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Unusually and refreshingly, talented musicians can also join fully in sport, with staff going the extra mile and involving themselves in extraordinary organisation to make this happen. Clubs, trips and fixtures are very rarely cancelled or rearranged and parents really like that. Some students have boarded from the age of 7 and all see a route through the Ashville system into the senior school and sixth form as a natural rite of passage. The usual moans about temperamental IT systems and firewalls which make study difficult, particularly for the sixth form, but overall this looks to be a very...

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Ashville College prides itself on developing each individual to their full potential in all areas. With small class sizes, and low staff: pupil ratios the emphasis is very much on developing the individual. This is reflected in the recent ISC report; 'The quality of pupils personal development in the School is excellent. Pupils personal qualities, such as confidence, empathy, spiritual awareness and integrity are developed well through the wide range of opportunities offered to them. A genuine sense of community exists where all pupils feel valued and able to voice their opinion.'

Academic results have greatly improved in recent times, notably in the past four years. In June 2009 Ashville pupils achieved the best GCSE results in North Yorkshire, and in June 2010 the A-level results (average points score per pupil) beat all local competitors and the majority of independent school competitors across the whole of the north of England. In 2011 61% of students gained an A or A* at A-level.

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Headmaster

Since 2017 Richard Marshall, an immediately charismatic and energetic leader who has a very obvious passion and drive for giving young people the best possible education. Formerly headmaster of Bury Grammar School and head of sixth form at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Blackburn, he was educated at Canon Slade School in Bolton and gained a first in biochemistry from Birmingham University and an MSc from Imperial College. His drive comes not only from a sharp intellect but also from his career as an international basketball player (he is very tall indeed), having captained the England universities team. He clearly understands how to build teams and achieve change in a constructive and affiliative way.

His mission at Ashville is to ensure that the school’s academic outcomes match the excellent pastoral...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

The School provides English Support using a classroom as a learning support base. Dyslexic pupils are withdrawn from lessons for one period per week and IEP's plus reports are written as appropriate. The dyslexic pupils receive individual programmes of multi-sensory tuition, directed towards their specific learning requirements. Full liaison with parents and staff is a priority and the pupils' progress is monitored throughout the 3 schools. All pupils on entering the Junior and Senior Schools are screened for dyslexia as part of their induction programme. The English support teacher works with children, either individually or in small groups throughout the 3 schools. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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