If you have donated/contributed to our School in the past then we greatly appreciate it. Our aim for this financial year is to continue to make improvements here at Ashgate and we will always welcome donation/contributions towards these.

We welcome donations through our Virgin Money Giving Page:

Clothing Bank

We have an Air Ambulance clothing bank on site, situated in the car park next to the Swimming Pool. If you have any unwanted clothes, bags or shoes, please do use the clothing bank as a percentage of the money raised is donated to school.

New Projects and our Community Page

To read how you can get involved in our current project(s), please see below or our Community Page for more information. We would welcome anyone from the Community to complete our Community Survey for all to complete - this will only take 2 minutes.

Refurbishment of the Food Technology Room

Fundraising target = £25,000 Total raised so far = £27,432

‘Baking skills for life’

The area that we are currently considering improving is the Food Technology room. This is used by all pupils to help understand the food cycle, allowing them to use the home grown crops from the poly tunnel and help them prepare and create meals, ensuring they are building those skills for life. As with any other person in the world, one of the essential life skills is to ensure you can provide for yourself, which includes fuelling your body. The pupils learn to prepare, cook, serve and share meals with colleagues and staff, which also allows them to touch on the social aspect of eating with friends and family.

Unfortunately the room itself has previously not been designed to accommodate all pupils with special needs. The current layout is not wheelchair friendly and does not promote the sharing aspect required while preparing food with staff and colleagues. The space could be utilised better to provide shared, rise and fall worktops, also having adequate space to allow ease of moving around a kitchen area making it safer and easier to teach and cook.

View of current Food Technology Room:Proposed Plans:

As you can see we have exceeded our target for the refurbishment which is underway. Special thanks to the Clothworkers Foundation for agreeing to fund £21,500 of the project, this added to the other donations from the successful Great North swimmer (Amy Musson) and Great North runner (Hannah Barnett), to name just a few. Please keep checking for the official opening of the room.

Outdoor Learning Canopy

Fundraising target = £N/A Total raised so far = £N/A

This will be a canopy installed in our Primary learning area. It will be attached to the Greenbank Hall and will provide a sheltered area for pupils at Ashgate to learn outdoors.

This project has been kindly donated by Techman Engineering. This is a company that is associated with one of our Governors Simon Oxspring. We would like to express our thanks to Simon and Techman Engineering for this generous donation. The installation is scheduled for the summer break. More information on the design and area is attached below.

Current view of Outdoor Learning Area:

If you do wish to donate or contribute to any of the projects mentioned above please contact the school direct asking for the School Business Manager.

Finished Projects:

Forest Schools

Forest Schools is a popular initiative that uses the natural environment to build independence and self-esteem. Children get muddy, make woodland crafts, build dens, explore mini-beast hotels, develop frog lodges, use tools and learn how to be safe around an open fire. It's all about being outdoors and being free to explore.

Our Forest School area is now finished! Everything is in place and a teaching programme commenced in September 2017.

Thank you very much for all your support. We are certain that the pupils are going to really benefit from having this extra space to learn and enjoy an outdoor semi-wild environment.

We had a fantastic opening ceremony with our Mayor, Cllr Maureen Davenport cutting the ribbon and officially welcoming everybody onto the site. Pupils enjoyed seeing where all the Forest School activities will take place and the sorts of things that they will be doing. One of the most popular areas on the site was the large mound of mud, where pupils enjoyed climbing up and sliding down! Pupils also enjoyed playing in the mud kitchen, listening to stories in the story telling area and climbing over the stepping stones.

Feedback on the site has been extremely positive with both pupils and staff saying how great it is that we can now use a space in school that beforehand was inaccessible. Once again, thank you for your support in helping us to develop our new Forest School area.

Total raised = £26,876.22

We are pleased to let you know that our Forest School Project in the Tesco Bags of Help vote in your local Tesco stores, came second. We received an award of £2,000.00. Voting was held at Tesco stores between Monday 1st May to Friday 30th June and proved to be very successful with millions of votes being cast by Tesco Customers.

Proposed plans:
Area to be developed:

Sensory Garden

Fundraising target = £2,193
Total raised = £2,193

Old sensory garden:New sensory garden:

The Sensory garden had a makeover in 2016. Major improvements to the area allow pupils and adults who are accessing it to have the full sensory experience of touch, smell, sight and sound. The improvements made include:

  • New pergola and trellis
  • Additional fencing
  • Capping slabs and textured slabs
  • Plants and flowers
  • Coloured Perspex

We would like to thank Coal Aston Wesleyan Reform Church, Belfair Bowling, Tesco, Braiswick Photography, Dave Stone Design for their donations and all the parents/carers and staff who donated through the Helping Hands appeal.

If you have donated/contributed to the school in the past and/or are interested in any previous fundraising projects please see the attached document below for more information on what we have achieved.

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