May 18, 2022

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Dorset school nominated for Secondary School of the Year award

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Principal Lesley Bishop (Secondary) with pupils Atlantic Academy Portland, an Aspirations Academy in Portland, Dorset.
April 23, 2021.
Photograph : Luke MacGregor

Principal Lesley Bishop (Secondary) with pupils Atlantic Academy Portland, an Aspirations Academy in Portland, Dorset. April 23, 2021. Photograph : Luke MacGregor

A PORTLAND school has been nominated in the Very best Secondary classification in this year’s training ‘Oscars’.

Atlantic Academy is just one of seven educational facilities across the place to be shortlisted in the classification following hundreds of nominations for the TES accolade.

Lesley Bishop and Melissa Heppell are joint principals of the all-as a result of college which has amazed judges.

Dorset Echo: Principal Melissa Heppell (Primary), with pupils at Atlantic Academy Portland, an Aspirations Academy in Portland, Dorset. April 23, 2021. Photograph : Luke MacGregor

Dorset Echo: Principal Melissa Heppell (Primary), with pupils at Atlantic Academy Portland, an Aspirations Academy in Portland, Dorset. April 23, 2021. Photograph : Luke MacGregor

Principal Melissa Heppell (Major), with pupils at Atlantic Academy Portland, an Aspirations Academy in Portland, Dorset. April 23, 2021. Photograph : Luke MacGregor

The prestigious nomination arrives just weeks after Ofsted inspectors praised the college for its ‘remarkable turnaround’ just after it received a ‘Good’ ranking in its first Ofsted inspection because currently being taken about by Aspirations Academies Trust.

Mrs Bishop, Principal of Atlantic secondary, reported she was ‘over the moon and incredibly happy of the TES nomination’.

She reported: “It can be recognition of all the hard work of our team who have trapped with us and worked tirelessly to assist us convert the university close to. It is an honour to be shortlisted for them and our group.’”

Ms Heppell, Principal of Atlantic primary, claimed: “Atlantic Academy is at the coronary heart of Portland’s local community.

“All employees at the college work with each other as a loved ones and we are below doing work for the pupils and the men and women of Portland.

“We turned the university close to for them and we are continue to increasing.

“We by no means want to settle and we are striving to be better – we want the university to be remarkable.”

Dorset Echo: Principals (L-R), Lesley Bishop, Secondary & Melissa Heppell, Primary, of Atlantic Academy Portland, an Aspirations Academy in Portland, Dorset. April 23, 2021. Photograph : Luke MacGregor

Dorset Echo: Principals (L-R), Lesley Bishop, Secondary & Melissa Heppell, Major, of Atlantic Academy Portland, an Aspirations Academy in Portland, Dorset. April 23, 2021. Photograph : Luke MacGregor

Principals (L-R), Lesley Bishop, Secondary & Melissa Heppell, Primary, of Atlantic Academy Portland, an Aspirations Academy in Portland, Dorset. April 23, 2021. Photograph : Luke MacGregor

Five years back the college, previously recognised as Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA), was judged to be ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted, ranking at the base of a federal government league table of very similar colleges nationally.

The university was taken in excess of by Aspirations Academies Belief and re-named Atlantic Academy Portland in 2017.

Atlantic’s Ofsted report pointed out: “This is an all-through school that has created a impressive turnaround in a number of decades, throughout making performs and the Covid-19 pandemic. Leaders have extremely substantial anticipations and have been relentless in their pursuit of these.

“They’re bold for pupils, who are responding nicely to the plans established.

“Bullying is unusual at the faculty and pupils spoke of the faculty as a ‘family’ exactly where they experience assured about sharing any problems with workers. Atlantic Academy sits proudly on the southernmost position of Portland.

“Leaders share pupils’ pleasure in the uniqueness of the location. They are creating potent associations with the group and building the most of their surroundings.

“The relative smallness of the faculty makes it possible for personnel to know pupils effectively and personnel cater for pupils’ psychological requirements and effectively-getting diligently. Workers prepare pupils perfectly for daily life in the modern-day planet. Pupils get productive professions suggestions and personnel track the places of pupils when they go away.”

The all-through, which caters for pupils aged 4 to 16, currently has sites obtainable in Calendar year 7 and Reception for September 2022 commence.

To sign up your desire, make sure you e-mail: [email protected] or check out the school’s site www.atlantic-aspirations.org

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