Ellesmere College is a city centre school with Primary, Secondary and Post 16 departments, and caters for the needs of 270 students between the ages of 4 – 19 with a wide range of educational difficulties.
The college has changed over the last few years and has moved from being a secondary school for children with mainly moderate learning difficulties to the broad spectrum school that are now catering for students with cognition and learning needs (moderate and severe) that arise from communication and interaction difficulties, including autism, speech and language, social, emotional, mental health needs as well as maybe experiencing sensory and physical difficulties. We have an increasing population of students with a hearing impairment. We now have a primary department and offer a total communication environment across the age ranges. Our students are unique learners and we work hard to personalise their learning opportunities to ensure they achieve the best outcomes they are capable of.
Ashmount School is a special school in the rural county for pupils between the ages of 4 and 19 makes provision for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties, severe and additional learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorder and visual impairment. A significant number of pupils also have additional complex medical needs.
We moved to our fantastic brand new school in the Thorpe Acre area of Loughborough in January 2014. Our purpose built environment is set within the grounds of Charnwood College and our student numbers have now reached capacity of 161.
The aim of Ashmount School is to provide education for pupils with special educational needs. The highly specialised provision is available to those pupils that, through the process of assessment, are recognised as needing more help than that available in other schools. Characteristics of the provision made include higher staffing ratios, a multi-disciplinary team, working in close co-operation with parents, involvement of the educational psychologist, specialist
teachers and therapists. Learning is generally assisted by task analysis, small stages, frequent and regular repetition, generalisation, parent’s involvement and regular positive reinforcement.
The work of the school is comprehensively supported by a range of services within the Children and Young Peoples Services Dept. e.g. specialist teachers in sensory impairment and teachers from the Autism Outreach service. A significant feature of provision is the multi-disciplinary approach and inter-disciplinary working between all those working with children at the school.