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Wood panelling, winding staircases and cobbled stable blocks bring Hogwarts to mind, and rosy cheeked, windswept and slightly dishevelled children litter the grassy play areas, giving an overall impression of an idyllic country school – worlds apart from the urban London schools many of its commuter families have left behind. Girls have been part of the furniture at Ashfold since the 1980s and now less than 40 per cent are siblings of boys. Although they make up 40 per cent of the total cohort, numbers vary between year groups and are very small in some…

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Ashfold is a leading co-educational prep school for children aged 3 - 13 years, set in 30 stunning acres in the Buckinghamshire countryside. It offers weekly and flexi boarding from age 9. Ashfold is a small school with a Christian ethos and a reputation as a friendly, family-orientated place. It has a strong academic record and offers an excellent all-round education with an amazing array of academic, extra-curricular and pastoral opportunities. ...Read more

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Headmaster

Since 1997, Mr Michael Chitty (50s). Educated at Clifton College, Bristol then Exeter University where he read economics before following generations of forefathers to Sandhurst. First bitten by the teaching bug on his gap year in Kenya, where he was a student teacher at The Banda School and later, following an army career that saw him rise to the rank of Captain in the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars via Equerry to HRH Prince Philip, when he returned to Sandhurst as officer instructor.

Landed squarely on his feet in his first teaching position at Stowe School, where he taught economics, politics and European studies, always with an eye to his main ambition of becoming a prep school head. Given role of ‘adjutant’ to ease communications between the head’s office, bursary and...

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Special Education Needs

Learning Support is available to all children who have identified Specific Learning Difficulties. However, Ashfold is a main stream school and not a special needs school. For a child to thrive at Ashfold in addition to limited classroom LSA support, no more than 1 hour of individual tuition per week should be needed. Consequently, Ashfold would not be suitable for children with more than a mild level of learning difficulty. All children are screened for dyslexia when they are 7 years old, or if they wish to join the school when they are 7+. Where a number of dyslexic indicators are identified, an educational psychologists report is commissioned and where possible, support provided. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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