Aspire Core Services
Aspire Core Services provides full and centralised business and finance support for each of our 28 academies, so our Heads of School are free to focus on what really matters, the business of teaching and learning.
Academy Improvement Team
Our children’s learning and development is at the heart of everything we do. With a number of leaders and specialists across a range of curriculum and school aspects, the Academy Improvement Team support and challenge colleagues to develop their practice and provision, to ultimately deliver the best possible education.
This includes a comprehensive programme of evidence-based CPD in areas such as Maths, English, Early Years and ICT, as well as opportunities to develop coaching and leadership skills. The Team also give extensive bespoke support, tailored to individual staff or academy needs, for continually improving standards. The Team has a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to share and support colleagues to achieve the best outcomes for our children.
Aspire Catering Services was set up in September 2019. With 17 Aspire academies now under their wing, their remit is a simple one - to ensure consistency of high food standards across our Trust, to deliver tasty, balanced and healthy meals and to champion locally sourced ingredients, wherever possible.
The Communications Team looks after the Trust's day-to-day communications needs. The team is responsible for overseeing academy websites - content, compliance and training; plus social media platforms, advising on specific parental and issues-led communications' needs and generation of graphic and written content, on request.
As well as providing management reports and budgeting support to Heads of Schools and meeting financial regulatory requirements as a Trust, the Finance team is answerable to the Trust's Finance Committee, senior management and external financial auditors.
The team process every payment made from our academies, and the Core team, so our 28 schools may deliver excellent services to our children whether that be via Capital works, maintenance, education materials, ICT software/hardware, catering, training and health and safety.
The team also processes all income into the Trust from national sources, grants, raising sales invoices and processing every payment made by a parent for a school dinner, before/after school club etc. In addition, the team also provides support to schools in chasing parental debt via Parent Pay and Arbor and liaises with suppliers and customers dealing with queries and payments and online account management for our trade suppliers.
HR & Wellbeing Team
The HR & Wellbeing team looks after almost 1,000 members of Aspire staff and is responsible for a wealth of services including staff inductions, employee benefit services, wellbeing and insurance and pension guidance.
The Trust is committed to being a mindful organisation that actively values the Health and Wellbeing of everyone in it and Health & Wellbeing courses run throughout the year, delivered by the team and/or external providers.
Health & Safety Team
The small but mighty Aspire Health & Safety team is responsible for keeping our pupils and staff healthy and safe, but at the same time enabling fun learning for all, within reason!
Removing the bureaucracy and providing clear, non-complicated procedures and protocols, their mission is to keep Aspire staff and pupils fully engaged with H&S, accessing quality clear training and providing our academies with the tools, the knowledge and the confidence to be adventurous.