School news

Parents and Carers Get Together 

Just to remind you that the next Parents and Carers Get Together is on Monday 25th April 2016 here at The Ashley School Academy Trust starting at 1pm.

Recently we have had visits from local out of school providers. We have begun discussing the idea of providing The Ashley School “Summer School”. We would like more ideas from parents and carers as to what would make a successful provision for the pupils. So why not join us for a cuppa and give us your views.

We have Denise from DIAL also joining us to offer advice on claiming DLA, (Disability Living Allowance) and PIP’s (Personal Independence Payments).

You are welcome to join us for whole or part of the afternoon. 

Also on the 19th May 2016 from 1pm onwards you are invited to come into school and meet our new Transition Worker, Louise Holmes. She will be able to offer advice and information about how she can support you and your child with college applications, work experience and other ‘life after school’ queries. Looking forward to seeing lots of you on Monday. For further information, please contact Sam Bover at school or call 01502 565439.

The Future of Specialist Educational Provision in Suffolk (FOSEP)


Please note the FOSEP Consultation meetings planned to be held here at The Ashley School Academy Trust today (both this morning and this evening) have been CANCELLED and re-arranged for 24th May 2016.


Further details will be posted here in due course.



Parents and Carers 'Get Together' 24 March 2016


Spring is in the air and as the weather improves why not pop into school for a cuppa and a chat. We are a friendly, informal group and everyone is welcome. We have carers, Grandparents, Mum’s and Dad’s from all key stages who pop in to join us.

 The next meeting will be here at The Ashley School Academy Trust on the last day of term, Thursday 24th March 2016 at 1pm.

 We have Grace from the local out of school activity club Top Cats coming into speak about fun activities which our young people may enjoy.

We meet between 1pm to 2.30pm. Please come to the main reception in school, it would be lovely to see you. Sam Bover 01502 565439


We are currently looking for an ICT Apprentice to join the school staff. Please apply using the link below and not directly to the school. Thnak you




The Future of Specialist Educational Provision in Suffolk


Many of you will already be aware, either through our letter in December or from the Lowestoft Journals’ news article, that Suffolk County Council are carrying out a review of ‘Specialist Provision’. This includes the option of either changing the way places are allocated within our Residence or possibly closing it completely. We are working hard with SCC to ensure that closure is NOT an option and Peter Aldous, MP, is supporting us.

Cabinet met in December and we are now in a consultation phase.

There is an opportunity for you to contribute to this through the ‘Options Review’ (attached). This can also be completed online at:


OR search in GOOGLE for: SCC Consultation,

then select Comment on a Consultation/Suffolk County Council,

then select Future of Specialist Provision in Suffolk.


Here you will have the opportunity to look at the options available, review a summary report, look at the timetable for the consultation and give feedback (Options Review Information Pack – a copy of which is attached).


Or you can go direct to the Survey at:


Or you can email your feedback to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Or you can send the paper copy attached to:

FOSEP Review, Children and Young People’s Services, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, IPSWICH IP1 2BX.


All feedback must be returned by Sunday 7th February 2016.


Later this term there will be a meeting here at The Ashley School Academy Trust.


We would like to encourage you to share your views as I am sure you would agree, whether you currently have a son or daughter in residence or not, that the impact of the residential 24 hour curriculum is excellent and helps our pupils make progress with independence, social and emotional skills, working together and emotional resilience.

If you would like help to access this information online or to complete the questionnaire, please contact the School Office.


Many thanks in advance.


Ms S Garrett




The following documents are available by clicking in the titles:


FOSEP - Options Review Information Pack


FOSEP - Review Report - Summary


FOSEP - Revised Timetable


TASAT Letter



Children in Need 2015


Lots going on in school today for Children in Need 2015.


All key stage staff have dressed up for the day and the office staff joined in too!


Smurfs at school-IMG 0512

Admissions Consultation 2017/2018 (Suffolk County Council)


Please click here to see a letter for Parents / Carers regarding the Admissions Consultation 2017/2018 from Suffolk County Council


The link to the Suffolk County Council website can be found here

Please use this link to respond to Suffolk County Council and not direclty to the school, Thank you


Please see details of our latest Vacancies by following the link

The Closing Date for all four vacancies is Friday 13th November 2015.



I. T. Issues


We have been experiencing difficulty in accessing all emails sent to the school since the weekend.


We are working at finding a solution as soon as possible but if you do need to contact the school urgently please call us on 01502 565439.


We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Thank you





Page 7 of 11