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Ashford School

Ashford School

East Hill, Ashford, TN24 8PB, Kent

+44 (0)1233 625171



Ashford School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Prep & Senior, Nursery & Sixth Form
Founded 1898
Head Mr Michael Hall
Date Appointed August 2018
Co-ed Age Range 3 months-18 years (boarding from 11)
Number of pupils 1,034
Number of boys 536
Number of girls 498
Number of boarders 105
Number of sixth formers 140
Day fees per annum £9,030 - £19,026
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £27,846
Boarding fees per annum £38,778
Average Class Size 18
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10
Associations BEA, BSA, HMC, ISC

Founded in 1898, Ashford School is a dynamic environment in which our students are inspired by our adventurous approach to learning.

Ashford School is an independent co-educational day and boarding school for children from 3 months to 18 years old, situated in the heart of Kent and just 37 minutes from London. We offer an exceptional and inspiring education that promotes the happiness and success of all pupils. 

Based on two sites, the School includes:  Bridge Nursery (3 months to 3 years) and Ashford Senior School (Years 7-13) on East Hill in Ashford, and 2.5 miles away we have The Stables Nursery (3 months to 3 years) and Ashford Prep School (3 to 11 years) in the neighbouring leafy village of Great Chart.

Ashford School is one of the UK's leading coeducational, independent Schools and was voted Independent School of the Year 2010/11.  The School was endorsed as outstandingly successful in every category during the most recent inspection in 2014. Most recently, we have been shortlisted for the TES Award Student Initiative of the Year award and the Independent School Parent Community Initiative of the Year award.

Parents choose Ashford School for many reasons: we achieve high academic success; we work very closely with our students giving attention to the needs of the individual; our class sizes; our challenging and supportive environment; our wide range of co-curricular activities; and our energetic, specialist teachers. We pride ourselves in selecting highly capable adults who are experts from a variety of backgrounds.

At Ashford School we celebrate individuality and provide adventurous learning opportunities. We currently have over 80 co-curricular activities on offer from Amnesty International, badminton and chamber choir, to debating, fencing, food studies, modern pentathlon, and Young Enterprise.

We are also extremely proud of the facilities at Ashford School which include a brand new state-of-the-art sports pavilion; sports centre; two indoor swimming pools; two flood-lit astro turfs for hockey, netball and tennis; all-weather netball, basketball and tennis courts; gyms; specialist art, design technology, ICT and science labs; a well-stocked learning centre; a café and atrium; a dining hall; pupil common rooms; playing fields for cricket, football and rugby; an auditorium and theatre; and a music School with several performance areas. We are also one of only 18 all-Steinway Schools in the UK.

Our learning is underpinned by four key factors, namely Celebrating Individuality, Optimising Potential, Academic Rigour and Adventurous Learning. We believe that learning should be challenging, motivating and lead to a sense of fulfilment, which is why we strive to provide an inspiring environment that encourages growth and adventure so that our students can develop into all they are capable of being.

Our School is made up of a diverse community of staff and children from all over the world. We embrace individual talent and consider our School to be a place where students and staff are inspired and in turn inspire others.

There are over 500 students in the Senior School (11-18) and a similar number in the Prep School and Nurseries (0-11). We have capacity for up to 170 boarders in the Senior School, cared for by several resident teachers and support staff; a mix of nationalities represented.

Academic Success. In recent years, 2/3 students achieve their firm choice university with more than half gaining a place at a Russell Group University. Over the last three years, 47% of A Levels taken were graded A*-A, 72% were graded A*-B and over 90% were graded A*-C. 2022 saw the best GCSE results awarded to Ashford School students in the last 7 years. An impressive 99% of all grades were awarded at 9-4 (A-C), with 59% of these being achieved at 9-7 (A*-A).

Entry Requirements. Please visit the Admissions section of our website for all details about entrance requirements and the process you will need to follow to apply for a place at Ashford School.

Scholarships. Academic, Art, Sport, Music, and Drama scholarships are available for Years 7, 9 and 12. Please visit our website for further information.

Charitable Status. Ashford School is part of United Learning with comprises: UCST (a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in England, number 2780748, and a Registered Charity, number 1016538) and ULT (a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in England, number 4439859, and an Exempt Charity).