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It's all quite innocent here. ‘It’s not all Railway Children and apples, but in this environment we can let children be children and run around,’ school says. They’re not too polished, either. ‘What’s your favourite subject?’ we asked one boy as he sat in the back of his French class. ‘Breaktime, and then lunchtime!’ he giggled. ‘Parents want children to be stretched not pushed, they’re not looking for a hothouse,’ head says.Top set year 8s were certainly scratching their heads when we came across them in maths. ‘Teachers here push you, but it’s not so hard that you can’t...


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What the school says...

Ashfold is a leading co-educational prep school for children aged 3 - 13 years, set in 30 stunning acres in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Ashfold is a small school with 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, co-curricular and pastoral opportunities. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2018, Colin MacIntosh, previously deputy at Beaudesert Park School. English at St Andrews, then to Shrewsbury School as chaplain’s assistant: ‘The plan was to stay for a year, but they asked me to teach some English,’ and now here he is, a few preps later. An easy chit-chatter, self-deprecating, teacher-done-good rather than greasy-pole climber: ‘I wouldn’t give myself a job now!’ he jokes of his younger self, having never actually done teacher training.

Well cut out for it, though, having boarded from 7: ‘Dad was in the army.’ Describes those staff as ‘amazing’ (he went from Foremarke Hall on to Repton); ‘It’s part of my job to give the children here equally brilliant memories.’ His study couldn’t be more prep school if it tried: a sumptuous Jacobean mantelpiece adorned by...

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Special Education Needs

Learning Support is available to all children who have identified Specific Learning Difficulties. However, Ashfold is a mainstream 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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
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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