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.

Refurbishment of Loud Playground

Fundraising target = £65,000. Total raised so far = £3509.73

The ‘Loud’ playground will be our next project on our mission to improve the facilities here at Ashgate Croft School for our pupils. The current playground is used by all our Key stage 3 – 5 pupils (ages 11-18) and is named the ‘Loud’ playground as this is the space we allow our pupils to play and be expressive during these leisure times. The current area houses a multi-use games area, however, this is now quite dated and in desperate need of updating. The other facilities on the site include a seating stand, various benches and one musical piece of equipment. There is also an outdoor gym area which is accessible only when staff/pupil ratios permit, so difficult for a large number of pupils to use at break and lunchtimes.

Our vision is that the whole area will be refreshed, this will include changing the surfaces from tarmac to artificial grass and wet pour rubber to make it safer when playing football or running around. The change of surfaces will also give our pupils a more sensory feel and allow us to incorporate a more visual and colourful playtime. We are also working on larger covered areas for pupils to sit and play with games and toys. Also having additional seating so pupils can sit and interact with each other, or just reflect in their own space.

View of current Loud Playground:
Proposed Plan:

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

Finished Projects:

Refurbishment of the Food Technology Room

We have now completed the refurbishment of the food technology room. As you can see the room is now being used again by ALL the pupils in school, thanks to the new rise and fall kitchen worktops and tables. Feedback from staff and pupils has been an overwhelming positive one and it has made the use of the room more open and friendly.

A big thank you to all who helped contribute to this beautiful achievement. This wouldn’t have been possible without the extra special donations from The Clothworkers’ Foundation, our staff Pat Bagshaw for running the London Marathon and Sue Harcourt who completed the equivalent amount in miles the same weekend. We also had friends of the school Amy Musson and Hannah Barnett swim and run (not at the same time!) the Great North events.

In total we raised a massive £28,048.50. THANK YOU!

View of old Food Technology Room:View of refurbished Food Technology Room:

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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