Ashcroft School

Ashcroft School is one of the North West’s leading specialist education providers for students aged 8 to 18. We are a pioneering, life-changing school, supporting students with needs including social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Our students may have struggled to cope in other settings because of their individual barriers to learning.

At Ashcroft School we pride ourselves in working with each student to offer a bespoke education package that meets their individual needs. Staff relight the spark in our young people and re-engage them with learning.  We build confidence and self-esteem to change how students feel about themselves.

Ashcroft staff are experienced and dedicated and led by a national award-winning headteacher. We are committed to ensuring that every young person coming through our door reaches their potential - that means building trust with our students, providing intensive support and tailoring all we offer to their specific needs.

We cater for pupils with complex emotional needs including ADHD, ASC and acquired brain injuries, working closely with local authorities to support looked-after children.

We provide 25 hours of learning per week and offer a broad and balanced curriculum adapted to reflect individual needs.  Every young person has a personalised education plan, with opportunities to gain nationally recognised qualifications to GCSE and beyond.

Our curriculum is based on the national curriculum.  The delivery of core curriculum subjects gives our young people the opportunity to improve their skills particularly where they have gaps or difficulty with learning skills or concepts.

Improvements in literacy and numeracy are crucial to the long-term success of our students. As a large number struggle with their literacy skills, we provide the intensive one to one literacy and specialist support they need to progress. With this support, students often make significant improvements very quickly. This in turn engages and motivates students and so improves their learning and development.

We focus on curriculum themes that have a track record of engaging hard-to-reach young people. These include curriculum enrichment projects such as drama and music, cookery, outdoor pursuits, relaxation and vocational skills. All students are given the opportunity to work on a broad range of projects and our film-making projects are a particularly successful example of engaging young people and helping them to learn new skills.  

Our curriculum strives to be progressive with careful reference to both local and national research and development. It not only meets the immediate needs of our students, but also provides the necessary tools to access further education, training and employment in the future. We have high expectations of our students and are committed to raising achievement.

We also have a range of specialist programmes available to our students which include:
•    The Nurture Group
•    Play Therapy
•    Access Group
•    Vocational training for 14 -18 year olds

Further information regarding these can be found by searching ‘Ashcroft programmes’ at
Video: Ashcroft services - helping young people get hope back for the future

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Ashcroft School
Together Trust Campus,
Schools Hill
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Ashcroft School is based at Cheadle, Stockport and is part of the Together Trust charity, a leading specialist education, community and care provider. We offer opportunities to students throughout the North West of England and surrounding areas who have struggled to cope in other settings because of their individual barriers to learning.

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Get in touch to see if Ashcroft is the right place for your child. We welcome direct enquiries, and always encourage you to visit our services, explore our learning environment and meet with our friendly staff team.

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T: 0161 283 4832

If you’re a healthcare professional or team looking to make a referral, get in touch with our headteacher today. We accept referrals from:

  • Local authority teams
  • Social workers
  • Residential care homes or fostering services
  • Virtual school teams

We’ll work with you at every stage of a student’s education until they’re ready to move into mainstream education, further education or a work placement.

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Ashcroft School is part of the Together Trust charity, a leading specialist education, community and care provider. We are specialist education setting, catering for young people with needs such as social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Students may also have other difficulties such as school phobia, anxiety, depression, or have diagnoses of ADHD, fetal alcohol syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI) or autism spectrum conditions (ASC). Our staff are experienced and dedicated, and they strive to ensure every young person that comes through our door reaches their potential, helping them to move forward into a happy and fulfilled future, equipped with the skills they need to cope with their chosen life path. We adopt a variety of methodologies, often not available in mainstream schools, to ensure we work flexibly with each young person as a direct response to their individual needs, with particular expertise in providing education services for children in public care, foster care or living in children's homes. We are a registered centre for Edexcel and AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) enabling young people achieve age appropriate, nationally recognised qualifications and complete accredited work experience. Our Nurture Group provides students with the opportunity to experience the early nurturing experiences some children and young people lack, giving them the skills to do well at school, make friends and deal more confidently and calmly with life's challenges.The group has been accredited by the Nurture Group Network and has received an outstanding rating from the prestigious Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark award. It is a small, specialised unit catering for students in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 and, occasionally, Key Stage 4. Our Governors also have vast experience in their own fields of expertise and apply this knowledge, along with their understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school, enabling them to provide continuous challenge and support to the senior management team.


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Last updated: 16/06/2020


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