What We do
What makes ad astra different
We have created a unique learning environment that we can tailor to suit the needs of the most demanding young people offering high-quality land-based activities as well as health and fitness programmes, IT sessions, mechanics and construction, alongside a strong education package including Maths, English and Science. We give young people the tools for a successful future. By inspiring them in an alternative setting where their imaginations can run wild and their aspirations can grow.
As well as engagement and educational activities, we also provide personal and social development sessions to ensure our young people learn crucial life skills including relationships, drugs and alcohol safety, social media safety, first aid and many more. All education staff and mentors are trained to a high standard and our SLT team are now fully developmental trauma trained.
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What sort of children are given a place at Ad Astra?
Children and young people who attend Ad Astra may experience significant difficulties regulating their emotions and behaviours in response to life challenges, change, and relationships with both peers and/or adults. Their abilities to respond to educational opportunities and learn effectively are often impaired. Students are placed in our Alternative Provision by direct school referral or through the local authority (LA) Education, Health and Care Plan process if parents and the local authority agree this is in the child’s best interest. A significant number of our students on roll have an EHC plan and students’ targets are linked to the outcomes of the EHC plan.
How Ad Astra measureS the progress of individuals
Progress for all students is tracked following data collection each Half term.
Further assessment and interventions as and when appropriate.
Progress and targets for all students will be shared with individuals and parents at each review and sent home termly
Assessment for Learning strategy used throughout the academy
SENCO, to review attainment and progress data to identify students who may need intervention to address a particular or specific area of need.
EHCP Review process
Student centred planning including written and verbal feedback
Student and parent voice
Meeting the needs of all students.
There is an ethos of continued professional development embedded in our setting to ensure that all staff members are trained and informed of new developments in education and in particular developments in the teaching of students with a broad spectrum of Special Educational Needs.
A wide variety of strategies are used to provide support for students across our alternative curriculum. The following interventions and methods currently exist:
Differentiation of tasks, resources and outcomes
Individualised support sessions for English, Maths
Life skills/PSE social skills/behaviour sessions
Use of IT facilities to support preferred learning styles.
Access Arrangements for students with specific needs for internal and external assessments