Consultation on the separation of ASPIRE – KS3 & 4 Alternative Provision

Consultation on the separation of ASPIRE – KS3 & 4 Alternative Provision

Consultation launched on the separation of Bluecoat Aspley Academy and its Alternative Provision – ASPIRE

Archway Learning Trust understands that not all of our students are going to fit into a mainstream model. It is important that we are prepared and fully equipped to educate our students in an alternative setting that meets their emotional and educational needs.

Extensive work has been carried out within our Trust to create our own alternative provision, named ASPIRE, providing an alternative setting for both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, both of which are part of the Bluecoat Aspley Academy although housed offsite. The provisions are not only accessed by students at academies within Archway Learning Trust but are also accessed by other City schools. Each provision has a wide curriculum offer and there is a focus on both individual needs and the core skills of literacy and numeracy.

We are proposing to ask the Department for Education for permission to make ASPIRE into a school in its own right rather than an ‘add-on’ to our Bluecoat Aspley Academy.  This will allow  for a strong and specific leadership team and governing body which would hold the school to account and for the Trust to better clarify its leadership and organisational structure.

As part of this we are proposing to extend the number of students that can access this provision to sixty students, currently forty students. Admission to the new school will be based upon commissioned places. Archway Learning Trust’s commissioning body will work closely with the Local Authority commissioning body to admit students into this provision. Nottingham City has evidenced high drop-out rates and increases in NEET for Post 16 age young people. Archway Learning Trust proposes to create ten places for Year 12 students to focus on transitioning these students into FE or employment.

We are launching a six week consultation on the proposal that the Bluecoat Aspley Academy alternative provision (ASPIRE) should be re-formed into its own school.

The consultation runs from 27th  November 2018 – 21st January 2019.

There is a consultation event for parents/carers and stakeholders taking place at Bluecoat Aspley Academy on Tuesday 4th December 2018.

If you are unable to attend the consultation event and wish to have more information or to submit your views, please email

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