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Aspire Programme

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Our Aspire Programme involves the many things that students choose to do beyond their academic lessons to enrich their personal wellbeing.

These enriching opportunities help to offer experience in those subjects and interests students have a passion for. They add value to students' learning by extending their depth of understanding.  Clubs and societies allow young people to pursue new interests such as sports and sports teams, music, languages, and experience of. We encourage all our students to access at least one Aspire session per week.

At the academy, there are over 50 sessions led by a mixture of staff and pupils with a passion for their activities – not including GCSE catch-up and boosters. These sessions run either at lunch times or after school from 2.45-3.30pm. If your child has a sports fixture, they may be later home from school than usual especially if they are travelling to an away fixture, but you will receive communication via your child, usually in the form of a consent card.

Student Voice 

We will listen to the activities you want to see! Feed this back via your student and subject councils or come and see Mrs Eaton, Aspire Programme Co-ordinator.

Aspire News

Opportunity Knocks For SCA Aspire Day

Chris Prince / Categories: News, Aspire

Opportunity Knocks For SCA Aspire Day

SCA was a hub of activity for the school’s first ever Aspire Day.

Students spent the day off their usual timetables to try their hand at a number of exciting workshops, with many having a go at activities they’ve never tried before.

In Year 11, several local organisations visited to carry out mock job interviews in order to help get our oldest cohort prepared for life after secondary school. Employers such as Whitfield Brown and Nimans - as well as Pendleton Sixth Form College -  spent the morning 'interviewing' students, before giving them feedback on how they performed.

Meanwhile, in Year 10, students had a go at a wide range of subjects including Art and Orienteering. In Art, they looked at the work of Georgia O’Keefe before having a go at creating their own masterpieces in her style.

Year 7 students enjoyed a morning of STEM activities after being set the challenge of creating their own marble rollercoaster out of paper and card. Working in small groups, they came up with ideas for the design and built them – testing how well they worked later in the afternoon.

Teamwork and communication was also the name of the game with a group of students who spent the day visiting Challenge4Change at Trafford Park. Students had to work together to get around a difficult assault course that involved ropes, swings and plenty of time in the air!

Other highlights of Aspire Day included group work with Business Studies and MFL, with students creating their own tribal community – coming up with their own ideas for maps, models and marketing for an island settlement.

The day ended with a Students vs Staff netball match, with a fantastic atmosphere and excellent sportsmanship on both sides!

Principal Ms Haselden said: “At SCA we strive to provide an education with character, and our Aspire Day certainly contributes towards this aim.

“Students had the opportunity to have a go at a wide range of new activities and also gain valuable experience to prepare them for the world of work. We would like to thank the agencies and organisations who supported us throughout the day, and we are very much looking forward to the next one!”

At the start of term, SCA launched its brand new Aspire Programme, with students getting the chance to get involved in a variety of after-school clubs including Lego Enterprise, Debate Master and Student Newsletter. For more information, you can visit the Aspire section of our website here.


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