Ash Field Academy is a day and weekly boarding school for 160 pupils aged 4-19 who have a wide range of ability and a main presenting physical disability. This can be combined with one or more needs of a sensory, communication, learning, medical, emotional or behavioural nature. The school is proud of the ‘excellent spirit’ (OFSTED) of its pupils and of all their achievements whether they be at the earliest stages of learning or gaining several GCSEs.
Our residential provision has an un-announced OFSTED inspection every year for three days. It has received a judgement of outstanding for at least five consecutive years. Our last OFSTED inspection was in November 2017 and we are all proud to say we were given a judgement of outstanding. The school serves Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland and also admits pupils from other counties. We have an Assistive Technology Assessment Centre which assesses and recommends equipment for pupils in mainstream schools. Pupils who are on roll at Ash Field, whether full time or part time, are brought to school in taxis (with an escort as well as a driver) or in adapted mini-buses. Parents who choose to bring their children themselves are currently reimbursed by the transport department for their local area.
We are proud that we are a Teaching School and have special, mainstream and independent schools in the Ash Field Teaching Alliance (AFTA). We feel it is important to work with other schools and organisations to champion best practice and secure excellent achievement for all pupils. From September 2016 we have established a Challenge Partners hub including ten schools who are also part of our Teaching School Alliance.
We are an enthusiastic and professional staff team who keep the progress and development of children at the centre of our thinking. We believe strongly in creating new and exciting opportunities and making sure that learning is fun, engaging and relevant. Parents understand they are a vital part of the team and are very positive and supportive.
As we cater for children of all ages and abilities we are like many different schools housed under one roof! All of our pupils have physical disabilities or complex medical conditions. In addition many pupils have learning, communication and sensory needs. We receive support from other professionals who provide speech and language therapy and physiotherapy.
We value our role as part of a wider professional community for children and young people with special educational needs. We are proud that we are designated as a Teaching School and we hope to use this as a springboard to further develop our outward facing work as a leading provider of professional development both in Leicester and in a wider national and international arena.
Our Vision and Aspirations
Provide exceptional education and care so that every pupil reaches his or her potential
To achieve this, we aspire to:
Our strapline is ‘Reach for Success.’ This encapsulates our commitment to offer challenging learning experiences and celebrate each pupil’s achievements and progress.
If you're searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers - send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for. By joining our School Talent Pool we'll know you're interested in working here when a future vacancy occurs.