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  • The Ashley School
    Ashley Downs
    Lowestoft
    Suffolk
    NR32 4EU
  • Head: Ms Sally Garrett
  • T 01502 565439
  • F 01502 531920
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.ashleyschool.co.uk
  • A state special school for boys and girls aged from 7 to 16. Type of SEN provision: ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder; MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty; SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health; SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Suffolk
  • Pupils: 140
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 15th November 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 2nd April 2014

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 11th March 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Pupils can become Sports Leaders, through which they organise sports events and provide help for pupils in other schools. Ex-pupils have gone into training for international events. High emphasis on life and employability skills, some taking City of Guilds qualifications. Older pupils study horticulture and construction skills, we were impressed with the construction area, overalls hanging neatly, equipment well cared for. Some will take GCSEs - about 25 per cent of the year group, those with the resilience ...

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Head

Since 2013, Sally Garrett, from Kent (fifties). Chester College, BEd in maths and education. Became a PE teacher as a keen gymnast and wanted to continue with it and has always been a coach. Started in mainstream primary in Essex. ‘I found I enjoyed unpicking the barriers with those who found learning challenging.’ Worked at a hospital school in Leicester where she taught all ages, some with profound and severe learning difficulties, and was hooked. Stayed 10 years and left as deputy head. This is her third headship. Made the move from Portsmouth to north Norfolk ‘as we love it here’. Well liked by parents, ‘she’s doing a marvellous job’. Some parents don’t seem to know her that well, but all said she knew who they were. Whip thin, and fleet of foot from...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

The Ashley School is a community special school catering for pupils from seven to sixteen years who have moderate learning difficulties and emotional and behavioural difficulties. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The school is developing the site to enable them to disseminate best practice.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

Interpreting catchment maps

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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