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Date: 26/05/2017

A recent Ofsted Inspection has rated Worcester’s local ‘alternative provision free school’, The Aspire Academy, as Good in its overall effectiveness.

The Aspire Academy, based in Bridgwater Road, Worcester, was   inspected   on   3-4   May   2017.   The   effectiveness   of leadership and management, the quality of teaching and learning and assessment, the personal development, behaviour and welfare and the outcomes for pupils were all graded as Good. Safeguarding was endorsed as effective. Ofsted said “there is a relentless focus on success” from the highly committed staff, leaders and governors.

Six years ago, all the schools belonging to the two South Worcestershire schools’ partnerships took steps to reduce the rate of permanent exclusions in KS4, and to increase the outcomes for this cohort, by coming together to provide the students and schools of South Worcestershire, and beyond, with their very own alternative provision free school, the Aspire Academy.

The Aspire Academy opened in September 2014 and now is in its third year. It is growing from strength to strength in terms of pupil numbers (currently at 82), commissioner confidence (23 referring schools) and has established a stable place in the County, showcasing the work it does and the service it provides.
The Academy has capacity for 105 full time equivalent places which reflects the demand from the schools for a mixture of full time and part time places. The vision is to provide full or part time alternative provision based on a core curriculum and a range of high quality vocational  courses supported by work experience for KS4 pupils. It also provides extensive support for KS3 pupils with their social and emotional and behavioural needs in a bespoke and appropriate curriculum. Ofsted reported that  Leaders  have  a  good  understanding  of  pupils’  learning,  social and  welfare  needs  that  “the curriculum strongly supports pupil progress.”
Ever striving to improve its provision, the Aspire Academy is now accommodating increasing numbers of pupils from areas in other parts of the county e.g. Redditch, Bromsgrove and Evesham areas.
Ofsted further reported that “Leaders have developed robust systems to assess pupils when they arrive and to track their progress in English, mathematics and science. They effectively manage the complexity of the consistently changing school population.”
For further information please call 01905 455422 or email or visit our website or follow our progress @AspireAcadWorcs on twitter