Ash Field Academy provides education and care for pupils from 4-19 who have physical disabilities or a complex medical condition. Many of our pupils also have learning, sensory or communication needs. Pupils have a very wide range of ability. Some pupils may be working at the very early stages of learning but others are working at a similar level to other children of their age.
Pupils are offered a wide range of appropriate learning opportunities, similar to their brothers and sisters and friends in mainstream school, though often at a slower pace and with much more help and support.
Our building is fully accessible for children in wheelchairs or with mobility problems and we have specially adapted facilities so we can meet personal care needs. We have a therapy pool and a sensory room and our classrooms have specialist equipment to support and enhance children’s therapy and communication needs.
We also offer residential provision so that children are able to develop their social and independence skills by staying at school for up to two nights each week.
We work closely with other professionals and benefit from regular support from a physiotherapist and a speech and language therapist as well as having a nursing assistant or nurse on our site for most of the school day. We also receive regular visits and training from the Diana Nursing Service.
We were judged as an ‘outstanding’ school by Ofsted in 2013 and our residential provision was judged as ‘outstanding’ in 2014.