Ascent Autism Specialist College announces new brand identity

Ascent Autism Specialist College (AASC), formerly LEAP Specialist College, officially announced its new brand identity last week. 

Students across both provisions received memorabilia mugs that were branded with the new name and logo; designed and produced by Ascent students at the college’s in-house print shop. 

The print shop is one of the many initiatives within the college that equips students with entrepreneurial skills and mindsets to develop and act on innovative ideas.

The Print Shop has also produced T-Shirts and hoodies for Scouts/Cubs and Earlestown Cricket Club, as well as designing and producing seasonal gifts.

Students from Wargrave House School and Ascent Autism Specialist College created lasting memories of the momentous occasion with a day jam-packed full of festivities to mark not only their new branding, but the coronation of King Charles III.

The morning’s activities and café were student-led, with Ascent student Courtney, leading the activities towards her Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Young Leaders Programme.

Fellow students Herbie and Ryan were on hand to help set up games and activities that will also go towards their DofE volunteering hours.

The afternoon, led by the college’s student council, included well-being sessions in partnership with the in-house therapy team.

Students chose from several activities, including a local guided walk, sensory table activities, arts and crafts, hand massage and relaxation or outdoor games.

Julliet Doherty, head of adult services at Ascent Autism Specialist College, said: “Our goal at Ascent Autism Specialist College is to empower our students through our holistic and innovative learning methodologies.”

Education is the driving force behind the Prince’s Trust, with a diverse range of training programmes for all ages and backgrounds, including health and well-being and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

For over 40 years, King Charles III has presided over the Prince’s Trust and has been a driving force in identifying needs, representing a broad range of areas. The Trust is one of the UK’s leading youth organisations and believes involving young people helps innovation.

The college emphasizes enterprise and functional skills-based learning, enabling students to develop the skills needed for a brighter, more independent future.

In April, AASC students took part in a practice run for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, where they completed a four-day trip, navigating tough terrain and conditions.

Ascent Autism Specialist College is part of the Remarkable Autism Charity. The charity has a range of initiatives, including Wargrave House School, Ascent Autism Specialist College, Sundial Therapy Services, and the Preloved Project.

Each service offers a unique development experience and focuses on holistic and innovative approaches. Robin Bush, CEO of the Remarkable Autism Charity, said: “Young people with autism often face challenges in the working world, so they must be supported to develop functional skills, ultimately helping them live fulfilled and independent lives.

“The decision to rebrand came because ultimately, we want the college’s name to be representative of the services we provide and young people we support.”

Based in Newton-le-Willows, Ascent Autism Specialist College supports young people aged 16 to 25 living with autism to develop skills and access opportunities that enable them to live more independent lives.

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