Blackpool Aspire Academy News all former students!<p>If you&rsquo;re a former student of Blackpool Aspire Academy, Bispham High School or Collegiate High School, we want to hear from you!</p> <p>Your experiences since leaving could help to motivate and inspire our current students to feel more confident in making decisions about their future. We&rsquo;d love you to join our alumni network and stay connected with the school.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve partnered with the national education charity <strong>Future First</strong>, who specialise in helping schools like ours to stay connected with their former students.</p> <p>This year we&rsquo;ll be running a series of events where current students will meet former students to improve their knowledge of the world of work. You can choose how and when you help &ndash; perhaps you can act as a career and education role model, provide work experience, become a mentor in person or online, or help with donations, fundraising or even apply to become a governor.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t matter when you left us, whether you&rsquo;re in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, there are still ways you can help.</p> <p>In order to sign up, just follow this link and fill in the online form &ndash; we promise it will only take a couple of minutes.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>, 21 Sep 2017 09:25:26 GMTSpeed Awareness - Students help traffic police!<p><img alt="" src="/images/news/DSC00796.jpg" style="margin: 15px; float: left; width: 400px; height: 266px;" />Aspire students were helping the local community by educating drivers on the dangers of speeding during a visit by police officers today.</p> <p>PCSO Leigh invited traffic police to set up a roadside speed camera alongside Blackpool Aspire Academy bus stop, near the busy junction of Blackpool Old Road and Mowbray Drive.</p> <p>If a car was found to be speeding PC Clarke guided them into the dropping off point behind the bus stop, where Aspire students informed the driver of facts relating to speeding and how dangerous it can be to other road users and pedestrians.</p> <p>Pictured above with Year 9 students, Patrick , Tyler, and Connor, and PCSO Boardman, Miss Williamson said, &ldquo;Not only have we been educating local drivers, but our students have also learned just how much we take our roads for granted and they&rsquo;ve become more aware of how dangerous roads can be.&ldquo;</p> <p>Patrick also added, &ldquo;It was really interesting watching the police in action, and the drivers who were stopped really took on-board what we had to tell them.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Road facts</strong></p> <p>Every month more than 1,000 British children are injured on roads near schools.</p> <p>The area in Great Britain with the highest proportion of child casualties (2010-14 average) is Blackpool.</p> <p>The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph.</p>, 07 Jul 2017 09:35:46 GMTPzazz!<div> <p>After being asked by many students, &quot;do you have a drama club?&quot; Miss Mackay has set up a new Performing Arts Company for students in any year group called &#39;Pzazz&#39;.</p> <p>Although having her work cut out organising the Aspire Gospel choir, Miss Mackay had seen there was the enthusiasm for a Performing Arts club, so how could she refuse!</p> <p>The club meets every Tuesday lunch time in A4 and then moves onto the dance studio; the first project is Michael Jackson&rsquo;s Thriller, a complicated dance routine that will need some serious devotion.</p> <p>If the club becomes popular, Miss Mackay plans to add an extra rehearsal session after school from September.</p> <p>Any students who are interested in joining the club must be prepared to sing (not on their own if they do not want to), dance, and act, as the group is mainly based around the musical theatre style of performance. Contact Miss Mackay for more information.</p> </div>, 28 Jun 2017 14:07:43 GMTAspire Gospel Choir join The Jerseys to record charity single!<p>Max Fox, an ex-student and choir member, and now professional singer with The Jerseys, a Four Seasons tribute group, contacted Miss Mackay after the recent Manchester atrocity to ask if the Aspire Gospel Choir would like to take part in a joint venture to raise funds for the victims by covering Westlife&#39;s &#39;Angels&#39;.</p> <p>Without hesitation, Miss Mackay said yes, and the track was recorded last week; you can hear a snippet of the fruits of their labour&nbsp;<a href="/files/audios/Angels_extract.mp3"><strong><u>by clicking here</u></strong>.</a></p> <p>The single will be released to the download charts next week and available from all good download stores.</p>, 22 Jun 2017 09:00:33 GMTCake Bake Fundraiser for Manchester<p>Year 11 Eden felt so moved by the terrible terrorist events that happened in both Manchester and London that she decided to organise a Cake Bake in order to help the victims.</p> <p>Despite being busy with her studies, Eden managed to persuade both staff and students to help by donating and cooking cakes to sell, although everybody approached was more than willing.</p> <p>Over &pound;90 was raised and has been donated to the UK Solidarity Fund.</p> <p>Pictured is Eden with Miss Isherwood just before the Cake Bake began.</p>, 03 Jul 2017 10:31:18 GMTAQA Award Winners!<p>Two Year 10 Aspire Academy students, Kennedy and Demi, have recently received AQA awards for Peer Support for Young Victims, Babysitting, and 100 hours of Volunteering.</p> <p>As members of a female group supported by &#39;UR Potential Community Interest Company&#39;, they have gained valuable experience and life skills, while improving the lives of those in their local community.</p> <p>Both girls thoroughly enjoy their time in this group recommending young people to go along and see what can be achieved. Demi said, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s good to know that I&rsquo;m doing things to help my community and at the same time I&rsquo;m learning too&rdquo;.</p> <p>URPotential is a Community Interest Company&nbsp;and not for profit organisation. Their values are based on community cohesion and the development of communities who take the lead, believing in supporting individuals to fulfill their potential and reach their dreams.</p>, 15 Jun 2017 09:36:55 GMTQuadruple Duke of Edinburgh Success<p>The academy success continues with Toby Gough (Year 11), David Hurley, Shade Egerton and Canice Heath (Year 10) completing their&nbsp;Duke&nbsp;of Edinburgh Bronze Award. The award began in January 2016 where&nbsp;students&nbsp;attended training sessions to develop skills for two summer expeditions. Whilst the training was taking place, in their spare time the&nbsp;students&nbsp;completed other sections of the award: skills, physical and volunteering. The students helped out with activities with Highfurlong School, in the local community and with Blackpool Sea Cadets.</p> <p>In the summer of 2016, they completed two expeditions in the Bowland forest region of Lancashire, which involved camping, cooking and completing navigated routes using a map and compass. The group leaders, Mr Tock and Mr Ryder were very impressed with their determination: Mr Tock commented that &#39;All&nbsp;students&nbsp;showed great resilience in the expeditions supporting others in some rather poor weather conditions. They motivated each other when they were feeling tired and grumpy. They also helped the school develop its links with Highfurlong students and the local community and should be very proud of their achievements&#39;.</p>, 05 May 2017 10:58:22 GMTMr Lavelle leads England to Home Nations glory!<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Mr_Lavelle_England.JPG" style="width: 850px; height: 301px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/England_montage.JPG" style="width: 850px; height: 315px;" /></p>, 05 May 2017 10:06:53 GMTDuke of Edinburgh Success for Adam!<p>The academy is delighted to announce that Adam Williams in Year 11 has completed the&nbsp;Duke&nbsp;of Edinburgh Bronze Award. The award began in January 2016 where pupils attended training sessions to develop skills for two summer expeditions. Whilst the training was taking place, in their spare time the pupils completed other sections of the award: skills, physical and volunteering. Adam helped out with activities with Highfurlong School and developed his musical skills after school with lessons with the Performing Arts Department.</p> <div> <div> <p>In the summer of 2016, he completed two expeditions in the Bowland forest region of Lancashire, which involved camping, cooking and completing navigated routes using a map and compass. The group leaders, Mr Tock and Mr Ryder were very impressed with his determination: Mr Tock commented that &#39; Adam has worked very hard on this award and was a valuable member of the group on expedition supporting others when they were feeling tired, he has also helped the school develop its links with Highfurlong students and should be very proud of his achievement&#39;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div>, 06 Mar 2017 10:21:13 GMTAspire host the Blackpool schools' cross-country championships!<p>Aspire Academy hosted the Blackpool schools&#39; cross-country championships on the 25th January in cold, but dry weather. Students from across Blackpool ran between 2km and 5km on a very wet and difficult school course.</p> <p>Our students performed very well, in particular Adam Murphy and Ryan Stephenson, who finished first and second in the Year 7 boys&#39; race. Megan Eadie in the senior girls&rsquo; race finished third, while Caitlin Packer in the Year 8 girls&rsquo; race, and Carl Wallace in the Year 8 boys&rsquo; race both finished a commendable fourth. Overall both the girls and the boys finished third.</p> <p>Finally, well done to our BTEC students who helped to marshal and manage the event with PE staff.</p>, 02 Feb 2017 09:41:32 GMTFCAT Free-School Consultation now LIVE!<p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Free-School Questionnaire has now closed and is not accepting further responses.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;">The final date to complete this questionnaire was&nbsp;Friday 3rd February 2017.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Thank you to all those who provided us with their feedback.</p>[Converted]-01-01.jpgMon, 23 Jan 2017 09:00:43 GMTInternational selection for Mr Lavelle<p><img alt="" src="/images/news/England_selection_01.JPG" style="margin: 20px; float: right; width: 350px; height: 305px;" /></p> <p>Last weekend saw the final selection process for the England Schools International football team. Mr Lavelle as team manager was part of the process, which involved coaching sessions on Friday afternoon, followed by an evening presentation highlighting the expectations of the players during the international season.</p> <p>As well as being Director of Expressive Arts, Subject Lead and Teacher of PE here at Aspire, Mr Lavelle manages a team of sports conditioning coaches, performance coach and goalkeeping coach. He also has an assistant manager, who like him, is an UEFA A Licence coach.</p> <p>The players undergo a rigorous set of technical training sessions, followed by evening discussions where the players contribute to show their knowledge too. The trial players had games against the RAF (lost 3-1) and the Royal Navy (winning 2-0) and afterwards they had personal interviews and psychological questionnaires with the ESFA coaching squad. The last part of the trial was a game involving all 32 players on Sunday morning, from which the 16-player squad was selected for the season.&nbsp;</p> <p>There is a presentation weekend on the 27th January followed by a four day training camp at the end of February, before the international fixtures start against Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.</p>, 19 Jan 2017 14:06:48 GMTAcademy seal of approval!<h3><strong>Academy seal of approval&nbsp;</strong></h3> <h4><strong><a href=""><img alt="" src="/images/gallery/Ofsted_Click_here.jpg" style="width: 180px; height: 180px; margin: 20px 30px; float: right;" /></a></strong></h4> <p>I am delighted to report that Blackpool Aspire Academy has been given a seal of approval from Ofsted following their recent visit to the academy.</p> <p>Inspectors spent two days at Aspire in the run up to Christmas, observing lessons, meeting staff, students and Governors, and gathering feedback from a broad range of partners, including parents. Overall, Ofsted judged that the school, which was created two years ago following the merger of two &ldquo;Inadequate&rdquo; High Schools, had progressed to &ldquo;Requiring Improvement&rdquo; overall, with a number of &ldquo;Good&rdquo; features.</p> <p>This inspection report is such a boost for everyone associated with Team Aspire, and it clearly recognises how much we have all achieved over such a short period of time. We are now looking forward to developing specific areas in order to give our students the fantastic start in life that they and their families deserve.</p> <p>I would like to take this opportunity to thank students, staff, parents, carers and Governors and friends of the school for their invaluable contribution to this extremely pleasing outcome.</p> <p>Lisa Shuttleworth-Brown</p> <p>Principal</p> <p>(<a href="/files/documents/Blackpool_Aspire_Academy_OFSTED_2017.pdf">Blackpool Aspire Academy OFSTED Report - Dec 2016</a>) &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p>, 18 Jan 2017 12:18:37 GMTChristmas Concert 2016<p>Aspire Academy&#39;s Christmas Concert took place on Thursday 15th December. The theme was Christmas Music from film and tv. The choir sung songs such as &#39;Marshmallow World&#39;, &#39;Someday at Christmas&#39;, &#39;Frosty the Snowman&#39; and &#39;Please Come Home for Christmas&#39;. They also performed &#39;A Christmas Miracle&#39;, written by staff and students at Blackpool Sixth Form to raise money from music download sites for the Children&#39;s&#39; Society. The Btec Music group sang &#39;That&#39;s Christmas to me&#39; and the staff choir sung a rendition of &#39;White Christmas&#39;. There were also readings, instrumental performances and Christmas Carols accompanied by Neill Oldham on the piano.</p> <p>Organiser, Sarah Mackay, subject lead of Music and Drama, said, &quot;The evening had everyone in a Christmas mood and the performances were outstanding. Everyone enjoyed the concert and the audience were singing and clapping along with the music. The choir also performed exceptionally well at the Blackpool Music Service Christmas Concert at the Winter Gardens on Tuesday 13th December. They have been working hard on the songs since the beginning of October! All were given a sweet treat at the end and were awarded with 30 achievement points for an excellent contribution to school life. The choir are such an asset to the school and I am so proud of them all.&quot;</p> <p>Photos from the concert can be viewed below:</p> <p>{gallery:Christmas Concert 2016}</p>, 20 Dec 2016 10:59:49 GMTBronze Award for Year 10 students<p>Eight of our Year 10 students received their&nbsp;bronze art award from the Trinity College London this week. The students completed the course last year after completing a two-day workshop with the professional dance company Chameleon and then taking part in a performance on the comedy carpet in Blackpool.</p> <p>All the students worked extremely hard to achieve this nationally recognised qualification &ndash; well done!</p>, 11 Nov 2016 11:36:47 GMTMaths monthly challenge<p>Inspired by success in the <strong>Boss of the North</strong> competition, the Maths Department are to start the monthly Manga High challenge in Maths this November. Each Month a new activity will be identified for the students to attempt, not only competing against other students in their year group, but also with all students throughout school to see who can achieve the highest score. The first round ends 30<sup>th</sup> November at 3pm.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/Manga High/mangahigh(1).JPG" style="width: 717px; height: 248px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 04 Nov 2016 14:12:21 GMTBoss of the North<p>Team Aspire threw down the gauntlet and challenged other schools to become &lsquo;<strong>Boss of the North&rsquo; </strong>in an online competition hosted by maths website <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. The free, online maths competition for KS1-KS4, is for schools across the North of England to compete with each other on Mangahigh&#39;s games-based learning platform. Aspire finished in the top ten out of 5,200 schools.</p> <p>Our students put in a great effort and gained almost 11,000 points (3 points = gold, 2 points = silver, 1 point = bronze) by answering increasingly difficult questions, and it was a great opportunity to see the impact digital games-based learning had on our students whilst also increasing the profile of maths across our academy.</p> <p>The following students were awarded medals for amassing a personal score above 150 points:<br /> Robert (Year 8), Charlie (Year 9), Joshua (Year 10), Zoe (Year 8), Hannah (Year 10), Leah (Year 9), Steven (Year 9), Chloe (Year 11), Payden (Year 11), and Nicola (Year 9).</p> <p>Pictured above is a very proud Mr Thompson with some of the medal winners.</p>, 03 Nov 2016 13:15:23 GMTQuality homework<p>This week we have continued our push on quality homework by nominating two students from every faculty to receive an award for their outstanding homework.</p> <p>The winners, who have received a certificate and a &pound;5 voucher, are:</p> <p>Joseph&nbsp;7R</p> <p>Paige&nbsp;8I</p> <p>Sarah 7S</p> <p>Leon 10S</p> <p>Modoulamin 9A</p> <p>Charnai 8R</p> <p>Hermione 7A</p> <p>Amelia 7A</p> <p>Kyle 8S</p> <p>Angel 8R</p> <p>Patrick 9A</p> <p>Tia 10R</p> <p>Lauren 10I</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/outstanding homework/homework02.JPG" style="width: 400px; height: 349px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All our winners have produced some fantastic homework, which demonstrates that learning doesn&rsquo;t stop when school finishes at 3pm.</p> <p>We hope next half term produces some even more amazing examples.</p> <p>Above are some examples of the high quality work produced for&nbsp;Humanities homework:&nbsp;a student&rsquo;s family tree, and a depiction of&nbsp;a volcano eruption and tsunami hitting a village.</p>, 21 Oct 2016 13:15:30 GMTGhost in Blackpool!<p>On Wednesday 5th October the Year 11 Btec Performing Arts group watched a performance of &#39;Ghost The Musical&#39; at the Blackpool Opera House. The Btec group will be staging their own ghost themed show; therefore, to visit a professional show, with the same theme, was a great learning experience. The group watched how a professional show operates and really enjoyed the performance.</p> <p>They are currently rehearsing their show &#39;Stage Fright&#39; written by Richard Moore, which will have its premiere in Spring 2017. Miss Mackay, subject lead of Music and Drama, is pictured here with the group and said, &quot;The Year 11&#39;s have a mammoth task ahead of them. Not only do they have to get to know the show and attend rehearsals, but they also have to produce it and perform it! This is like the real world in the Performing Arts industry.&quot;</p>, 18 Oct 2016 09:46:50 GMTExplorer Club first expedition<p>On Saturday 15th October, a group of Year 11 students visited Beacon Fell Country Park in the Forest of Bowland as part of the first trip for Aspire&#39;s Explorers Club. Organised by the Geography Department, Miss Stevenson, Mr Tock and Mr Oldham took the group for a walk around the country park to admire the views and sculptures.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/explorer_club_02.JPG" style="width: 870px; height: 653px;" /></p> <p>The group enjoyed their visit, even though the weather was rather autumnal! More trips are planned in the Lancashire area and the Lake District later in the year to enable pupils to experience the fantastic geography and natural areas in the North West of England.</p>, 17 Oct 2016 14:46:49 GMTDEAR days<p><img alt="" src="/images/DEAR/IMAG1204.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 357px; float: left; margin: 20px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/DEAR/IMAG1198.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 357px; float: right; margin: 20px;" /></p> <p>Our DEAR days are really picking up pace; DEAR&nbsp;stands for &ldquo;Drop Everything and Read,&rdquo; a celebration of reading designed to remind people of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives, and this also links in with the national curriculum.</p> <p>At a pre-determined time the school bell will sound and all students and staff stop what they are doing and begin reading a book of their own, or one from the purple &lsquo;book boxes&rsquo; found in every classroom.</p> <p>It really has been a hit with many commenting that they have discovered books they would never have normally read.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/DEAR/IMAG1201.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 280px;" /></p>, 14 Oct 2016 14:59:57 GMTNational Poetry Day workshop<p>Twenty Year 11 students were privileged enough to be invited along to a Poetry Workshop with the Mancunian poet Mike Garry on National Poetry Day on 6<sup>th</sup> October. Mike has worked in collaboration with such famous icons as Manchester United and the pop group New Order, to name but a few.</p> <p>Students were treated to performances of his poems in his own inimitable style and he also gave them insight into his philosophy on life, poetry, and the importance of reading.</p> <p>Our students all thought he was an inspiration and we may now have a few budding writers of the future amongst them!</p>, 14 Oct 2016 14:41:04 GMTVictoria on target<p>Year 7 Victoria is really aiming high with her sport of choice &ndash; archery.</p> <p>She has already won two trophies and three medals in club competitions, and came 6<sup>th</sup> in the Lancashire County Open, and has only been shooting since December 2015 &ndash; quite an achievement considering she had never used a bow before and has been competing against adults in these competitions.</p> <p>Victoria is a member of Blackpool Bowmen, alongside her parents, and practices twice a week using a Recurve bow, the type used in Olympic competitions.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/victoria-archer2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 280px;" /></p>, 14 Oct 2016 15:31:26 GMTFootball fixture results<p>Another successful week regarding students representing Aspire in our local school football fixtures.</p> <p>Our girls drew both games with Montgomery on Wednesday, and narrowly lost to St Mary&#39;s. The team of C Barlow, M Eadie, L Bamford, C Dickinson, C Sampson, E Royales were excellent.</p> <p>Our boys beat Unity 7-3 in Thursday&#39;s game in a true team performance and they are improving hugely with each fixture. L Logan, J Costello, T Gough, W Cummings, C Addison C Cregg, J Boylan, R Harrison and C Hayhurst all played really well.</p> <p>All students were a credit to our school in terms of behaviour and attitude.</p>, 14 Oct 2016 11:09:37 GMTNew England Under 18 Manager<p>Congratulations to Mr Lavelle who has recently taken on the role of team manager for the England Schoolboys FA International Under 18 football team after being assistant manager for the past two years.</p> <p>Mr Lavelle has been involved with schoolboy football for over 30 years, taking on roles such as Blackpool secretary, Lancashire coach, and now England coach, and at the same time having to attain his coaching badges including his UEFA A licence badge which took five years to complete.</p> <p>&quot;We are trying to encourage and open up routes for Aspire students to progress in football through local district trials, with the aim of moving up to national level. But ultimately, it&rsquo;s about our students enjoying sport,&rdquo; said Mr Lavelle.</p>, 13 Oct 2016 16:18:49 GMTWorld's Biggest Coffee Morning<p>Friday morning saw staff and students take part in the Macmillan Cancer Support World&rsquo;s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraiser, an event aimed to raise money for people facing cancer.</p> <p>All over the UK Coffee Mornings were being held and donations made going to this worthwhile charity - last year alone &pound;25 million was raised.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/File_004(1).jpeg" style="width: 870px; height: 653px;" /></p> <p>Both staff and students baked cakes, and for a small donation, slices were then served with a morning brew before lessons and during break time, eventually raising a grand total of &pound;140.42.</p> <p>One in three people will face cancer, and the money raised will help provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support.</p> <p>You can view photos from the event in our <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#4B0082;"><strong>Photo Gallery</strong></span></a>.</p>, 05 Oct 2016 09:06:10 GMTAspire’s Centre of Excellence<p>Blackpool Aspire Academy has been awarded the <strong>Secondary Geography Quality Mark and Centre of Excellence&nbsp;</strong>by the Geographical Association (GA).&nbsp;</p> <p>The award process encourages and supports schools to reflect on their work and strive for the highest quality in their teaching. Aspire&rsquo;s Geography Department faced a rigorous moderation process and the team of assessors were hugely impressed by the manner in which Aspire continues to embrace new and innovative approaches to teaching geography.</p> <p>Blackpool Aspire Academy is one of only 16 schools to be awarded Centre of Excellence in September 2016. The Centre of Excellence award recognises Aspire&rsquo;s contribution to disseminating quality approaches to the teaching of geography and global learning.</p> <p>The moderators were particularly impressed with the department&rsquo;s approach to careers, ensuring Aspire students have an insight into how the study of geography can lead to jobs in the future. They also commended the clear evidence of innovation and passion that teachers have within the school.</p> <p>Miss Stevenson, Head of Geography, said &lsquo;It is a great privilege to be awarded Centre of Excellence for the second time as it recognises the hard work, effort and passion that our teachers have for geography learning within Aspire. It is also a great accomplishment for all our Aspire students, as it is their excellence and pride in the subject that allows us all to succeed.&rsquo;</p> <p>Pictured below are Miss Stevenson, Mr Tock, and Mr Blackwell with Year 10 students Shade, Canice, and Mark&nbsp;after receiving the award.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/centre-excellence-pic.jpg" style="width: 870px; height: 604px;" /></p>, 27 Sep 2016 12:04:33 GMTSTEM Club<p>Mr Bradley has been really pleased with the turn out for his first&nbsp;STEM (<em>science, technology, engineering and maths</em>) club meeting last week.</p> <p>It was&nbsp;a fantastic start with over 30 students attending and everyone being very well behaved and really enjoying their lunchtime!</p> <p>Below is a photo (credit to Mr Dodd for his camera work), to give you an idea of the excitement.</p> <p>All students (and staff) are welcome - please feel free to visit&nbsp;STEM club on Friday lunchtimes in B14.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 27 Sep 2016 11:31:06 GMTFootball trials<p><strong><u>Year 7 trials</u></strong></p> <p>Last night our first Year 7 school team trials was a huge success with 48, including 14 girls, turning up for a place on the school team this year. Each student gave it their all throughout the hour and a half session proving themselves to be worthy of a place to represent the school in the upcoming fixture on Thursday, 29th September, 2016 against Unity and South Shore Academy. The school team will be decided on Monday, 26th September picked by Mr Errington, who will be overseeing the Year 7 team throughout the year.</p> <p>Students played in three 15 minute games in which they were given the chance to impress with their attitude and attributes. Certain students were then asked to stay behind for an extra 10 minutes to play in a final game to fight for a place for the first fixture of the year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre District Schools Football Association Trails</u></strong></p> <p>This year will be the first year that Aspire Academy will be sending pupils to the town team trials hosted at AKS Lytham this Saturday, 24th September.</p> <p>Five Aspire Academy students chosen by Mr Errington will represent the school trying to impress to be picked to represent Blackpool and Fylde Borough for this upcoming season. If successful, players will be called back next month to be part of a 16-man squad of the best players from the Fylde Coast, to play in fixtures against other district sides from Lancashire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside. Current professional footballers who are playing today have once featured in this side over the years. The selected players are closely watched by scouts from professional clubs during each fixture.</p> <p>Our students are:<br /> L. Sinclair&nbsp;<br /> K. Oliver-Willis&nbsp;<br /> T. Davies-Hall&nbsp;<br /> R. Kay&nbsp;<br /> L. Verren<br /> M.Barnes<br /> <br /> Blackpool Aspire Academy would like to wish our boys the best of luck and hope they come back from the trial on Saturday successful.</p>, 23 Sep 2016 12:13:39 GMTI can!<p>10P have been thinking about their dreams and aspirations for the future and have created a dreams and aspirations board in their form room.</p> <p>Miss Mackay has been working on an &#39;I Can&#39; attitude with the form during the first two weeks of term and everyone has revealed their dreams.</p> <p>The ideas are inspiring!</p>, 20 Sep 2016 11:01:23 GMTMemorial Garden Dedication Ceremony<p>We held our memorial garden dedication ceremony in memory of Superintendent Gerry Richardson G.C. and Blackpool Grammar School for Boys, the Collegiate Girls&#39; School, and Collegiate Comprehensive School.</p> <p>In attendance were representatives from the police, the old schools, civic dignitaries, and friends who enjoyed music from the Salvation Army and words of dedication from invited speakers.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/memorial ceremony/IMAG1070.jpg" style="height: 382px; width: 860px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/memorial ceremony/IMAG1061.jpg" style="width: 860px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/memorial ceremony/Memorial-programme.jpg" style="width: 420px; height: 593px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/memorial ceremony/back-page.jpg" style="width: 420px; height: 608px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/memorial ceremony/inside-pages.jpg" style="width: 860px; height: 609px;" /></p> <p>Our guests also enjoyed the sunshine and refreshments in our building afterwards,&nbsp;sharing memories of the old schools and how the GR Memorial Trust is helping local young people.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 24 Aug 2016 14:32:54 GMTInspire: Issue 6<p>You can read the latest edition of Inspire, our termly newsletter, on our website by <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>clicking here</strong></span></a>.</p>, 29 Jul 2016 12:58:07 GMTArt life<p>One of our Year 9 Art groups paid a visit to Blackpool Sixth Form College last week to work with staff and get a taster of life after Aspire.</p> <p>The students worked with various mediums to produce some really stunning pieces as you can see in the photographs.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /> <img alt="" src="/images/news/Art trip 6th form/IMG_4775.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 335px; padding-right: 10px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/news/Art trip 6th form/IMG_4787.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 335px; padding-left: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Art trip 6th form/IMG_4781_(2).JPG" style="width: 520px; height: 388px; " /></p> trip 6th form/FullSizeRender.jpgFri, 01 Jul 2016 12:18:16 GMTMagic in the air<p>On Friday students at Blackpool Aspire Academy were left amazed and astounded by a magic show performed for them in school courtesy of Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best, magician and assistant from &lsquo;The Evolution of Magic&rsquo;, currently playing at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Craig had mentioned to his team, that he would like to work with school children and inspire them with his illusions. Jade Malia, an ex-pupil of Bispham High School who is a dancer in the show, suggested that they contact her old performing arts teachers, now at the new Blackpool Aspire Academy.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/magician show/box_trick.jpg" style="width: 474px; height: 390px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/news/magician show/cardtrick.jpg" style="width: 312px; height: 390px; padding-left: 20px;" /></p> <p>Miss Bagot, Head of Drama and Music at Blackpool Aspire Academy, jumped at the chance saying, &ldquo;Our Year 10&rsquo;s are performing a &lsquo;variety-style&rsquo; show which includes magic when they are in Year 11, and therefore, it was a great idea to have an actual magician in school to show us his tricks. The show was fantastic and the children loved every minute!&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/magician show/crowd.jpg" style="width: 850px; height: 224px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/magician show/QandA.jpg" style="width: 850px; height: 246px;" /></p> <p>Craig and Elizabeth, performed for Year 7, then for Year 10 who also had a question and answer session with the magician and his team about life as a magician and performing on stage. Corban (pictured below), who will be play the character of the magician in the school show next year, even showed the magician a card trick of his own!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/magician show/corban_and_co.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 606px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 29 Jun 2016 11:15:50 GMTOutstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year 2016<p>Congratulations to our Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year 2016, Katy Edwards, who was surprised with the award this morning.</p> <p>Pictured presenting the certificate and gifts is Christina Grindy from Hays Recruitment, who have recognised the commitment and hard work Katy has put in here at Blackpool Aspire Academy, while managing to complete her degree coursework and work placements.</p>, 24 Jun 2016 14:01:55 GMTLuke's trophy collection<p>Congratulations to Luke in Year 7&nbsp;who has recently scooped an armful of trophies at the end of this football season.</p> <p>Luke plays for South Shore FC Under 12s whose league campaign saw them finish second this year, but despite being pipped to the top spot they were awarded &lsquo;Team of the Year&rsquo; by the league organisers.</p> <p>South Shore FC held their presentation evening at Blackpool Football Club where Luke collected his league runner-up trophy, Team of the Year trophy, and participation trophy for playing all season.</p>, 14 Jun 2016 15:36:22 GMTDuke of Edinburgh Update: Geography in use<p>This week the group was split into three walking teams who then planned their practice expedition by making route cards. The teams had to use Geography skills to locate the different parts of their routes. They found six figure grid references, measured distance and used symbols to describe their route with compass directions.</p> <p>The teams had to write detailed instructions as they are to exchange their route cards with other teams!</p> <p>Next week the group are planning what kit they need to take on the expedition.</p>, 13 Jun 2016 09:51:04 GMTAspire SLT session<p style="margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(29, 33, 41); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;">Aspire SLT met recently for an intensive off-site after-school session to design their 2016-17 Academy Improvement Plan at Preston Marriott.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(29, 33, 41); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Aspire SLT/Picture1.jpg" style="width: 721px; height: 275px;" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 0px; display: inline; color: rgb(29, 33, 41); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;">The work will continue next week to construct a range of actions linked to the main objectives.</p> <p style="margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 0px; display: inline; color: rgb(29, 33, 41); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 0px; display: inline; color: rgb(29, 33, 41); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Aspire SLT/Picture5.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 321px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/news/Aspire SLT/Picture4.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 270px;" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 0px; display: inline; color: rgb(29, 33, 41); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Aspire SLT/Picture2.jpg" style="width: 461px; height: 543px;" /></p>, 10 Jun 2016 16:28:24 GMTMissing Dan Nolan<p><img alt="" src="/images/news/Missing Dan Nolan/IMG_0335.JPG" style="height: 467px; width: 350px; float: left; margin-right: 20px;" /></p> <p>Year 10 students on the Btec Performing Arts course&nbsp;have been studying a play called &#39;Missing Dan Nolan&#39;, a true story about a missing school boy.</p> <p>The production was put on to be as professional as possible using sound effects, lighting, costume and props with help from Miss Bagot and Mr Moore.</p> <p>Pictured performing&nbsp;are Kerri-Ann, Michael, Jake, Corban, Jack,&nbsp;and Katie, who said afterwards it had been a really good experience, helping them to understand the play better, and that they all looked forward to performing again in the future.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/Missing Dan Nolan/IMG_0338.JPG" style="height: 375px; width: 500px; float: right;" /></p>, 31 May 2016 11:55:44 GMTHomework Awards<p>Congratulations to the following students who have been nominated for producing excellent homework this half term:</p> <p>Nathanicha (Year 7)</p> <p>Shania (Year 10)</p> <p>Summer (Year 10)</p> <p>Logan (Year 7)</p> <p>Antony (Year 9)</p> <p>Tia Bobbi-Jo (Year 9)</p> <p>Dylan (Year 7)</p> <p>Kasey (Year 7)</p> <p>Jagoda (Year 7)</p> <p>Chloe (Year 9)</p> <p>Mollie (Year 7)</p> <p>Claire (Year 10)</p> <p>Jade (Year 7)</p> <p>Tia (Year 9)</p> <p>We have been holding Rewards Assemblies all last week, where students have been receiving certificates and prizes as part of our on-going drive to raise standards in the quality of homework that students at Aspire produce, and to embed the importance of homework.</p> <p>Students and parents/carers can find links to<a href="" target="_blank"> <img alt="" src="/images/menu/buttons/smhw.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 67px;" /><span style="color:#0000CD;">&nbsp;<strong>Show My Homework</strong></span></a> on the home page and in the <a href=""><strong><span style="color:#800080;">Student section</span></strong></a> of this website.</p>, 31 May 2016 11:39:07 GMTTriathlon Triumph<p>Well done to Mrs Lawton who recently competed in the St Annes Triathlon event, managing to complete a swim in St Annes pool, a bike race along the closed Promenade, and finally a run to Fairhaven Lake and back!</p> <p>It was all in the name of charity as Mrs Lawton is supporting two friends, Debbie and John Bullock from Blackpool, who are doing important missionary work in Tanzania.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/triathlon/school.jpg" style="width: 410px; height: 307px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/news/triathlon/village.jpg" style="width: 410px; height: 308px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /></p> <p>Mrs Lawton is now in training for the Fleetwood Triathlon event for the same cause &ndash; please contact her if you would like to donate.&nbsp;</p>, 31 May 2016 10:37:44 GMTDuke of Edinburgh Update: kit bags and rucksacks<p>This week the group were introduced to the rucksacks they would be carrying on the expeditions. Firstly they had to pack the bags with kit needed before pairing up and taking the 12kg packs for a walk around the academy&nbsp;grounds.</p> <p>On their way around scenarios were given at set intervals to prepare the group for potential issues on their expedition. After an hour the group appreciated the weight of the packs&nbsp;and how packing lightweight food and kits was a necessity.</p> <p>Mr Tock and Mr Ryder also met up with candidates&rsquo; parents and carers for an information meeting about the expedition &ndash; this was deemed a successful evening.</p> <p>Next time the group meet they are to plan their practice expedition route&hellip;</p>, 26 May 2016 09:30:49 GMTVIP visit<p>Mr John Barnett MBE, High Sheriff of Lancashire, visited Aspire Academy today and was extremely impressed with all our students and the standard of teaching in their classrooms.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr Barnett will return at a later to join groups of our student parliament in discussions about various topics that concern them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Pictured above is Mr Barnett with Mr Topping during his visit; and below in his official uniform.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/sheriff.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 380px;" /></p>, 25 May 2016 14:20:47 GMTDance Award<p>Back on 13<sup>th</sup> October 2015 Triniti of Year 7 attended an awards evening in Blackpool celebrating her many achievements in dance over the past twelve months. She has won many competitions gaining honours, medals, and trophies in many styles, including contemporary dance and Morris dancing.</p> <p>As well as taking GCSE Dance here at Aspire, Triniti is also part of Aspire Youth Dance and Crusaders Morris Dancers outside of school.</p> <p>A very happy Triniti is pictured at the awards evening with her collection of trophies and medals.</p>, 20 May 2016 14:48:06 GMTDuke of Edinburgh Update: food for thought<p>This week food has been on the mind.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Duke of Edinburgh Award/DSCN2446.JPG" style="width: 640px; height: 480px;" /></p> <p>The group have been investigating the advantages and disadvantages of meals for the expeditions. Student&#39;s faces were in horror about the prospect of squashed bananas and split jams sachets in their bags on their walk. However others were happy about the necessity of the need to eat lots of calories on the expedition!</p> <p>After discounting the likelihood of Dominoes deliveries, McDonald drive through and full cooked breakfasts, the group understood the importance of low weight, energy rich practical food....and the need to actually cook food!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Duke of Edinburgh Award/DSCN2448.JPG" style="width: 640px; height: 480px;" /></p> <p>The training continues&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 18 May 2016 15:25:28 GMTGCSE Dance students perform on the Comedy Carpet<p><img alt="" src="/images/news/Dance Comedy Carpet/IMG_6402.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 373px; float: left; margin-right: 20px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/Dance Comedy Carpet/IMG_6394(1).jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 471px; float: right; margin-left: 20px;" /></p> <p>At the beginning of May, eight GCSE Dance students from Blackpool Aspire Academy were selected by Blackpool Council&rsquo;s Arts Service to take part in a two day workshop and performance with professional dance company Chameleon. Throughout the two day workshop students worked solidly alongside professional dancers Kevin Edward Turner and Theo Fapohunda to learn a set dance and create their own piece to display on Blackpool&rsquo;s Comedy Carpet. The experience has also allowed students to work towards the Bronze Arts Award which is a nationally recognised qualification.</p> <p>Aspire students were also joined on the Comedy Carpet on Saturday 14<sup>th</sup> May by students from Anchorsholme Academy and Blackpool 6<sup>th</sup> Form, who all put on a fantastic performance. Head of Dance at Blackpool Aspire Academy, Mrs Elson said, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m extremely proud of all the students today as they have put on a fantastic show. I have seen them develop and grow in confidence throughout the whole experience and that is down to Kevin and Theo who have been truly inspiring. I know the skills the students have learnt on these workshops will certainly help them as they go forward in their GCSE dance qualification over the next two years.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 16 May 2016 10:36:35 GMTDuke of Edinburgh Update: map skills<p>This week the group have been learning vital map skill work to assist with their expeditions. The group worked on a quiz to find information about the Blackpool region using Ordnance Survey maps, building on work done in their earlier Geography lessons in KS3.</p> <p>The group overcame issues by working together and were introduced to the concept of the compass.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Duke of Edinburgh Award/maps01.jpg" style="width: 440px; height: 437px;" /></p> <p>Pictured above are Adam, Amber,&nbsp;and Sinead discussing map questions with Anna Elgee, our Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator from Blackpool Council.</p>, 13 May 2016 14:13:07 GMTEngland lift Centenary Shield<p>Congratulations to Mr Lavelle and his England Schoolboys U18 squad who lifted the Centenary Shield recently by securing a point against the Republic of Ireland in a 2-2 draw.</p> <p>Mr Lavelle, who is currently Assistant Manager with the squad, praised the commitment and professionalism of his team throughout this year&rsquo;s campaign.</p> <p>You can read the full match report about this game by <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#B22222;"><strong>clicking here</strong></span></a>.</p>, 09 May 2016 15:10:30 GMTDuke of Edinburgh Update: team building<p>This week the group have been taking part in team building activities to develop skills to complete the expedition part of the award. This involved working in small mixed groups to develop resilience and communication skills.</p> <p>The group is beginning to bond well using cooperation skills to solve problems; this is a vital part in their training as it will help develop the students resolve to overcome problems in the forthcoming summer expedition.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Duke of Edinburgh Award/teamwork.JPG" style="width: 534px; height: 401px;" /></p> <p>Pictured above are Robert, Adam, Canice, and Natalie practicing rope work skills, and Amber and Robert working together in a team exercise.</p> <p><em><strong>Mr Tock</strong></em></p>, 06 May 2016 15:15:39 GMTRecent building work finished<p style="text-align: center;">We have made various improvements to our Academy in recent weeks which are now almost complete.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">During the Easter holiday work began on a large shelter at the rear of our building on the tarmac area, designed to give protection from both the sun and the rain! Along with the installation of some picnic benches, this area is now being fully utilised by students during break and lunch times.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Building work/shelter_(1).jpg" style="width: 602px; height: 396px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">We have also had new fencing and gates put in place at the edge of the grassed area that borders the all-weather pitches, increasing security and safety to the rear of the building and stopping unauthorised access.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Building work/fence_(2).jpg" style="width: 502px; height: 334px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/news/Building work/fence_(1).jpg" style="width: 222px; height: 334px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Finally, at the front of the building our memorial garden has taken shape and is due to be completed in the next couple of weeks.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Building work/memorial_garden.jpg" style="width: 602px; height: 400px;" /></p>, 05 May 2016 15:55:18 GMTVIP visit<p style="margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;">We had a visit from a large number of VIP guests today including Prof Sonia Blandford, Dame McVittie, and Dame Cleverdon (directors of the DfE, chairman of the Big Lottery fund and Right to Succeed representatives).</p> <p style="margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;">After meeting with Mr Simkins and various senior members of staff, Mr Topping took our visitors on a tour of the school to look at our facilities and what we have to offer students and the community as a whole.</p> <p style="margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;"><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px; text-align: center;">Pictured below are all our guests with Mr Simkins and Mr Topping.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px; text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/VIP visit 5th May 2016/meeting_(3).jpg" style="width: 602px; height: 400px;" /></span></p>, 05 May 2016 15:27:39 GMTGCSE Geography Fieldwork<p style="margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;"><span style="line-height: 19.32px;">65 Year 10 geographers braved the wind and the rain on Friday, 29th April to collect data for their GCSE Geography Controlled Assessment. The fieldwork forms an integral element of their GCSE course and primary data must be collected in order to complete their coursework.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;">Despite the worst weather conditions for many years, students remained resilient and collected an amazing amount of data in 30mph winds and heavy rain. Students are studying the<span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;">&nbsp;characteristics of Blackpool&rsquo;s Central Business District and were able to identify both urban regeneration and decline within the centre of Blackpool.</span></p> <p style=" text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/geography_fieldtrip2.JPG" style="width: 534px; height: 401px;" /></p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 6px;">All students were a credit to Blackpool Aspire Academy and should be commended for the hard work and effort. Well done geographers!</p> <p style="margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 6px;"><em><strong>Miss Stevenson</strong></em></p> </div>, 04 May 2016 13:58:09 GMTDuke of Edinburgh preparations<p>After lessons yesterday the Duke of Edinburgh group met in school to be trained on how to put up tents and cook their own food (including the all-important lesson of how to make a cup of tea!) using a Trangia stove in preparation for their expedition in July.</p> <p>The photo above is in the hall showing tents being erected, while below Hannah and Joshua are making tea.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/DoE2.JPG" style="width: 534px; height: 401px;" /></p>, 27 Apr 2016 16:23:26 GMTLancashire Youth Dance Festival<p>Ludus Dance established Lancashire Youth Dance Festival (#YDFest) over 8 years ago and since then has been working with The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster to offer youth dance groups (aged 11-21) the opportunity to take part in a wide range of high quality dance and theatre workshops, before giving a public performance of their work to a public audience at a professional venue.</p> <p>Students from Aspire were amongst the 200 young people taking part in the event which ran across last weekend, and performed extremely well at the Lancaster Dukes Theatre.</p>, 26 Apr 2016 16:10:57 GMTGoodbye Mr Walker<p>Aspire recently said goodbye to one of the Household Support team.</p> <p>Mr Dave Walker, who originally joined Collegiate High School, retired from work on Friday, 8<sup>th</sup> April, pictured here with Mr John Topping and the rest of the Household Support team presenting him with gifts and cards.</p> <p>We hope Mr Walker has a very happy retirement.</p>, 15 Apr 2016 12:30:58 GMTPop Idol<div data-block="true" data-editor="7kvv2" data-offset-key="7utp2-0-0" style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="7utp2-0-0" style="position: relative; direction: ltr;"><span data-offset-key="7utp2-0-0">Well done to Shania and Kaja who took part in the Blackpool Music Service Pop Idol competition on 5th April.</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="7kvv2" data-offset-key="8mvt5-0-0" style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="8mvt5-0-0" style="position: relative; direction: ltr;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="7kvv2" data-offset-key="artpd-0-0" style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="artpd-0-0" style="position: relative; direction: ltr;"><span data-offset-key="artpd-0-0">Both girls performed like professionals, with Kaja singing &#39;Rolling in the Deep&#39; and Shania, &#39;All of Me&#39;.</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="7kvv2" data-offset-key="812kj-0-0" style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="812kj-0-0" style="position: relative; direction: ltr;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="7kvv2" data-offset-key="aqi0s-0-0" style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="aqi0s-0-0" style="position: relative; direction: ltr;"><span data-offset-key="aqi0s-0-0">They were presented with certificates for taking part, pictured here with Miss Bagot at the event.</span></div> </div>, 06 Apr 2016 08:59:20 GMTSuccess Matinee<div class="text_exposed_root text_exposed" id="id_56fe6cb2d23002922351377"> <p>Last night&#39;s Success Matinee was really well received by parents who said it was a nice atmosphere and very relaxed.</p> <p>Year 7 siblings and parents loved seeing the work books and having conversations about what the Year 7 students had achieved.</p> <p>Some of the students showed off their best work &ndash; castles, display boards, singing, and dancing.</p> <div class="text_exposed_show"> <p>There was a video shown with students saying what their aspirations for the future were, bringing a tear to the eye of some parents who were so proud.</p> <p>The students were also really pleased to receive a micro:bit; a small computer which can be programmed. You can read all about it in Issue 5 of Inspire, our newsletter out next week and available on our website <a href=";e=ATNDMeUE51wRsCXj-GZIuL_biKqHeiGn2-9AExocArRC4tt-0QUKm1cebH5rjiJ8" target="_blank">;/newsletters</a></p> <p>You can also find out more about the micro:bit by <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color:#800080;">clicking here</span></strong></a>.</p> </div> </div>, 01 Apr 2016 13:01:16 GMTRevision Help<p>In the <strong><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#800080;">Revision section</span></a></strong> of our website Year 11 students will find some help with their forthcoming exams in the way of three new downloadable&nbsp;documents.</p> <p>There are two revision timetables to print out designed to help you manage your time and create a plan of revision action, and a PowerPoint presentation called <a href="/files/documents/revision/Two_Different_Ways_to_Learn_Things.ppt" target="_blank"><span style="color:#800080;"><strong><em>Different ways to learn</em></strong></span></a> to give you some ideas on how to revise.</p> <p>These updated revision timetable templates are available to support students in organising their own revision, which is a major component in a young person&#39;s&nbsp;success at GCSE.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>Click here to visit the Revision section</strong></span></a> for all the downloads.</p>, 31 Mar 2016 14:59:48 GMTYoung Citizen Award<p>Congratulations to Year 11 Meshach who collected the Young Citizen Award from the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Mrs Amanda Parker, at a presentation evening on Thursday 17<sup>th</sup> March 2016. Meshach was one of a select few who were shortlisted to attend the final at Lanashire Police HQ and picked up a Commended award.</p> <p>The awards are sponsored by BAe and LanPac and are in their 16th year. They promote young people&#39;s achievements, highlighting the valuable contribution they make to the communities in which they live.</p>, 21 Mar 2016 14:44:46 GMTEngland vs Scotland<p>England Schoolboys take on&nbsp;Scotland Schoolboys at Under 18 level in a football&nbsp;match at Fleetwood Town FC&#39;s Highbury Stadium on Friday, 1st April, 2016, kick off at 7pm.</p> <p>Our very own Mr Lavelle is currently Assistant Manager with England Schoolboys U18 who are pursuing a third victory in the Centenary Shield, after beating Northern Ireland and Wales 2-1 in both matches, and currently sit top of the table with six points.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/league_table.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 247px;" /></p> <p>We are hoping some of the players will be able to make a visit to Aspire to meet with our students in the near future.</p> <p>Tickets are available for the Scotland game &ndash; please see Mr Lavelle for more information.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 107%; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Find out more about <span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>England Schoolboys</strong></span> here.</span></a></p>, 21 Mar 2016 13:51:18 GMTYear 8 Options Evening<p>Our Year 8 Options Evening on the 10<sup>th</sup> March was a hugely successful evening. Year 8 families joined Aspire staff for an informal event consisting of a market place where each subject was represented by faculty staff on an information stall.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <center><img alt="" src="/images/news/Yr8 options/IMG_1125.JPG" style="width: 600px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; height: 400px;" /></center> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Giving parents and carers the opportunity to speak to subject staff face to face about the make-up of each option choice is more informative than simply reading a leaflet or reading about it online.</p> <p>Teaching staff can explain exactly what is involved and can advise which career paths relate to which subject so that both students and parents can make an informed choice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <center><img alt="" src="/images/news/Yr8 options/IMG_1148.JPG" style="width: 600px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;" /></center> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 18 Mar 2016 14:37:25 GMTMr Lavelle makes the papers<p>Mr Lavelle has been preparing the footballers of the future and you can read the full article by <a href="/files/files/news/Gazette_Feb_2016.PDF" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color:#800080;">clicking&nbsp;here</span></strong></a>.</p>, 02 Mar 2016 14:15:58 GMTAir Cadet Visit<p>Yesterday and today Years 8 and 9 enjoyed a presentation by Flight Lieutenant Donna Sumner of 2454 (North Blackpool) Squadron highlighting what young people can do and achieve by joining the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/RAF air cadets/1.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 283px;" /></p> <p>Young people can experience anything from aviation to shooting, challenging themselves and developing skills to gain real qualifications and experience, while also making new friends in the process.</p> <p>Enrolment is taking place this week and next at their headquarters in the grey building by the bus lay-by, next to our old site on Bispham Road (open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7.15 &ndash; 9.30pm).</p> <p>Our students responded well to the talk with many showing a keen interest in taking part.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/RAF air cadets/2.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 399px;" /></p> <p>You can find out more by visiting their Facebook page at:</p>, 25 Feb 2016 12:06:59 GMTHashtag Competition<p>In the run up to <strong><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#FF8C00;">Safer Internet Day 2016</span></a></strong>, which took place on February 9th, we ran a competition to see who could come up with the best slogan for a Twitter Tweet.</p> <p>There were many entries to choose from both students and staff, but eventually&nbsp;the winner was Year 9 Eyaner&#39;s entry:</p> <h3><strong><span style="color:#800080;">Keep your selfies to your selfie!</span></strong></h3> <p>She was presented with&nbsp;&pound;30 in gift vouchers by Mr Topping and Mr Simkins, pictured above with her winning entry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Runners up were as follows:</p> <p>Safety is not a gadget but a state of mind &ndash; <strong><em>Luke (Yr11)</em></strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t put on screen what shouldn&rsquo;t be seen! &ndash; <em><strong>Mr Aspin (IT Technician)</strong></em></p> <p>Block it to stop it! &ndash; <strong><em>Robert (Yr7)</em></strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s not a joke, it&rsquo;s not banter, it ruins lives &ndash; <strong><em>Dayne (Yr7)</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Well done to you all.</p> <p>We will be tweeting all these entries on our Twitter feed - why not follow us <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#800080;">@blackpoolaspire</span></a></p>, 24 Feb 2016 15:33:25 GMTConnor Trial Bike Winner<p>Congratulations to Connor in Year 7 who won the <strong>Class C Novice</strong> catagory at a trials bike competition held at Hales Superbole in Cheshire recently.</p> <p>Trials bike competitions are a display of balance, accuracy, and speed&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(37, 37, 37); font-family: sans-serif; line-height: 22.4px;">through obstacle courses with the rider attempting to avoid touching the ground with his or her feet.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(37, 37, 37); font-family: sans-serif; line-height: 22.4px;">Connor also picked up an award for coming in&nbsp;third place overall on the day, and is pictured below during the competition.</span></p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/connor1.jpg" style="width: 857px; height: 554px;" /></p>, 24 Feb 2016 13:34:14 GMTBorwick Hall Revision Trip<p style="margin-bottom:11.25pt"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">As the GCSE season begins, with final Coursework deadlines looming and the final round of Mock Exams starting, an different approach to revision began this weekend with 17 GCSE Computing and Product Design students taking time out of&nbsp;their&nbsp;weekend to spend some focused time revising at Borwick Hall.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11.25pt"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Borwick Hall Jan 2016/IMG_0954.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px; margin: 14px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/news/Borwick Hall Jan 2016/SAM_1132.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px; margin: 14px;" /></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11.25pt"><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11.25pt;background-image:initial;background-repeat: initial"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">These dedicated students and teachers&nbsp;traveled&nbsp;to the historic Borwick Hall Outdoor Education Centre near Carnforth, an excellent venue set in 18 acres of grounds offering a wide range of adventurous activities, for a weekend of intense&nbsp;subject revision and some outdoor activities including canoeing, and tackling some extremely aggressive assault courses and climbing challenges, all of which our students took easily within their stride.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11.25pt;background-image:initial;background-repeat: initial"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Borwick Hall Jan 2016/SAM_1060.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px; margin: 14px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/news/Borwick Hall Jan 2016/IMG_0938.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px; margin: 14px;" /></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Throughout the weekend the students completed over five hours of revision activities and also enjoyed some quality down time participating in activities that made the weekend really special.</span></p>, 03 Feb 2016 16:56:45 GMTA trip to the (careers) fair!<p>Aspire students visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach on Wednesday in order to attend a careers fair.</p> <p>The event, held by the Blackpool Guidance Community Network, was arranged to help students think about their futures and map their career paths.</p> <p>The convention was divided into different zones, each representing a different sector of learning and employment.</p> <p>The zones included activities designed to get the pupils talking, with each group of students spending around 30 minutes in each sector to learn about all their options.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/Careers Fair/IMG_0016.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 263px; margin: 14px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/news/Careers Fair/IMG_0043.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 263px; margin: 14px;" /></p> <p>The careers fair gave students the chance to talk to employers about pursuing careers in many areas from the Armed Forces to the NHS, and to learn about the benefits of studying for an apprenticeship, or to find out more about college courses.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/Careers Fair/IMG_0027.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 263px; margin: 14px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/news/Careers Fair/IMG_0041.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 263px; margin: 14px;" /></p>, 29 Jan 2016 15:26:17 GMTLGBT History month<p style="margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;">February is LGBT History month celebrating diversity and challenging homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, and we here at Blackpool Aspire Academy believe that everybody has the right to be respected regardless of who they are.<br /> That&#39;s why for LGBT History month we are promoting the message: Gender does not change personality, and gender does not determine who you love.<br /> You can follow this trend on Twitter using&nbsp;<a class="_58cn" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*N&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:104}" href=";story_id=1695887253966181" style="color: rgb(59, 89, 152); cursor: pointer;"><span aria-label="hashtag" class="_58cl" style="color: rgb(98, 122, 173);">‪</span></a><a class="twitter-hashtag pretty-link js-nav" data-query-source="hashtag_click" dir="ltr" href="" style="color: rgb(0, 132, 180); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap; background: rgb(245, 248, 250);"><span style="color: rgb(102, 181, 210);">#</span>OK2</a><img alt="❤" aria-label="Emoji: Heavy red heart" class="Emoji Emoji--forText" draggable="false" src="" style="border: 0px; height: 1.25em; width: 1.25em; padding: 0px 0.05em 0px 0.1em; vertical-align: -0.2em; color: rgb(41, 47, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(245, 248, 250);" title="Heavy red heart" /><i class="_4-k1 img sp_UkKp2mjPS47 sx_25ebfe" style="vertical-align: -3px; display: inline-block; height: 16px; width: 16px; background-image: url(&quot;/rsrc.php/v2/yp/r/aeO1ik7i7-T.png&quot;); background-size: auto; background-position: 0px -7378px; background-repeat: no-repeat;"><u style="left: -999999px; position: absolute;">❤</u></i></p> <p style="margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;">Blackpool Sixth Form are holding a &#39;Show UR Pride&#39; day&nbsp;<span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;">on 21st April - why not go along and get involved.</span></p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.32px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 6px;">You can find out more about LGBT History month at&nbsp;<a href=";h=VAQGQ_7i9AQEZ1z6ehvuDuX7UXlCv4XkinsIresIsplSVug&amp;enc=AZPBj6MuXnXojAOzppmVEYir-UdexcI1ioW60-Rqq-H5wRLzqWA-eq_ddaEgWKksTP8NwVQTBYyXDoNZCs91A5rxPuw1vcQrej6gwc1DxZ-BKigM2dxlumIktC6aWuzZ4KM-QptcsfzbDze5yhR3l3E6XSdUynBtKVNtHzdiV605-2Drbspd8_m6pv8YiNadr7v_Ou9UV6OpyrXU1Jdp6ERW&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" style="color: rgb(59, 89, 152); cursor: pointer;" target="_blank"></a></p> </div>, 20 Jan 2016 10:12:24 GMTDuke of Edinburgh award at Aspire<div class="_45m_ _2vxa" data-block="true" data-offset-key="bj3bh-0-0" style="direction: ltr; position: relative; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/DofE.JPG" style="height: 147px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap; width: 400px;" /></div> <div class="_45m_ _2vxa" data-block="true" data-offset-key="bj3bh-0-0" style="direction: ltr; position: relative; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;">&nbsp;</div> <div class="_45m_ _2vxa" data-block="true" data-offset-key="bj3bh-0-0" style="direction: ltr; position: relative; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;">In November Mr Tock (Humanities) and Mr Ryder (PE) were pleased to welcome Anna Elgee from Blackpool Council to talk to interested students from Year 9 and 10 about the Duke of Edinburgh award. They were delighted to see 25 mature and eager students at the meeting who impressed Ms Elgee with their knowledge of the award. The group will be starting their adventure this year and will be contributing to the community and learning new skills to enable them to progress to the the bronze level of the award.</div> <div class="_45m_ _2vxa" data-block="true" data-offset-key="8bln4-0-0" style="direction: ltr; position: relative; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span data-offset-key="8bln4-0-0">Keep your eyes peeled for updates!</span></div> <div class="_45m_ _2vxa" data-block="true" data-offset-key="8bln4-0-0" style="direction: ltr; position: relative; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;">&nbsp;</div> <div class="_45m_ _2vxa" data-block="true" data-offset-key="8bln4-0-0" style="direction: ltr; position: relative; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;">&nbsp;</div>, 06 Jan 2016 10:31:00 GMTVisitor Day makes the papers<p>Many people came to have a look around our new building at a recent open day held here at Blackpool Aspire Academy. You can read the full&nbsp;article that featured in the Blackpool Gazette <em><strong><a href="/images/news/VisitorDaySpread.png" target="_blank"><span style="color:#800080;">here</span></a></strong></em>.</p> information/academy_front.jpgMon, 30 Nov 2015 10:35:29 GMTBoss of the North maths competition<p style="margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Congratulations to our student maths team who came 4th in the Boss of the North maths competition and 2nd from the North West hub (1st place went to Sale Grammar School) - picking up a nice trophy and medals for their efforts.</p> <p style="margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Mr Hughes is rightly very proud of his team with star performers being Eewan, Nicola, and Keely, and whilst the team may not have claimed the title &ldquo;Boss of the North&rdquo;, Mr Hughes is very happy to proclaim them &ldquo;Boss of the Fylde&rdquo;!</p> <p style="margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 0px; display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Mr Hughes wishes to thank everyone for their support, especially Mrs Rawson and Mr Billington for allowing the team to make extensive use of their classrooms.</p>, 03 Aug 2015 09:16:55 GMT2015 Summer Showcase!<p>On Wednesday 8th July we held our 2015 Summer Showcase in the hall at Aspire. The show featured students from all year groups including Year 11 students who came back especially for the show. Amongst the acts were singers, dancers, the Gospel Choir, comedy sketches featuring Sean Bullough and Freddie Eaves and even a few staff cameos!</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/summershowcase2015/Image2.jpg" style="width: 420px; height: 281px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/news/summershowcase2015/Image4.jpg" style="width: 420px; height: 252px;" /></p> <p>Amongst the highlights were performances by both BTEC Music and Performing Arts Students who performed material featured in their final performance units, a massed choir of year sevens who sang &ldquo;When I grow Up&rdquo; from the musical Matilda and dance numbers from the Aspire Dance group. Also on the bill were special guests the Marmosets, a group started 5 years ago at Bispham High who have continued to be involved in performances at Aspire despite the last student having left in September 14. This was there very last performance before the majority of the members left for university.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/summershowcase2015/Image3.jpg" style="width: 420px; height: 253px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/news/summershowcase2015/Image1.jpg" style="width: 420px; height: 253px;" /></p> <p>Many thanks to all of the students and staff who either performed or helped behind the scenes with this year&rsquo;s production.</p> <p>You can view the programme from the show below:&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{doc:150731142854-b663838865f64aea9af091cfc32a83de}</span></p>, 24 Jul 2015 14:48:11 GMTProm 2015<p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px;">Our very first Year 11 Leaver&#39;s prom was held&nbsp;at The De Vere Urban Village Resort on Friday, 10th July, 2015.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px;">The photos from this event can now be <a href=""><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>viewed in our gallery here</strong></span></a>, or by clicking on the Photo Gallery link you can find in the menu on the left under the <a href=""><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>About Aspire</strong></span></a> or <a href=""><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>Students </strong></span></a>tabs.</span></p>, 22 Jul 2015 13:16:16 GMTDominik's silver<p><img alt="" src="/images/news/dom02.jpg" style="width: 263px; height: 350px; float: left; margin-right: 20px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/news/dom01.jpg" style="height: 350px; width: 222px; float: right; margin-left: 20px;" /></p> <p>Congratulations to Dominik in Year 8, who received his Chief Scout Silver Award at Blackpool Town Hall earlier this month.&nbsp;</p> <p>The award is the highest a Cub can receive, having to complete six different challenges including camping, outdoor activities, and fitness.</p> <p>Mum and Dad, Cub leaders, and Aspire Academy are proud of Dominik&rsquo;s achievements, and in his own words &ndash; &ldquo;Bring on the Gold!&rdquo;</p> <p>Dominik is pictured receiving his award from Mayor Callow, and afterwards with Cub leader Mr McKibben and the Mayor.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 30 Jun 2015 10:39:46 GMTBradie in cup win<p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Congratulations to Bradie in Year 8 who, as part of a Blackpool Ladies team, won a cup competition held in Wigan at the weekend. Remarkably, Bradie had been asked to step up and play for the under 13 team &ndash; a whole year older than her regular under 12 team.</span></p>, 22 Jun 2015 14:19:08 GMTOutdoor and Indoor Education is the formula<p>Following a gruelling week of varied GCSE and BTEC examinations paired with our &lsquo;Boost&rsquo; sessions - acute revision classes aimed at giving the Year 11 students that final academic push through the exam period - the last thing that most teenagers would want to do at the weekend is even more school work, however for 32 of Blackpool Aspire Academy&rsquo;s Year 11 this is exactly what they did recently on a trip to Borwick Hall.</p> <p>Ryan Hughes, Assistant Principal at Blackpool Aspire Academy said &ldquo;This last minute preparation for the final GCSE Maths paper will hopefully give our students that vital chance of securing their target grade and going onto further education&rdquo;.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/BORWICK_HALL_-_June2015_032.JPG" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p> <p>These dedicated students and teachers travelled to the historic Borwick Hall Outdoor Education Centre near Carnforth, an excellent venue set in 18 acres of grounds offering a wide range of adventurous activities, for a weekend of intense GCSE Mathematics Calculator Skills and some outdoor activities including raft building, canoeing, and tackling some extremely aggressive assault courses and climbing challenges, all of which our students took easily within their stride.</p> <p>Throughout the weekend the students completed over seven hours of mathematics revision and practice in preparation for their final GCSE Maths exam, and also enjoyed some quality down time participating in activities that made the weekend really special.</p>, 11 Jun 2015 13:17:29 GMTFriday Fiver<p>Congratulations to Michael in Year 7 who is our latest Friday Fiver winner drawn out of the hat, pictured here receiving his prize from Mr Morley.</p> <p>Well done and keep up the good work!</p> Fiver/michael.jpgWed, 10 Jun 2015 08:02:53 GMTHalf Term study timetable<p>The Half Term timetable is now available to view above, in the <a href="/students"><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>Student</strong></span></a> area of our website,&nbsp;or by <a href="/files/files/news/Half_Term_May_2015.pdf" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color:#800080;">clicking here</span></strong></a>.</p>, 26 May 2015 12:00:54 GMTStudent of the Year<p>Congratulations to Jake in Year 11 who has been named as Student of the Year in Catering 2015 by Blackpool and the Fylde College.</p> <p>Jake has been attending the college this year as part of his food catering studies and this will eventually lead to an NVQ.</p>, 19 May 2015 15:19:19 GMTClubman of the Year<p>C<span style="color: rgb(41, 47, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;">ongratulations to Harry in Year 10 who recently won the Under 14 Clubman of the Year award at Blackpool Stanley Rugby League Club.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(41, 47, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Harry has been part of the team, who play their games at Kingscote park in Layton, for three years, and was given the award for all his hard work and commitment to the club.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(41, 47, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;">You can find out more about <a href="" target="_blank">Blackpool Stanley Rugby League Club on their website</a>.</span></p>, 19 May 2015 14:38:42 GMTLighting up the celebrities<p><img alt="" src="/images/news/aaron photography/IMG_1783.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 451px; float: left; margin-right: 20px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/news/aaron photography/IMG_1869.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 426px; float: right; margin-left: 20px;" />Year 10 student Aaron has been getting some valuable work experience recently by working alongside two photographers on an OK Magazine project.</p> <p>Although not shy of being in front of the camera, Aaron has been behind the scenes working on the lighting at many celebrity events, such as the Miss Manchester competition recently, where he managed to get a few photographic souvenirs with the likes of John Thomson and Kym Marsh.</p> <p>By working with professional photographers Aaron has learned some really useful tips and tricks about photography in the &lsquo;celebrity&rsquo; industry, and found it invaluable as research for his Media lessons in school.</p> photography/IMG_1779(1).JPGFri, 15 May 2015 15:19:36 GMTRockit makes the papers!<p>The Year 11 Btect Performing Arts group recently had a review of their Rockit show reviewed in the local paper - read the full review by <strong><a href="/files/files/news/Rockit_Gazette_Musical_performance_May15.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color:#800080;">clicking here</span></a></strong>.</p>, 15 May 2015 09:35:07 GMTBtec Music recital<p>Year 11 Btec Music students completed their final unit with a splendid performance to family members and teachers. A wide variety of excellent performances were showcased, ranging from classical violin performances, piano duets, guitar solos, drum kit solo&rsquo;s to current pop songs performed with live piano and drums.</p> <p>Despite considerable nerves, everyone rose to the occasion and really showed off what they have been learning during the course.</p> <p>The 45 minute recital was a huge success and many parents and teachers left feeling very proud of the individual achievements.</p>, 15 May 2015 08:45:27 GMTFriday Fiver Winner!<p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Congratulations to Connor in Year 7, this week&#39;s Friday Fiver winner, pictured here receiving his prize from Mrs Sykes and Mrs Gray.</span><br style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Keep up the good work Connor!</span></p> Fiver/connor-fiver.jpgFri, 01 May 2015 14:20:26 GMTAspiration Day: Year 7 Science pupils visited Blackpool Zoo<p><img alt="" src="/images/news/Year 7 zoo trip/zoo_trip_4.jpg" style="width: 300px; float: left; height: 400px; margin-right: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" /></p> <p>On Thursday 30th April all of Year 7 set off for a day at Blackpool Zoo. The trip was arranged by Mrs Bradley for all the science classes as a reward for all their hard work and excellent behaviour since joining Aspire Academy.</p> <p>The pupils arrived by bus just as the zoo was opening and were given booklets to complete about the animals, their adaptations and natural habitats.</p> <p>They spent the sunny day walking round with their teachers and experiencing the range of animals that are housed at the zoo.</p> <p>The journey began with a walk through the Dinosaur safari area, where they were reminded of the extinct creatures that once walked the Earth.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/Year 7 zoo trip/zoo_trip_2.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px; float: right; margin-left: 20px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/news/Year 7 zoo trip/zoo_trip_1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px; float: right; margin-left: 20px;" /></p> <p>They learnt which endangered animals the zoo is helping to conserve like the Amur tiger and had the chance to walk through &lsquo;Lemur Wood&rsquo;&rsquo;, where the lemurs were confident enough to come right up and be stroked by the pupils.</p> <p>They watched the penguins being fed and the sea lions showing off their ball skills, and a visit to &lsquo;Amazonia&rsquo; meant they saw an interesting variety of insects, reptiles, tropical birds, and monkeys too.</p> <p>The teachers and support staff were full of praise for the behaviour and enthusiasm of the pupils and they all agreed that it had been an excellent day; finally Mrs Bradley rewarded all pupils with a zoo animal pencil.</p> 7 zoo trip/zoo_trip_3.jpgFri, 01 May 2015 10:16:50 GMTRockit!<p><img alt="" src="/images/news/Rockit/Rockit_photo5.jpg" style="height: 174px; float: left; width: 200px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 20px;" /></p> <p>On Wednesday 22nd April our Year 11 Btec Performing Arts group performed&nbsp;a show called&nbsp;Rockit which incorporated&nbsp;excerpts from four rock musicals: Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Rocky Horror Show, and We Will Rock You.</p> <p overflow:hidden="">The students gave an amazing performance full of singing to songs such as Sister Christian, Superstar, and We are the Champions, dancing to I love Rock and Roll, and King Herod&#39;s song, and acting throughout.</p> <p>The audience were treated to a karaoke version of Bohemian Rhapsody at the end where they were encouraged to join in. The packed out hall sung their hearts out alongside the performers Claire, Shauna, Leonnie, Amy, Tally, Amy , Mazie, and Jodie. Miss Bagot, producer/director who also starred as King Herod, said, &quot;The students worked so hard during lessons, after school and in the Easter holidays to put on an amazing show. I&#39;m very proud of them.&quot;</p> <p>Grateful thanks go&nbsp;to Mr Moore and Mr Dodd who worked on the&nbsp;sound and lighting&nbsp;and Year 11 students Ellie, Becky, and Courtney who worked backstage.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/news/Rockit/Rockit_photo6.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 230px;" /></p>, 27 Apr 2015 15:32:00 GMTModelling Galaxies Lecture<p style="margin-bottom: 15px; line-height: 21px;">Following the interest generated by the solar eclipse, there was a chance to find out about more distant space at an open lecture which was held on 22nd April here at Blackpool Aspire Academy.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; line-height: 21px;">The lecture by leading astrophysicist, Dr Victor Debattista from UCLAN,&nbsp;gave the audience a hands-on experience into how computers are used to model galaxies and discover how they form and evolve. Dr Debattista offered&nbsp;attendees the chance to explore the computer models he has built of deep space.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; line-height: 21px;">This unique event was open to all and free of charge.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; line-height: 21px; text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/Modelling Galaxies/flying_through_galaxy_2.jpg" style="width: 360px; height: 383px;" /><br /> <em>Mrs Bradley with students and Dr&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 21px;">Victor Debattista after the lecture</span></em></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; line-height: 21px;">It was&nbsp;the first in a series of lectures bringing the findings of cutting-edge research to audiences in Blackpool, and was organised by Blackpool Sixth and the Fylde Coast Ogden Trust partnership which promotes excellence in physics education. The partnership is supported by UCLAN, the University of Lancaster, the Ogden Trust and the Royal Society of Chemistry.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; line-height: 21px;">The next lecture is called&nbsp;Quantum detectives - you can find out more by <a href=""><span style="color:#800080;"><em><strong>clicking here</strong></em></span></a>.</p> Galaxies/flying_through_galaxy_3(1).jpgMon, 27 Apr 2015 10:31:07 GMTLifeSkills Programme Talk<p>We had Bilal Harry Khan, a guest speaker from the Barclays LifeSkills Programme, come in on Tuesday, 21<sup>st</sup> April, to speak to our students in Years 8, 9, and 10 about how the LifeSkills programme is designed to give young people access to the advice, support and opportunities they need to get ready for the world of work, with the aim of improving the confidence, communication skills and employment prospects of young people through educational resources, online content, workshops, events and work experience.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/LifeSkills/DSC09985.JPG" style="height: 400px; width: 601px;" /></p> <p>Our students reacted with enthusiasm to Bilal&rsquo;s energetic talk and it is hoped that those who decide to look further into the programme will find it to be the starting point to a better future.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/LifeSkills/DSC09978.JPG" style="width: 601px; margin: 20px; height: 400px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/news/LifeSkills/group_photo.jpg" style="width: 601px; height: 404px; margin: 20px;" /></p> <p>You can find out more about <a href="/files/files/Bilal_Harry_Khan.pdf" target="_blank">Bilal here</a>, and the <a href="" target="_blank">LifeSkills programme</a> here.</p>, 23 Apr 2015 15:06:56 GMTFriday Fiver Winner!<p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Congratulations to last week&#39;s Friday Fiver winner, Amos (Year 7), who is pictured here collecting his prize from Mrs Wakefield.</span></p>, 23 Apr 2015 14:23:27 GMTRehearsals in full flow!<p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">It may be the Easter holiday, but that hasn&#39;t stopped rehearsals for <strong>ROCKIT </strong>- a celebration of rock musicals from the 20th and 21st centuries.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Miss Bagot is pictured here with some of the cast during today&#39;s rehearsals.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">The show stars Bow Ties Btec Performing Arts Company and will open its doors here at Blackpool Aspire Academy for one night only on Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015 at 7.00pm.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Tickets cost &pound;3 for adults and &pound;2 for Children.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Find out more about this fabulous production here:&nbsp;</span><a href="" rel="nofollow" style="color: rgb(59, 89, 152); cursor: pointer; font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;" target="_blank" wotsearchprocessed="true">;/2015-04-22-rockit</a></p> <p>Tickets are available from here:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><img alt="" src="/files/images/IMG_5389.JPG" style="width: 800px; height: 604px;" /></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 30 Mar 2015 23:04:38 GMTCongratulations to Friday Fiver winners<p><img alt="" src="/files/images/winners2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 503px; float: left; margin-left: 200px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Congratulations to recent Friday Fiver winners Malachi, Darren, Curtis, Mikayla, Nicola, Jenson, and Millie, some of whom are pictured here collecting their prizes from Mr Morley.</span></p>, 30 Mar 2015 22:56:16 GMTRunner-up medal for Bradie<p>Congratulations to Bradie who, playing for Blackpool Girls, earned a runner-up medal in the West Lancashire Girls Football League U12s Cup.</p> <p>Unfortunately, Blackpool Girls lost out to Academy Juniors in the League Cup final yesterday.</p>, 24 Mar 2015 16:18:59 GMTLancashire Young Citizen Awards<p>Blackpool Aspire Academy Year 11 student Liam was awarded 3<sup>rd</sup> place in the Lancashire Young Citizen Awards for 2014, held at Hutton Police Headquarters.</p> <p>In May 2014, Liam was being driven to school by his mum Leanne along Blackpool Prom when she began to go into a seizure. She had not had a fit before and Liam at first thought she was laughing at something he&rsquo;d said. Leanne&rsquo;s foot hit the accelerator and became locked &ndash; causing their car to crash into the back of the vehicle in front. Luckily nobody was hurt from the impact but Liam knew he had to get help for his mum. He put the gearstick into &lsquo;park&rsquo; and took the keys from the ignition before jumping out of the car and frantically trying to flag down some assistance. Unfortunately, people continued to drive past him - with one person even swearing at him to get out of the way. Leanne fitted for seven minutes and was unconscious for three. Eventually a nearby window cleaner saw the commotion and came over. As a sufferer of epilepsy himself he recognised the signs and immediately rang 999.</p> <p>Leanne has still not been able to find out the cause of these convulsions &ndash; which now occur every month or two. Liam goes straight home from school each day to check his mum is all right and has learned to do housework so that he can help out. He even sits on the landing outside the bathroom while his mum has a bath to make sure she does not have a seizure and start to drown.</p> <p>Liam did a sky-dive from 15,000 feet just four days after his 16<sup>th</sup> birthday to raise hundreds of pounds for Brian House Hospice. He is now planning a bungee jump to raise money for an epilepsy charity.</p> <p>John Topping, Deputy Principal said &lsquo;Aspire Academy has had three major winners over the last three years.&nbsp; Last year Rachel Minnis scooped the top award as Lancashire&rsquo;s Young Citizen of the Year and the year before in 2012 Natalie Markham achieved the same first prize place.&nbsp; We are most grateful to our PCSO Nikki Leigh who nominated our three high achievers.&nbsp; We are looking forward to next year&rsquo;s prestigious awards and hopefully a winner from an academy within the Fylde Coast Academy Trust&rsquo;</p> <p>Liam is pictured above with his parents and the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Dr Barry Johnson</p>, 16 Mar 2015 09:12:46 GMTStudent Achievement Awards<p>Here at Blackpool Aspire Academy we believe that students should be rewarded for continued effort and progress and so each half term, we ask our teachers to nominate students who they feel have made exceptional progress within a subject, or who have contributed significantly to the school as a whole. These nominations are forwarded to Mrs Hanlon-Catlow (Deputy Principal), whose pleasant task it is to assess coursework and speak to the students concerned about their significant addition to school life.</p> <p>Mrs Hanlon-Catlow then awards certificates during assembly, followed by the sending of &lsquo;Achievement postcards&rsquo; home to parents/carers.</p> <p>Mrs Hanlon-Catlow said, &ldquo;I have the best job as I get to see all the fabulous work that our wonderful students produce, we talk about what they have learnt, and they are always so very, very proud of their own achievements&rsquo;.</p> <p>Dominik and Nicola are our first high achievers to receive the awards and are pictured here being presented with them by Mrs Hanlon-Catlow.</p>, 13 Feb 2015 16:16:45 GMTNational Citizen Service give assembly talk<p>We were visited today by Miss&nbsp;Melissa Chedd of the National Citizen Service, an organisation that encourages 15 to 17 year olds&nbsp;to learn new skills in preparation for becoming a member&nbsp;of society.</p> <p>Kay and Ryan are pictured above with Melissa after the presentation.</p> <p>You can find out more about the <a href="" target="_blank">National Citizen Service here</a>.</p>, 02 Feb 2015 14:05:45 GMTPupils welcome anti-bullying campaigner<p>Mr Stephen Brookes visited Blackpool Aspire Academy recently to give our students and Anti-Bullying ambassadors&nbsp;an update on the latest anti-bullying initiatives from around the country.</p> <p>The visit was featured in a recent of the Blackpool Gazette which can be viewed <a href="/files/files/AntiBullying-Assemblies-Gazette-feature-30Jan15.jpg" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>, 02 Feb 2015 13:41:22 GMT100% attendance!<p>Congratulations to form 7P who last week attained 100% attendance.</p> <p>As a reward Mr Tock, their form tutor, treated everyone to&nbsp;pizza at lunch time - and as you can see, it was enjoyed by all!</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/images/pizza100percent.jpg" style="width: 747px; height: 521px;" /></p> <p>Form 7P are on task to repeat 100% attendance this week too...can they do it?</p>, 30 Jan 2015 12:14:48 GMTAnti-Bullying Training Day<p>Miss Turnbull and five of our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from Aspire recently attended an Anti-Bullying training day hosted at St George&rsquo;s High School; an event that was well attended by representatives from many Blackpool primary and high schools.</p> <p>Our ambassadors participated in a number of activities throughout the day interacting with the other school groups to gain an understanding in such areas as what bullying is, why it happens, recognising the signs of bullying, and proactive measures that can be taken. The students also examined why people are all different, accepting those differences in our society, and why the impact of their anti-bullying work is so important inside and outside of school.</p> <p>At the end of the day students were awarded anti-bullying certificates and all participants agreed that the training had been extremely beneficial. Miss Turnbull said, &ldquo;Both students and staff members have learnt a great deal today, and we&rsquo;ve come away with lots of new ideas we would like to implement in Aspire&rdquo;.</p>, 09 Feb 2015 12:17:34 GMTFriday Fiver Winners!<div class="article" style="font-family: 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px;"> <p style="margin-bottom: 15px;">Congratulations to both Liam and Shannan who&nbsp;are&nbsp;this week&#39;s &#39;Friday Fiver&#39; winners.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15px;">Students who attain 100% attendance for the week are put into a draw for &pound;5 every Friday; Liam and Shelby&nbsp;are&nbsp;pictured here collecting their prizes from&nbsp;Mrs Hanlon-Catlow.</p> </div> <div class="clear" style="clear: both; font-family: 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px;">&nbsp;</div>, 16 Jan 2015 16:23:30 GMTWho Do U Think U R? Bully!<p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif;">The new single by our very own Aspire Gospel Choir is available to buy on iTunes, Amazon, and &ldquo;all good digital download sites&rdquo;.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong><span style="color:#4B0082;">You can listen to a short clip of it below:</span></strong></em></p> <div><br /> {audio:/files/audios/whodoyouthinkclip.mp3}</div>, 14 Jan 2015 09:17:51 GMT