Rainbow Gallery(2) (1)







Rainbow Gallery(2) (1)







Joint Local Area SEND revisit
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have announced (17 January) that they will be carrying out a re-visit to Dudley on 31 January. The purpose of the re-visit is to determine whether the local area has made sufficient progress in addressing the areas of significant weakness detailed in the written
statement of action (WSOA) that was approved by the Department for Education in December 2019 following the borough’s joint local area SEND inspection in May 2019.

The Re-visit Inspection Team
The inspection team will be on site from Monday 31st January until either Wednesday 2nd or Thursday 3rd February.

The team consists of:
• Wayne Simner – Lead HMI (Ofsted)
• Chris Pollit – HMI (Ofsted)
• Kay Goodfellow – Inspector (CQC)
• Peter Humphries – HMI Quality Assurance (onsite)
• Lucy Hart – CQC Quality Assurance (remote)

Areas of Focus

During the re-visit, inspectors will want to explore:
• area leaders’ understanding of the impact of the pandemic on children and young people with SEND in their area and on the local SEND system more
• how leaders have used their understanding to adapt their plans to address the areas of significant weakness detailed in the WSOA including at looking at policies and data
• how the local area has involved children and young people with SEND and their families in co-producing decisions about how best to support them
• worked collaboratively to prioritise, adapt and provide the services and support that children and young people with SEND and their families need
Inspectors will also be talking with children and young people, the parent carer forum and other stakeholders including schools, colleges health, members and local authority services. They will also be looking at a snapshot of individual cases. Inspectors will also devise questions for parents and carers to answer through an online survey. They will share these questions in advance with the Parent Carer Forum to ensure that they are appropriately phrased. The survey will go live on Monday 24 January 2022 at midday and will close on Friday 28 January 2022. We will promote the survey along with a letter from the inspectors across all of our channels to ensure that parents and carers have an opportunity to have their say. A draft inspection timetable is detailed at the end of this briefing and will be confirmed on 28th January 2021.

What Happens Next?
A letter will be issued normally within 33 working days of the end of the inspection. Inspectors will detail the findings of the visit. If a Dudley is deemed to have made sufficient progress in addressing all of the areas of significant weakness, the DfE and NHS England will stop making their formal quarterly support and challenge visits. On the flip side if we are considered to be insufficient progress in addressing any of the areas of significant weakness, the Department for Education and NHS England to determine the next steps. This may include the Secretary of State using their powers of intervention. Ofsted and the CQC will not carry out any further re-visits unless directed to do so by the Secretary of State. Ofsted will publish the final letter on the local authority SEND section of Ofsted’s
reports website, The CQC will publish it on its website alongside reports arising from other local area children’s inspection and review activity.
They may also use this information to determine the timing of the local area’s next inspection under any future area SEND inspection framework.

Letter for Parents and Carers with Survey Link


For information, please contact Matthew.Smith@dudley.gov.uk

Himley’s Magical Christmas PortalThu 16 to Sun 19 December 2021

Set in the beautiful courtyard at Himley Hall, you are invited to join us for an enchanting Christmas experience. 

On arrival you will be asked to take your seats in the festive lit marquees, enjoy alfresco hot chocolate and immerse yourself in the show, as children get to interact with Father Christmas live from the North Pole via a large screen.

We endeavour to take you on an exciting journey to find the magic portal inside Himley Hall which will transport us to the home of Father Christmas.  Find out if you’ve made the naughty or nice list, receive a bespoke Himley Hall gift and enjoy a Christmas craft and food market*, festive entertainment and vintage fairground.

The show, including the interactive meeting with Father Christmas all takes place on a large screen.  This event is set in the courtyard and grounds of Himley Hall so wrap up warm!

Tree Tots Toddler Group

On Tuesday 7th December, we will be joined by Saz’s Ceramics. She will be bringing lots of different pottery, plates, bowls, Christmas decorations etc to paint and decorate! Toddlers will run as normal and if you would like to decorate some pottery, Saz will be all set up in the hall 9- 11a.m. Please bring cash to pay. They will be fired and ready for pick up a week later – just in time for Christmas presents!


Raring2g0! has teamed up with Welbeck Publishing Group to offer one Primary School an opportunity to win a bundle of 25 books for their school.

Click here to enter


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Dudley SENDIAS (special educational needs & disabilities information advice and support) Service is running a range of online activities over the coming months to help parents and carers and young people with SEND, find out more about the SENDIAS Service and view the programme of events at: http://dudleysendiass.org.uk/


¨ First Session Tuesday 5 October 2021
Parents, Grandparents, aunties and uncles, child-minders etc.
All welcome!
¨ £3.50 for 1st child, £1 for 2nd child
¨ Lots of toys and activities including art & craft, singing
¨ Refreshments provided for children and adults
¨ Just turn up on the day and you will be made very welcome.

Letter to Year 6 Parents from The Ridgewood School

Click here to read a letter from the Head Teacher of The Ridgewood School

Welcome to Reception September 2021

Click here to see a welcome to Reception video for all the children joining us in September.



Ashwood Park Primary School

Tree Tots Toddler Group

Hi Everyone! We hope you are all well. We are getting lots of enquiries about our lovely baby and toddler group, but unfortunately due to the current situation we aren’t able to open yet. We are missing you all and really hope that things continue to improve, so we can look into opening safely in the Autumn Term. Follow our Facebook page for updates. Keep safe and well all 🙂


Which Covid Test Should You Take?

Click here to read advice from Dudley MBC about the two different tests for Covid

Letter to Parents from The Royal Mail

Click here to read a letter about The Royal Mail’s Heroes Stamp Design Competition


The Ashwood Park Kitchen staff have been awarded a Silver Award in their recent Quality Assurance Audit, well done to Gemma and her team.

Dudley MBC: Letter to Parents and Carers 26 March 2021

Click here to see a Letter to Parents and Carers from Dudley MBC’s Director of Public Health and Wellbeing.

Dudley MBC: Reminder to get Tested

Click here to see the latest Coronavirus advice from Dudley MBC and here to see local Coronavirus testing advice.

Dudley MBC: Expansion of Testing Letter

Click here to see a letter from Dudley MBC regarding Coronavirus testing.

School Art Gallery

Click here to see our Key Stage 2 Art Gallery.

Key Stage 1 coming soon…



Listening Ear Wednesdays 

Click here for details of sessions provided by Information, Advice and Support Services Network to support parents and carers of children with additional needs. 



Police Letter 

Please read this letter from Inspector Pete Sandhu of the Dudley Neighbourhood Policing Unit regarding parking near school.



Risk Assessment March 2021

Please read our Risk Assessment for the safe return to school. If you have any questions please phone the school office.



Rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of primary school pupils

About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing of people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus spreading and protect your loved ones. As lockdown restrictions gradually ease we all need to play our part to help protect each other.

Households, childcare and support bubbles of primary age pupils now have access to regular rapid lateral flow testing. This is for parents and carers, primary school pupils will not be asked to test at this time.

You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests.

The two collection points nearest to Ashwood Park Primary School are:

Orchard Lane Car Park, DY9 8EU

Studley Gate Car Park, DY8 3RR

Both sites are open between 1 pm and 7 pm every day.

For further details click here.


Letter from Mr Butler 26 February 2021 

Click here for a letter from Mr Butler to children, parents and carers.


Letter from Mr Butler 12 February 2021 

Click here for a letter from Mr Butler to children, parents and carers.


Home Learning Statement 

Click here for our Home Learning Statement


Return to School January 2021

Click here for a letter from Mr Butler regarding the reopening of Ashwood Park Primary School 


Dudley MBC

Click here for a list of local places that will support you to make life easier, from people who really care.


Dudley’s Letter to Parents and Carers 10th December 2020

Click here to see Dudley’s latest advice for Parents and Carers



Poppy Appeal 2020

Click here to see the letter from the Royal British Legion


COVID Letter 9 November 2020

Click here to see new advice and guidance for Parents and Carers


Dudley’s Coronavirus Advice 08 October 2020

Click here to see Dudley’s latest COVID Related Student Absence advice for Parents and Carers


Dudley’s Coronavirus Advice 30 September 2020

Click here to see Dudley’s latest advice for Parents and Carers.


Dudley’s Coronavirus Advice 25 September 2020

Click here to see Dudley’s advice for Parents and Carers.


Dudley’s COVID-19 Parent/Carer Information Sheet for Children Attending School

Click here to see Dudley’s advice for Parents and Carers.


KS2 Homework 

Click here to read a letter regarding KS2 homework this term.


Phonics Workshop Video for Reception

Click here to watch a Phonics guidance video for parents and carers of children in Foxes and Hedgehogs.


COVID-19 Related Pupil Absence

Click here to read a quick reference guide for parents and staff.


Click here to see the NHS coronavirus symptom guide.

11 September 2020 COVID-19 Update

Click here to read a letter from Mr Butler, Headteacher.



Warning Letter from Dudley Children’s Services

Click here to read the letter from Helen Ellis, Acting Director of Children’s Services, concerning a video on social media.



COVID Symptom Management September 2020

Please read the Dudley Standard Operating Procedure for the Management of COVID-19 Symptoms – Schools. If you have any questions please phone the school office.



Risk Assessment September 2020

Please read our Risk Assessment for the safe return to school. If you have any questions please phone the school office.



Return to School September 2020

We hope you have all enjoyed the Summer break and are looking forward to coming back to Ashwood Park. Click here to see the letter we sent home in July detailing the reopening procedures. All children start back on Thursday 3rd of September but please check the letter for the start time for your child’s class. We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your continued support.



Goodbye to our Year 6 children!

Click here to see our Leavers Video



Welcome to our new Nursery children!

Click here to see our Nursery Video



Welcome to our new Reception children!

Click here for a sneak preview…



Congratulations to Little Owls Nursery on their Gold Award

Click here for important information regarding possible Ashwood Park Primary School reopening on 2nd June 2020.

Click here or important information from Dudley Council regarding the phased reopening of Dudley schools.


On behalf of the staff and governors may I take this opportunity to welcome you to our new website. The health, happiness and well-being of the children are at the heart of everything we do at Ashwood Park Primary School. We believe that a child’s successful educational experience can only be achieved through a strong partnership between home and school. This partnership must be based around open, honest and effective communication.
Our staff, pupils, parents and governors all work hard to ensure that our learning opportunities are both stimulating and memorable. As a result of this we continue to develop our “Irresistible Learning” that uses “Stunning Starts”, “Marvellous Middles” and “Fabulous Finishes”. We aim to provide the very best for all our children.
Ashwood Park continues to move from strength to strength.  Ofsted (Feb 2014) had many positive things to say about our school. We were graded “Good”.  In June 2018 we were again graded “Good” and praised for our care and  support of all children. Both reports are available on the Ofsted website. Within our site you will find all the information you will need about our school.

  • For school documents and policies please check the Information section of the site.
  • For school news and upcoming events please check the News section of the site.
  • For pictures or videos of the school please check the Gallery section.
  • For links to useful websites please check the Links section.
You can also download the school prospectus from the “about us” section or view what your child is up to in the Children’s Area. If you have any issues at all you can get in touch with us using the contact us section of the website or speak to Mrs Isabel Lester, The Office Manager, on 01384 818545. If you would like to look round our wonderful school, please contact the office to arrange an appointment. We hope you enjoy using our website and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Keith Butler


Contact us

Address: Ashwood Park Primary School, Bells Lane, Wordsley, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 5DJ

All initial enquiries from Parents and the public are through the School Office.

Tel: 01384 818545 Fax: 01384 818546 E-mail: info@ashwood.dudley.sch.uk

All queries are shared with the Head Teacher.

Ashwood Park Primary School,
Bells Lane,
West Midlands, DY8 5DJ

Tel: 01384 818545
Fax: 01384 818546
E: info@ashwood.dudley.sch.uk