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Aspire Nursery Starters 2023-24

by Aspire / Shortlanesend School


Welcome to Shortlanesend Nursery
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.
Our 36 schools/academies and 21 nurseries are all 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
Getting learning off to a flying start.
Aspire nurseries, led by qualified and knowledgeable staff, lay firm foundations for children in their early years. A qualified teacher from each school oversees the curriculum, learning environments and learning outcomes in conjunction with the Nursery Lead. Staff strive to ensure all children have an equal chance of success, informed by knowledge of what can be achieved.
Our nurseries, the children, families, our dedicated teams and the local community, are an integral part of the Aspire Academy Trust. We recognise the need for high quality early education where children flourish through the love and care given by all of our practitioners. 

We know the importance for our nurseries to have strong and respectful partnerships with parents so every child can develop during their early years and that everyone plays an active role in ensuring this is successful.  
Our number one goal is to ensure all children, within our family of Nurseries, grow stronger and achieve through high-quality early education and the care that we are able to offer.
Helen Bingham BSc(Hons) MEd(Dist)
Aspire Early Years Lead
Welcome to Shortlanesend Nursery
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.
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.
Vision & Values
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The aims of Shortlanesend School (SLE for short) and be summed up in three words – Smile – Learn – Excel.
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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Our Nursery Staff
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Miss Irwin
Reception Teacher
Miss Annear
Nursery Lead
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
Mrs Pascoe
Nursery Assistant

Level 2 support for teaching and learning in schools
Level 3 specialist support for teaching and learning in schools
All our Nursery staff have Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene certification