Aims of the project
To encourage students in East Howe to ASPIRE (the acronym written across the wall of the principal's study), both socially and academically. Initially the DfE identified the need for a new academy, but the key factor has ben the quality of the staff at TBA. The beneficiaries will always be the local people in East Howe as TBA will always be an academy for the local area, not one that cherry picks students from other areas.
Background and goals
The DfE (DCSF as was) approached Canford in 2008 as part of the original academies scheme to help failing schools. The academy opened in September 2010.
Canford does not provide any financial help, but offers staff time and, to a lesser extent, use of its facilities. Mostly teaching staff are involved, but others involved include the technical head of IT, the development department, CCF staff and other sports staff.
The effect of the sponsorship can be easily seen in terms of the improvement to the exam results, the behaviour and the numbers attending the school. Ofsted inspection grades have moved from Failing to 'Good with Outstanding features'. The younger year groups are now full (against a background of falling numbers in the borough).
All ages are involved except Year 11 (see above).
Frequency and duration
There are no plans to end the sponsorship or the relationship.