Aspire Academy Trust

Aspire Core Services

Aspire Core Services provide full and centralised business and finance support for each of our 36 academies, so our Heads of School are free to focus on what really matters, the business of teaching and learning.  The team comprises dedicated and skilled professionals within the following key areas:

Academy Improvement

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 supports and challenges colleagues to develop their practice and provision, to ultimately deliver the best possible education.


Our Communications Officer is responsible for the everyday communication needs of the trust and all its academies, from academy website design, content and compliance; overseeing social media platforms and delivering training to advising on specific parental and issues-led communications' needs and the generation of PR/marketing graphic and written content, on request.


The Finance Team provides management reports and budgeting support to Heads of Schools and is responsible for the meeting of financial regulatory requirements as a trust.  The management team is answerable to the trust's Finance Committee, senior management and external financial auditors. 

The team processes every payment made from our academies, and the core team, so our academies may deliver excellent services to our children whether that be via capital works, maintenance, education materials, ICT software/hardware, catering, training or health and safety. 


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 team maintains and oversees the delivery of the trust’s scheme of delegation of duties, trust-wide policies and implements an annual governance plan, ensuring all statutory returns and registers are maintained, published and submitted to relevant bodies, to guarantee compliance and public transparency at all times.

Health & Safety

The small but mighty Aspire Health & Safety team provides clear, non-complicated procedures and protocols, removing H&S bureaucracy, in order to keep Aspire staff and pupils safe and fully engaged with H&S.  They oversee the trust's quality training programmes and provide academies with the tools, the knowledge and the confidence to still be adventurous and have fun!  

HR, Payroll & Wellbeing

The HR team looks after over nearly 1,500 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 IT team looks after the trust's ICT ongoing maintenance, upgrades, servicing and purchasing requirements. 


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.

Meet the Core Services Team