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

Learning
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.

Skills
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.

Prevention
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.

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

2016/2017 Academic Year
Funding for this year will be approximately £38,891. 

Key objectives

To ensure that disadvantaged students receive high quality provision and support we are using our funding to focusing on:
• Knowing our students
• Outstanding relationships
• Developing character
• Exceptional teaching
• Professional learning.

We are also focusing on barriers to learning and developing specific opportunities to enhance the learning experience and support for our disadvantaged students.

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Safeguarding

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?

office@aspireap.org.uk

Caretaker

Required from April

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 read the attached job description and visit www.aspireap.org.uk.

To apply for this job you need to complete a Bucks County Council Application Form and submit it to gworkman1@bucksgfl.org.uk

Closing date: Thursday 22nd February 2018

Shortlisting: Friday 23rd February 2018

If you have not heard from us by Monday 26th February your application has not been successful

Interviewing: w/c 26th February 2018

Job Description

Application Form


 

Behaviour Support Staff

Part-time and Flexible Working Patterns considered

Salary:  Range 2 – 4 (£18,700 – 23,100) dependent on experience

Contract: Term time only

Actual Salary £15,900 – £18,700

Required: April 2018

Aspire is a Pupil Referral Unit spread over four sites in High Wycombe, Chesham and Aylesbury.

Aspire provide ‘outstanding’ alternative educational provision and support for secondary age students. We are proud of our achievements and our students thrive in small teaching groups and a safe learning environment

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.

These are exciting times for education and Aspire is rising to the challenges and is looking for talented Behavioural Support Staff to help provide a positive learning environment for its pupils.

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.

Preferably, you will have experience working with challenging students / safeguarding role in a mainstream school and/or a PRU, but applications are also welcome the primary sector and Aspiring Teachers. Part-time and Flexible Working Patterns, including fixed term contracts, will be considered to suit the individual.

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 on 01296 387318 or email gworkman1@bucksgfl.org.uk.

Closing Date:  19th February 2018

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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  office@aspireap.org.uk

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!

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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 www.driveryouthtrust.com and on Twitter @DriverTrust.