Admissions Process

To acquire a place at The Aspire Centre, applicants in KS3 and KS4 have to be referred by the local authority via the fair access panel or a referral from a local school. 

 Nancy Holloran, the Head of school manages the referral process. Once a  school makes contact with  The Aspire Centre, Mrs Holloran arranges for a discussion to take place with the prospective student, an appropriate representative from the home school and a parent/carer. A referral form will be completed at this stage by the home school and where it is considered if The Aspire Centre  can take on the student. 

 All referrals lead to a daily contract with the home school. The cost of this is £55 per day plus the cost of transport to and from school by way of a private hire taxi. 

 Although many students will be dual registered, The Aspire Centre will take responsibility for the progress of each student referred, including entry to formal examinations where appropriate, in consultation with the home school. 

 Places at The Aspire Centre are subject to on-going review. In exceptional circumstances, where the placement is deemed not in the best interests of the young person and/or other students, the commissioning agreement will be reviewed after the initial half term. 

 The views and wishes of young people and their families are an integral part of the referral process. The Aspire Centre also admits students who do not currently attend school or are at risk of being excluded. 


Admissions Criteria 

  • Children who are at risk of permanent exclusion 
  • Children who have been permanently excluded 
  • Children who require day 6 provision 
  • Children who require a short-term placement to improve behaviour or reintegrate into mainstream school 
  • Hard to place year 11 pupils 

Please call or email The Aspire Centre for a copy of our referral form.