Our Team

Sam Shaw

Managing Director

Fully DBS checked


Child safeguarding officer


YCC aproved child mentor


Children’s Charity Manager for three years 


Trained Outward Bound First Aider


Construction Industry 14 years

Member of The Guild Of Master Craftsmen


City & Guilds in Construction 


Lyz Shaw


Enhanced DBS


Mental Health First Aider 


Previous Foster Carer Advanced Training


Level 2 Business Administrator

First Aider


Child Safeguarding Officer


Risk Assessor


PREVENT trained




Julia Crane

Head of Provision and SENCO

Enhanced DBS
PGCE English and History: University of Leeds (2000)

BA (Hons) Literature and History: Leeds Metropolitan University (1999)

18 Years Experience teaching KS3-5 including 5 years as a senior leader

Lead Practitioner coaching and mentoring staff


AQA Assessor

Alexa Chaplin

Deputy Head of Education (English)

PGCE English and Drama: University of York


BA Hons English: University of York


BSc Hons Psychology: Open University


17 years experience teaching in 11-18 schools including middle leadership and ITT/NQT Mentoring

Mike Sutton

Area Manager and Mentor

NVQ level 2 in Agriculture

BIEC Certificate


Working with children in the environment.


Wildlife habitats in spring


Angling Trust level 2 angling coach


CAST Award coach

Thomas Mulvenna

Mentor and Maths Tutor

Level 3 Support assessment for learning

Level 3 Support numeracy 


Level 3 Support disabled children & young people & those with special educational needs

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools

7 years experience fittness coaching & engaging dissengaged young people

Full DBS

Jonothon Burks


Coming Soon

      Luke Dixon



Luke Dixon 


Level 1 Football Coach 


6 years experience within sports coaching 


Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award


Queen Scout 


 Retained Fire Fighter 


 Trained in 

PREVENT (preventing radicalisation in young people)


Safeguarding Level 1


    Abbie Brown



Master of Science Degree - Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development

Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree - Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring

BTEC Diploma - Public Services

Level 1 Football Coach

Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression

Trained in PREVENT

Trained in Safeguarding - including awareness of child abuse and neglect, and protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults

Medication and First Aid training

Epilepsy awareness and administration of emergency medication.

Laura Harben

Operations Manager and Secretary


Enhanced DBS Checked


Managerial background


Best investment, Top sales performer, 12/12 KPI.


Completed an internal Academy
Management Diploma.


First Aider


Safeguarding Level 1


Brand sponsored incentive winner including trips to Milan and Switzerland.

Jack Bell



Find us


York Base Address


Lower Derwent Valley NNR

Bank Island

Church Lane



YO19 6AS




York Office Address


6 Milner's Yard,

Riccall Grange,

King Rudding Lane,



YO19 6QL



Doncaster Base Address


Humberhead Peatlands NNR

Bawtry Road

Hatfield Woodhouse






Document Downloads

First Point Referral
First Point Referral.doc
Microsoft Word document [329.0 KB]
Referral Form
Please complete the attached document to refer a new student to Ad Astra and return to lyz.shaw@adastrayork.co.uk
Referral Form.docx
Microsoft Word document [315.5 KB]
Ad Astra Damage Policy
Ad Astra Damage Policy.docx
Microsoft Word document [13.9 KB]


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