The aim of Ashmount School is to provide education for pupils with special educational needs. The highly specialised provision is available to those pupils that, through the process of assessment, are recognised as needing more help than that available in other schools.
We moved to our fantastic brand new school in the Thorpe Acre area of Loughborough in January 2014. Our purpose built environment is set within the grounds of Charnwood College and our student numbers have now reached capacity of 196.
Our School Day
The school opens to all pupils at 9.30am and the official end of the compulsory school day is 3.30pm. The total hours provided in a typical week is 30 hours. Morning registration closes at 10.00am.
Characteristics of the provision made include higher staffing ratios, a multi-disciplinary team, working in close co-operation with parents, involvement of the educational psychologist, specialist teachers and therapists. Learning is generally assisted by task analysis, small stages, frequent and regular repetition, generalisation, parents involvement and regular positive reinforcement.
The work of the school is comprehensively supported by a range of services within the Children and Young Peoples Services Dept. e.g. specialist teachers in sensory impairment and teachers from the Autism Outreach service. A significant feature of provision is the multi-disciplinary approach and inter-disciplinary working between all those working with children at the school.
Review of provision is made by students, parents, staff, the LA and governors through a variety of means including Personal Development Programmes, annual reports, reviews of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC plans), curriculum review and ongoing monitoring.
If you would like to see detailed information on student progress and Key Stage attainment the school has an Achievement and Progress report which we would be pleased to discuss with you. The government publishes school performance tables and other information on school progress on its website at www.education.gov.uk. for more detailed information you may wish to look at www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/ . However, our own statistics provide more detailed 'small step' progress reports and these are discussed with parents at annual review meetings and other reporting occasions.
Admission of pupils to the school is through an Education, Health and Care Plan or for assessment. Pupils will be admitted from Loughborough and the surrounding areas as directed by the Special Education Needs Assessment Service at County Hall. All pupils will have special educational needs or learning difficulties. Further information on admissions can be found via the Leicestershire County Council website at www.leics.gov.uk
The school building contains sixteen class bases with toilets and changing facilities. Additionally the pupils benefit from the following:
- Cookery room with special adjustable fitments
- Multisensory room with equipment and technology for assisting children with sensory impairments including an interactive floor surface
- Swimming pool - a one metre deep pool kept at a warm temperature to encourage and develop confidence in water with full dual hoisting facilities
- Large hall used for gymnastics, physical education, assemblies and as a dining room at lunchtime
- Good flat tarmac playgrounds with appropriate equipment, a sensory garden, gardens and a cycle track and numerous purpose built play and learning resources
- Computers and interactive whiteboards are available in all class areas
- Parents room
- Therapy room
- Music room
- Conference room
- Meeting rooms and offices
Ashmount is fortunate to have access to three minibuses, and a people carrier. The minibuses are equipped to carry wheelchair passengers.
Our Headteacher is David Deacon and our Deputy Headteacher is Abi Steady.
The full Special Needs Policy is available from school, on request, to all parents. If you require paper copies of anything on the website these can be arranged by contacting the school office (there may be a charge for these).
Union officials have taken 6 hours off timetable to carry out their union duties during the last 12 months.
All local authority maintained schools are required to publish annually on their websites the number of individuals (if any) earning over £100k a year. This information is required to be published in bands of £10k. At 29/11/2022 one member of staff at the school earns between £100k and £110k a year.