“Budmouth College towards excellence.”

The Department for Education this week approved the sponsorship of Budmouth College by the Aspirations Academies Trust. Steve Kenning, Managing Director of Aspirations said: ‘We are delighted with this decision and foresee an excellent future for the college, its students and the local community. We believe that Budmouth College has the potential to be a truly outstanding school, delivering high level qualifications and the skills required for success in the world today. Our aim is to develop Budmouth College into a school that lies at the heart of the local community, serving young people of all backgrounds and abilities, resulting in a school of which the local community can be deservedly proud.’

Aspirations Academies Trust are well placed to lead Budmouth College towards excellence. All their schools inspected by Ofsted as Aspirations Academies have been graded good or outstanding. Just under two years ago, Aspirations took on the failing IPACA school on the Isle of Portland, renaming it as Atlantic Academy Portland, and already this school is developing well, last year being in the top 20 of most improved schools in England for progress. A little further afield, Magna Academy Poole, formerly the failing Ashdown
Technology College, has been led by Aspirations since 2013 achieving an Outstanding Ofsted rating in 2015 which was maintained at the Academy’s most recent Ofsted inspection last month. It has also achieved the status of national teaching school and national support school and is in the top 1% of schools in England with regard to the progress young people make. Aspirations intend for Budmouth College to benefit from the expertise across the Trust working closely with Atlantic Academy Portland in order to provide an enhanced
educational provision for local young people.

One of the key features of Aspirations Academies is the work they do with local employers, industries and universities. All post-16 students follow A level or BTEC courses alongside working on real-life issues with local employers. The aim here is to develop the 21st century skills required by local employers. This has been highly successful and so if you are a local employer or have links with local universities, and would be keen to work with the school and its students, Aspirations would be delighted if you would make contact with them.

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