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  • Ashford Preparatory School
    Great Chart
    Ashford
    Kent
    TN23 3DJ
  • Head: Rosie Clifford and Chris Neesham (Acting Headteach
  • T 01233 620493
  • F 01233 636579
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.ashfordschool.co.uk
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 11 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 392
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: Day: £10,500 - £15,000; Boarding £24,900 - £36,900 pa
  • Open days: Every day is open day.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Ashford School

What says..

We’d already been prepped by parents about the two ‘lovely ladies on the front desk’ before our visit. ‘They know everyone’s name and couldn’t be more welcoming,’ one had gushed. They didn’t disappoint, and then – as if they’d had the nod to jump out from behind a curtain – a cluster of beautifully behaved children appeared in the large, modern reception area, with several instantly diving to the floor to help their classmate pick up some books and water bottle that she dropped. Academically, parents describe the school as ‘supportive’ and ‘encouraging’ – ‘you learn at your own pace’, though several felt...

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What the school says...

Our aim is to promote self-reliance, responsibility, compassion and boldness and also to foster a sense of teamwork, the intellectual freedom to be creative, the confidence and enterprise to initiate and the resilience to cope with adversity. We achieve this and much more by being adventurous.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Acting Head

Acting joint headteacher since September 2019 is Chris Neesham BA QTS (40s). Deputy head (pastoral) since September 2016. Previously head of IT at Caldicott. Studied business studies with Spanish (‘because that’s useful for teaching,’ he jokes). Very visible, we caught sight of him at least three times in different areas of the school on our tour. Teaches English and is upbeat and witty. Lives locally with his wife and their two young children who attend village schools. Enjoys golf, guitar and travel when time permits.

Acting joint headteacher since September 2019 is Rosie Clifford BSc PGCE (40s). Deputy head (teaching and learning) since September 2013 and head of English. Previously head of PE at Wilbury Junior, having studied sport, exercise and outdoor education for her degree. Came to teaching...

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