At Aspire Academies Trust we are passionate about making a difference to the lives of our children. They are at the heart of everything we do and we strive to inspire learners and change their lives, as a result of our exceptional educational provision. We want all our schools to be the best they can be and for each child to discover the skills, abilities, talents and interests that lie within them.
We are privileged to have Bedmond Academy, Bovingdon Primary Academy, Broadfield Academy, Hammond Academy, Knutsford Primary Academy,The Grove Academy and the West Herts Teaching School Alliance presently within the Aspire Trust. We are building a family of schools who are prepared to truly collaborate. The schools have a desire to question, change and innovate to ensure that what they provide enables our children to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
We believe in the power of partnership, enabling us to ensuring more children receive an exceptional education. Our member schools know the transformational impact it can have from experience. We all share the ultimate goal of driving high educational standards through the provision of outstanding teaching, leadership and learning for all.
At the same time, we recognise the importance for academies to retain and promote their individual identity and we endorse earned autonomy across the Trust. Every school has its own context and challenges. This is why we encourage our member schools to lead and manage in a way that preserves their individual identity and responds to the specific needs of their children and community.
Our leaders focus on offering the children a broad and balanced curriculum, on pupil progress and attainment and regularly share knowledge, insight and experience. We ensure that there is plenty of opportunity for all the staff to work in partnership, share best practice, share resources and attend shared INSET.
The combination of autonomy and collaboration across key areas of leadership and management, underpinned by shared vision, values and best practice is what makes the Aspire Academies Trust unique.
Together we’re stronger
At the Aspire Academies Trust, we like to do things a bit differently. We’re not afraid of a challenge. We like to think laterally and be creative. We reach right into our Academies and support everyone involved in driving them forward.
It is our belief that when schools work together, share their ideas and draw on each other’s strengths, they can achieve so much more. There is a rich pool of talent in our Academies, from teachers, pupils and their parents alike. It’s our job to nurture this talent through partnership and collaboration. By doing so, we capture great ideas and make innovative improvements.
The Trust is founded on a set of core principles, which help to guide our thinking and keep us ahead of the game.
We are forward thinking and like to stay at the forefront of educational development. Our approach is to embrace new ways of doing things and to think creatively about our challenges. For example, where we can employ new technology we will. Where there is an opportunity for us to break the mould or lead the way, then we will.
By getting to know our Academies and everyone associated with them, we get a really good understanding of what is happening on the ground. We encourage people to have a voice and we actively listen to what is being said.
We exist to help our Academies, as organisations, grow in strength and capability. But more than that, we care deeply about the personal growth of our teachers and pupils too. That’s why our Trust also includes teacher training schools, so we can help to develop the best in education.
We are in the business of education, so it is only right that the Trust has a leadership team with considerable educational and commercial expertise. Our aim is to lead by example, so we are focused on building relationships, embracing new methods and sharing knowledge, in the same way that we encourage our Academies to. Together we’re stronger and by setting our standards high, we hope to lead others onto great things too.
You won’t find us hiding behind closed doors. We welcome a chat and take a proactive role with our Academies and their governing bodies. We like to get to know people personally and thrive on working as part of a team.
We are very proud of our growing family and invite you to come and see for yourself the great work that is going on in our Academies.
Become an Academy
If you like the sound of our approach and want to find out more about how you or your school could benefit from working with the Aspire Academies Trust, click here.
The advantage of working within a multi-academy trust (MAT) is that there are many natural opportunities for collaboration on every level. It is easy to become insular in your own school or to only see things from one school's perspective. Being part of a MAT enables deeper, more meaningful links to be established, leading to more efficient ways of working and sharing of resources, ideas and best practice. The whole school community benefits.”
Jo Harris, Principal at Bedmond Academy