Day/Term Times

Term Dates 2018 -2019 (these dates are subject to change)

Term Open on morning of Closes at end of the afternoon of
Autumn Friday 7th September 2018 Friday 19th October 2018
Monday 29th October 2018 Friday 14th December 2018 (12:45pm Finish)
Spring Thursday 3rd January 2019 Thursday 14th February 2019
Monday 25th February 2019 Friday 5th April 2019 (12:45pm Finish)
Summer Tuesday 23rd April 2019 Friday 24th May 2019
Monday 3rd June 2019 Friday 19th July 2019 (12:45pm Finish)

In-service Training Days for staff:
(No Students on these Days – INSET)

• 4th, 5th, 6th September 2018

• Wednesday 2nd January 2019

• Friday 15th February 2019

• Wednesday 26th June 2019

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

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

The 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 James Sisk, 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?

Post: Behaviour Support and Safeguarding roles across Aspire

Location: Aylesbury / High Wycombe / Chesham

Work Pattern: Full-time

Salary: Range 3 – 5 (£21,379 – 27,869) more dependent on experience

Contract: Term-time only (39wks plus holiday) pro rata

Required: January 2019

Aspire is a Pupil Referral Unit spread over three 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. We are looking to recruit a Behaviour Support and Safeguarding role for each of our sites across Aspire.

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 site, please contact James Sisk on 01296 387600.

To apply please complete an application and email to

Closing Date: Midday on Friday 7th December 2018

Interviewing: w/c 10th December 2018

Job Description

Application Form

Application Form (Teachers only)

If you have not heard from us by Tuesday 11th December, your Application has not been shortlisted on this occasion.

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.