Our Academies

Ascent Academies Trust

Ascent was founded in 2012 with the aim of developing a vision and strategic plan for special educational needs in Sunderland. Our trust then expanded further bringing into the trust Ash Trees Academy in Billingham and Hope Wood Academy in Easington. As a trust we work across three different local authority areas, we have excellent relationships with all the LA’s we work with.


Together we build brighter futures for our young people with special educational needs.


We have high expectations of ourselves and our pupils and celebrate our achievements

We embrace difference, celebrate diversity and promote equality

We continually learn in order that we can respond to the needs of our young people and we continually improve through sharing and creating best practice models

We build impactful collaborations in our staff team across the Trust, with parents and with wider partnerships

We respect each person’s distinctive contribution and develop their talents and work productively together

Please click below to find out more about our other academies within our trust family.