Day/Term Times

Term Dates 2017 -2018 (these dates are subject to change)

Term Open on morning of Closes at end of the afternoon of
Autumn Wednesday 6th September 2017 Friday 20th October 2017
Monday 30th October 2017 Friday 15th December 2017 (12:45pm Finish)
Spring Wednesday 3rd January 2018 Friday 9th February 2018
Monday 19th February 2018 Thursday 29th March 2018 (12:45pm Finish)
Summer Monday 16th April 2018 Friday 25th May 2018
Monday 4th June 2018 Friday 20th July 2018 (12:45pm Finish)

In-service Training Days for staff:

• Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th September 2017
• Friday 29th June 2018

School Day

Start Finish
Registration 09:00 09:15
Lesson 1 09:15 10:00
Lesson 2 10:00 10:45
Break 10:45 11:00
Lesson 3 11:00 11:45
Lesson 4 11:45 12:30
Lunch 12:30 13:00
Lesson 5 13:00 13:45
Lesson 6 13:45 14:30

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Our Focus

Aspire focuses on developing life long learners and re-engaging students in learning. We ensure that all students have a personalised curriculum to meet their individual needs and give them the skills to improve their life chances.

At Aspire all students do Maths and English, the rest of their curriculum package is tailored to meet their individual needs and may involve a number of academic, vocational and enrichment options.

CSEC and Blueprint are both centres of excellence for young people which will provide a vocational and enterprise curriculum tailored to meet the needs of individuals.

Aspire aims to support schools in maximising personal student success.

The Outreach Support is a service that works with students at risk of permanent exclusion in school. We also offer a group sessions designed to be taught in school.

We use a variety of tailor made behavioural packages to support the needs of our students in order for them to achieve in education. Students attending the prevention packages work with our staff with the aim to transfer the skills they learn into their school setting.

Our Dream

our focus

The Prince’s Teaching Institute

prinestrustlogoThe Aspire Science Department is now an Associate Member Department of the PTI Schools Programme having been a Member Department for four years and therefore allowing Aspire to use the PTI Fleur de lis Mark since 2010.

The Schools Programme encourages inspirational teaching by providing structure and a network of support to subject departments. At Aspire the Science Department has been conducting a research project over the past five years, to assist students to increase their motivation in this subject and allow teaching staff to monitor that motivation.

The Schools Programme also allows teaching staff superb CPD giving staff the opportunity to reinvigorate their passion for their subject area.

Recently Aspire English Department has also become a Member Department of the PTI Schools Programme too.

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funding was introduced by the Government in April 2011 to help disadvantaged children and young people do well at school and therefore, additional funding is given to schools so that they can support their Pupil Premium eligible students and close the gap between them and their peers. The funding is allocated to schools for students from Reception to Year 11, who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years ( known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’) and those who are in care. Schools also receive a smaller amount of funding (SPP) for students who have parents in the Armed Forces or who are in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS).

Each Pupil Premium student generates £935 in annual funding, whilst Looked After Children generate £1900. Children with parents in the armed forces generate £300. Due to the numbers of students eligible, ASPIRE received £39,789.00 this current year (2017-18) to date.

Government guidelines for schools

Schools decide how the Pupil Premium Grant is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made in supporting individual pupils.

At ASPIRE we have a strong belief that excellent teaching and learning is paramount to the progress of all students and particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. There is a consistent and relentless focus by all staff at ASPIRE to ‘narrow the gap’. This means that there is a Constant focus on high quality teaching and learning, as well as targeted intervention and specific support strategies for all disadvantaged students. We aim to ensure that the provision for Pupil Premium students is seen throughout everything we do in terms of teaching and learning and not just an additional ‘add on’.

53% of our students are eligible for Pupil Premium funding and this includes those who are both full time and dual registered and this figure is significantly higher than the national average. ASPIRE recognises that each individual student has different needs, concerns and aspirations and we strive to ensure the best outcomes for everyone regardless of their background and disadvantages. In some cases the support may be in the form of supporting a student’s progress in reading, individual mentoring sessions, visits or literacy initiatives. Many of the students that we support at ASPIRE are disadvantaged in many ways yet they do not fall under the category of Pupil Premium. We recognise this and endeavour to provide every single student who comes through our doors with a warm, supportive and enriching experience whereby we will go above and beyond to enable them to achieve their potential.

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At this school, the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern. We listen to our students and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time as students in this school. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child to achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution. Our Child Protection officer is Tammy Nichols, Assistant Headteacher.

On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you. The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Buckinghamshire Area Safeguarding Team and Aspire has adopted a Safeguarding Policy in line with this for the safety of all.

If you want to know more about our procedures or the policy, please speak to a member of SLT.

Current Vacancies

We are continually looking for new talent to join our inspiring team so contact us and let us know why you are interested in working with us?

Aspire – Buckinghamshire PRU


Salary Scale: Bucks Pay Range 2-3 (ISN11 – ISN20) depending on experience, £18,517 – £22,879

Contract:37 Hour Full Time Contract

Work Pattern: Split shift working pattern required

About Us: Aspire Pupil Referral Unit looks after pupils who have either been permanently excluded or are at risk of permanent exclusion from school. This is a challenging opportunity to be part of a successful support team.

About the Role: This post is full time, to provide a wide range of caretaking duties for Aspire predominantly at the Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre (CSEC) in Chesham, and at The Wycombe Grange (TWG) site in High Wycombe.

Previous experience of working in a mainstream school is desirable but not essential.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and education of our students and expect all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check and references will be required.

For further information please visit where you can find a full job description and a Bucks County Council Application Form.

To apply for this job you need to complete a Bucks County Council Application Form and submit it to

Closing date: Thursday 5th April 2018

Shortlisting: Friday 6th April 2018

If you have not heard from us by Monday 16th April your application has not been successful

Interviewing: w/c 26th April 2018

Job Description

Application Form

Post: Teacher 

Location: Chiltern Skills & Enterprise Centre, Cameron Road, Chesham, HP5 3PB

Contract: Full time (although part-time could be considered)

Salary:  MPS/UPS

Required from: As soon as possible 

About Us: Aspire is a Pupil Referral Unit spread over four sites in High Wycombe, Chesham and Aylesbury. Aspire provides ‘outstanding’ alternative educational provision and support for secondary age students. Students attend full or part-time and are referred to us by schools and the Local Authority. Our focus is to support young people, together with their families and schools, to reach beyond their potential and enable them to flourish by developing positive behaviours, attitudes and aspirations.

About the role: These are exciting times for education and Aspire is rising to the challenges and is looking for talented Teachers/Aspiring Teachers to help provide a positive learning environment for its pupils. We are looking for someone to teach maths primarily with small KS3 teaching groups, with flexibility to cover other lessons where necessary.

Preferably, you will be a qualified teacher and will have previous experience of teaching and developing various aspects of teaching in a mainstream school and/or a PRU, but applications are also welcome from Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), Aspiring Teachers, Primary and SEN specialists.

Part-time and Flexible Working Patterns, will be considered to suit the individual.

If you have the passion for making sure every pupil succeeds, care about each pupil, believe in inclusion and have the drive to work within an environment that can be challenging and yet is always rewarding then we would be pleased to receive your application.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and education of our students and expect all staff to share this commitment.  An enhanced DBS check and references will be required along with the completion of a Health Questionnaire.

For further information and to arrange a visit to the school, please contact Gail Workman, PA to the Headteacher on 01296 387318 or email

Closing Date:  25th April 2018

Interviews: To be conducted as soon as possible, on an individual basis, on receipt of application.

Job Description

Application Form (Teachers)

Application Form (Non Teachers)

Catering Assistant – Aspire Pupil Referral Unit

Location: Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre (CSEC) Chesham

Closing Date: 16th April 2018

Contract: Fixed Term to 31st Dec 2018 (with potential to go permanent)

Hours: Part-time (25 hrs/wk) and Term-time only (39 wks/yr)

Grade: Bucks Pay Range 1B

Full Time Salary: £15,084 – £17,768

Actual Salary: £8,590 – £10,120

Start Date: As soon as possible after the Easter Holidays     

The Opportunity

The successful applicant will be based at our Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre (CSEC) in Chesham. You will support the cook in the kitchen and provide school lunches and refreshments for pupils, staff and visitors attending the school. Your duties will include food preparation, food service, washing up and cleaning of the kitchen to maintain kitchen hygiene standards.We are looking for someone 5 hrs a day, Mon – Fri, starting at either 8:30 or 9am

About Us

Aspire is a Pupil Referral Unit spread over four sites in High Wycombe, Chesham and Aylesbury. Aspire provides ‘outstanding’ alternative educational provision and support for secondary age students. Students attend full or part-time and are referred to us by schools and the Local Authority. Our focus is to support young people, together with their families and schools, to reach beyond their potential and enable them to flourish by developing positive behaviours, attitudes and aspirations.

About You

We are looking for a Catering Assistant to work with maturity and good interpersonal skills, who can carry out all duties with reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others.

Aspire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. The appointment will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

To organise a visit please contact the site on 01494 358015 (during school hours)

To apply please complete a BCC application form and send it to Gail Workman, PA to the Headteacher,

Job Description

Application Form

Astra School-Centred Teacher Training

Aspire is working in partnership with Astra School-Centred Training to provide opportunities for aspiring & existing teachers. For more information see the Astra SCITT prospectus 2016/17 or email

You can Train to Teach with us through the Astra Alliance in Maths, English, Art and Biology.. Click here for more information. There are open days coming up where you can also find out more!

DYT logo without white background

Our school is working in collaboration with the Driver Youth Trust – a national charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people, with a focus on those with literacy difficulties and who may have SEND. In collaboration between DYT, we have adopted the Drive for Literacy model that addresses the needs of those who struggle with literacy and may be dyslexic. Our school leadership, whole school and key staff (SEND/Literacy Leads) have access to Drive for Literacy workshops, resources and parent support and advice to ensure pupils with literacy difficulties are able to access the curriculum and experience success as learners. More information on this model, which includes useful information and free resources for parents and schools can be found at and on Twitter @DriverTrust.