St.Chad’s believes that every child really matters. We believe that every child deserves the best education and thereby the best opportunities for their future, after education, that we can give them. At St.Chad’s we have recognised that some pupils cannot access a purely academic curriculum, due to particular needs and/or circumstances which form a barrier to their learning. In order to address this we have created ‘ASPIRE’.
ASPIRE (Alternative Specialised Pathway In Refined Education) is the name for our alternative curriculum, here at St.Chad’s. Pupils in Years 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 can benefit from our Programme of Study which includes, but is not restricted to; gaining the NICAS award, achieving their NNAS award, completing the John Muir ‘Discovery’ Award, participating in a variety of Forest Schools activities, completion of the ASDAN CoPE award (KS4), completion of the ASDAN Employability Award (KS5), achieving the NCFE SAW and/or PSA Awards, gaining the PE Entry Level qualification, receiving First Aid training and organising and participating in charitable fundraising events.
ASPIRE aims to provide a unique learning experience, with a focus upon learning outside the classroom, which is different from the mainstream learning experience. We have a three-tiered progressive and challenging course which is delivered over three Key Stages by highly motivated, dedicated and experienced staff. Our timetable allows us great flexibility and our sessions are, therefore, able to run over half days and full days, as opposed to traditional one hour lessons. This flexibility is essential to ensure that we can meet the varying needs of our pupils and cater for the variety of their individual needs.
ASPIRE aims to improve pupils’ confidence, communication, cooperation, coordination, competence, concentration and creativity. Our holistic approach to education is reinforced by our built-in one-to-one mentoring program.
ASPIRE is in its developmental stages and we are constantly striving to deliver a relevant, exciting, challenging and fulfilling course encompassing SMSC, academic and physical elements. Pupils benefit from ASPIRE by; achieving nationally recognised academic qualifications, developing a wide variety of practical skills, building personal responsibility/self-reliance and developing social responsibility and empathy.
Our staff are proud to be a part of the ASPIRE programme here at St.Chad’s, and seek to develop the pupils’ academic, intra-personal and inter-personal skills to their fullest potential.