Our students are at the heart of everything we do. We listen to their hopes and dreams, help them see, understand and overcome their barriers. And give them the support to love learning again. So they leave feeling hope for the future, and with the knowledge, skills and self esteem to take on any challenge.
We base everything we do around the six nurturing principles. This helps our students feel secure, supported and positive about their learning environment. Accredited by the Nurture Group, Ashcroft holds the prestigious Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award, awarded to us at the highest level.
- Children’s learning is understood developmentally
- The classroom offers a safe base
- The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
- Language is a vital means of communication
- All behaviour is communication
- The importance of transition in children’s lives
When a student first joins us, we use the Boxall profile to assess their social skills and any challenging behaviours. This helps us to really understand what’s going on beneath the surface. It also helps us to set targets towards positive change.
From here we develop a tailor-made plan for each individual learner, making sure they’re involved in the process and their needs are met.
A curriculum shaped to fit each student
Our curriculum is broad, balanced and adapted to meet every student’s individual needs. They’ll get to build their skills, tackle any gaps and improve their literacy and numeracy. As well as work towards recognised qualifications.
We’re also proud of our outdoor education and enrichment activities which make for an even more engaging learning experience.
We provide support for the whole learning journey. Each class group has a teacher and educational assistants who work with students every day. We also have specialist teachers for certain subjects, and offer intensive one-to-one support where it’s needed. Alongside our academic curriculum, we also teach communication, social and life skills.
Supporting student achievement
We think learning should be a positive experience. So we take every opportunity to celebrate our students’ success. Parents and carers can too at our celebration assemblies, held every term.
We have a strong track record of student success and offer a range of qualifications including:
- Unit Awards
- Entry Level Certificate (Entry Level 1, 2, 3)
- BTEC Firsts (Award, Certificate, Extended Certificate, Diploma)
- BTEC Nationals
- A Level
We have a range of different learning services to suit our students.