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: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FL2ZXGL
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:
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
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.
Parents and Carers Get Together Reminder
The next Parents and Carers Get Together meeting is next Monday afternoon 19th October 2015 1pm -2:30pm . The group is very friendly, informal and everyone is welcome. It would be lovely to see more of you so why not give it a try. If you have already joined us why not encourage another parent or carer to come along. It’s a good opportunity to meet other parents and carers as well as have a chat about school.
Sam Lichfield from the Learning Disability Children and Adolescence Mental Health Services (LDCAMHS) will be joining us for part of the afternoon to offer advice about this service.
If you would like further information about the get together please contact School 01502 565439 and ask to speak to Sam Bover.
TRANSITION TO POST 16 EDUCATION
For our year 11s, their parents and carers, leaving The Ashley School Academy Trust at the end of the summer term is an exciting time but as with any significant change there is the element of the unknown. To help pupils with this, the school employs a Transition Worker – Mr Walton who is always on hand to answer any questions you may have, help pupils make informed decisions and reduce any anxieties associated with this time of change.
In order to help pupils make decisions about their future we give them plenty of opportunities to discuss options with members of staff, organise visits to colleges and other appropriate providers.
During November we hold a Pathways Evening where providers and organisations who may be able to help in the future offer advice and contacts, giving you the freedom to ask questions and find out information. This year’s event is on Tuesday 10th November 2015 here at school.
As well as the Year 11 Annual Review meeting there is an individual meeting with the Transition Worker which will allow you the opportunity to discuss such things as transport and provide any other information you need.
Colleges also give pupils the chance to try out the course of their choice so that when they start in September they will already be familiar with staff, the venue and other students, these are often called taster sessions.
Please feel free, whatever year group your child is in, to contact Mr Walton at the school to learn more about transition. These are exciting times as our young people move on to this next phase of their education. Our aim is to make this transition as smooth as possible by keeping everyone as well informed and knowledgeable about the process as we can.
If you would like to more information around this subject please call the school on 01502 565439