This week we take our Primary Focus to Ashgate Croft. The Chesterfield school is on Ashgate Road, and all pupils have special educational needs. The school has over 145 pupils ageing from 4 to 19, with the majority of them having moderate or severe learning difficulties.
The head teacher, Mike Meaton believes that education for the pupils includes not only the National Curriculum but, just as importantly, life skills and social skills. The school aims to teach pupils the skills necessary for self-care and living that others may take for granted. They hope all pupils will leave school becoming successful members of the wider community, which reflects their motto, “Building Skills for Life”.
In a recent OFSTED inspection the school achieved outstanding in all areas. The inspectors were pleased with how well the teachers knew their pupils and highlighted that “pupils in all key stages make outstanding progress relative to their starting points during their time in the school. The progress made by pupils is impressive when compared to national average”.
When Derbyshire Times photographer Marisa Cashill visited the school, some of the pupils sang ‘The Monkey Song’ for us all to enjoy. You can see this by either logging on to our website www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk or scan the QR code.