Dover Christ Church Academy is an 11-18 mixed, non-selective Academy, located in semi-rural surroundings on the outskirts of Dover, conveniently situated near to motorway links and within easy reach of the continent.
Aspen 2 at Dover Christ Church Academy is the designated provider for students with a wide range of profound, severe and complex special educational needs.
With support from our sponsor, Canterbury Christ Church University, we have developed an aspirational and successful Academy where we equip our students with the skills and knowledge they need for their future.
Our Academy and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Ofsted March 2019: "Since being appointed, the Principal has transformed the school. Pupils behave well and show positive attitudes to learning. Pupils are well cared for. Relationships between pupils and staff are strong."
Our vision at Dover Christ Church Academy is that all of our students receive a rich education which will allow them a wealth of opportunities to lead successful lives.
At Dover Christ Church Academy we strive so that all students, regardless of academic experience, receive a rich and broad education preparing them for higher education or employment.
We believe in inclusive education, that is not narrowed for students of any ability. We have built our curriculum around the demographic of students we serve and believe that it is essential that our holistic education model encourages them to be aspirational in their personal goals.
Enveloping our aspirational curriculum offer is a wide range of enrichment opportunities that have been developed to support student wider growth, academic performance and personal development.
Our 7 Year Learning Journey has been designed to complement the development of the ‘whole student’ and support each individual into the career or ongoing educational opportunity of their choice. Our ongoing success with students entering meaningful employment or continuing into Higher Education evidences that the curriculum design offers real opportunities for social mobility.
Aspen 2 sits at the heart of our community as a Specialist School within a main school setting. With a bespoke curriculum catering to each student’s individual needs, Aspen 2 ensures that Dover Christ Church Academy is a fully inclusive school where all students are truly valued.
Family is at the heart of Dover Christ Church Academy. We are a caring and friendly school who believe that pastoral support and student wellbeing is at the heart of all educational experiences.
• The development of the whole person, respecting and nurturing the inherent dignity and potential of each individual.
• The development and delivery of excellent teaching and learning.
• The power of education and lifelong learning to transform individuals, communities and nations.
• Our friendly, inclusive and professional community of students, staff and families preparing individuals to contribute to a just and sustainable future.
Aspen 2 Information
Aspen 2 is the Dover District Specialist Provision for students aged 11 - 18 with profound, severe and complex learning needs. All students within Aspen 2 have an Education Health Care Plan and are working at levels which are significantly below their age-related mainstream peers. Whilst Aspen 2 is designated as a Specialist Resource Provision, within the heart of Dover Christ Church Academy, it functions as a special school with students spending most of their time studying highly differentiated curriculums within their Aspen 2 classes.
Aspen 2 Vision
To provide a unique learning journey that enables each student to progress holistically across the four strands of Cognition & Learning, Communication & Interaction, Social Emotional & Mental Health and Physical & Sensory. This is achieved through bespoke specialist teaching and interventions as well as offering a range of inclusive opportunities across Aspen 2 and DCCA. Together we are proactive and determined in working with students to reach their full potential.
Aspen 2 Aims
- We set high expectations and plan for success for all our students.
- We provide a personalised approach to progress based on students’ needs.
- We develop confident, independent learners and establish a sense of self-worth in all our students.
- We value each other for our individuality and place in our community.
- We provide a learning environment that is welcoming and inclusive.
- We maintain a community where all our students feel valued and safe.
Aspen 2 works with many agencies to support all the needs of the students. The NHS provides Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy for students who are referred to their services. Aspen 2 also employs a music therapist and a counsellor who each work one day a week to support the mental health and well-being of our students.
Throughout their education journey at Aspen 2, all students benefit from the rich and varied inclusive opportunities that we are able to provide; opportunities that are made all the richer by our unique position at the heart of Dover Christ Church Academy. As such Aspen 2 benefits from the teaching by specialist subject teachers and facilities in Music, Food technology, Catering, Sports, and Design & Technology.
To get a sense of our Aspen 2 community please visit our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCIMuakR2sTbQYtFZdSmkhA (alternatively type Aspen 2 into the YouTube search bar).