Our History

Students who struggle academically, with attendance, with behavioural or emotional issues do so for any number of reasons and contributing factors. However, they are still children with much to offer their local, national and global communities. By simply accepting that they have nothing to offer and ‘can’t be educated’, we are accepting children cannot positively contribute or impact on anything or anyone around them. This, we strongly believe, is simply not the case. By removing them from the education system, society is giving them no chance to change, develop or up-skill in areas that will change not only their life chances and future, but that of those around them.

For a number of years Archbishop Sentamu Academy developed its inclusion provisions to ensure firstly students in the academy had a high quality of education, leave with positive outcomes and have more post 16 opportunities. We believe all students have the right to these opportunities, irrespective of their individual needs, vulnerabilities or barriers to learning. Due to the investment and development of our inclusion programmes, and their subsequent success, ASA then opened its doors to students without a school place or from other schools around the city. In 2014, OFSTED referred to our provisions, units and outcomes for those students on programmes as outstanding.

ASPIRE was born out of ideas surrounding the concept of how to offer more students in the city the opportunities provided by the ASA Inclusion team. As its own school, with AP (Alternative Provision) status, there is greater flexibility with the curriculum and opportunities for engagement.

There is a need in Hull for providers and schools who can take large numbers of vulnerable and challenging students, whilst providing high quality education, life skills, opportunities to develop resilience and skills for post-16 positive outcomes. ASPIRE aims for students to become valuable, contributive members of their local, national and global communities; changing the perceptions society has of our young people. Our students are students that positively contribute towards their own lives and futures; and the lives and futures of others.