Head Teachers Welcome

A warm welcome to Ash Trees Academy Website!

A warm welcome to the Ash Trees Academy Website

Ash Trees is a primary aged special academy based in Billingham and serving the Stockton area.  We currently have around 170 pupils with an array of complex learning difficulties which includes profound and complex medical needs and young people with autism.  We are based on two sites, Rievaulx and Bowes Road.

Our Bowes Road site is the larger of the two buildings and caters for our older pupils who are mostly in Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 1.  Rievaulx is a slightly smaller building and is home to our Early Years Foundation Stage, as well as pupils in lower Key Stage 1.  Pupils usually make a supported transition to Bowes Road at the end of Year One or Two.

Our dedicated team of teachers and support staff strive to be experts in the children they teach, working to meet their educational needs but also the pastoral aspects of their care, by forging excellent relationships with multi-disciplinary professionals.  We aim to build close working partnerships with parents, carers and families so that we can support your child together.

We aim to prepare all pupils for adulthood and the next steps in their educational journey by giving them the skills they need to promote independence, particularly in terms of how they communicate and think.  We do this through her core our values of Trust, Support and Respect.

All children at Ash Trees have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and the targets from this document will form the basis of how your child is educated.  Targets from EHCPs will be delivered through engaging and fun learning activities in one of four curriculum pathways that we provide, with the child at the centre of all learning activities.

Ash Trees Academy is part of the Ascent Academies’ Trust, a partnership of four special schools whose purpose is to provide outstanding education and support for children with special needs.  We currently have academies in Sunderland, Easington and Billingham.

We very much look forward to working alongside you throughout your child’s educational journey.  If you would like more information on Ash Trees, please phone or email and one of our team will be happy to handle your enquiry.


Yours sincerely,


Graeme Musson

Head of Academy