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Ashcroft School

Ashcroft School is one of the North West’s leading specialist education providers for students aged 8 to 18. We are a pioneering, life-changing school, supporting students with needs including social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Our students may have struggled to cope in other settings because of their individual barriers to learning.

At Ashcroft School we pride ourselves in working with each student to offer a bespoke education package that meets their individual needs. Staff relight the spark in our young people and re-engage them with learning.  We build confidence and self-esteem to change how students feel about themselves.

Ashcroft staff are experienced and dedicated and led by a national award-winning headteacher. We are committed to ensuring that every young person coming through our door reaches their potential - that means building trust with our students, providing intensive support and tailoring all we offer to their specific needs.

What we do

Our students are at the heart of everything we do. We listen to their hopes and dreams, help them see, understand and overcome their barriers. And give them the support to love learning again. So they leave feeling hope for the future, and with the knowledge, skills and self esteem to take on any challenge.

Nurture approach

We base everything we do around the six nurturing principles. This helps our students feel secure, supported and positive about their learning environment. Accredited by the Nurture Group, Ashcroft holds the prestigious Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award, awarded to us at the highest level.

  1. Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  2. The classroom offers a safe base
  3. The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
  4. Language is a vital means of communication
  5. All behaviour is communication
  6. The importance of transition in children’s lives

Initial assessment

When a student first joins us, we use the Boxall profile to assess their social skills and any challenging behaviours. This helps us to really understand what’s going on beneath the surface. It also helps us to set targets towards positive change.

From here we develop a tailor-made plan for each individual learner, making sure they’re involved in the process and their needs are met.

A curriculum shaped to fit each student

Our curriculum is broad, balanced and adapted to meet every student’s individual needs. They’ll get to build their skills, tackle any gaps and improve their literacy and numeracy. As well as work towards recognised qualifications.

We’re also proud of our outdoor education and enrichment activities which make for an even more engaging learning experience.

Explore our curriculum offer

Student support

We provide support for the whole learning journey. Each class group has a teacher and educational assistants who work with students every day. We also have specialist teachers for certain subjects, and offer intensive one-to-one support where it’s needed. Alongside our academic curriculum, we also teach communication, social and life skills.

Find out more about student support

Supporting student achievement

We think learning should be a positive experience. So we take every opportunity to celebrate our students’ success. Parents and carers can too at our celebration assemblies, held every term.

We have a strong track record of student success and offer a range of qualifications including:

  • Unit Awards
  • Entry Level Certificate (Entry Level 1, 2, 3)
  • BTEC Firsts (Award, Certificate, Extended Certificate, Diploma)
  • BTEC Nationals
  • GCSE
  • A Level

Who to contact

Contact Name
Richard Stevens
Contact Position
Acting Headteacher
0161 283 4832

Where to go

Name of venue
Ashcroft School
Venue address
Schools Hill

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Our day begins at 9am and finishes by 3pm. On Friday afternoons, students in the main school finish at 2.15pm. The Nurture Group finishes at 12pm.
Session Information
Morning and afternoon

Local Offer

Video: Ashcroft services - helping young people get hope back for the future

Local Offer Ages
4-10 (Primary School)
11-16 (Secondary School)
16-18 (Transitions into Adulthood)
Last Updated: 31/10/2022
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