Welcome to Inspire Academy
Inspire Academy is currently open to selected pupils until further notice
As of the 1st June 2020, Inspire Academy has started to increase the pupil and staff numbers attending, which is part of a phased return, closely following Government and Trust guidance. There have been a number of measures put in place to reduce the risk of spreading or catching Coronavirus, which includes reduced class sizes, less staff in school at any one time, only specific areas of the building being used, staff PPE and clear markings both inside and outside the building to maintain the 2-meter social distancing guidelines.
All pupils, whether attending the Academy, or working from home will all have access to Google Classroom, which is being used Trust-wide. Google Classroom has a number of features and allows staff to set work and keep in contact with all pupils. There is also a welfare page, for any pupil to discuss any issue they may have with the Welfare team and a page in which pupils can keep in touch with Dixon and Mrs Simpson, for dog mentoring sessions. However, we do appreciate that not everyone has access to technology, so we will continue to send work home by post where necessary.
During this time, you will be able to contact the school by phone between 8:30am and 3:30pm. These are the hours we will be working to help support pupils and staff, and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. After this time, if you have any questions, please use the contact form on the 'Contact Us' page of the website, your query will be forwarded on to relevant staff by our Admin team.
We are sorry for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during these difficult times. We will continue to protect those vulnerable staff, pupils and their families during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Mr M. Burgiss
Head of Academy
Inspire Academy is a special school based in Chatham and every pupil that attends has an EHCP (Educational, Health and Care Plan), with SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) as their primary need. All pupils are treated as individuals, which means staff work hard to deliver a curriculum that will suit each need, helping them to progress, not only academically, but socially and emotionally on their journey through school.
Our staff team at Inspire are passionate about providing the best possible opportunities and education for each individual. We celebrate difference, we constantly challenge and resolve conflict, always having high expectations about pupil behaviour, relationships and attainment. Supporting the individual can be a challenge, but this is far outweighed by the pleasure we get as educators seeing them grow and progress in all aspects of their lives.
The pupils SEMH need means that some exhibit very challenging behaviour and Mainstream schooling is not always the most appropriate setting to deal with this, as they may require some extra support. Sometimes their first encounters of education has been chaotic and certainly challenging, many have had a fragmented education and have fallen behind their peers academically. This often results in self-esteem issues and anti-social behaviour.
With small classes and amazing staff that truly understand SEMH, we feel that once a pupil starts at Inspire, they have every opportunity to turn their lives around. Every child has the right to achieve and we believe that every parent and carer has the right to expect Inspire Academy to do its very best for their child. With this in mind, we work closely with parents and carers and other agencies to help each pupil make positive choices and changes which will serve them better in their future.
A key feature that we try to adopt is teaching all pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour and consequences. We teach them to try and put things right when they go wrong, together with learning the values of tolerance and respect for themselves and others.
We do not believe it is acceptable for any pupil to behave in an unsafe or inappropriate way without regard to others. Through clear rules, boundaries, expectations, rewards and consequences, we show our pupils how to build positive relationships. By doing all of this during the time our pupils are with us, we develop their academic and personal skills and confidence that will enable them to face society.
Mr M. Burgiss
Head of Academy