Ashbrooke School

We are committed to providing a safe, positive, nurturing learning environment, where high aspirations lead to positive futures.

"My daughter has settled into Ashbrooke very well and comes home with a smile on her face everyday"

Parent of Ashbrooke School pupil

Welcome to Ashbrooke School


Ashbrooke School is a co-educational, specialist day-school, providing high quality education for pupils between the ages of 5 and 18.  The school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils who have a range of complex educational needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviours.

Based in Sunderland, Ashbrooke School’s ethos is one of high aspiration and achievement for every pupil.  This is underpinned by Ashbrooke’s ‘team around the child’ approach, unique in-school therapy solutions and inspiring school environment.

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Our Aims & Ethos


We are committed to providing our pupils with a caring, positive and welcoming learning environment for them to achieve their full potential in their education and develop their social communication.

The broad curriculum allows pupils to pursue both academic and vocational paths allowing individuals to strive in their areas of strength.

Ashbrooke School is dedicated to providing:

  • The highest quality outcomes socially, emotionally and academically through a wide range of personalised opportunities.
  • Positive, safe and nurturing environments where pupils are valued as individuals and can develop their confidence, self-esteem, independence, self-discipline and respect.
  • Strong links between home, school and the wider community in order to support pupils’ learning and enable them to develop skills that will benefit them both during and after their time at Ashbrooke School.

Ashbrooke School at a Glance


  1. ADHD, ASC, Asp, SEMH, SLCN
  2. 5 - 19
  3. Day
  4. Boys & Girls

Below are just some of the key features that pupils can experience at Ashbrooke School:

  • Comprehensive onsite therapeutic support which is integrated into the curriculum and school life as a whole and supported by Witherslack Group’s Therapy Team.
  • A unique and personalised curriculum model which aims to improve self-esteem, motivation and achievement, engage pupils in their learning and develop skills for adult life.
  • Ongoing assessment and progression monitoring to ensure all young people make at least expected progress and are working to realise their full potential.
  • A dynamic approach to the use of technology with all young people being provided with a wide range of resources, including iPads to support their learning.
  • Small class sizes of no more than 8 pupils with high teacher to pupil ratios.

Our SEN Information Report


As a parent or carer we understand you will have plenty of questions when considering the best school for your child.

Our SEN Information Report (Local Offer) attempts to answer many of these, but you can visit the rest of our web site to find out more. We will also be happy to answer any questions over the phone or arrange for you and your child to visit the school, so please just get in touch.

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Message from the Head Teacher


Ashbrooke School opened in early 2017 and quickly developed into an impressive and progressive learning environment.  We are passionate about delivering the highest standards of teaching whilst meeting children’s special educational needs, in an accepting, positive and welcoming learning environment

We would be delighted to welcome you to the school to see for yourself the ongoing progression of our facilities, staff team and most importantly our young people.

Please do not hesitate to contact me to arrange a visit or to have an informal chat.

Mr Derek Cogle

Head Teacher

What we’ve been up to at Ashbrooke School

Pupils successfully complete courses

Pupils in Year 5 and 6 from Ashbrooke School’s Primary Unit completed a Bikeability course recently. The course helps pupils to gain practical skills and understanding on how to cycle on today’s roads and equips them with skills and ...

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