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Headteacher's Welcome

Ashley High School delivers high quality teaching and specialist knowledge of Autism, Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication difficulties. Ashley High School is designated as an 11-16 School for middle and high ability students with Social Communication Needs and ASC.

We provide a safe and supportive environment and passionately believe in the value of an excellent education. We work tirelessly at Ashley High School to ensure that our students achieve their full potential.

Ashley High School has always worked at the heart of its community. We believe in working with the community to raise the achievement aspirations of our students and families.

Let me assure you that we aim to do the very best we can for your child. We are always here to listen and to help. We pride ourselves on being a listening school and are pleased to share our successes with you.

Linda King B.Ed. (Hons)
Headteacher

School Address
Ashley High School
Cawfield Avenue
Widnes
Cheshire
WA8 7HG

Tel: 0151 424 4892
Fax: 0151 424 5980
Useful Links
Halton Borough Council
Ofsted Report 2015
DfE School Performance Tables
CRMZ Open Access Youth Clubs (17th January 2018)
Open Access Youth Clubs throughout Halton for young people ages 10-19 years of age.

Information, access and support available on:
•Staying safe
•Emotional well-being
•Positive relationships
•Positive Activities
•Themed Events
•Healthy Lifestyles

For more information visit http://www.crmz.co.uk/open-access-youth--clubs/
Parent Support Group Meeting 31st January (16th January 2018)
The next meeting of the Parent Support Group will take place at 5:30pm on Wednesday, January 31st. The meeting will take place in school and will discuss the following agenda –
• Welcome
• Feedback from last meeting
• Mission statement
• Discussion of possible fundraising event
• Discussion of possible monthly coffee morning
• Identifying core group members
• AOB
6th Form Christmas shop (8th December 2017)



Ashley 6th Form Students will be running a Christmas shop in school next week (Monday 11th December 2017 – Friday 15th December 2017). We will be selling
•Sweet Bags £1
•Reindeer Hot Chocolate Jars £2.50
•Reindeer Dust 30p
•Cakes and Cookies 50p

We are also selling tickets for Christmas hampers and these will be available to purchase during the week and at Parents Evening. All proceeds will go towards Ashley Social Enterprise and KIND.
Please help support our students by visiting our stall.
Family Christmas Survival Guide 2017 (5th December 2017)

Christmas can be stressful. Although Christmas is meant to be a happy and joyful time, this isn't how everyone feels at this time of the year. Christmas can be a stressful time for many people. Some people find that the Christmas spirit can be spoiled by:
Money worries
Feelings of being alone
Family arguments
Separation and divorce
Bereavement
Becoming a step-family
Health worries
Some people find Christmas time difficult because of marital break-up, or being separated from their family and children. The emphasis on family, friends and shared good times during the 'festive season' can make people feel sad.
Some ideas to ease the stress
If separated by distance from those family members you would like to be close to, could you keep in touch by phone, text or email?
Christmas shopping for loved ones can help you feel connected, however buying expensive gifts are not the only way to let people know you care. How about giving a home made promise voucher to do tasks such as:
Washing up for a week
2 hours ironing
Evening of baby sitting
Foot massage
For children you could also do promise vouchers for favourite activities such as:
Trip to the park
Family film night at home
Painting / craft session
Baking cakes
If you can, try to make plans for Christmas Day. If you are expecting the day to be stressful, break the day up. An energetic walk around the park can help burn off some energy for children who get over excited and eat too much sugar can help. Can a family game distract bored teenagers?
If you have no one to share the day with, consider volunteering for charity work.
Local organisations value people who can give time to others at this time of year. Local church organisations also often really value those who can offer a little time to help at Christmas time.
Family tensions
All families experience tension to some degree. Part of the reason why Christmas time can be so stressful is the unrealistic expectation of coming together as a happy family on this one day of the year. Try to be realistic, if there are already family tensions it's unlikely that these will just disappear because it's Christmas Day.
Keep realistic expectations. If your relatives tend to argue throughout the year, they will most likely argue on Christmas Day as well.
Everyone is under stress to some degree, it does sometimes feel like that it's only your family that has upsets, however for most people Christmas does bring some worry and stress.
Consider breaking up the celebrations to keep likely upsets to a minimum.
Christmas may not be the right time to talk to someone about an important issue, e.g. an ex-partner about contact arrangements or maintenance payments.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol - alcohol can change how we see things, sometimes we do or say things after having had a drink that we wouldn't normally say or do.
If things get difficult
Ask yourself will the problem feel better tomorrow, is it just the fact that it's Christmas that makes the difficulty feel worse
Take time to think what you would do at any other time of the year. Is there a friend, relative or neighbour that could help?
Would just taking 10 minutes out to think about the best way to sort this out help?
Have you had this difficulty before, what did you do to work it out?
Where to get help
Family Lives:- Parenting and family advice 0808 800 2222
Samaritans:- 116 123
Available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Here to talk to you about anything that may be troubling you. www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us
Childline:- 0800 1111
Childline is a free 24-hour service for children and young people.
NHS:- 111 is the NHS non-emergency number. When you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency.
Non-Emergency Police:- 101 (Open 24 hours).
www.kooth.com
Online Counselling support for Young People
(Online counsellors) 11-25 years. (Open Mon-Fri noon-10pm) (Sat-Sun 6pm-10pm)
Literacy Afternoon - Tuesday 12th December (30th November 2017)

Tuesday 12th December is "Literacy Afternoon". Students will take part in a range of activities with their Form TA intended to promote literacy which in turn will help them become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens!
Mock Exam Week (24th November 2017)

Next week in school it is Mock Exam Week. All students involved have today received a personalised timetable. Any concerns please contact school.
Halton Libraries Present Stand Up Comedy Workshop (15th November 2017)

Thursday 23rd November
5-6pm
Halton Lea Library
Free – book online via the library website or at Halton Lea Library
Recommended for ages 13-19
HALTON SEND TRANSITION EVENT (7th November 2017)

This is an event for parents and young people aged 14-25 yrs old with an Education, Health and Care Plan to provide information on what is on offer when going through transition

DATE: Thursday 30th November 2017
TIME: Drop in between 5pm-8pm
VENUE: Halton Stadium, Bridge Suite, WA8 7DZ

What to expect:
Information about local services and provision
across education, health and social care
Speak to other families and young people in
your shoes
Fun and interactive stalls and refreshments provided

If you are interested in dropping in we would be grateful if you could please contact
admin-organisation&provision@halton.gov.uk
by 21st November 17
8AK visit to Widnes Library (3rd November 2017)

On Wednesday 1st November 8AK visited Widnes Library for a performance by the theatre company Thrills and Quills. The production looked at Jane Austen's letters and how she might communicate in a modern society. We found this really helpful in understanding nineteenth century language in preparation for our GCSEs. Afterwards we were able to have a look around the library and choose new reading books.

If you would like your child to enrol in the library, please return the consent form to Miss Gregory or Mrs Hughes.
Parent Group (19th October 2017)

A number of parents have recently approached the school to discuss the possibility of reinstating the Parent Group. If, as a parent, you would be interested in becoming involved in such a group please contact either Rachel Stanley on 07919 374 332 or Kirsty Mannering on 07798 808 913. Both can also be contacted via Facebook.
UNICEF LEVEL 1 RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL AWARD (October 9th) (10th October 2017)

We are proud to announce that Ashley High is now officially a UNICEF Level 1 Rights Respecting School. Huge thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to achieve this. Martin, from UNICEF visited school this week to meet with students, staff and parent governor to discuss how the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) had been introduced and embedded across school. He was very impressed with all the evidence he saw and particularly with how our students could discuss and show their understanding of their rights and how to respect them.
Wear It Wild 20th October 2017 (29th September 2017)

Wear it Wild for a day.

Love wildlife forever.

Dress up and donate on Friday 20 October.

Ashley High School will be supporting this event again this year. Come to school in own clothes and donate £1. All money raised will help to protect endangered wildlife around the world.

It’s a shocking fact that since 1970, populations of wild species have fallen by half.

Wear it wild!!
Poetry Competition (28th September 2017)

We are asking students to write a poem inspired by Freedom, the theme of this year’s National Poetry Day (28 September) and John Lennon’s famous song Imagine, which is being released as a beautiful picture book.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says we all have 30 freedoms, no matter who we are or where we live
So how do you imagine freedom? Do you think of love, peace, friendship and understanding? Or flags and banners, a sea-breeze, a bird soaring or a ball flying into the air? Maybe freedom is an absence: freedom from hate, war, hunger or poverty. Or freedom is a positive: freedom to speak, have a home, be equal and to choose.
What to do:
• You could take the lyrics of Imagine as your starting point and begin each line with the phrase ‘Imagine there’s…’
• Think about different types of poetry such as limericks, rap, haikus, free verse. Or you could try an acrostic poem, in which the first letters in each line spell out the topic, such as Imagine or Freedom.
• See the National Poetry Day toolkit for more inspiration.
Prizes to be won!!
Closing Date: Friday 3rd November
See Miss Gregory or Mrs Hughes for more details
World Sight Day, 12th October 2017 (22nd September 2017)

Ashley High School will again be supporting World Sight Day.

This is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

Did you know?- 80% of the world's blind cases are avoidable.

We are collecting old spectacles, which we will take to Specsavers, where they will be recycled and the money raised will be used to provide eyecare in developing countries.

Please help us to support this event and send any old spectacles into school
Macmillan Coffee Morning, Friday 29th September 2017 (22nd September 2017)

On Friday, 29th September, Ashley High School will be holding a coffee morning- the world's BIGGEST!- to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

We would like to invite you, along with your firends and family, to join us in the school hall between 9.30am and 11.30am.

In preperation for the event, we are asking for cake and biscuit donations. Please could they be delivered to the Food Technology room on the morning of the 29th

THANK YOU for your support
SPEAKER’S SCHOOL COUNCIL AWARD 2017 – HIGHLY COMMENDED!! (20th September 2017)

We are very proud to announce that the judges of the Speaker’s School Council Awards 2017 have selected our school council’s project on ‘Children’s Rights and Charters’ to receive the ‘highly commended’ award. Whilst our annual entries have always achieved the award, this is the first time a project we have submitted has been recognised as highly commended. This was in recognition of the outstanding work by our students in raising awareness of children’s rights. We received a digital badge for our website and a certificate which will be proudly displayed in school reception.
Breakfast Club (20th September 2017)

Ashley High School's Breakfast Club, runs every school day from 8.30-9.00am. Breakfast Clubs have been proven to improve:

* Punctuality and attendance
* Health and concentration skills
* Social skills
* Academic performance

We look forward to seeing you!
Mayor of Halton visit (16th July 2017)

Our School Council reps and their deputies recently had the privilege of meeting with the new Mayor of Halton, Alan Lowe in Runcorn Town Hall. He was accompanied by his wife the Mayoress. Our students were very kindly given a tour of the Town Hall and the council chamber. All students were a credit to the school asking interesting questions about his role as Mayor and finding out about local government.
Visit by Derek Twigg MP (16th July 2017)

Our School Council Chamber was recently visited by the newly re-elected MP for Halton, Derek Twigg. All class councils had come up with questions for him and these were asked on their behalf by their school council rep. Mr Twigg was very impressed with how well informed our young people were about government and the recent general election. They also asked him about the new bridge, his role as an MP and what he thought about Jeremy Corbyn. He certainly had some tough questions to answer! We hope to visit him in London again next year at the House of Commons in Westminster.
Article 12 UNCRC: Everyone has the right to say what they think and have their views listened to.
‘#Ro and Jules’ Drama in school (19th June 2017)

Last week Years 9 – 14 students had the chance to see a wonderful drama by D Street Media actors. They visited school with their production ‘#Ro and Jules’ which was a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Though the play was funny and really entertaining, it dealt with some very serious issues that young people face today; issues such as peer pressure, cyberbullying,sexting, anti-social behaviour and self-harm. Our students had the chance to interact with the actors while still in role and asked some really relevant and thoughtful questions. The play promoted the importance of talking about your worries and anxieties and all students were given information about the Samaritans. Quote from a Year 10; ‘That was the best play we have ever had in school!’