What we are able to offer

We are able to offer short, medium or long-term placements on a full-time or part-time basis and our aim is always to provide the highest quality education, equivalent to what is on offer at the best mainstream schools and academies.

The majority of the children and young people who attend TBAP Aspire AP Academy have places purchased or commissioned for them by the mainstream schools/academies where they are legally on roll or by Local Authorities looking to place children and young people not on the roll of a mainstream school into appropriate provision.

On 1 December 2017, Aspire Academy transferred to TBAP Multi Academy Trust, and is now known as TBAP Aspire AP Academy. It is able to provide for approximately 100 full-time equivalent children and young people at any one time.

TBAP Aspire is a beacon of excellence and a role model for the highest quality Alternative Provision for some of the most vulnerable and needy children and young people in our community.

Our intention is, that whenever possible, children and young people who TBAP Aspire AP Academy provides for will gain the social, emotional and educational levels which will enable them to return to or take up places successfully at mainstream schools and academies. For those for whom this doesn’t prove possible, they will leave TBAP Aspire AP Academy with educational qualifications, personal, social and life skills, self-esteem, confidence and future opportunities at least as good as they would have gained at a good or outstanding mainstream school / academy.

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A Message from Head of School

TBAP Aspire AP Academy is a primary and secondary alternative provision (AP) academy located in Harlow, Essex. With twenty primary and eighty secondary pupils, Aspire prides itself on supporting and assisting learners who have different and often challenging educational needs. Staffed with caring and supportive professionals, the Academy meets the needs of pupils with Educational Health Care Plans as well as those who, for a variety of reasons, have been unsuccessful in mainstream education.

Through child-centred planning Aspire strives to work in partnership with multiple services to ensure the highest level of care and exploration so that each individual receives the specialist support they deserve. Through this process the academy empowers the children and parents to fulfil their potential, with many undertaking a highly tailored transition package to re-join mainstream or specialist education.

Aspire’s 2017 Ofsted Report acknowledged that “Staff forge excellent relations with pupils” and went on to highlight that staff “show remarkable patience, perseverance and understanding when dealing with each pupil.” The academy also prides itself on fostering strong links between home and school as recognised by Ofsted “Parents and carers praise the way leaders and staff engage with their children.”

TBAP Aspire AP Academy ’s primary provision incorporates a successful Early Years delivery as well as a bespoke curriculum across the primary phase that identifies and targets gaps in prior learning. Children are encouraged to develop their social and emotional skills alongside their academic learning with a curriculum that is inventive and robust. All professionals in primary work closely together and the learners are encouraged to work, rest and play as a family unit.

At KS3 the curriculum is tailored to support learners back into a mainstream school, or move them forward to more specialised provision. The curriculum focuses on the core academic disciplines that our students both require and are entitled to. Delivered by a team of academic professionals, all students study English, Mathematics, Science and the Humanities with a specialised focus on British Values and SMSC education.

The KS4 curriculum allows learners to select a range of GCSE and vocational options to suit their Post-16 aspirations. This includes subjects ranging from Geography to Land Based Studies, and ICT to Construction. Aspire’s goal is to enter each learner for every qualification that they are capable of achieving and they pride themselves on the results and achievement they attain. The support continues into their post-16 life with ex-learners regularly dropping in to access support, conduct work experience within the academy and helping to raise the aspirations of current learners.

Aspire’s philosophy is clear – all staff strive to be the people that they themselves needed when they were young. This guides not only our ethos but also our actions. In the words of a parent: “This school has changed my son’s life completely – a truly an amazing place.”



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Executive Head Teacher Angela Tempany
Head of School Deb Garfield

TBAP Aspire AP Academy
Commonside Rd,

t: 0203 108 0345
e: aspireadmin@tbap.org.uk

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What the learners say about the TBAP Aspire AP Academy

  • 'I'm so happy. I'm in college! This is the start of something new and I'm ready for it. I'm so happy I can't wait to start the next chapter of my life. If I wasn't at Aspire I don't know where I would be right now. I know I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am now. Thank you everyone for the support for getting me this far. I just wish Aspire was around from the start. '

    (now at College)
  • 'I feel really different now I am at Aspire. I am more confident. My family have noticed I am happy and I have things to look forward to. My Granddad cried when I did my first week - my Granddad never cries!.'

    (Noe at college)
  • 'Staff are good at handling us when we’re angry and know what to do with us; they know your mood and give you time out to reflect.'

    Year 11
  • 'Aspire has helped me so much, especially the teachers. They have supported so much in leaving me alone and not being on my case all the time. Showing me techniques on how to calm down when I get angry and stressed. I really enjoy it at Aspire.'

    Returned to mainstream school

Curriculum & Learning


    As part of the referral process pupils have their educational needs assessed in order to provide then with an appropriate curriculum. All pupils have access to a Core Curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, SMSC; History, Media, Art, Drama, Citizenship and PE. Particular emphasis will be placed on the acquisition of functional and aged related literacy and numeracy skills.

    In addition all pupils have access to a wide range of ‘out of the classroom’ learning opportunities such as hair and beauty, outdoor pursuits and child care.


    Progress is continuously monitored by the pupils Tutor and Principal. Any changes are discussed with parents/carers and timetables changed accordingly.


    It is the stated intention of TBAP Aspire AP Academy to try to ensure that as many referred pupils as possible are able to acquire a level of personal, social and learning skills which will enable them to successfully return to their or another mainstream school/academy.

    Where this is not possible, TBAP Aspire AP Academy will support pupils to be able to successfully transition to the next stage of their education and life whether this be further education (post 16), training, apprenticeship or employment.