‘The Willows’ based in Ashby-De-La-Zouch, is part of The Linnet Independent Learning Centre. The Willows site is designed to cater specifically for primary aged pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. 

The Linnet Independent Learning Centre achieved Outstanding in Ofsted twice consecutively, and following its success, The Willows has now opened under the same registration. The Linnet ethos and principles run through the setting and The Willows will be governed by the Linnet Independent Learning Centre policies and procedures.


With an exciting new environment, The Willows will continue The Linnet’s outstanding education. Our education package is uniquely designed to engage Primary aged students and educate students regardless of any barriers, which may affect their learning. 


The Willows is in the centre of the historic Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Facilities in Ashby include: Ashby Library, Ashby Museum, local independent shops and Ashby Castle. The local area has beautiful rural sites for educational visits and trips, as well as being a tranquil environment for therapeutic education. 

Engaging classrooms

At the Willows, we have a range of classrooms in which students can access the full breadth of the curriculum, in a stimulating educational environment. 


At the Willows we like to celebrate our successes. As well as a positive reward system, we celebrate individuals work through various displays and hold weekly celebration assemblies each Friday morning.

Learning through play. 

The Willows has a vast amount of resources at their disposal which complements our therapeutic education style. 

Local Area

The Willows is based in the rural town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The area lends itself to the therapeutic nature of the centre. 

Forest Schools 

The Willows site look forward to continuing the exciting forest school opportunities in line with The Linnet’s well-established forest schools package. More information coming soon.

Parents voice: ‘The staff at The Willows are the most supportive I have experienced as a parent. My son enjoys his education and is always happy to go to school. My son loves his keyworker and always talks about the staff at school.’ 

Children’s voice: ‘Brilliant, my keyworker and the staff are brilliant. I like the artwork in the rooms and the garden is nice. I have learnt a lot since I joined the school.