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North Suffolk School Games Boccia Tournament

Thursday 26th February 2015

The Ashley School hosted the above tournament. 10 teams took part with players from The Ashley School, Warren School, Ormiston Denes, Pakefield High and Bungay High.

The Ashley School Sports Leaders were the officials for the tournament and refereed and scored the games. They were assisted by Ross Munroe from Lowestoft Boccia Club and Jean Dewsbury from Leiston Boccia Club.

The Ashley 2 team of Ashley Catchpole, Lewis Covill and Callam Mc Mullan won 3 games and drew 2 and ended in 7th position, whilst the Ashley 1 team of Jordan Jackson, Luke Wilcox, Ines Santos and Kieron kimble won all their first round games putting them into the final against Ormiston Denes. Ashley won the first game 1- 0 and Ormiston Denes won the 2nd game 2-0 making Ormiston Denes the overall winners 2-0, but an excellent runners up result for the Ashley 1 Team.

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A big well done to all players and to the Sports Leaders who did themselves proud. The Sports leaders will now qualify for the Boccia England Bronze Young Officials Award.

Mrs J Milton, PE Co-ordinator

World Book Day Report 2015

World Book Day 2015 was celebrated on Thursday 26th February by the pupils of The Ashley School Academy Trust. It was a chance to read for pleasure, make and share books, take part in activities from the World Book Day website and watch a theatre production of “The Amazing Adventures of Robin Hood” by the Hobgoblin Theatre Company.

Staff from the school shared their favourite novels or non- fiction texts and there were posters across the school detailing why they liked their books and what reading meant to them.

There was a tremendous audience participation when the whole school watched the adventures of Robin Hood and his merry band of men; not forgetting Maid Marion, of course! The legend had been studied by the whole school and the children knew the characters and the story well. Pupils of all ages enjoyed the exciting action and terrific performances of the actors. One Year 8 boy stated, “I have been looking forward to World Book Day for ages and the play was awesome! The actors were really funny.”


Key stage 3 students had worked hard all term on making their own books to share with Key stage 2 pupils. It is a real school tradition now and some books from Year 9 children were created on iPads with videos and exciting interactive features. It was great to see the two key stages reading together for pleasure. A Year 4 pupil reported,” I liked meeting the older children. They were friendly and their stories were fun“. The book exchange is a project which has continued for many years. Older pupils remembered what it was like when they were in primary classes and were very kind and considerate to the younger children.

The whole school really enjoyed the World Book Day lunch cooked by Margaret and her team and loved reading for pleasure throughout the day. One Year 10 pupil commented, “I liked the special menus linked to favourite stories that I have read.”

The Ashley World Book Day was an excellent celebration of books and reading across the school. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the exciting activities and responded very positively. Parents are supporting their children’s reading and continue to place orders with our Scholastic Book Club. Comments from parents in the Family Group were very favourable and they felt that their children had learned a lot from the experience.

The Ashley School World Book Day was organised by Mrs J. Redrup, our English Co-ordinator.

NCFC Grand Prix League Football Competition


We recently took part in the NCFC Grand Prix League against other Special Schools with teams from: Parkside, Eaton Hall, Fred Nicholson and Sidestrand Hall School.


All of our teams did partuclarly well and we are currently leading the Boys Under 14’s MLD League and Girls Under 16’s MLD League, and of course we are all looking forward to the final round of matches in May.


The Under 14's Boys scores (12/2/15) can be found here

The Under 16's Boys scores (12/2/15) can be found here

The Under 16's Girls Scores (12/2/15) can be found here


The Under 16's Premiership scores (12/2/15) can be found here

The Under 16's Championship scores (12/2/15) can be found here

The Schools GPL League Tables (12/2/15) can be found here


Tuesday 10th February is Safer Internet Day 2015 and we've produced a page full of tips for Parents and Carers. Take a look by clicking here


We've also got a short video clip for to help you learn about your childs internet usage:

Parents and Carers Get Together meetings:
Coming  up soon we have some more of our Parents and Carers Get Together meetings where you can meet school staff and other parents over a cup of tea and swap tips and share ideas with each other.
We're looking to bring in some special guests to talk about specific subjects so do pop along and let us know what you would like to hear more about. Some ideas already suggested around Activities Unlimited, ASD support and Speech & Language advice.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 26th February 2015 at 1.30pm here at the school and we will  meet again on  Thursday 19th March 2015 again at 1.30pm here at the school.
For more information please contact Sam Bover in our Pupil & Family Support Team on 01502-565439
We look forward to seeing you!

Suffolk County Council "Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice & Support Sservice" also known as SENDIASS is holding a Conference on the SEND Reforms - Where are we know on Thursday 6th March 2015 in Thurston Nr Bury St Edmunds.


Further information can be found here



Happy New Year from all at The Ashley School Academy Trust.


We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you all on your return to school tomorrow Tuesday 6th January 2015

All pupils should have brought home a list of all of our forthcoming Christmas events. These are:

Tuesday 9th December at 1.15 pm
Key Stage 2 - Performance to Parents - TAS

Friday 12th December at 10.00 am
School Carol Service at St Margaret's Church, Hollingsworth Road

Sunday 14th December at 4.00 pm.
The Ashley School Singers to Oulton Broad Enterprise Carol Concert
at The Boulevard, Nicholas Everitt Park

Monday 15th December at 10.15 am
The Ashley School Singers to Manor Farm, Kessingland

Tuesday 16th December at 10.30 am
The Ashley School Singers to Harry Chamberlain Court

Wednesday 17th December at 12.00
Christmas Lunch at The Ashley School

We break up for Christmas on Friday 19th December and pupils return in the New Year on Tuesday 6th January 2015.

The Pupil and Family Support Team

We would like to introduce our team. Marion Trowbridge heads the Pupil and Family Support team, she has lots of experience and has worked at our school for many years.

Marion, (pictured below right) is assisted by Sam Bover (pictured below left), Louise Holmes and currently a Vacancy. 

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They have wide-ranging experiences of working with children in various settings.

The team are here to support pupils as well as parents and carers during times when life becomes confusing and troubling.

Often it helps to have someone you can trust to talk to, someone who will support and listen to you and help you to work things out. They aim to understand how difficulties may affect how pupils learn and behave in school and home.

The team work with pupils, parents and carers to reduce stresses and strains. They work in various ways, supporting pupils in small group settings as well as on a one to one basis. All support is tailored to individual pupil needs. By working in this way the team are able to build trust and communication between school and home. 

The team hope you will find them friendly and approachable, so that if you are worried about your child or a difficult situation in your family you can contact them for support.

You can contact any member of the team by calling us on 01502 565439



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