Aspire Higher is changing the future of Oaks Parks’ students. It was developed because we care about every one of our students and are interested in their progress, even long after they have left us.
Aspire Higher gives each child the tools and direction to enable them to start differentiating themselves from everyone else, so that when they apply for their chosen university place or their preferred career, they stand out from the crowd in meaningful ways.
Often, students don’t understand that what they do in years 7 to 11 heavily impacts on the choices they have when in 6th form. This applies to their A level and BTEC choices and also to their higher education or employment opportunities.
The aim is to help each child get to where they really want to go to – their aspirations should be high and their horizons wide. The idea is that now, the fantastic opportunities available to our students, both in-house and externally, won’t be missed through lack of information or a fractured delivery system. Aspire Higher is centralised and easy to access from school or home. Parents are encouraged to enjoy using it alongside their children and the system is regularly updated with new and exciting things to do, read and see.
Robert Browning wrote in one of his poems:
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”
This is exactly what Aspire Higher is all about – if we don’t try our best, we will never know how truly amazing we can be.
At a recent Oxbridge Information evening, held at OPHS, the Oxford speaker said “This is brilliant – it’s exactly what we are trying to tell schools to do for their students!”
Parents have said “it’s fantastic that you do this for the students here, it shows you really do care about them”
and also, students have said “I went to a free Autumn summer school and it was amazing – I’d never have heard of it if it hadn’t been for Aspire Higher”.
Aspire Higher and demonstrates that Oaks Park is leading the way in innovative, highly-personalised opportunities for every student to reach their potential. Our aim is that each student has an idea of what they want to do and how to get there.
How does one access Aspire Higher?
Does it ever change?
Aspire Higher is regularly updated with new opportunities, so aim to log in at least once a month to see what can be done to improve your chances of getting onto your chosen university course or apprenticeship. Even if you are years away from making these decisions, Aspire Higher will still help you gain the skills and experiences necessary to be the well rounded candidate that everyone is looking for.
Why is accessing Aspire Higher so important?
It is becoming more and more important that students are taking part in experiences outside of the classroom that increase their subject knowledge . Aspire Higher is full of a range of super curricular activities that will enable students to partake in such experiences and enhance their profiles as candidates for future sixth forms, universities, apprenticeships and employment.