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Who can Harris Aspire support and educate?
The Academy provides places for 40 students in the upper school and 60 in Post 16. There will be no lower school places for 2015/16 due to building works.
The kinds of students we can support are those for who one or more of the following is true:
- Awaiting a place in a mainstream school having moved into the area (this could be a student from abroad where English is a new language)
- Those who have not been able to follow a traditional secondary curriculum and need to undertake this as a pathway to further education or training
- Been permanently excluded
- At risk of being permanently excluded or several fixed term exclusions
- Committed a single serious incident which may warrant them being educated elsewhere for a period of time
- Students who have been out of education for a period of time for a variety of reasons.
We are a fully inclusive school and welcome students with special educational needs and disabilities, including those with emotional and environmental barriers to learning. We will have the systems, structures and specialists in place to support these students to achieve.
Can parents and carers apply directly?
Schools, Academies and Local Authorities can apply for places. Parents and carers can also ask their child’s existing school, Academy or Local Authority to apply for a place at Harris Aspire.
Who will the teachers be?
Harris Aspire will be staffed by the best of the Harris Federation, with outstanding teachers from every Harris Academy working with us to support our students. Our aim is for 100% of lessons to be good or outstanding.
In addition to our teaching and leadership team, we will also use a collection of specialists who have proven themselves to be outstanding in their work with other Harris Academies.
These include education psychologists, speech and language therapists, health services and a variety of different counsellors, mentors and advisors.
How will you make sure the needs of all students are met?
Once accepted at Harris Aspire, students will be assessed carefully, not only for their current level of ability but also for their potential attainment as well as any barriers to learning.
We know that many of our students will require a curriculum that will accelerate achievement and aim to ensure that when they have completed their year at Aspire they will be working in line with their peers. We will also be looking for any particular talents in any area that can be supported to develop further.
What will the class sizes be?
Students will be taught in smaller groups to allow for accelerated learning and outstanding progress. There will also be one-
to-one tuition for some students who require extra support.
Students in Year 11 and Sixth Form will be set by ability in core subjects and will be able to move between sets at different points in the academic year.
Will there be a uniform?
As with all Harris Academies we will have traditional standards of uniform and our students will be expected to look smart and presentable. There will be a uniform for Year 8. Year 11 and Sixth Formers will wear business dress.
Are you able to support Gifted and Talented students?
Yes. Gifted students will be identified when they arrive.
This will be an important part of the screening process as there is likely to be a history of underachievement which may mask a student’s ability to achieve very highly. These students will be challenged within the curriculum and given a variety of other opportunities for enrichment.
Will you operate a Waiting List?
Yes, for each year group.
Will there be financial support for students who need it?
Yes. Where students are in need we are happy to fund necessities such as travel arrangements and uniform. Please call the office for more details.