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Aspire is a safe, supported environment that provides opportunities for St Mary's pupils to develop their academic, vocational, employment and social skills.

Aspire is currently home to a hairdressing salon, a café, a pop-up shop, car wash, design and print centre.

Pupils work in each of the Aspire shops before formally applying for placement in their preferred option. In the summer term, college pupils become mentors within Aspire for pupils from Key Stage 4 as they complete their work experience.

As well as gaining invaluable workplace experience, the Aspire Vocational Centre helps pupils to develop independent living skills, self-esteem, communication skills and functional numeracy and literacy. They also gain accreditations in either AQA Employability Skills, City & Guilds Hairdressing or BTEC Work Skills.

There is free WIFI available

The centre is now open on the following days and times during term times.

No need to book if you are visiting the Cafe, just turn up.

Tuesday9.15 am2.15 pm
Wednesday9.00 am2.15 pm
Thursday9.15 am2.15 pm

The Hairdressing Salon is currently open, Tuesday's and Thursdays please call to book an appointment.

Please call 01424 739040 to speak to one of our pupils who will happily book an appointment for you or answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you.