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Bluecoat Aspley Academy
Aspley Lane, Nottingham, NG8 5GY
0115 929 7445
Enquiries contact name
Jane Bland (Office Manager)
Name of Principal
Mrs C Rowell
Name of Vice Principal
Mrs J Heffernan
Name of the Chair of the Local Governing Body
Mr P Burrell
Name of SENCO
Mrs R Sanders
Bluecoat Church of England Academy: the Governing Body of Bluecoat Academy working in liaison with The Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham and the Department for Education supports Bluecoat Academy. Bluecoat Academy offers an all though education from age 4 – 19. The Academy is both distinctively Christian and inclusive. It is clear about its Christian ethos whilst welcoming children of other faiths or no faith. The Academy has DfE designated Technology College status and primarily serves families who wish their children to receive education within a Christian framework in which religious education, acts of worship and the spiritual life of the Academy are in accordance with the principles and practice of the Church of England. Families are advised that children are expected to participate in daily acts of worship and to receive a full religious education.
Students are admitted at the start of, and during our three main phases:
•Primary Phase – Reception (age 4 -5)
•Secondary Phase – Year 7 (age 11)
•Secondary Phase – Post-16 (age 16+)
Students on roll in the primary phase of the Academy will automatically be allocated a place in the secondary phase
Bluecoat Academy Secondary Phase operates on two campuses for Years 7 – 11. Students will be offered places at either campus, Bluecoat Aspley or Bluecoat Aspley.
To see our Admissions Policy and other admissions information, please visit this page.
Please see our Behaviour Policy for our exclusion arrangements:
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages and publishing those outcomes online.
We were inspected in May 2018 and are absolutely delighted that our Personal Development and Welfare, as well as our Leadership and Management, were rated as ‘Outstanding’, with an overall judgement of ‘Good’. .
Parents and other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum we offer by visiting our ‘Curriculum’ page under the ‘Learning’ tab which indicates its underlying philosophies and, moreover, models the structure by year group. However, a very brief summary of the structure can also be found here.
KS3 (Years 7 & 8)
The following subjects are studied in years 7 & 8. The number of 1 hour lessons per week are shown in brackets:
Religious Education (1)
Physical Education (2)
Design & Technology (2)
Computer Science/ICT (1)
KS4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)
The KS4 courses offered will provide a firm foundation for future careers and further education. In particular, our courses are designed to be a natural stepping-stone to GCE AS/A2 Level qualifications and Vocational Subjects offered in our Post 16 Centre. This ensures continuity and progression in learning at Bluecoat. We are convinced that our success as an Academy is due in part to this careful linking of courses and the sustained support of staff for students from the ages of 11 to 18.
Students follow a core curriculum of:
English (Language and Literature,) Mathematics, Science, an EBACC option (Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language,) RE and core PE.
Students then have a choice of 2 further options including:
A second EBACC option (Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language,) Art & Design, Childcare, Creative & Media, Drama, Computer Science, Food Preparation and Nutrition, ICT, Music, Design & Technology, PE / Sport, Textiles Design, Sociology and Business Studies.
Name of curriculum lead:
Mr Steve Cox (Vice Principal)
We are a Church of England Academy and our mission is to create a distinctive educational community for all based upon Christian faith and values. Our ethos is based on our mission statement ‘believe; in yourself, in others, in God.’ This is grounded in the principle from the Bible to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and love your neighbour as yourself” (Luke 10:27).
Our belief is that every student is unique and valued by God. This is critical to the relationships and personal approach to the curriculum that we take with every young person. We aim to develop confident students that have a strong sense of justice and doing what is right. We encourage students to develop belief in themselves in order to be the best they can be. Our students are taught to be resilient, they can work independently and have a good understanding of where they have come from and who they are.
Our belief is that we should value and care for each other. This is reflected in the ‘harmonious community’ that makes up Bluecoat, ‘where all are respected for who they are.’ (SIAMS Inspection Report, May 2016) Students feel part of a local, national and global community, believing in others and working together towards a common purpose. Students develop into respectful, supportive and considerate members of the community who are passionate about making a difference in a context where faith is nurtured and valued.
In addition to the pupil premium funding received, Bluecoat Academy also received £30500 in relation to Year 7 Catch Up funding which has been used to target literacy and numeracy as detailed below.
|Intervention Strategy||Planned 17/18||Actual 16/17|
|Additional teaching Groups for Phonics||£ 19000||£ 30500 (£18931)|
|Year 7 activity Days||£ 3000||£ 5,100.00 (£3000)|
|Year 7 Transition programme||£ 2000||£ 3,000.00 (£2000)|
Details for the Governance of Archway Learning Trust can be accessed by clicking the link here. This will detail things like our: annual accounts; business and pecuniary interests; governance arrangements; Trust annual report; memorandum and articles of association; membership; and funding agreement.
For the statutory information on our academy’s local governors, click here to go to the main governance page.
You can contact the Academy Advisory Board through the Clerk:
Simon Hudson – Clerk to the Governors
Archway Learning Trust
Tel: 0115 929 7445 extension 3036
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