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  • Ashford Preparatory School
    Great Chart
    TN23 3DJ
  • Head: Penny Willetts
  • T 01233 620493
  • F 01233 636579
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • 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 £24,000 - £37,500 pa
  • Open days: Every day is open day.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Ashford School

What says..

He believes that the breadth of education offered by his school ‘unlocks ability’ and enables children to flourish. The school is his home and visitors are welcomed into his house – all adds to the cosy family atmosphere. Accelerated reading programme known as the Millionaire Club has been a great success for keen and reluctant readers alike. Children have to choose a book and do a quiz, and then their name is put on a board.  Cooking offered from nursery upwards and by the time they leave some pupils are quite proficient – we watched the construction of some beautiful gingerbread houses...

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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


Since September 2017, Penny Willetts. Educated at Benenden, she trained as a PE teacher in Sydney, and was head of games at Falkner House in the mid 90s. She travelled the world as an expat, did a PGCE and had two children, arriving at Ashford in 2005. Both her children were educated at the prep school. She was acting head from 2015. A keen golfer, she enjoys holidaying in new places.


Not overly selective. Majority join in the nursery and reception and there is also an entry point in year 3 but children can join at any time if there are spaces. At nursery stage children (and parents) meet headmaster and have a taster session. Older children have a taster day and literacy and numeracy tests. The latter are for setting purposes and a child...

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