Information for Parents

School Calendar

Please click to link below to access our school calendars.

School Term Dates 2023-2024

 

Local Offer

Please click the link below to view the local offer.

Local Offer

Uniform

Our school uniform consists of a white polo shirt with a royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan, worn with grey trousers, shorts, skirt or joggers. Pupils may also choose to wear a gingham blue and white dress.

Uniform with a logo can be purchased from –

Elizabeth’s Embroidery
8-10 Richardson Rd,
Stockton-on-Tees
TS18 3LJ
01642 674973

There is no compulsion from school to purchase labelled uniform and we would strongly encourage families to purchase cheaper alternatives from local supermarkets.  We understand that many of our pupils may experience wear and tear rather quickly and for this reason we place no expectations on families to purchase branded items.

Many supermarkets sell non logoed school sweatshirts and clothing which you can purchase for your child to wear in school.

We are highly flexible with our approach to uniform and recognise that many pupils may find uniform uncomfortable from a sensory perspective.  We are happy to support jogging bottoms as an alternative to trousers as we recognise that this support independent access to the toilet for many pupils.

Our excellent Parents and Friends Association have organised an array of preowned uniforms which have been laundered and organised by size.  If any families would like a piece of uniform which has been preowned, please do not hesitate to contact us in reception and we can provide some to your child discretely.  Alternatively, if you wish to swap or donate old uniform to the academy, we would be most grateful.

Our School Day

School starts at 9.20am

Our school day ends at 3.20pm.

The vast majority of our pupils arrive on school transport. In order to keep our pupils safe, please be aware that the car parks will be closed to traffic between 9.20am and 9.35am also between 3.20pm and 3.35pm. If you wish to use the car park during this time for dropping off or collecting pupils, please note that your car engine must be switched off. This is for the safety of our young people.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Attendance Procedures

If a child of compulsory school age is registered at a school, it is essential that they attend their school regularly and maintain a pattern of good attendance throughout their school career.

Excellent attendance at school is important to allow a child or young person to fulfil their potential.

If your child is ill, please ring school and inform the office team by 9am each day they will be off school. If we have not received a phone call from parents/carers a phone call will be made. If we are unable to make contact via the telephone a home visit will be carried out the same day. Please click the link below for a full overview of our attendance procedures.

Attendance Flowchart

Good attendance and punctuality are vital for success at school, and to establish positive life habits that are necessary for future success.

 

Through regular attendance, pupils can:

• Build friendships and develop social groups.

• Develop life skills.

• Engage in essential learning and other school social events.

• Achieve to their full potential.

• Access a range of specialist support and interventions

 

Miss School-Miss Out!!

 

Don’t underestimate the importance of 100 percent attendance. Even one day missed can have an effect on learning:

• 98 percent attendance means four school days missed

• 95 percent attendance means 10 school days missed

• 90 percent attendance means 19 school days missed

• 80 percent attendance means 38 school days missed

 

Please help us promote good attendance throughout our school – you really do play an important role.

Click to view our attendance policy on the Ascent Trust Website

Attendance Policy

Lunch Menus

We offer a wide range of food choices both hot and cold dishes for pupils to choose. Pupils are also able to bring their own packed lunches should this be their preference.

Please note we are a nut free school.

Please notify us if your child has a known food allergy.

Pupil Wellbeing

What is Wellbeing?

Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.” However, it is important to realise that wellbeing is a much broader concept than moment-to-moment happiness. While it does includes happiness, it also includes other things, such as how satisfied people are with their life a whole, their sense of purpose, and how in control they feel.

At Ash Trees Academy we pride ourselves on prioritising pupil wellbeing.  We focus on 4 key areas of wellbeing

Physical Wellbeing

Health & Fitness
Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety. It also plays a role in preventing the development of mental health problems and in improving quality of life. At Ash Trees all our pupils take part in regular physical activity everyday through work and play.

Nutrition
A balanced mood and feelings of wellbeing can be protected by ensuring that our diet provides adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and water. Our kitchens provide a well balanced and nutritious meal for pupils and staff regularly promote healthy eating campaigns both at school and at home.

Please check out this website for loads of handy and helpful tips on exercise and nutrition:

Change4life

Emotional Wellbeing

Self-Esteem
Self-esteem can play a significant role in motivation and success throughout life. Low self-esteem may hold you back from succeeding at school or work because you don’t believe yourself to be capable of success. By contrast, having a healthy self-esteem can help you achieve because you navigate life with a positive, assertive attitude and believe you can accomplish your goals.

Zones of Regulation

This helps pupils gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Using a cognitive behaviour approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help pupils recognise when they are in different states called “zones,” with each of four zones represented by a different colour. In the activities, pupils also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Pupils explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones. To deepen pupils understanding of how to self-regulate, the lessons set out to teach pupil these skills: how to read others’ facial expressions and recognise a broader range of emotions, perspective about how others see and react to their behaviour, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states, and when and how to use tools and problem solving skills

Mental Wellbeing

Some situations at school can be stressful and overwhelming for our pupils, the light room and sensory room at Ash Trees have been designed to allow students to use the quiet space to calm down, regain control of their emotions and reflect on their feelings. This gives them a safe space and time away from stressful situations to reflect on their experiences which have generated their feelings and may ultimately lead to the behaviours which they cannot control. This really helps promote positive mental health.

Pupils know that staff are always there to talk to should they need too.

There are some fantastic resources are available online: –
Young Minds

CAMHS

Children’s Mental Health Week

Social Wellbeing

PSED

Personal, Social and Emotional Development is an aspect through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life in modern Britain. We aim to promote the development of self-confidence, self-esteem and practical strategies required to make choices and resist inappropriate pressure.

We seek to foster the development of positive and supportive relationships.

At Ash Trees Academy, we deliver a tailor made PSED curriculum to meet the varied needs of each of our pupils.

Family Liaison Officer

Jackie May is our Family Liaison Officer for Ash Trees Academy.

She works on preventative and early intervention activities, assisting in tackling below expected progress by working with families, parents, carers and children in school and the community, to enable all pupils and families to have full access to educational opportunities and help them to overcome barriers to learning.

 

Hello, my name is Jackie May and I am the Family and Pupil Support Advisor for Ash Trees Academy.

Being a parent, carer or guardian is hard work. Sometimes we all need a bit of advice, someone to answer our queries or even someone to just talk to about our children’s needs.

I am here to do just that. I can advise on a whole range of issues to help you with those niggly parenting issues that many of us face, and I can signpost to different services and support within the local area. In  addition to this, I would like to aim to help you to become more involved in your child’s learning and their school. I am able to offer the following services: Being a link between home and school, for example, talking to teachers on your behalf. Support you in meetings about your child. Keeping you up to date with useful events in the Stockton area. Helping you to help your child with their school work. A ‘Listening ear’ if you have concerns about your child.

I can arrange an appointment with you at school or visit you in the comfort of your own home. I can also arrange to  meet with you at your local community centre, library of children’s centre, wherever is easier for you.

If you would like to have a chat, please contact me on 03339991451 or email [email protected]

EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) Lead


Amanda Duffy is our EHCP Lead; she liaises with teachers, pupils, parents and professionals to ensure every child’s EHCP is comprehensive and identifies each child’s special educational needs and provision to meet each of the needs.

Amanda facilitates our Annual Review meetings.

Behaviour & Wellbeing Lead

  • Our Behaviour and Wellbeing Lead, Samantha Thompson, is responsible for leading on all aspects of behaviour support across the academy. Sam provides specialist advice, guidance and support to staff and families relating to behaviour management and supports our pupils with a range of bespoke interventions.
  • Sam seeks to work collaboratively with the leadership team, staff, parents and professionals, in order to ensure continuity, clear expectations and signposting in: pupil wellbeing, sensory integration and behaviour management.
  • At Ash Trees Academy, all of our staff use Emotion Coaching in order to ensure all students feel that: they have been heard; their emotions are valid and they are empowered to solve their own problems. This approach is inclusive for all and benefits the whole school community.

Occupational Therapy

  • Our Ascent Trust Occupational Therapist, Emma Davies, works closely with our pupils and staff at Ash Trees Academy, providing advice and support so that each child has access to an optimal learning environment.
  • Occupational therapy aims to determine which sensory systems are affected and how this is impacting on potential to learn and develop. The aim is to support the child to be regulated and settled in school so that they are ready to engage and learn.
  • Referrals to the Occupational Therapist are made by the school’s teaching staff, with the aim of:
  • Providing assessment, advice, strategies and equipment to allow class teams to support and meet a child’s sensory needs.
  • Encouraging the child to feel safe and settled at school.
  • Maximising the child’s ability to learn, develop social and personal independence.

School Council

Our school council discuss issues relating to the school day and life. The pupils develop important communication skills, using their preferred communication method, and make decisions regarding aspects of school as a group using a diplomacy approach.

Parent Pay

We use a financial system called parent pay.

This will enable you pay for your child’s school meals, trips and other activities through the online portal. Eliminating the need send in money.

You should have all received your logins from School, if you haven’t please contact us on 0333 999 1451.

You need a valid email address as a username and for account verification.

  1. Navigate to parentpay.com
  2. Select Login at the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Enter the username and password provided in your account activation letter and select Activate.
  4. Complete the activation as detailed on the screen.
  5. That’s it you’re done!

School Closure Arrangements

In very rare circumstances our academy is required to close to pupils in the short term. This is usually as a result of adverse weather conditions. Where a school closure is required, we will take the following actions to alert parents of the closure:

Update social media, use Evidence for Learning and Parent Text Service/Email Service.  We will also contact community transport to inform them of a closure so that they are aware.  It is very important that school has a current phone number and email address for any family members.  If you need to make us aware of a change of personal details, please contact us on 0333 999 1451 or email us on [email protected]

Remote Learning Offer

‘Remote Learning’ refers to the provision of work, activities linked to EHCP outcomes, teacher support, assessment and feedback from teachers and/or Learning Support Assistants to pupils/students in the event that normal lessons are unable to be delivered ‘face-to-face’ as normal.

There may be a number of reasons why remote learning is offered. These may include:

  • Pupils/students unable to attend school due to a period of advised self-isolation but who otherwise remain well
    An extended period of school closure

Where this occurs, the class teacher will endeavour to provide bespoke activities / work-based tasks linked to the pupil’s EHCP outcomes on a regular basis throughout the period of absence.

We aim to work with families in order to support them with the curriculum, sensory regulation and wellbeing.

We set out expectations to ensure there is continuation of each pupil’s progress towards their EHCP outcomes.

Visits to the home setting will be undertaken where pupils are off school for a period longer than 5 school days.

Our PFA

Parents and Friends Association

Our PFA are a hardworking, dedicated and wonderful group of parents and carers of pupils who attend Ash Trees Academy. The PFA work closely with the leadership team to help provide resources and opportunities for our pupils through their excellent fundraising initiatives. Anyone is welcome to join, and support is very appreciated.  Please see a small selection of photographs of just a few of the things that our PFA have helped to purchase for our academy over the last few years.

If you are interested in joining the PFA or would just like to know a little bit more, please don’t hesitate to contact the school to be put in contact with one of our PFA representatives. Further information can also be found on the PFA Facebook Page.

https://www.facebook.com/PFAashtreesacademy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working in Partnership

At Ash Trees Academy we seek to work in partnership with parents and carers, promoting and enhancing learning opportunities.

Each term parents and carers are invited into school to speak with the class teacher regarding your child’s progress, as part of our planned consultation evenings.

In addition parents and carers are invited to attend your child’s annual EHCP review.

Throughout the year, you will be invited in for coffee mornings, fund raising events and information sharing sessions on aspects of school life.

Please check our Facebook page below for our family learning events and activities.

Ash Trees Academy – Facebook