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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
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!’
Cupcake for Alzheimers at Ashley High (16th June 2017)

Well done to everyone who has brought cakes in today and to everyone for buying a 'Cupcake for Alzheimers!'

So far we have raised approx £130 and we still have cakes to sell.

Well Done!
Year 7 visit to Beeston Castle (14th June 2017)

Year 7 visited Beeston Castle last week as part of their History topic on Medieval Britain. They looked at the artefacts stored at the castle and were able to identify features of a Motte and Bailey castle. Everyone had a great time.
Gold Democracy Award (7th May 2017)

We are delighted to announce that Ashley High was recently awarded GOLD in the first ever Democracy Awards presented by Halton Youth Cabinet. We were one of only 3 local schools to be given this prestigious Gold award. This is in recognition of the great work our school continues to do as part of our Citizenship curriculum; promoting Pupil Voice through School Council and committees, voting for Halton's Youth Member of Parliament, taking part in the "Make your Mark' campaign and helping our Sixth formers to register to vote in local and general elections. Well done everyone!
ANNE FRANK Trust UK Exhibition (7th May 2017)

This week we hosted the Anne Frank Trust UK Exhibition. Part of their nationwide Schools Programme, this was the 2nd time the Trust have visited our school. The exhibition explored the life and times of Anne Frank and enabled students to understand the damage caused by prejudice and hatred. A group of Year 7 and 8 students had the opportunity to train as Peer Guides telling the story of the Holocaust through the eyes of Anne Frank. They developed their knowledge, confidence and presenting skills by delivering presentations to classes throughout the week. On the final day workshops were delivered to the School Council from Cronton Holy Family School, Ashley 6th Form students and Mrs King and Governors. Well done to all our Peer Guides who received a certificate and a copy of Anne Frank’s diary in recognition for all their hard work.
Ashley's baby chicks (23rd March 2017)

8FL have been pleased to welcome some new class members over the last 2 weeks following the delivery of some 'living eggs.'

Students and staff were lucky enough to watch several of the eggs hatch, which was an amazing experience!

It was fascinating to see how the chicks grew and changed in the short time they were with us.

Hopefully Mrs King will let us do it again next year!!!
Halton Member of Youth Parliament Elections 2017-18 (23rd March 2017)

Phil McClure from Halton Youth Cabinet visited school yesterday (March 21st) to give all our students the chance to vote in this year’s Youth Parliament elections. Everyone had watched the campaign DVD and voted for the candidate they thought would be the best representative for Halton young people at the national Youth Parliament. Election results will be announced on 31st March when our very own Thomas Norris will hand over as Halton MYP to the new winning candidate for 2017-18.