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No chance to snooze at the back of the class here – the whole place is a hotbed of interaction and debates. ‘What was the main reason the English civil war happened? Money, power or something else? Discuss,’ we heard – and discuss they did. Another classroom door opened into a dispute around why it was considered so controversial that MacBeth engaged in the supernatural. Caters for the whole shebang when it comes to ability – ‘my daughter has...

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Whatever the starting point at Ashford School we have high aspirations for your child. Through our adventurous approach to learning our aim is to ensure your son or daughter is articulate, confident and fluent with excellent social skills and a secure moral framework and, at the end of their school career, gains a place at one of the world's leading universities.

Our parents choose us because of our welcoming, inclusive ethos and happy children; focus on helping each child make progress with high quality, expert teaching leading to excellent results; excellent full and weekly boarding; strong leadership which sets out to delight; rich programme of music and drama; huge range of visits and expeditions, and extensive co-curricular activities that help to develop key personal characteristics; strong team sports for boys and girls and value for money. We are just 37 minutes from London by train and benefit from rapid access to the continent via Eurostar. The London airports are all within 90 minutes and we run a bus service to the surrounding towns and villages.
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Headmaster

Since 2018, Michael Hall (40s). Previously CEO and principal of GEMS Wellington Academy in Dubai (possibly the largest British school in the world, with 4,100 pupils). Economics degree from Liverpool and a master's in education management. ‘Who are you trying to kid?’ he asked himself after applying for a career in the City – ‘In my mind, I thought I’d earn a lot of money but the truth is my heart wasn’t in it,’ he admits. Reverted instead to plan A – teaching. Having felt some of his own teachers ‘could have tried harder’ and experienced co-curricular that was ‘very hit and miss’, he’d long thought to himself, ‘Surely it could be better than this.’ Started as a boarding master and economics, geography and sport teacher at AKS Lytham, ending up as head of...

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Special Education Needs

Learning support is provided to pupils on the basis of individual assessment and need by our own Learning Support Teacher. Where additional support is required, private lessons are arranged with one of our peripatetic teachers. These lessons are charged as an extra.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
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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