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 Wednesday 4th September 2019 Friday 18th October 2019
Monday 4th November 2019 Wednesday 18th December 2019 (half day)
Spring Monday 6th January 2020 Friday 14th February 2020
Monday 24th February 2020 Friday 3rd April 2020 (half day)
Summer Monday 20th April 2020 Friday 22nd May 2020
Monday 1st June 2020 Friday 17th July 2020 (half day)

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

• Monday 2nd September 2019

•Tuesday 3rd September 2019

• Thursday 19th December 2019

• Wednesday 24th June 2020

• Friday 3rd July 2020

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:                          Literacy and Transition Teacher

Contract:                  Fixed term initially (with opportunity to go permanent)

Work Pattern:          Full time

Salary:                       MP3 – MP4 (£28,400 – £30,600) dependent on experience

Required:                 As soon as possible

Location:                  Blueprint, Aylesbury

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 looking for talented Teachers/Aspiring Teachers to help provide a positive learning environment for its pupils. We are looking for someone who is able to assess students’ literacy, teach Literacy intervention classes either 1:1 or to small groups and to plan and oversee the (nurture based) Transition programme for new students. We would also like someone who is flexible enough to teach other subjects as and when needed.

About you: We are specifically looking for teachers who would fit into our nurturing and therapeutic approach and actively encourage Primary and SEN specialists to apply. Ideally you will have experience of teaching and developing various aspects of teaching in a mainstream school and/or a PRU, but this is not essential.

Part-time and Flexible Working Patterns, 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.

Aspire has been recognised by Ofsted as “Outstanding”. We are proud of our achievements and our students thrive in small teaching groups and a safe learning environment

For further information and to arrange a visit to the school, please contact Cecilia Payton on 01494 387318 or email To apply for this job please complete the application form and send it to

Closing Date:          Friday 11th October at Midday

Shortlisting:             Friday 11th October

Interviews:               Tuesday 15th October

Job Description

Application form for non-teachers

Application form for teachers

Role: Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Salary Scale: Bucks Pay Range 2 (ISN11 – ISN15) depending on experience (£19,077 – £21,428)

Contract: Full time – 37 hours per week, term time only (39 weeks a year + holiday)

Actual Salary: £16,505 – £18,540

Location: Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre, Chesham & The Wycombe Grange

Start: Required as soon as possible

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: We are looking to appoint a receptionist who can undertake reception duties including welcoming students, parents and other visitors, dealing with enquires taking messages and re-directing these appropriately. In addition you will provide clerical support to the school where necessary.

This post is term time only, working predominantly at our Chiltern Skills and Enterprise site in Chesham, but you may be required to work at our other sites from time to time.

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 and visit

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

Closing date: Thursday 12th December 2019

Shortlisting: Friday 13th December 2019

Successful candidates contacted: Friday 13th December 2019

Job Desciption

Application form for non-teachers

Role: Sports Coach 

Location: Aylesbury

Required: January 2020 Salary Scale: Bucks Pay Range 2, ISN11 – ISN15 (£19,077 – £21,428 Pro-Rata)

Work Pattern: 5 days per week, term time only (39 wks) plus 5 wks paid holiday

Actual Salary: £16,143 – £18,132 dependent on experience

Contract: Fixed Term Contract to Aug 2020 with the opportunity to go permanent.

If you are thinking of a career working with young people, we would love to help you take your first step! We are an outstanding Secondary PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) with sites across Buckinghamshire and are looking for dedicated, hardworking individuals to join our successful team.

About the Role: Aspire Pupil Referral Unit is looking to appoint a Sports Coach 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 term time only, based in Aylesbury but you may be required to work at our other sites in Buckinghamshire (High Wycombe and Chesham) when necessary.

We will offer you in return:-

  • the chance to develop your own skills
  • outstanding professional development
  • choice of career routes: teaching, learning and behaviour roles, student mentoring, sports coaching

About You: Coaching experience and a driving licence are 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 or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact Andy Hearn on 07557 801523. To apply for this role you need to complete an Application Form which can be found below and send it to

Closing date: Thursday 12th December 2019 Shortlisting: Friday 13th December 2019

Successful candidates contacted: Friday 13th December 2019

Interviews: Tuesday 17th December 2019

Job Description

Application form for non-teachers

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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 and on Twitter @DriverTrust.