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ASPIRE - Building Character

At The Bourne Academy we are committed to creating well rounded students who are well prepared for their futures. We deliver a variety of lessons, workshops, trips, activities and interventions to help support our ASPIRE ethos including three ASPIRE days each year. ASPIRE stands for Ambitious, Self-Confident, Physically Literate, Independent, Resilient and Emotionally Literate.

We also have the expectation that all students will work towards completing their ASPIRE Award which focuses on developing these competencies. It is vital that students take ownership of their own development and learning. These skills are required to be successful life long learners and for the world of work.

There are some simple steps that you can take to build your character:

  • Take full and active role in your academic learning.
  • Be prepared each day and build good habits.
  • Attend ACE clubs regularly.
  • Complete your ASPIRE Award.
  • Aim for 1000+ House Points
  • Take part in Sports Day.
  • Join Student Council
  • Get involved in fundraising or volunteering.
  • Complete your Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • Seek out a Leadership Role: SaLPs, Girls Active GALS, Student Council, Bourne Leaders House Captain

Your behaviour becomes your habits, your habits become your character and your character is who you are.



At The Bourne Academy we will develop literate, numerate, global citizens who ASPIRE:  Ambitious, Self-confident, Physically literate, Independent learners, Resilient, Emotionally literate.

We want to help students to:
  • Have belief in and a positive vision for themselves, their future and their school
  • Be literate and able to communicate ideas clearly and confidently
  • Think clearly and be able to question, make decisions and solve problems
  • Understand and apply engineering and design principles to make life better for people
  • Be well prepared to participate in the community and as a global citizen

Students are assessed through subject-led ASPIRE DAYS. They spend the day working in teams on various projects, and they take part in many various activities, according to the theme. 

Past Aspire days have had various themes:
  • Bourne Fest - developing students creative skills, physical literacy and self confidence by learning new skills.
  • Charity Walks -  to allow students to develop their physical literacy coupled with the opportunity to explore their local surroundings and mix with their house staff and fellow students outside of the Academy environment.  Each house walked a different route.  A £1 mufti donation went towards the Osiligi charity and students were enouraged to raise further funds for this Kenyan project through additional sponsorhsip.
  • Fairtrade and the Arts - students investigated how they could be better consumers by choosing Fairtrade products and recycling. They had a visitor from an eco-farm in The Gambia.
  • Teamwork  and Community - students produced graffiti boards with a professional artist and worked on team building skills with the Army.
  • Remembrance Day  – students remembered and reflected on all aspects of war, creating posters, ration recipes, code breaking, building wartime shelters and memorials and  attending a two minute silence and memorial.