Recognising that funding for WEC would not be guaranteed long-term, Headteachers and governors wanted to ensure sustainability of activities in South Reading for our children and the wider community. The Aspire2 charity was therefore established and registered in 2007, aligned to the aims and objectives of the original Whitley Excellence Cluster.
Trustees and partners for Aspire2 are drawn from key services and organisations in Reading, led by the Chair, Martin Salter, ex-MP for Reading West who played a key role in our securing EiC status in 2003. Trustees include members from the University of Reading, Earley Charity, former editor of the Reading Evening Standard and RBC senior staff, as well as representation from each of the cluster schools.
The charity has been very successful in securing funds, most notably in fundraising for the development of Ufton Adventure as a local, residential site. This development has included building outdoor huts and toilet blocks to allow WEC schools to use facilities there throughout the year. The relationship between Ufton Adventure and Aspire2 has resulted in the provision of free trips to the children in the ten WEC schools.