Ashgate Croft School

Ashgate Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 4BN

        Tel: 01246 275111


Ashgate Croft School is an Area Special School within Derbyshire Local Authority. Our allocated number of spaces is 142, although we are currently over subscribed with 147 pupils currently on roll (YR-Y14), ranging widely in cognitive and physical ability and needs.

The majority of pupils have severe learning difficulties and would have difficulty coping in a mainstream school. Some of our pupils have profound and multiple learning difficulties, with an increasing number on the autism spectrum. A few pupils have moderate learning difficulties.

Class sizes range from 6-12 pupils. Smaller class sizes have become an essential feature of the education for some pupils with autism and/or extremely challenging behaviour.

About Us

School Information


Our school dinners are cooked on site. Dinners are to be paid for online via Parent Mail where you can use card details or Paypal. Please contact the school to register for this when your child starts. Cash or cheques are no longer accepted.

You do not need to select meals for your child. Pupils will choose at the start of each day and any meals pupils have had for that week will be selected each Friday and you will get an automated email telling you how much you owe. You can top-up your account and any money owing for meals will be deducted each week.

From September 2020, dinners cost £11 per week for Primary and £12.00 per week for Secondary.

View and download our the school meal menu.

Pupils sit with class staff who serve food and supervise eating, assisting where appropriate.
For all pupils we place great emphasis on teaching correct table manners and appropriate behaviour at lunchtimes, in line with our lunchtime policy.

Pupils are welcome to bring their own packed lunch. Some pupils may require special diets and we are happy to make individual arrangements for them.

Free School Meals

Parents/carers may be eligible to claim free school meals. It is easy to apply and you can now apply online by visiting Free School Meals Application.

Alternatively, you can ask at the reception office and they will provide you with an application form to complete. Using the contact details on the outside of the menu leaflet simply request a free school meal application form to be posted out to you.

On return of the completed form, parents will be contacted to advise on eligibility.

Mellors – Download additional information and activity packs

Admissions to school can take place at any time during the course of the year.

They are dealt with by the Local Authority, please contact them direct and ask for Special Needs Admission Team:

Special Needs Section
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Telephone: 01629 580000


For some Parents/Carers, we appreciate the decision to consider the possibility of a special school is a difficult one.  If you would like to visit school on one of our open days, please contact the Headteacher’s PA by email:


Open days for prospective families:

  • Monday 27th September 2021 at 3.30pm
  • Monday 8th November 2021 at 3.30pm
  • Monday 17th January 2022 at 3.30pm
  • Monday 7th March 2022 at 3.30pm
  • Monday 9th May 2022 at 3.30pm
  • Monday 13th June 2022 at 3.30pm


Our Leadership Team will be pleased to discuss with you the individual needs of your child and any concerns that you may have. You will have the opportunity to meet the Leadership Team and have a tour of the site.

If you have donated/contributed to our School in the past then we greatly appreciate it. Our aim for this financial year is to continue to make improvements here at Ashgate and we will always welcome donation/contributions towards these.

We welcome donations through our Virgin Money Giving Page.

Clothing Bank

We have an Air Ambulance clothing bank on site, situated in the car park next to the Swimming Pool. If you have any unwanted clothes, bags or shoes, please do use the clothing bank as a percentage of the money raised is donated to school.

Finished Projects

School Lottery

Minutes from Previous Meetings

New parent/carers are always welcome to attend.

The Giving Machine – Download the Shop&Give app and never miss a donation to Ashgate Croft School again! Follow this link for more information or see the posters attached below.

School Curriculum and Standards


 ** You can request a printed copy of any of the above free of charge. **

Contact Details


Ashgate Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 4BN

Tel: 01246 275111


For all enquiries please contact Roberta Lowe (Headteacher’s PA) using the email address above. 

If you wish to contact our SENCo, TBC, please contact the school office using the number provided above.

If you wish to make a complaint please contact the school office in the first instance.


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