Our Academy

Ash Trees Academy is a specialist primary school catering for pupils aged between 4 and 11 years, who have a learning difficulty, which may include profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and/or pupils who have a diagnosis of autism. We are based in Billingham and provide specialist provision for pupils from across the Stockton-On-Tees borough.

Ash Trees is a split site establishment, which currently has 20 classes spread across the two sites. Our Rievaulx Avenue site is the main provision for pupils starting with us in EYFS (Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2). While our Bowes Road Site (Main Site) caters for pupils within Key Stage 1 (Year 2), but predominantly Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6), depending on numbers. We currently have around 170 pupils on roll across both our sites.

Bowes Road Site

Bowes Road is the main site and provides specialist provision for the majority of our pupils between the academic years of 2 and 6. There are currently 13 classes on site. All classes are named after colours.

Some of the facilities on site include:


Sensory Integration Room

Our Sensory Integration room has the equipment required to support pupils to be regulated and ready to learn.  Whether it’s bouncing, squashing, swinging or crashing, we have all of the equipment required to support the needs prescribed in a child’s individual OT plan.


Light & Sound Room


Soft Play

Our soft-play spaces are a great place for children to meet their sensory integration needs, access the trampoline for Rebound Therapy (Bowes Road) and to develop all important play skills.  It’s also a fantastically motivating form of exercise, not to mention fun!

Rievaulx Site

Rievaulx Avenue is just around the corner from our main site on Bowes Road. It is the site that caters for the youngest pupils in the school. We currently have 7 classes on the site, catering for around one third of our pupils. All classes are named after woodland animals.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based on this site and is able to caters for Reception aged pupils. We also have provision for pupils in Key Stage 1 on this site.

When a pupil starts with us on Rievaulx Site we aim to keep them on the site for a minimum of 2 years before moving them over to the main site on Bowes Road, to ensure stability and continuity for the pupil.

Some of the facilities on site include:



Our library provides an excellent opportunity for pupils to explore books as well as being a functional and welcome meeting place for parents, carers and professionals.


Soft Play


Immersive (Light & Sound) Room

Our multi-sensory rooms provide a learning environment to support the needs of learners who have a sensory impairment and to teach our children the skills of cause and effect.  It also provides a calm/relaxing space for our learners.


Meet the Senior Leadership Team who are based across the two sites

Graeme Musson

Head Teacher

Lauren Banks

Deputy Head Teacher


Rebecca Dargan

Deputy Head Teacher

Teaching & Learning

Kirstie Mounter

Assistant Head Teacher