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.

For full details click here
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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 as soon as possible

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

Aspire Pupil Referral Unit is looking to appoint a number of Support Assistants to work with 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 team which focuses on re-integrating pupils successfully back into mainstream school and supporting students on examination courses in order to progress to further education or apprenticeships.

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 and/or PRU 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  job description.

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

Job Description

Application Form

Closing 23rd November

Shortlisting 24th November

Contact shortlisted candidates 24th November

Interviewing w/c 27th November.


Clerical Officer and Receptionist

Required as soon as possible

Salary Scale: Bucks Pay Range 2 (ISN11 – ISN15) depending on experience, currently £18,517 – £20,800 (Pro-Rata)

Actual Salary: £15,700 – £17,680 dependant on experience

Work Pattern: 5 days per week, term time only

Aspire Pupil Referral Unit is looking to appoint a clerical officer and receptionist to work at Aspire where 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 team which focuses on re-integrating pupils successfully back into mainstream school and supporting students on examination courses in order to progress to further education or apprenticeships.

This post is term time only, working predominantly at our Chiltern Skills and Enterprise site in Chesham.

This role requires you to provide clerical support to the school through a wide range of administration  duties as well as undertaking reception duties include welcoming students, parents and other visitors, dealing with enquires taking messages and re-directing these appropriately.

Previous experience of working in a mainstream school and/or PRU 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.

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

Job Description

Application Form

Closing date: Thursday 23rd November 2017

Shortlisting: Friday 24th November 2017

Successful candidates contacted: Friday 24th November 2017

Interviews: w/c 27th November 2017


English Teacher

Required as soon as possible

Salary Scale: MPS/UPS subject to role and experience

Contract: Full-time or part-time

Aspire Pupil Referral Unit is looking to appoint an English teacher to work with 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 team which focuses on re-integrating pupils successfully back into mainstream school and supporting students on examination courses in order to progress to further education or apprenticeships.

This post may involve working across our sites in Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Chesham). There may also be an opportunity for additional responsibility for an applicant who has significant experience in the field and interested in progressing.

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.

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

English Teacher Job Description
English Teacher Head of Department Job Description

Teaching Application Form

Closing date: 30th Nov 2017

Interviews: Individually organised following receipt and review of each application

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.