Meet the Strategic Principal


It is a great privilege and responsibility to be the Strategic Principal of Aspire Academy.  I have been a teacher for 25 years and have held a range of successful leadership roles from Headteacher to Head of Sixth form over the last 16 years across England.

I believe that all young people, no matter their background should have learning opportunities that provide them with the foundations to lead successful and satisfying 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, yet still have similar opportunities to those found in mainstream. 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.  The aim is therefore that they can leave as confident young adults, ready to seize the opportunities of further education, training or work. 

As a parent myself, with one child in primary and two in secondary, I understand how important it is to make the right choice for your child’s education and would welcome you to our school.


Colin Cattanach
Strategic  Principal