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Ashley Down Class


Our Ashley Down class provides an opportunity to remain in a fulltime school placement which is fully included within a college base. This enables the students to continue with an accreditation profile, but to be supported to learn how to function within a college environment. All students at Ashley Down are expected to learn to purchase and eat lunches in the open canteen and to make their way to and from college (with various levels of support), they all access the community at least weekly, learning to be increasingly independent and developing life skills, including safe travel skills.

The provision is designed for young people with autism or autism compatible needs. Students can attend for a one or a two year option, designed to help young people cope with the transition from school to college. Students follow Entry Level or Functional Skills courses in English and maths; some students may work on GCSEs. In addition to this, students engage in a range of different subjects and activities throughout the week; many of these are working towards AQA accreditation. Students will typically study, in addition to English and maths; art, PSHE, cooking, horticulture, ICT, gym, as well as accessing the community to work towards humanities accreditation. Further to this list, students also take part, as volunteers, helping out on two nearby city allotments. Through this, they carry out a range of practical activities throughout the year. Students do these activities in all weathers, reinforcing a work ethic to support their transition into adulthood.

The class has 8 places, and is staffed by a full-time teacher and HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant), with extra teaching assistants attending from our Brightstowe for some sessions. There is a strong emphasis on developing independence, maturity and resilience in readiness for attending college.  

 students at Ashley Down