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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 11-19 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
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.
Football News (23rd March 2017)

Chloe from 10L was selected by Everton in the Community to take part in the 'Kick it Out' project which aims to eradicate racism and prejudice out of football at all levels. She attended an event at Everton's training facility USN Finch Farm where she had the opportunity to meet and greet Everton's premier league star Romelu Lukaku who co-hosted the event.
Football Tournament (23rd March 2017)

Ashley High School students across all year groups have been representing Everton in the under 16's Pan Disability football team. They are currently competing in the Merseyside ability counts league in Kirkby and in the Greater Manchester ability counts league in Salford. Some of the other teams include representation from Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Enterprise Day (23rd March 2017)

The final day of term (Tuesday 7th February) saw students from Years 7 to 11 take part in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge 2017. Working in teams of six, students took part in a real life business challenge. This year students were asked to design an event for the Alton Towers ride Galactica. The day aimed to develop the enterprise and employability skills and it was fantastic to see students demonstrating teamwork, communication, leadership, creativity and presentation skills. All teams worked really hard and a real sense of team spirit and competitiveness was felt. All teams came up with some fantastic ideas and all students presented them to the rest of the school. Two teams were put forward to the final. The winning team included Joseph M, Josh R and Kaitlin T and they will present their ideas in July to a National panel.
Fairtrade Fortnight (23rd March 2017)

Fairtrade Fortnight took place 27th February - 10th March 2017. During this time all classes took part in lessons learning about Fairtrade. Year 7 sold Fairtrade products and raised just over £70. Well done everyone!
Year 7 visit to KIND, Liverpool (22nd March 2017)

On week beginning 27th February 2017 Year 7 took part in a week long visit to the KIND Seed Centre, Liverpool. The students took part in a range of science activities and investigations including Healthy lifestyles, Adaptations, Life Cycles, Pond Dipping, Plant Reproduction and The Digestive System. All students had a wonderful time and were a credit to the school.
Veolia Education Centre (22nd March 2017)

On Friday 17th March, 8FL visited Veolia Recycling Centre to learn about how recycled waste gets sorted.

They saw how cardboard and paper gets separated and then made into bundles which are then sent off to a paper mill in North Wales and recycled back into paper.

They learnt about the importance of recycling and how long it takes for different items to break down in a landfill site

It was a really interesting visit and students will be sharing their knowledge to the rest of the school, so that we can all recycle correctly
World famous Philharmonic Orchestra (22nd March 2017)

On Thursday 16th March students were lucky enough to visit the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool and listen to the orchestra play a range of musical pieces including The Beatles and Star Wars.Students and staff even got the chance to sing along whilst the orchestra was playing.

We then visited the Metropolitan Cathedral and even managed to stop off at Otterspool Prom on the way back to school!

Send a Cow (12th December 2016)

Well Done and Thank You to Y8 pupils and staff who raised £47 with 2 sessions of Christmas Bingo!

Over 25 years Send a Cow has transformed a million lives; working hand in hand with poor families, widows and orphans, teaching them the skills they need to build new lives free from poverty and hunger. By providing training, livestock, seeds and support, it restores hope and creates stronger communities for the future.

Students have discussed which items they wished to buy to help the families and decided on a little donkey and an education package for a child.

2016 Poppy Appeal (12th December 2016)

A big Thank You to staff and students at Ashley High. We raised £229.31 for this year's Poppy Appeal.

The total raised by schools in Widnes was £5,500. This helped to raise £35,500 in total across the whole of Widnes.