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Approximately one-third of boarders are from South East Asia - this has reduced in recent years. More emphasis on weekly/flexi boarding and more recruitment from the Forces. Girls and boys encouraged to socialise, with trips regularly organised at weekends and half-termly theme evenings providing fun for all boarders. Plenty of activities on offer after school but all optional. Strong culture of inter-house competition between four houses, from poetry to public speaking; the prized Rigg Cup for sport. Unusually, continuity of house membership from pre-prep up...

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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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Since September 2017, Richard Marshall, previously head of Bury Grammar Boys. Biochemistry degree from Birmingham and masters in science communication from Imperial. He joined Bury in 2006 as head of chemistry, and was promoted to head of science, deputy head academic, second master and then headmaster in 2013. He has also been head of sixth form at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Blackburn. A basketball fanatic, he played for England as a schoolboy and for the British University England team and captained the university first team. He still enjoys playing, watching and coaching it. He is married to Kimberley, also a teacher, and has three young children who have joined Ashville.

Academic matters

Academic focus in numeracy and literacy at the junior school but broad curriculum with specialist teaching in Spanish, French, music, science and ICT. Pupils...

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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
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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