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The History of Aspirations

Dr Russell J Quaglia presented his research on raising student aspirations at the Sports College Conference in Nottingham in November 2000. In the audience was Steve Kenning. Inspired, he embedded the Quaglia Institute's Aspirations Framework into his own school. and embedded it into his school. Over the next fourteen years, Steve and Paula Kenning used the Aspirations Framework, alongside effective teaching and learning strategies, to create several highly successful schools in England.

On 1 December 2011, Steve and Paula Kenning, along with Russell Quaglia, founded the Aspirations Academies Trust.

  • August 2012: Dashwood Banbury Academy (Primary) and Banbury Academy (Secondary) join as sponsored academies.
  • February 2013: Harriers Banbury Academy (Primary) joins as a converter academy.
  • August 2013: Rivers Academy West London (Secondary) joins as a converter academy.
  • September 2013: Magna Academy Poole (Secondary) joins as a sponsored academy and Jewell Academy Bournemouth (Primary) opens as a new academy.
  • October 2013: Oriel Academy West London (Primary) joins as a converter academy.
  • April 2014: Oak Hill Academy West London (Junior) joins as a converter academy.
  • September 2014: Space Studio Banbury (14-18) opens as a new academy.
  • September 2015: Ocean Academy Poole (Junior) and Space Studio West London (14-18) open as new academies. Tech City College (16-18) joins from another sponsor.
  • September 2017: Atlantic Academy Portland (All-Through) and Park Academy West London (Secondary) join from other sponsors.
  • September 2020: Livingstone Academy Bournemouth opens as a new academy.