Open Evening Success at AspirePlus Trust Schools

Resounding success for both AspirePlus Trust schools on their open evenings

Thursday, 5th October 2017

The schools of the AspirePlus Educational Trust have held their annual open evenings and they have been a resounding success. From all corners of the borough and beyond, parents of Year 6 students and their children came to see what our schools have to offer. These families were able to experience first-hand what secondary school life is like in an AspirePlus Trust school.

Both Longdendale High School and Rayner Stephens High School provided a fantastic showcase of all that they have to offer. They were a hive of activity as families got a taste of the exciting lessons and varied opportunities that will be available to them if they choose one of our schools. Turnout was excellent with over 360 families attending at each school. Given the vibrant atmosphere evident in both schools, we are confident they left, not just with a goody bag, but a great impression of what our school communities are like. Feedback from parents at both schools has been overwhelmingly positive.

At Longdendale High School, Headteacher Andrea Jones outlined to families her pride in leading a school that has seen a sustained period of strong academic performance whilst also developing a reputation for excellence in inclusion. She explained that ‘At Longdendale we are proud of our inclusive provision. The foundation of our success is rooted in our core values, which promote hard work and professionalism. We recruit, train and retain the best teachers and work hard to ensure all students are enthused and engaged in their learning and supported and challenged to achieve their true potential across all areas of the curriculum.’

At Rayner Stephens High School, Headteacher Fay Beach spoke to families about the exciting start the new school has made as a founder member of the AspirePlus Educational Trust. She highlighted the benefits of belonging to the Trust and her own track record as a school leader with a record of outstanding leadership in leading change and establishing highly effective inclusive practice. In her presentation to parents she explained, ‘We have quickly established an academic and inclusive culture here at Rayner Stephens High School. A culture based on our core values, which inform all that we do. We have developed a curriculum and approaches to teaching and learning that support the progress of every individual student.’

Matthew Bowler, CEO of the AspirePlus Educational Trust was keen to recognise the importance of these events in the school calendar, saying ‘The organisation and delivery of such great nights takes extraordinary levels of commitment and enthusiasm from all involved. Thank you to the students, student leaders and our wonderful staff for all they have done to make these such successful and memorable nights. Thanks also to our prospective families who braved the elements to come and see what we have to offer. We look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 intakes at both AspirePlus Trust schools next year.’

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