First Day to Remember
First Day to Remember
As students across Tameside returned to school following the summer break, a very special occasion took place to commemorate the official launch of the AspirePlus Educational Trust. The Trust, which is the first secondary school-led Multi Academy Trust in Tameside, has launched with Longdendale High School as the founder and sponsor. The Trust’s vision, mission and values have evolved directly from the ethos for improvement started here at Longdendale High School and then shared with the Trust’s new academy in Dukinfield, Rayner Stephens High School. Central to this are the schools’ inclusive ASPIRE core values and the belief that all students must be given every opportunity to succeed in life, by seeking to fully develop their academic and vocational abilities, their creative talents and wider interests.
The special opening event was hosted at Rayner Stephens High School, Dukinfield. The event began with a rendition of the AspirePlus fanfare, a piece composed especially for this event and performed by Longdendale’s fantastic brass players. Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester was our special guest and during the event, he spoke about the significance of the day and its importance for the students of both schools. Mr Burnham gave an insight into his own journey through school and spoke of his background and the challenges that had presented to him. He spoke about the value of education and the importance of believing in yourself. Mr Burnham said it meant a lot to him to be involved with the opening and went on to say ‘this is a special, historic day for this community and we will all remember having been here. I wanted to give both schools, the staff and everybody here the backing from my office, not just me but what the Mayor of Greater Manchester can bring to show that we do care and we want them to succeed and that we will give them all the support that we can.’
Matthew Bowler, CEO of the AspirePlus Educational Trust, said he was delighted with the turn out for the opening ceremony, which should be seen as a reflection of the community’s desire to join together in wishing the staff and students well on their new journey. Matthew said ‘I am immensely honoured to lead an organisation that is aiming to continue the work we have started in Hollingworth and Dukinfield, helping create world-class schools that allow all of our students to flourish. We do what we do because we know that education transforms lives. We are committed to ensuring that the Trust and our schools will do their upmost to continue raising standards and achievement to ensure everyone is given the same opportunity to do their very best.’