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  • Ashmole Academy
    Cecil Road
    N14 5RJ
  • Head: Mr Derrick Brown
  • T 020 8361 2703
  • F 020 8368 0315
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Barnet
  • Pupils: 1,490 ; sixth formers: 365
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: September/October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 25th January 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

This school hasn’t been awarded the title of 'super state' for no reason. As the head says: ‘Every subject excels here, no subject is weak.’ Ofsted outstanding – it has managed to sustain many years of exceptionally high results. Outstandingly successful in both boys’ and girls’ football; the boys’ football team recently won the Barnet Cup and the girls’ team reached the semi-final of the Middlesex Cup. No chance of getting lost here. The only confusing things are the different coloured named staircases, like the ‘orange staircase,’ which in fact is blue...

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2010.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Modern Greek at an English Comprehensive School (GCE AS level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Design & Technology Graphic Products at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Chemistry at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Physics at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head teacher

Since 1997, Mr Derrick Brown MA MBA DipEd – degree subjects psychology and business. Formerly a scientist, but changed career when he realised it wasn’t all about ‘filling pretty liquids into tubes. It was actually quite isolating and I’m a people person.’ He was advised at the time to become either a teacher or a prison governor. He opted for the former. Prior to headship at Ashmole, he was vice principal at Leigh City Technology College in Dartford and then senior deputy at Cranford School – both schools much the same size and diversity of Ashmole and in comparable outer London suburbs.

Recently turned 60, but ‘nowhere near retiring... I wouldn’t know what to do with myself’. Quietly spoken, serious and tirelessly focused on getting things done, an outstandingly successful...

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Special Education Needs

Students of all abilities are regarded as equals and should participate and derive benefit from mainstream classroom experiences. However it is paramount to meet the Special Educational Needs (SEN) of individual students. Support is mainly in-class and students with SEN are the responsibility of all teachers. Small group and one-to-one teaching is used to enhance inclusion and not exclude students from the secondary curriculum. SEN support aims to ensure that all students fulful their potential.

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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