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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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What the school says...

Ashville College is one of the UK's leading co-educational independent day and boarding schools. With outstanding learning provision across all year groups, from Ashville Acorns Pre-Prep to Sixth Form, and low staff: pupil ratios, we take pride in developing each individual to their full potential, wherever their strengths lie.

Founded in 1877, Ashville has a proud past, and an even brighter future, yet our ethos and values remain loyal to our Methodist traditions, where each child is known and nurtured within a caring, safe and supportive environment.

Our 64-acre campus is close to the beautiful spa town of Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales. Pupils benefit from high quality teaching and facilities, as well as exciting co-curricular activities delivered through our varied Co-Curricular Programme.

As well as offering a wide range of subject options at GCSE and over 20 A Level and BTEC courses in our Sixth Form, we are the only independent school in the North of the UK (and the only HMC School) to be accredited by the New England Association of School and Colleges (NEASC) to award US High School Diplomas. We are also now one of the few schools in the UK to offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses, giving an additional edge to those wishing to study at American universities.
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Since 2021, Rhiannon Wilkinson, the college’s 11th head and first female one. Modern history degree from Oxford. Has taught in and led schools in the UK, Hong Kong and Brunei, most recently as founding head of Whittle School in Shenzhen.

Head of prep since September 2023, Phil Soutar, a specialist in independent prep education with a career spanning over two decades. Previously head of St Wystan’s Prep School in Repton and, before that, deputy head at Ackworth Junior School, near Pontefract. He is national chair of the Independent Schools’ Association, which involves sitting on the Independent Schools’ Council.


At 2+ by informal assessment; at reception by ‘ready for school’ assessment. Prep applicants come for a taster day, part of which includes English and maths tests, plus reports and references from their...

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Special Education Needs

Ashville has a dedicated Learning Support team, which works closely with teachers to ensure that pupils with a range of specific learning difficulties receive the support they need throughout their time at the School. Teachers receive the most up-to-date guidance to understand the difficulties faced by learners and the right strategies to support them. Where pupils are found to need additional help as they progress, parents are informed and appropriate arrangements, such as specialist support, small group intervention, or exam/test support, are made.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
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 Y
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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