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Babes in the Wood Panto

This week 33 students went to The Playhouse Nottingham to watch the pantomime, Babes in the Wood.

Everyone had a great time and loved all the jokes, dancing and music that the pantomime had to offer.

As an extra surprise, 3 Ash Lea students  were invited on stage to help with the final song and received Goody bags to take home.

A big thanks to FOALS who provided a coach for the trip.

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Job Vacancy – Cleaner

Nottinghamshire County Council, Building Cleaning Service has a vacancy for a cleaner at Ash Lea School. Working 15 hours per week term time only + 4 week clean, 3.00 to 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

Full training and a uniform will be provided. If you would like further details please contact Paul Tinsley on 07973131783.

Details Here – Job Vacancies

Makaton Training – Enhancement Workshop – 5th, 6th & 7th June

Course: Makaton Enhancement Workshop
Date: 5th, 6th & 7th June 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Venue: Ash Lea School, Owthorpe Road, Cotgrave, Nottingham, NG12 3PA
Cost: £200
Lunch: No

Andrea Patterson is a Makaton Regional Tutor, with many years of experience working with children and young adults with additional needs.

This Enhancement Workshop concentrates on improving and developing signing and symbol skills. You will learn translation skills using signs and symbols. You will also have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with others from a variety of settings. Come prepared for three days of fun and interactive sessions.

Lectures examine the assessment of users needs, adapting communication to suit an individual’s needs and how to develop communication skills. You will revise the signs and symbols you learned on the Foundation Workshop and learn the signs and symbols for Stages 5-8 of the Core Vocabulary. Participants must have completed the Foundation Workshop.

You will receive 6 workshop manuals, Pocket Book of Signs 2 and Pocket Book of Symbols 2. You will also be given a certificate of attendance.  Please remember to keep your Enhancement Workshop certificate in case you want to attend further Makaton training.

Although lunch is not provided, there will be refreshments throughout the day. The local shops are within a few minutes walk of the venue. The venue is fully accessible, with limited parking on site.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea at or 07852279082.

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Makaton Training – Foundation Workshop – 25th, 26th April

Course: Makaton Foundation Workshop
Date: 25th & 26th April 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Venue: Ash Lea School, Owthorpe Road, Cotgrave, Nottingham, NG12 3PA
Cost: £120
Lunch: No


Andrea Patterson is an experienced Makaton Regional Tutor, currently based in a special needs school, working with children and young adults with a wide range of needs from the age of four to eighteen.

The course offers a variety of activities, including lectures and practical based sessions, in a fun and relaxed environment. Delegates will have the opportunity to share and learn from each others experiences.

Delegates will receive a full set of course manuals as well as a copy of each of the Pocket Book 1 (Signs) and Pocket Book 1 (Symbols) and a certificate from The Makaton Charity (upon completion of the course).

Lunch is not provided, however there will be light refreshments available. Parking is restricted on site, and there is plenty of street parking nearby. The venue is fully accessible.

If you have any queries please contact Andrea by phone 07852279082 or email

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Parents’ Open Morning

Parents’ Open Morning Gallery

It was great to see over thirty family members in school for Wednesday’s open morning. There were competitive quizzes, a Christmas dance session, sensory exploration (including Reindeer food!) and some delicious baking and cooking. Many too stayed for a mince pie (or two!), drink and a chat with other parents and carers.

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