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Welcome to Ashbrooke School

  • 5-19 yrs
  • Day
  • Boys & Girls
  • Outstanding Provider

About Ashbrooke School

Ashbrooke School is an independent specialist day school providing high quality education for boys and girls. Based in Sunderland, the school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils who have a range of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs, complex educational needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviours.

A big warm welcome to our website

We are passionate about delivering the highest standards of teaching, whilst meeting the needs of our pupils in an accepting, positive and welcoming learning environment. The broad curriculum allows pupils to pursue both academic and vocational paths allowing individuals to grow and achieve.

Our school building and grounds offer so much opportunity for our young people to develop skills and experience in a wide range of areas. We want every pupil to enjoy their time at Ashbrooke and realise their full potential.

We would be delighted to welcome you to the school to see for yourself the ongoing progression of our facilities and most importantly our young people.

Head Teacher, Clare Read

Take a virtual tour

Our unique school environment is the perfect backdrop for teaching and learning.

Press play to take a tour of our inspirational learning environment and listen to the head teacher talk about the comprehensive facilities, learning opportunities this brings and the supportive staff team.

To take a full tour of our school please contact us directly.

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We have officially partnered with the Johan Cruyff Foundation, which was set up by one of the world’s greatest sporting icons. The aim of the organisation is to support and develop sports activities for children and young people all over the world. 

The school’s state of the art Cruyff Court, is an all-weather pitch which supports small group sports, including football, basketball, volleyball and netball, and an additional grassed field area. The aim of the space is where pupils can grow, make friends and improve their mental health. 

Aims and ethos

At Ashbrooke School, we are committed to giving our pupils a creative, caring and innovative learning environment for them to achieve their full potential in their education and social communication.

With our focus on the three areas of respect, responsibility and resilience, we aim to develop a sense of community where children, young people and adults respect and support one another to create an environment that allows everyone to flourish. Pupils are encouraged to share their views and take responsibility for their actions, and staff are keen to listen and adapt to support them in their social development. Everyone is helped to understand their role and their impact on others and encouraged to contribute to the collective improvements we want to make every day.

We are dedicated to providing

  • Positive, safe and nurturing environments where pupils are valued as individuals and can develop their confidence, self-esteem, independence, self-discipline and respect.
  • The highest quality outcomes socially, emotionally and academically through a wide range of personalised opportunities.
  • Strong links between home, school and the wider community in order to support pupils’ learning and enable them to develop skills that will benefit them both during and after their time at Ashbrooke School.

Our school at a glance

Dedicated primary and secondary school areas that  enable tailored learning environments to be created  and smooth transitions to be achieved.

Small class sizes of no more than 8 pupils with high teacher to pupil ratios.

Comprehensive on-site therapeutic support, which is integrated into the curriculum and school life as a whole, and supported by the wider Witherslack Group Clinical Team.

A unique and personalised curriculum model which aims to improve self-esteem, motivation and achievement; engage pupils in their learning; and develop skills for adult life.

Ongoing assessment and progression monitoring to ensure all young people make at least expected progress and are working to realise their full potential.

Awards and accreditations

Our children's homes

When required, we are able to provide a complete 52 week wrap around care through our Witherslack Group partner children’s homes.

What makes our school unique?

From our tailored curriculum to exploring the news that has us jumping for joy, start your search to explore what makes us truly unique.

We are proud to be part of Witherslack Group

We are proud to be part of Witherslack Group, the UK’s leading education provider for children and young people with special educational needs, as evidenced by sector leading Ofsted judgements and our unmatched placement stability, school attendance and outcomes for young people.

Witherslack Group provide specialist education and care for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, communication difficulties (autistic spectrum conditions; speech, language and communication needs), ADHD and complex learning needs.

Find out more about our Group here

Make an enquiry

Whether you are interested in your child attending our school or just want to know more information about our offer, contact our team.

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