Special needs catered for
Ashcroft is an independent special school. We cater for children and young people aged 8 to 18 years who have struggled to cope in other settings because of their individual barriers to learning. At Ashcroft School we pride ourselves in working with each student offering a bespoke education package that really does meet their needs. We cater for pupils with complex emotional needs including social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Students may also have other difficulties such as school phobia, anxiety, depression, or have diagnoses of ADHD, foetal alcohol syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI) or autism spectrum conditions (ASC).
Ashcroft School is based in Cheadle, Stockport with a number of parking bays including designated disabled parking. We have wheelchair access and disabled facilities on the ground floor however some of the classrooms are on the first floor where there is currently no lift facility available. We have a number of specialist facilities which include sensory areas and an outdoor gym. We are also able to make use of facilities surrounding our campus which borders Bruntwood Park and is close to the Cheadle Pool and Sports Centre.
Support services provided
Ashcroft School offers students intensive personal support designed to help them reengage in education, manage their own behaviour and develop more positive relationships with others. This is achieved through intensive learning support which often delivered through a range of stimulating activities that motivate and engage students in ways that are not readily available in other settings.
Ashcroft School also has a range of specialist programmes available to its students which include:
• The Nurture Group • Play Therapy • Access Group • Vocational training for 14 – 19 year olds
Further information regarding these can be found by searching ‘Ashcroft programmes’ at www.togethertrust.org.uk.
Home school links
At Ashcroft School we believe one of the most important factors in educational achievement is consistent involvement from parents or carers. We are committed to developing home school links as we firmly believe in joint working with parents who are one of our most valuable resources. Staff work flexibly with students and can also provide education to students at home or in community based learning settings.
Ashcroft School is based in Cheadle, Stockport offering opportunities to students in NW England and the surrounding areas who have struggled to cope in other settings because of their individual barriers to learning. The school’s main site shares a campus with the Together Trust’s Central Office and Inscape House School, one of the Together Trust’s schools providing expertise in ASC. The campus borders Bruntwood Park and is close to the Cheadle Pool and Sports Centre. It is also close to Stockport and Manchester, just off the A34 and is accessible from all major motorway links in the North West.
Aims and philosophy
One of the most important roles the school has is to re-engage students in learning. We work with young people who may have had long periods out of school, and who may have had a history of failure in the traditional education system. We aim to promote learning and positive emotional development through improving self-esteem and celebrating achievements. Our staff are experienced and dedicated, and they strive to ensure every young person that comes through our door reaches their potential, helping them to move forward into a happy and fulfilled future equipped with the skills they need to be able to cope with their chosen life path.
Staff qualification and selection
All staff will undertake an induction program which is assessed against national standards followed by an extensive programme of continuing professional development for all staff across the organisation with mandatory programme of training which is refreshed on an annual basis. Ashcroft School employs specialist teachers with expertise relating to pupils with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, Asperger’s/ autism, dyslexia and ADHD. All teachers have QTS and they are supported by teaching assistants with at least level 2 qualifications. Ashcroft School has achieved the Boxall Quality Award and Investors in People Award.