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Welcome to the future of Alternative Learning.

AQA Unit Award Scheme Registered Centre

Enabling students to progress to the next stage in their lives

Ad Astra offer a highly practical and engaging outdoor education programme, which is founded on our partnership with Natural England and other large organisations, focussing on land-based studies, communication and positive behaviour reinforcement. Our explicit focus on oracy is particularly powerful in helping students to understand and articulate barriers and triggers for poor behaviour and this allows us to build a bespoke programme to help facilitate engagement in education and reintegration to school. 


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York City Council Rawcliffe Park & Ride

The group have done a good job, It has opened up the pond area and the small woodland surround. They have definitely worked hard and achieved the agreed outcome.

Beki Johnson (York City Council)

Scrub clearance at Clifton Backies

This is an amazing job done by the Ad Astra group!

Please pass on our thanks for such a thorough and worthwhile task. It really looks like a meadow again!


Kind regards 



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Danesgate School, Fulford

Working with Natural England some of the written work they do has Maths and English tuition underpinning any portfolio/evidence work. Danesgate and Ad Astra staff have formed a strong professional working relationship over the past five years, where good communication is central.


They are driven to support and develop the well being of all the students' they work with from Danesgate. Ad Astra continues to support our learners and has recently expanded to include fishing and Health and Fitness to meet student’s needs and our requests. These new ventures have been extremely successful and, although in their infancy, have become embedded in their program offer for our students, and a huge success.

Jasmine Aziz


I wish school was more like this. I get to work outside and help others in the community that need it

'Ad Astra is the only place that has ever helped me gain an understanding of life skills

Some of the activities available to our students

Head Office Address


6 Milner's Yard,

Riccall Grange,

King Rudding Lane,



YO19 6QL

York Base Address


Lower Derwent Valley NNR

Bank Island

Church Lane



YO19 6AS

Doncaster Base Address


Humberhead Peatlands NNR

Bawtry Road

Hatfield Woodhouse



County Durham Base Address

Castle Eden Dene

Stanhope Chase,




Phone: 01904 449846

Based in Yorkshire and North East

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