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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, printers, bank and a general store. Opening soon will be a design and print centre for all your printing needs.

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.

The centre is now open Tuesday's and Wednesday's 10.00 am to 3.45 pm and Thursday's from 11.15 am to 3.45 pm - Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Please call 01424 730740 Ext 614 to speak to our team who will happily book an appointment for you or answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you.