External Agencies

Ash Trees Acadmey works together with other agencies, groups and schools to help your child develop their full potential. Some of you may already have contacts with some of these agencies and groups. This section of our website should help you to find out more about the services available to you.

 

Stockton United for Change

Governments have recognised a need for improvement to Local Authority services and are investing in our young people.

Stockton United for Change is a group of parents and professionals who have come together with one aim to ensure parents have a voice.

Your views are important, your experience is vital, you can make a difference.

Four main concerns were raised at the last conference in December: Information, Short breaks, transitions and key working.

Speech and Language Therapy Service

Speech and Language therapists may work with your child if they have specific speech and language difficulties or if they have feeding problems.

Contact

If you have any queries please contact through your childs class teacher or directly (566843) either:

– Speech & Language Therapist (Team Leader) who is in school for two days a week on variable days;

– Speech & Language Technical Instructor who can be contacted on Monday all day, Tuesday am, Thursday all day, Friday all day.

Fay Jameson – Speech & Language Therapist who can be contacted on Monday all day, Wednesday all day.

Physiotherapy

The Physiotherapist may work with your child if they have any physical problems or difficulties. They will also run wheelchair clinics twice year in school. The orthotic clinic takes place weekly Tuesday mornings.

If you have any queries please contact through your childs class teacher or directly (566843):

Jan Henderson Physiotherapist who can be contacted on Monday all day, Tuesday all day, Thursday all day.

Bev Franks- Physiotherapist Assistant who can be contacted on Monday am, Tuesday am, Thursday am.

Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapist may work with your child if they need help with specialist aids or need help in adapting to the school environment and curriculum. They may help with specialist seating, eating and drinking, dressing or with educational aids eg pencils.  If you have any queries please contact through your childs class teacher.

Health Care Assistant

The Health Care Assistant deals with medical aspects of school such as medication, other medical procedures and health education and promotion. She will also assist in running paediatric clinics in school.

If you have any queries please contact: Clare Landreth Health Care Assistant on 566843.

Teacher for hearing impaired children

 

The teacher for hearing impaired children will work with those children with a diagnosed hearing loss and provides reports and information for our teaching staff.

If you have any queries please contact through your childs class teacher or ring direct Kirsty Dickenson on 247286.

Teacher for visually impaired children

The teacher for visually impaired children will work with those children with a diagnosed sight problem and provide support to our teaching staff. She visits school on a regular basis.

If you have any queries please contact through your childs class teacher or ring direct Susan Coulton on 261975.

Riding for the Disabled

This group provides riding lessons at the Unicorn Centre at Hemlington. Pupils from Ash Trees attend on a regular basis and it provides opportunities for enjoyment, improved coordination and balance and a sense of achievement. All pupils taking part need to be assessed by the family GP. There is a cost of £5 per session for this activity as it is an addition to our normal curriculum. The group also provides private lessons and a price list can be obtained from school.

For enquiries please contact Claire Pitt, The Unicorn Centre, Stainton Way, Hemlington 01642 576222 or If you would like to take part please contact school on 563712.

EarlyBird

NAS EarlyBird is a 3 month training programme for parents which combines training in autism along with home visits. Families of children with a diagnosis of autism aged up to 5 years or younger can attend. NAS EarlyBird Plus is a similar programme which runs for 10 weeks and is aimed at children between the ages of 4 to 8 years with a diagnosis of autism. The programme offers places for 3 adults per child (2 parents/carers together with a professional such as a teacher or TA.

For further information on EarlyBird contact Karen Johnson at school on 563712 and for EarlyBird Plus contact either Karen Johnson or Lorraine Fawcett at school on 563712.

Educational Links

We have educational links with several primary schools in the Billingham area. These links provide an opportunity for some of our pupils to attend a lesson with mainstream peers. Children (usually 2 or 3) attend for an afternoon and take part in the lesson. They are supported by one of our teaching assistants and the work is modified to meet the needs of our pupils. It allows us to share mainstream expertise and resources.

If you would like more information about educational links then contact school on 563712.

Year 6 transition

 

The move from primary to secondary can be a difficult time for both parents/carers and children. We have developed transition arrangements with Abbey Hill School which allow for a smooth transfer from primary to secondary school. At the Y5 Annual Review, a representative from Abbey Hill School attends the meeting. They are able to provide information to you about the school and the timescale gives parents/carers a chance to think about secondary education for their child. During Y5 and Y6 you will be invited to visit Abbey Hill School and this will give you an opportunity to ask further questions of staff. At the end of the Summer Term our Y6 pupils leave two weeks early and move to Abbey Hill. This gives them important preparation time for their transfer in the Autumn. They get used to the building, staff and organisation so that when they do start in Y7 then they are already familiar with the school.

If you would like more information about your childs move to secondary education please contact school on 563712.

Northfield School

 

Northfield School, as part of its role as a Specialist PE College and in conjunction with Stockton Sports Development, runs a Sportsability club on a Saturday morning from 10.00am to 12.00 for pupils with learning difficulties.

For more information contact Stockton Parents Support Group on 878137

Children, Education & Social Care (CESC)

Learning Disabilities Team

This is a team of specialist social workers who work with disabled children and their families. If you do need extra support in caring for your child or need some extra equipment. If you feel that you and your child would benefit from some extra help you can contact the First Contact Team. They will ask some questions about your child and family and pass on your request to the Learning Disabilities Team. If appropriate, a social worker from this team will meet with you and your child and assess your needs. They will be able to tell you about how they will collect any other information they would need to make this assessment. Any other professional working with you and your child can ask Children, Education and Social Care for help on your behalf.

First Contact Team on 415030

Community Learning Difficulties Nursing Team

This is a team of specialist nurses who work with children with learning difficulties and autism. They provide initial assessments and other specialised assessments for children for behaviour, sleep problems, ADHD and ASD. They also provide an eneurisis clinic. For their existing clients they run a Mellow Parenting

This is a team of specialist nurses who work with children with learning difficulties and autism. They provide initial assessments and other specialised assessments for children for behaviour, sleep problems, ADHD and ASD. They also provide an eneurisis clinic. For their existing clients they run a Mellow Parenting Group and an ASD Parents Group.

You can contact this team directly on 878130 or arrange a referral through our school Health Care Assistant or your GP.

Oasis

They provide After School and Day Care for pupils with learning disabilities. Day Care is provided at weekends during the school holidays. You can find out more about Oasis by contacting First Contact. Access for your child would be assessed by the Learning Disabilities Team.

First Contact Team on 415030

Hartburn Lodge

They provide short breaks for pupils with learning disabilities. You can find out more about Hartburn Lodge by contacting First Contact. Access for your child would be assessed by the Learning Disabilities Team.

First Contact Team on 415030

Piper Knowle House

They provide short breaks for pupils with learning disabilities but with more complex needs. You can find out more about Piper Knowle House by contacting First Contact. Access for your child would be assessed by the Learning Disabilities Team.

First Contact Team on 415030

Summer Playscheme

Stockton Borough Council provides several playschemes during the Summer holidays for pupils with learning difficulties. They are held at Ash Trees School, at High Fliers Childrens Centre, Thornaby or at Abbey Hill School depending upon the age of your child. An application form will be sent out to you in the Summer term or you may contact school for more information.

Ash Trees School on 563712

Direct Payments

In some circumstances the services that are available to parents through CESC do not meet their requirements. Where this is the case, you may be offered a Direct Payment to help you arrange a service that meets your needs. This is money that is given to a parent/carer with responsibility for a disabled child to assist in buying the care for which the child has been assessed. It is a flexible alternative to other services such as day care or respite care. The Learning Disabilities Team would give you more information about Direct Payments as part of the assessment made for your child.

First Contact Team on 415030

Local Support Groups

Stockton Parent Support

Stockton Parent Support is a group of parents with disabled children. The group aims to provide information, support and out of school and holiday activities for children in mainstream and those with special needs. They have developed inclusive activities so that children can learn and play together.

If you would like more information contact Jenny Lumley on 878137 or email stocktonps@yahoo.co.uk or visit their website at www.stocktonps.co.uk.

Daisy Chain

 

Daisy Chain is a charity in Norton which supports children with autism and their families. They support parents/carers, children and siblings through the provision of respite care and the opportunity to talk with other parents and siblings in the same position as themselves.

Contact Daisy Chain on 531248 or email: info@daisychainproject.co.uk or visit the website on www.daisychainproject.co.uk

Contact a Family

They provide information about support groups and organisations for specific conditions. If you have a query about anything related to your childs disability, they will put you in touch with a local group or parent/carer with similar problems.

Contact Mishy Holt on 785745 or visit the website www.cafamily.org.uk

Butterwick House

They provide palliative and respite care and support for children with complex health needs. They also provide bereavement counselling and support to parents.

SNAPS

SNAPS (Special Needs Activities with Parents Support) offers family based activities for children and young people with special needs. These take place throughout the year including school holidays.

Contact Ruth on 530292.