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ATHLETICS: Ashley takes clean sweep!

The Ashley School Academy Trust recently travelled the UEA Sports Park, Norwich to take part in the annual East Anglian Special Schools Athletics (EASS) competition competing against schools from Norwich, Dereham and Cromer. There were 2 parallel competitions comprising of the main events and the special events.

There were 21 special events and our pupils did well achieving four 1st places and five 2nd places.

In the main points scoring competition there were 13 field events with The Ashley School winning four and coming 2nd in five. However, it was on the track where they got most of their points, predominantly from the relays. There were 17 individual races and Ashley took 1st place in 4 but with some solid 2nd places in 10 of the other races. In the relays, of which there were 5, Ashley stormed home in 1st place in four of them and finished a very tight 2nd place in the 5th one.

At the end of the morning the points were added up and The Ashley School had made a clean sweep winning the Girls, Boys and Overall trophies. Athlete of the day for The Ashley School was Callum M who did the maximum number of events with a 1st in the Long Jump, 100m and 4x100m relay along with a 2nd place in the 400m.

IMG 2693 EASS Athletics

Mrs Milton, Head of PE at The Ashley School said, “All of the pupil athletes competed well giving their best in a truly sporting manner. I was equally proud to see some of our less able pupils engaged in athletic competition as I was to see our relay teams put into practice the baton changeover practices and winning the relays in style. Once again my thanks to Sue Hawkes and her staff from Parkside School (Norwich) for organising another terrific event.”

Artwork Displays in memory of WW1 fishermen

One of our pupils, Lauren, has had her art work selected to be on public display outside the Lowestoft branch of ASDA. The artwork is in memory of WW1 fishermen who risked their lives by locating mines and despite the danger of being caught if one of the mine exploded, continued to fish and provide supplies to the local area.

Lauren, and others, artwork was one of a number of pieces which were recently unveiled at various locations across Lowestoft.




'Unique' Church Club


Please see link below for details of 'Unique', a monthly church club for children with additional needs. It is the only church club of this nature in the local area and meets at the London Road Baptist Church in Kirkley Park Road, Lowestoft.


Full details and contacts can be found here


We are making changes to our School Uniform from September 2015.

Full details are in the Uniform Policy which can be downloaded here





We are currently advertising vacancies for a Teaching Assistant and Learning Support Assistants (x3) to start in September 2015.


Check out our Vacancies page for more details




Short Guides for Parents


We are pleased to be able to provide for you information from Family Action and the NAHT to help you prepare children so that they are "Ready to Learn Every Day!"

Leaflet No.  9 - Praise and Reward - click here

Leaflet No. 10 - Self-Worth - Click here


Family Action is a charity committed to building stronger families by delivering innovative and effective services and support that reaches out to many of the UK's most vulnerable pepole. We seek to empower people and communities to address their issues and challenges through practical, financial and emotional help.


NAHT is a professional association and trades union with members in all phases of education. We represent 28,500 school leaders in their quest to develop great schools and improve the lives of children.



Waveney Disability Forum


Please see attached leaflet for more information on Transport, Housing, Access to services, Sport and Leisure and Where to go for help along with contact details for the Waveney Disability Forum.


Click here to open the leaflet in a new page.





New Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 years being held at Habour PRU in September, 2015



Please see below a link to a poster for the next Strengthening Families programme being held at Harbour PRU in September, 2015. If you or your family with children 10-14 years would like to get involved. please complete the booking form  for Evidence-Based Parenting Programmes and complete and submit this to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


To see the Poster click here

For the Booking Form please click here



For more information please contact:

Andi Spalding


18.5 hours - Parent Group Facilitator with the Lowestoft & Waveney Parenting Team


18.5 hours - Family Support Practitioner with the Waveney & Blyth Early Help Team


Lowestoft & Waveney Early Help Service


Children & Young People’s Service


Suffolk County Council, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0EQ

Tel: 01502 674747



For more advice and information for parents and carers, including parenting programmes see





Parents and Carers "Get Together"

Just to remind you that the parents and carers get together is this week on Thursday afternoon at 1.30pm. If you have not been before, then what’s stopping you dropping in for a cuppa and a chat? We are a friendly, informal group and everyone is welcome. We have Bev Patnell, Manager from INVOLVE joining us to tell us about her new venture she has opened in Lowestoft.

INVOLVE is a new resource which offers a growing number of activities for children and young people with additional needs. The activities are available during school holidays and after school. Why not come along and find out more about this new resource, there may be something new for your child to get involved in. Or just pop in for a chat and a cuppa.

Also on the 18th June from 11am onwards you are invited to come into school and meet with our assessor from Families First and share your experiences of our school. Then why not stop for a spot of lunch with us if you have time before the Get Together. (Please let me know 01502 565439 if you plan to join us for lunch so that we can order the correct number). Sam Bover – Pupil and Family Support Team


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