Aspire Core Services
Aspire Core Services provides full and centralised business and finance support for each of our 29 academies, so our Heads of School are free to focus on what really matters, the business of teaching and learning.
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.
Our 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 29 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.
The governance team supports the Trust ensuring that all parties perform their role in accordance with the Trust’s articles, funding agreements, and all other relevant constitutional and regulatory frameworks.
The governance structure is supported by the team, advising committees to ensure all are run per approved terms of reference, constitutional guidelines, governance frameworks and expected Trust standards.
The team maintains and oversees the delivery of the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation of duties, Trust wide policies and implements an annual governance plan alongside ensuring all statutory returns and registers, are maintained, published and submitted to relevant bodies, to guarantee compliance and public transparency at all times.
HR, Payroll & Wellbeing
The HR, Payroll & 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, payroll, 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
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.
Technology plays an important role in our academies and across the Trust. The Aspire IT Team supports schools to make the most of technology, resolve issues rapidly and benefit from the latest innovations.
The Premises team is responsible for the maintenance, building compliance and redevelopment projects across the Trust, with its highly-skilled, trusted army of Site Managers.