Mr Bates is a passionate primary school teacher, and aspires to grow The Shed School into a magical place filled with fun and learning to help kids from all over the world.

  • Showing kids that learning can be fun.

  • Exciting new lessons that keep kids engaged.

  • Promoting Maths & English development.

  • Creating a safe learning space online for kids.

Lockdown 2020 

During the world wide COVID pandemic of 2020 from the cosy comfort of his shed, Ashley Bates live streamed English and maths classes for children aged between five to eight years old.

At first, Ashley had just 10 students. Just a few weeks later, he had over 6,000.

Mr Bates said ‘When lockdown happened, he thought about the jobs he needed to do around his flat,’

He started cleaning out my shed when a family from next door walked past. They stopped him and asked if he could help them teach their children as they knew he was a teacher, which he said he would go away and think about. It was like a lightbulb moment for him.

He walked away from the conversation and walked straight back into his unused shed. He suddenly thought he could help but want to help as many families as possible across the country.

Thanks to the powers of technology, it allowed Mr Bates to teach children across the globe from his shed straight to their front rooms.

Shed School students joined in from New York, Italy, Egypt and Australia all sending in their work in to look over and share with the little shed community.

The Shed School is a platform where the children can feel like they belong to something and it also give them some structure where they can see a familiar face every day that isn’t their mum or dad. And learn some cool stuff too.

The Shed School continues to develop, grow and support young people across the globe.


In The



Well what a year it has been for us all. A mix of in class and home learning, masked teachers and lots of hand washing. You have all worked so hard you should all be incredibly proud of everything you have achieved this year. Have an awesome-sauce summer and enjoy the sunshine.

July 20, 2021

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July 6, 2021


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June 19, 2021

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