve others by putting their needs before our own and believe that working together we can Achieve more than we could alone.

As an Alternative Provision Academy, our core values are forgiveness, endurance and community:

  • Forgiveness is essential to human life and lies at the heart of all successful relationships. With wisdom and understanding, we can learn to forgive. We aim to do this by understanding ourselves and others. In this way we, can help each other feel cared for;

  • Endurance is a trait that needs to be developed in everyone. Life throws many challenges at us and we need to be prepared to face those challenges through developing deep personal reserves.

  • We aim to be an inclusive community. Each person is needed, valued and important. When things go wrong we will forgive each other and make a fresh start. We will share what we have with those in need and try to treat others as we would like them to treat us.

Our Principles

Our curriculum intends to meet the varied and individual needs of all of our students.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that enables students to engage and re-engage with learning whilst studying traditional National Curriculum subjects at Key Stage 3 and a range of GCSEs and Vocational qualifications at Key Stage 4.

We believe that students have an educational entitlement, regardless of previous performance. It is our mission to develop curriculum success for all. Through modified learning approaches and intense learning packages, we aim to bring students’ learning back on track, to accelerate progress and close the gap for those demonstrating regression from KS2. Furthermore we aim for those students who arrive with an uncertain future to have the qualifications, skills and personal attributes to be successful post 16, whether in work or further education.

Our curriculum is highly flexible and tailored to individual need and may change over time. We look for every opportunity to be innovative and maintain a 21st century offer to students.

If parents have any questions or concerns about our curriculum, or simply would like elements of it explaining, please don’t hesitate to contact Chris Mulqueen or Stacey Ward at Aspire Academy.

Our History

Students who struggle academically, with attendance, with behavioural or emotional issues do so for any number of reasons and contributing factors. However, they are still children with much to offer their local, national and global communities. By simply accepting that they have nothing to offer and ‘can’t be educated’, we are accepting children cannot positively contribute or impact on anything or anyone around them. This, we strongly believe, is simply not the case. By removing them from the education system, society is giving them no chance to change, develop or up-skill in areas that will change not only their life chances and future, but that of those around them.

For a number of years Archbishop Sentamu Academy developed its inclusion provisions to ensure firstly students in the academy had a high quality of education, leave with positive outcomes and have more post 16 opportunities. We believe all students have the right to these opportunities, irrespective of their individual needs, vulnerabilities or barriers to learning. Due to the investment and development of our inclusion programmes, and their subsequent success, ASA then opened its doors to students without a school place or from other schools around the city. In 2014, OFSTED referred to our provisions, units and outcomes for those students on programmes as outstanding.

ASPIRE was born out of ideas surrounding the concept of how to offer more students in the city the opportunities provided by the ASA Inclusion team. As its own school, with AP (Alternative Provision) status, there is greater flexibility with the curriculum and opportunities for engagement.

There is a need in Hull for providers and schools who can take large numbers of vulnerable and challenging students, whilst providing high quality education, life skills, opportunities to develop resilience and skills for post-16 positive outcomes. ASPIRE aims for students to become valuable, contributing members of their local, national and global communities; changing the perceptions society has of our young people. Our students are students that positively contribute towards their own lives and futures; and the lives and futures of others.

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“The best thing about Aspire is that they have helped my son become more confident in learning and reading and writing.”

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“The teaching staff have outstanding skills in taking care with young teens with learning difficulties or behaviour and educational needs. They supported my daughter from the start and communicated with myself on a daily basis.”

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“Aspire go out of their way to work with us and the children.”

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“Both the children we have at Aspire now have blossomed so well in education and their behaviours.”

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“Staff enable the pupils to take pride in their work and themselves.”

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“My daughter has developed so much in her time at Aspire.”

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“My son never wanted to go to school and now looks forward to his days.”

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“The care that Aspire have given us as a family is unbelievable. The team of people and specialists that they have has made the biggest difference to our lives.”

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“My son never wanted to go to school and now looks forward to his days.”

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“I wish I could have sent my son straight to aspire after primary. How he works there is much more suited to what he needs right now.”

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“The staff at Aspire go beyond to make sure that the students feel part of a community. They give them the opportunity to learn about themselves as well as subjects in school.”

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