A Message from The Principal

Aspire AP Academy is a primary and secondary alternative provision (AP) academy located in Harlow, Essex. With twenty primary and eighty secondary pupils, Aspire prides itself on supporting and assisting learners who have different and often challenging educational needs. Staffed with caring and supportive professionals, the Academy meets the needs of pupils with Educational Health Care Plans as well as those who, for a variety of reasons, have been unsuccessful in mainstream education.

Through child-centred planning Aspire strives to work in partnership with multiple services to ensure the highest level of care and exploration so that each individual receives the specialist support they deserve. Through this process the academy empowers the children and parents to fulfil their potential, with many undertaking a highly tailored transition package to re-join mainstream or specialist education.

Aspire’s 2017 Ofsted Report acknowledged that “Staff forge excellent relations with pupils” and went on to highlight that staff “show remarkable patience, perseverance and understanding when dealing with each pupil.” The academy also prides itself on fostering strong links between home and school as recognised by Ofsted “Parents and carers praise the way leaders and staff engage with their children.”

Aspire Academy’s primary provision incorporates a successful Early Years delivery as well as a bespoke curriculum across the primary phase that identifies and targets gaps in prior learning. Children are encouraged to develop their social and emotional skills alongside their academic learning with a curriculum that is inventive and robust. All professionals in primary work closely together and the learners are encouraged to work, rest and play as a family unit.

At KS3 the curriculum is tailored to support learners back into a mainstream school, or move them forward to more specialised provision. The curriculum focuses on the core academic disciplines that our students both require and are entitled to. Delivered by a team of academic professionals, all students study English, Mathematics, Science and the Humanities with a specialised focus on British Values and SMSC education.

The KS4 curriculum allows learners to select a range of GCSE and vocational options to suit their Post-16 aspirations. This includes subjects ranging from Geography to Land Based Studies, and ICT to Construction. Aspire’s goal is to enter each learner for every qualification that they are capable of achieving and they pride themselves on the results and achievement they attain. The support continues into their post-16 life with ex-learners regularly dropping in to access support, conduct work experience within the academy and helping to raise the aspirations of current learners.

Aspire’s philosophy is clear – all staff strive to be the people that they themselves needed when they were young. This guides not only our ethos but also our actions. In the words of a parent: “This school has changed my son’s life completely – a truly an amazing place.”

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