Aspire Celebration Article
LOCAL Church 24-7 Prayer Stanford has recently celebrated the end of two successful Aspire courses at both Ortu Gable Hall and Ortu Hassenbrook Academy. The Aspire Course is a 10-week bespoke course for students in Year 9.
The vision of Aspire is to broaden the students’ horizons and raise their aspirations for the future. Six students meet once a week and spend the mornings learning about different themes such as Identity, Leadership, Determination (led by local medal winning Paralympic Athlete Gemma Prescott) and Power of Choice.
In the afternoons, they visit different work placements including Bluprint UK, Thurrock Foodbank, Oasis Gym, IKEA, Orsett Fire Station, Spectrum Vehicle Repair and Mears Group.
The Aspire course finishes with a Celebration where students each deliver three speeches about the course in front of Mayor Tunde Ojetola, their Headteachers, School Governor Robb Harman, Cllr James Halden, Cabinet Member for Education and Health, representatives from the work placements and their parents and families. Aspire is a picture of a community collaborating together, creating greater opportunities for the next generation.
Cllr James Halden has said about the course: “I have never known such a total and all-consuming commitment to prevent children totally falling out of education. The Aspire team represent the very best of community work in supporting our students.
“The Ortu Trust must also be commended for giving such an innovative approach and giving their students the opportunity to grow and succeed.”