Welcome to Ashford Special School
Ashford Special School provides a safe, caring, social and emotional environment that promotes independence and supports student learning. Some students begin their schooling at Ashford whilst others enrol at Ashford following difficulties in other settings. Some students spend all of their schooling at Ashford whilst others access alternative pathways.
Students at Ashford have a range of opportunities to grow and develop whilst having strong support networks surrounding them. Through a diverse range of educational programs and experiences they are encouraged and supported to be participating members of the community.
At Ashford we have a strong commitment to the students and parents. We recognise that we have some of the most complex students enrolled and it is our task to support all students to optimise learning opportunities.
Students with complex needs are supported through a case management approach. This may involve other agency support eg, District Support personnel, and Outside Agencies (eg Autism SA, IDSC, Novita). This approach also involves regular case planning meetings to review progress, problem solve, discuss additional strategies, develop action plans and also celebrate success.
The parent/caregiver is also integral to this process. Not only are they important stakeholders but they also bring a wealth of knowledge about their son/daughter. Effective communication and working in close partnership between home and school means consistency in goal setting, planning and implementation of strategies across both environments to further support the student and enhance learning.