Could new £10m school be called ‘Aspire Academy’?

Plans  have been on display in the school hall,  for the redevelopment of Collegiate High School.
Plans have been on display in the school hall, for the redevelopment of Collegiate High School.
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‘Blackpool Aspire Academy’ – this could be the name for the resort’s newest academy when Bispham and Collegiate high schools merge in one building.

The name has been mooted by teachers and governors from both schools ahead of an anticipated academy approval sign-off from the Department for Education.

The school on Bispham Road is set to close with pupils moving to the Blackpool Old Road site following a £10m redevelopment.

Parents and pupils have had their say on the proposed name, giving mixed reactions.

Kaitlynn Teece, 11, Year Seven pupil in the new merged year group of Collegiate and Bispham pupils in the Bispham school, said: “It’s a good name.”

But mum Vicky, 44, said: “They told the Year Seven children they’d have a chance for naming it but that’s out of their hands now.

“Maybe there’s a secret message in there, trying to inspire the children.”

The name has already been used by senior staff from the schools when talking to prospective Year Six pupils about joining it in September 2014.

Bispham High School pupil Aaron Parfitt, 13, said: “I think it’s to make people aspire to come to the school. I’m shocked it’ll be BAA for short.”

Former Bispham pupil Joanna Higgs, 16, said: “[It’s probably about] everybody has to have aspirations to go somewhere in life.”

And mum Denise, whose younger daughters Shannon, 14, and Leanne, 11, are at the Bispham school, added: “It’s awful. People will just think BAA, because they always abbreviate.

“We were under the impression they were going to let the Year Sevens decide, I think they should put it to them, children that age can be very inventive.”

Year Seven Daniel Thompson felt more positively about it.

The 11-year-old said: “I think it’s a pretty good name.”

And his grandmother Sandra Dawson said: “The thing is a lot of people sent their children to Bispham and not Collegiate so maybe it’s a name to help them feel better. It just means they’re trying to improve it for everything.

“They’re aspiring to get educated.”

Year Seven pupils from both schools are schooled as one year group at Bispham High School while Years 8 to 11 at both schools have stayed at their original campuses.

Building work is expected to begin on the Collegiate site by the end of 2013, to be completed by 2015.