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 28 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 www.aspireacademytrust.org
I look forward to hopefully welcoming you to the Aspire family!
Vanessa Bragg Aspire CEO
Head of School Welcome
Hello. My name is Miss Biddick and I am the Head of School here at Mount Hawke Academy. We are delighted that you have chosen to come to our wonderful school. We are very proud of Mount Hawke Academy and all the children who come here. We hope this guide gives you a flavour of who we are and we can't wait to meet you soon.
Vision & Values
At our school, your children are valued as individuals whilst being encouraged to learn and grow together, building your child’s confidence in a safe and happy environment. Our aim is to promote a positive attitude towards learning and working, whilst respecting each other. This enables your child to achieve their full potential.
Our children's successes come through encouraging and developing high academic standards in a well-balanced and broad curriculum. We are all very proud of the children who attend our school and of all our staff who work here and the amazing job they do every day.
We work closely with parents and your support is always greatly appreciated in this important aspect of your child’s life. It all makes our school a wonderful asset to the local community.
"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.
Trauma Informed Schools UK is a registered community interest company working in association with the Centre for Child Mental Health. It provides training to ensure that every adult in a school or community has the skills and understanding to respond appropriately to the relational and emotional needs children may display.
TiS supports schools to create a mentally healthy environment and culture in which all within the school community, adults and children alike, can flourish and achieve. It advocates a whole school response and evidenced based relational approaches to provide an enriched environment to buffer the impact of stress that may result from adversity and painful life events.
In addition, specially trained Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioners offer targeted intervention to children who may be experiencing challenges within their life that without support may act as a barrier to their ability to fully engage with life and learning.