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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
Parent Support Group Meeting (12th June 2018)
The next meeting of the Parent Support Group will take place at 9:30am on Thursday, July 5th. The meeting will take place in school and will discuss the following agenda –

• Welcome
• Progression of the fundraising recipe book
• Christmas Fayre fundraiser
• Appointment of Group Treasurer
• Flyers/information to be given out by Parent Support Group at Y7 Parent Meeting (date TBC)
• Suggestions for monies raised
• AOB

The Countryside Code (7th June 2018)

As part of their Asdan course, Y12 designed leaflets promoting The Countryside Code.

Do you know the code?
- Keep dogs under close control.
- Protect plants and animals; and take your litter home.
- Leave gates and property as you find them.
- Be safe- plan ahead and follow any sign.
- Consider other people.
Summer Reading Challenge (23rd May 2018)

Throughout August Halton Lea and Widnes Libraries will be running events for primary school children.
To make sure the events run smoothly volunteers are needed to help with the activities.
If you are aged between 12 and 18 and you think you would like to get involved please see Miss Gregory or Mrs Hughes for more information.

Pupils are Ace at Race at your Pace! (9th May 2018)

We have some budding Olympic athletes amongst us with 4 of our pupils recently completing the 10 Mile ‘Race at your Pace’ Challenge Coordinated by Miss Edge.
Pupils can enter a 5, 10 or 20 mile challenge which can be completed over multiple sessions on our gym’s running machine at break, lunch and after school.
We are very proud to announce that Joshua Ryan, Joseph Hesketh, Michael Hesketh and Lewis Kelly have all completed this challenge and are now the proud recipients of brilliant medals and certificates. Well done to everyone.
Any pupils interested in taking part in the next challenge, please see Miss Edge for details.
National Award for Our ‘Inspirational School.’ (3rd May 2018)

We are celebrating after winning The Autism Professionals Award for 2018 in the category of ‘Inspirational Education Provision.’

In a glittering ceremony held in Harrogate, our school triumphed over shortlisted schools from Wilmslow High School and Gainsborough School from an initial entry list of 17 schools across the country which represents a fantastic achievement for all of us.

Autism Professionals Awards seek to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to improving the lives of autistic people which reflects perfectly the ethos of Ashley High School.

Mrs King was naturally thrilled to receive the award: ‘Ashley High School is all about partnership: our pupils, our families, our staff, our governors and our local authority all working together to ensure that the young people in our care achieve the very best outcomes; enabling them to lead happy, fulfilling and successful lives in the future. I couldn’t be happier or more proud, she said’
Y12 Begin their Fundraising Campaign (25th April 2018)

As part of their COPE Citizenship & Community Project, our Year 12 students have planned a series of fundraising events in order to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. The first part of this took place on Tuesday 17th April with a hugely successful film afternoon for all students held in our Enterprise Zone. Our Y12s set up the venue and sound system and ran the afternoon themselves in true cinema tradition with popcorn and drinks sold during the presentation. Our students loved watching Jack Black in 'School of Rock' munching and laughing their way through the whole film and raising £26.50 in the process. Well done everyone.


Y12's next event will be a Bingo Afternoon & Cake Sale for all Ashley High School families that will be held in school on Wed 16th May from 2.00pm - 3.15pm. Any cakes and donations greatly appreciated.
Congratulations! (28th March 2018)

Congratulations to one of our Year 10 students who is the Kata North West Regional Champion. He also won bronze in Kumite.
Schools' Autism Awareness Week (27th March 2018)

Monday 26th March to Monday 2nd April 2018 is Schools' Autism Awareness Week part of World Autism Awareness Week. Students will be taking part in a variety of activities this week and we are having a non-uniform day on Thursday 29th March 2018 to raise awareness. Wear something purple and 1 donation.
ICT Mark Award (26th March 2018)

Congratulations to the staff and students at Ashley High School who received the re-accreditation of the ICT Mark Award on 21st March 2018. This was awarded in recognition of our wide variety of use of ICT to support the individual needs of students, our use of ICT systems to track learning and development and our use of ICT in learning areas to support independence. Well done!
ChAPS Art Exhibition (23rd March 2018)
Thursday 22nd March 4.30 - 7.00pm
Friday 23rd March 1 - 6pm
Saturday 24th March 10.30am - 2pm
Northwich Business Centre, Meadow Street, Northwich, CW9 5BF(Steps at end of main car park).
During business hours please park at Memorial Court Leisure Centre.
www.cheshireautism.org.uk
0344 850 8607
Parent Support Group Meeting (21st March 2018)
The next meeting of the Parent Support Group will take place at 10:00am on Thursday, March 29th. The meeting will take place in school and will discuss the following agenda
Welcome
Feedback from last meeting
Angela Ivins (ICT Teacher) to discuss plans for school website
MJ Cashless payment systems
Ideas for fundraising activities to buy goals for school yard
Gordon Gorst (Food Tech/Catering Teacher) to discuss fundraising idea around creating a recipe book
Lisa Oakley & Joanne Thomas (Parents) to introduce/discuss new Friends of Ashley high Facebook page
AOB
Disabled Children's Service Coffee Morning (14th March 2018)

Thursday 22nd March 2018
9.30-10.00 (coffee on arrival)
10.00-12.00 (start)
At Halton Lodge Children's Centre, Runcorn
We are holding a Parent/Carer participation coffee morning. This is an opportunity to meet staff from Disabled Childrens Service to share your views and ideas in a relaxed and informal setting.
For more information and to book a place please ring
0151 420 7767.
Friends of Ashley High Facebook Page (13th March 2018)

The Ashley High School Parent Support group have created their own Facebook page. Parents/carers of students currently attending Ashley High are invited to join the page.
Shakespeare Week (12-18 March) (12th March 2018)

This week is Shakespeare Week. To celebrate pupils will be learning about the life and work of William Shakespeare during Literacy time. For more information please visit https://www.shakespeareweek.org.uk/
Reading at Home (9th March 2018)

Please encourage your children to read at home. Its not just about books. Magazines, Newspapers and Graphic books are a useful way of increasing reading skills. At Ashley High School we promote reading as a skill for life.
Medication (9th March 2018)
If your child requires medication to be taken in school hours it must be brought in with its original packaging, pharmacy label and information leaflet and handed in to the school office. This also applies to medicine bought over the counter e.g. Paracetamol, Hay Fever tablets or liquid. The relevant forms for staff to administer medication MUST be filled in.
If you feel your child is able to take the medication themselves, again, the relevant forms must be filled in. Staff will supply you with this. This is a requirement in all schools.
An Individual Healthcare Plan will be completed if the medication is taken on a permanent basis, whether at school or at home and sent home for you to check and sign. Without this, students will not be allowed out on school visits or trips out.
Waste Week 5-9th March 2018 (1st March 2018)

Next week, Ashley High School will be taking part in this National Campaign.The focus this year is food waste and food packaging.

Information cards will be placed around the school and students are being encouraged to read and record the information.

They will be a prize for the student who finds the most facts!

Did you know?:-
-3 million slices of cheese are thrown away each year.

-Families in the UK throw away about 700 of food a year

-We throw away 1.4 million bananas a DAY in the UK

-There will be more plastic, by weight, than fish, in the sea by 2050


Recycling in Halton (1st March 2018)

Veolia have produced a leaflet which helps us to recycle the correct items.

We only have 1 Planet, please look after it!
World Book Day (28th February 2018)

To celebrate World Book Day 2018, students will be taking part in a range of activities during Literacy time.
Please see Miss Gregory or Mrs Collacott for your book token.
Year 7 learning CPR (23rd February 2018)

Year 7 in association with The Heart Foundation have been learning CPR every Friday afternoon for the last few months.