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Parent resources

The guides below are filled with useful information to help support parents including free software downloads, careers and substance abuse advice.

Office 365

Every student can download the whole Office Suite (worth £390) to their home computers for FREE. This means students can use Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other programmes at home.

How to get it

  1. Firstly, students need to login to their Office 365 account using their email address and password here.
  2. In the top right hand corner, there is a cogwheel icon - click this and then search in settings for 'software'.
  3. This will take you to a different page which has an 'install' button - click this and then follow the setup instructions.

If you have any issues, speak to someone at the IT helpdesk.


Careers education, guidance and advice is an integral part of your child's curriculum and experience at Ashington Academy.

Alongside our efforts, home support and guidance is critical to help your child make post-16 decisions that are best for them. To support this effort you may find it useful to visit the following websites for post-16 option information. 

Substance abuse is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems. Since 2015, the website has provided researched, fact-based resources for free. Readers can learn about risks of various substances, the latest approaches to treatment and real stories of recovery on