About Ashbrooke School

Ashbrooke School is a co-educational, specialist day school, providing high quality education for boys and girls. Based in Sunderland, the school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils who have a range of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs, complex educational needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviours.

Notification: Coronavirus/COVID-19

We want to reassure parents and carers that as a school we are closely following government guidance concerning the current Coronavirus situation.  We are also regularly monitoring any updates concerning the guidance.  You can view the current government guidance by clicking the button below:

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Our location

Ashbroooke School is located in Sunderland.  However, pupils who attend our school travel from across the North East region.

We love having visitors and would welcome you to enjoy the Ashbrooke experience for yourself. To arrange a visit contact us directly.

To help you plan your journey download our location map here.

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Welcome from the Head Teacher

Ashbrooke School opened in early 2017 and has quickly developed into an impressive and progressive place to learn. We are passionate about delivering the highest standards of teaching, whilst meeting the needs of our pupils in an accepting, positive and welcoming learning environment. The broad curriculum allows pupils to pursue both academic and vocational paths allowing individuals to grow and achieve.

Our school building and grounds offer so much opportunity for our young people to develop skills and experience in a wide range of areas. We want every pupil to enjoy their time at Ashbrooke and realise their full potential.

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

Joanna Burdon

We are dedicated to providing:

Positive, safe and nurturing environments where pupils are valued as individuals and can develop their confidence, self-esteem, independence, self-discipline and respect.
The highest quality outcomes socially, emotionally and academically through a wide range of personalised opportunities.
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.

Aims and Ethos

At Ashbrooke School we are committed to giving our pupils a creative, caring and innovative learning environment for them to achieve their full potential in their education and social communication.


Our school at a Glance

Dedicated primary and secondary school areas that enable tailored learning environments to be created and smooth transitions to be achieved.
Comprehensive onsite therapeutic support, which is integrated into the curriculum and school life as a whole, and supported by the wider Witherslack Group Clinical 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
Small class sizes of no more than 8 pupils with high teacher to pupil ratios.
Extensive grounds and sporting facilities, which allows for a comprehensive physical education and sporting curriculum to be offered.

We are part of Witherslack Group

We are proud to be part of Witherslack Group, the leading provider of inspirational education and care to children and young people, resulting in life changing experiences and countless stories of success.

Witherslack Group provide specialist education and care for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, communication difficulties (autistic spectrum conditions; Asperger’s Syndrome; speech, language and communication needs), ADHD and complex learning needs.