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.

Contact us

Contact our team directly by calling 01904 449846 or email



Our senior team member will send you a full point referral, this is the full application to apply for a placement at Ad Astra.


We invite the student and a school rep to attend a visit to our provision to ensure the student feels comfortable and receives direct information from our team.


Once all steps have completed, it is time to start your student's new journey to success

Start your referral today

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New Courses added for 2021-2022

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

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