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YR School Starters 2023/24

by SLE


Welcome to Shortlanesend School
Welcome to the Aspire Academy Trust.
Aspire is a vibrant, highly successful and widely recognised Trust determined to raise standards of educational achievement to the very highest levels. We don’t just aim for our children to achieve what is average or expected, but for them to excel both academically and in character.
We live in a global economy that requires our children to be prepared to think both critically and creatively, solve complex problems, and to communicate well. Mastery of the basics: reading, writing, maths and technology is our core purpose, and this sits firmly alongside ensuring our children have well-developed social and emotional skills. Aspire academies have a strong emphasis on the sport, arts and social, moral spiritual and cultural education.
All our 29 schools and academies are an integral part of their local communities and have a real sense of identity. We value the contribution each of our communities makes and the distinctive opportunities and diversity it offers to the Trust. By working in true partnership, we offer exceptional learning experiences to all our children, so they benefit from the strength that being part of the extended Aspire family brings. If you want to learn more about us, then please visit our website at

I look forward to hopefully welcoming you to the Aspire family!
Vanessa Bragg
Aspire CEO
Head of School Welcome
Welcome to Shortlanesend School.

My name is Chad Wilson, and I am very proud to be the Head of Shortlanesend School. On behalf of our amazing children, our dedicated staff, parents and hub Councillors, I would like to welcome you to our school.
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Shortlanesend is a thriving, happy school where everyone is valued and respected. We are a friendly community focused primary school, who deliver an immersive, inspiring and interactive curriculum which targets the development of the whole child.

Our expectation for character and academic standards are consistently high. Our aim is to provide our children with a challenging yet supportive and enriched curriculum which supports every child to develop into a confident individual, who understands their rights and responsibilities as a member of our school and the wider community.
EYFS Lead/Teacher Welcome
I am Miss Irwin and I feel really fortunate to be the EYFS lead for the Nursery and Reception Class at Shortlanesend School. I am looking forward to welcoming both children and parents to our school and those that I already know moving up from our own nursery.

Our newly established EYFS provision at Shortlanesend School, has been successfully running for nearly a year now and provides children with an excellent foundation in starting school, encouraging independence, curiosity and a love of learning.

The children have lots of opportunities to learn in both our indoor and outdoor classroom and staff are led by what interests the children, as well as learning about new and exciting topics that are planned for throughout the school year.
Vision & Values
The aims of Shortlanesend School (SLE for short) are summed up in three words – Smile – Learn – Excel.
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Everything we plan and achieve is guided by the ethos of ensuring that every child at SLE is happy, feels comfortable, safe and well cared for (Smile), enjoys an immersive, inspiring and personalised curriculum (Learn); which also encourages them to reflect, refine and improve their performance across the curriculum to confidently shine at our school, and beyond into life (Excel).
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"We have a commitment to safeguard our children.  

"We all have a responsibility to act if we are worried about a child.
All children have a right to be safe no matter who they are or what their circumstance. 

"Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility." 
Every academy within the Aspire Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.