A lovely piece of poetry by one of our talented students that was published


Multiple cuisines under one roof


We had an Ofsted visit on 17 November 21 and received a ‘good’ with ‘outstanding features’ The report can be found here


This week’s tutor time covers the importance of E-Safety


Lovely Christmas lunch served today. Thanks to the staff.


Christmas Jumper Day at Aspire today


This week’s tutor time focuses on Mental Health Awareness


Please find a useful link for equipping people to provide practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by the pandemic.


Great resources for students and parents.


Functional Skills Exams : English Speaking Monday 9.45am 22.2.21; Maths 9.00am Tuesday 23.2.21; English 9.00am Wednesday 24.2.21


National Apprenticeship Week - students learnt about apprenticeships, where to find them, how to apply, take a look at this website.


Today is Safer Internet Day. The Internet has brought significant benefits to our lives but there are also dangers that we as teachers and parents must be aware of to protect our children and students.


Very happy to receive the news that an ex Aspire student Kwadwo Baah has been signed up to Manchester City. What a talented young man - Well done!


Thanks Ms Miles, Director of Harris Federation Sixth Form and Ms Bhogal our Vice Principal for delivering an informative talk to Apollo House on how to apply to Harris Sixth Form schools. If you have any further questions, please contact Ms Ogunseitan or Ms Bhogal


MS Teams has proved to be a great tool for delivering online teaching. For parents who would like to know more about how it works, here is a very clear guide which can be translated into different languages


Happy Friday to all HPS6F and Aspire students, staff and families. This week at school Summer, Jessica, Summer, Benito and Da’anah baked some delicious cookies. We hope you are all keeping safe. Have a lovely weekend.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium

Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium 

Many students have been negatively affected regarding their progress since the lockdown instigated by the Government in March to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The academy put effective measures in place to ensure that students continued to be taught online and it was open to all students during the lockdown period however this year’s intake of year 11 may not have had the advantages of this from their previous school and significant numbers are from disadvantaged backgrounds. This group is the most affected by the impact of lockdown. The COVID 19 catch up premium awarded to the academy will be utilised to enable our vulnerable students to rapidly return to a level where they can be successful in their level 2 qualifications.

Harris Academy Aspire has been allocated £14,400 this academic year from the catch-up premium. The Catch-up premium will be reviewed and monitored by the Governing Body throughout the Academic year to measure its impact.

Expenditure for Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium 2020-21

The Principal holds the budget for Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch - up premium 2020-21 and authorises all expenditure. Funding is currently targeted at three aspects of student development; teaching and learning, attendance and behaviour.

The key barriers for learning of Aspire students revolve around three key issues:

  1. Low levels of Literacy/Numeracy
  2. Attendance issues
  3. Behaviour

Therefore, our priorities for expenditure of the funding program will be:

  • Provision of 1:1 tuition for students via staff subject expertise of graduate TAs
  • Increase in welfare provision by extending availability of Life Coach for a further 2 days
  • Increase of Literacy/Numeracy resources and delivery
  • Additional training for the AWO
  • Increased Provision of holiday school for year 11 students with 1:3 provision




Success Indicator


Increased provision for Life coach support from 2 days to 4.


Focused sessions on; positive behaviour, low self-esteem and school re-engagement.




Positive impact on behaviour and attendance and therefore outcomes. Students to have increased confidence at managing requirements and challenges of completing examinations and coursework.


Appoint part time intervention tutors for Core and option subjects to work with students to ensure greater access to lessons, run more effective intervention sessions and small group intervention work including 1:1 sessions.


One tutor assigned each to:

  1. English/ English Lit
  2. Maths
  3. Science
  4. HSC
  5. Bus
  6. Construction
  7. Media




Small group and 1:1 work with targeted students whose gaps in attainment have been recognised will allow them to become more confident with dealing with subject content and understanding.





Increase in success rate at level 2 subjects. Increase of student confidence in the subjects they are taking will lead to greater attendance and improved behaviour of students. 


Increased teaching Resources for Literacy and Numeracy Intervention classes and delivery of whole school initiative.



Additional Literacy/Numeracy classes for targeted students timetabled during period 6. Focus in Spring 1 and 2 on Literacy CPD for all subjects and increased focus in the TER sessions on Literacy development.


Literacy and Numeracy levels increased for students enabling access to all subjects which in turn will lead to higher grades achieved in all subjects taken by end of academic year 2020/2021


Additional support during holiday half term and full term breaks given to students for additional revision classes and coursework support



Progress 8 of PP students to be in line with others and above 0.7;




Progress 8 data to be confirmed but PP students performed significantly better than national ‘other’ by all measures at GCSE with P8 likely +0.4