Ash Field Academy
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Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school

Broad Avenue
4 - 19
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School Description

The school converted to become an academy school in April 2012. When its predecessor school, Ash Field School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding. Ash Field Academy provides for pupils with physical disabilities. The majority have additional problems including moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties. About a third of the pupils have a visual impairment, and smaller numbers have difficulties such as autism and attention deficit disorder. A large number of pupils have medical needs that require routine attention during the school day. About one quarter of pupils have progressive deteriorating conditions, almost all pupils are wheelchair users, and about one third need additional equipment to help them communicate. Almost all pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The complexity of pupils’ needs on entry is increasing, and increasing numbers are joining the school at a young age. The school offers residential and extended day experiences as part of its educational provision. About half the pupils stay at the school for one or two nights on a rota basis throughout the year. There are 18 beds in total. The residential provision was not part of this inspection. The school has two other functions. It is commissioned to run an Assistive Technology Assessment Centre which supports pupils from schools throughout Leicester city. It also functions as a regional professional development centre. The school hosts visits and provides numerous courses and placements for adults from schools and universities on a national and global scale. These additional functions were not part of this inspection. More than twice the usual proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium which is additional government funding to support the achievement of certain groups of pupils, including those known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. Half the pupils are from ethnic minority heritages, and about half of these families speak English as an additional language. A small number of pupils have a dual placement with their own local mainstream school. A number of older pupils have work experience at mainstream schools. The school uses alternative provision to provide education, as some older pupils follow courses at Gateway Sixth Form College, South Leicestershire College and Leicester College. A significant building programme to replace unfit temporary buildings and provide extra accommodation is due to commence in July 2013 under the final phase of the national ‘Building Schools for the Future’ initiative.

Ash Field Academy Catchment Area Map

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Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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