Welcome to the Aspire Academy, a 4 -16 year old SEMH special school supporting vulnerable children and young people to achieve their educational potential and live positive fulfilling lives.

For the vast majority of students the traditional school model works well. However, for some of our students a smaller, more intensive setup (sometimes with alternative accreditation) is the best environment for them to make a success of learning. We specialise in providing personalised learning programmes for our students, carefully tailored to meet their individual needs. We always endeavour to approach our work with students in partnership with parents to secure the best possible learning outcomes.

My vision for the school is that it becomes a centre of excellence for developing personalised learning programmes to meet the needs of vulnerable youngsters. I want all of our students to have opportunities similar to those found in large mainstream schools, so that they can leave as confident young adults, ready to seize the opportunities of further education, training or work.

To realise this goal, the school worked in partnership with two other secondary academies in 2012/13 in a joint bid to open a new Studio School Academy specialising in vocational learning to meet the local jobs market. This was successfully opened in September 2014 and in the process the Aspire Academy benefited from purpose built and newly refurbished buildings. In April 2014 we became an academy and joined the Wellsway Muti Academy Trust.

The Aspire Academy is also commissioned to provide Alternative Provision to the BaNES area. Students from the ages of 4 to 16 are catered for at three sites - Broadlands School (Primary), BCA School and Bloomfield Road (Secondary).

Colin Cattanach
Strategic Principal


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