York 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




Phone: 01904 449846

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Our aim is to engage young people by utilising our stunning countryside & facilities.

Ad Astra is leading the way in alternative education in and around the North of England.

We draw on the knowledge and experience of our staff who have created a unique learning environment that we can tailor to suit the needs of the most demanding young people.

Natural England and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

We have been working in partnership with Natural England since 2014, operating on over 2200 acres of the highest quality National Nature Reserve land.


This allows us to teach skills such as Wildlife Management, Habitat Creation, Wildlife Care and Monitoring, Construction, Mechanics, Waterways Management, Woodland Management and more.

AQA Unit Award Scheme Centre 

We have recently become an AQA Unit Award Scheme Centre, meaning we can formally offer our students the opportunity to have their bespoke learning packages recognised in the form of a certified unit award scheme. (UAS)


Through our bespoke teaching, all our students can build a record of achievement, increasing their potential and confidence in their learning. We are also able to expand and customise units to our student's individual learning interests and needs.

Feedback from our students

'It's awesome, I want to live here.'

'I wish school was more like this.'

'It was amazing, we had the opportunity to hold the animals. We love it and can't wait for next week!'

'Why can't we come here every day, I feel like I'm learning loads.'

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