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Adventurous Learning programme is all about taking people – staff and children alike – out of their comfort zone and challenging them in all areas, personal as well as academic. It might be trying something new like speaking in front of the whole class and then the whole school. Good mix of old hands and NQTs – school runs a leading and innovative graduate teacher training programme. Biology teacher won a UK top teacher award. Boys’ sport now fully developed and there are senior first teams in rugby, hockey and cricket, but fixtures still a bit sparse...

 

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What the school says...

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 September 2018, Michael Hall, 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 has a masters in education management. Started as a boarding master and economics, geography and sport teacher at AKS Lytham, ending up as head of sixth form; deputy head at Kingston Grammar, then eight years as head of Bedford Modern. A keen adventurer, he has trekked in the Pyrenees and the Alps and also enjoys cycling, rugby, swimming and many different forms of music.

Academic matters

Broad intake, results improving year on year. In 2018, at GCSE, 45 per cent A*-A/7-9 grades. At A level, 76 per cent A*/B grades and 53 per cent A*/A grades. Particularly good results in science and maths. All learn...

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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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