Students urged to Aspire for the best

An artist's impression of Blackpool Aspire Academy. Below: John Topping
An artist's impression of Blackpool Aspire Academy. Below: John Topping
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School bosses at Blackpool’s newest academy today confirmed its new name – and outlined their vision for the future.

Blackpool Aspire Academy will be the new name for the merged Bispham and Collegiate high schools.

John Topping

John Topping

And a new logo has been created for the school, intended to demonstrate it is part of the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT) – a partnership between Blackpool Sixth Form and Hodgson Academy.

The name, chosen by a working group of teachers and governors, was confirmed after the schools’ bid to merge and take on academy status was approved by Lord Nash, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for schools.

In a letter sent to parents, the acting headteachers of both schools said: “As the name suggests, it is our intention to raise the aspirations of all students.”

John Topping, acting headteacher of Collegiate High School, said: “Aspire is a very exciting word. It leads young people to those higher levels of achievement, to aspire to great things. And we thought it important to have Blackpool in the name.”

The new academy will be sponsored by FCAT – an alliance which sees the schools working together to deliver courses, develop post-graduate training and share good practice among its members.

Mr Topping added: “As Blackpool Sixth Form is one of the outstanding components of FCAT it made sense to have a logo which seemed to be part of the family of logos.

“The words in its logo are surrounded by triangles so we took that design and used three triangles to form the A.”

At a Year Six open evening, Mr Topping, Debbie Hanlon-Catlow, acting headteacher of Bispham High School, and Tony Nicholson, principal of Hodgson Academy, outlined the name’s meaning.

Mr Topping added: “The name breaks down to achievement, success, progress, inspiration, resilience and enriched opportunities, that’s what the school will deliver.

“The second part is what the children are going to give the school – attendance, sensible, perseverance, involved, respect and effort.”

The school is now looking at how and when the logo will be put on to blazers.

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