Ashford School has a rich history, which has seen the School teach its pupils from the High Street and become home to injured soldiers during the Second World War. They are proud that their Senior School site remains on the same premises that it moved to in 1913.
Your child will be developing particular interests and exploring various skills. Their co-curricular programme of activities gives them ample opportunity to take their interests further and to expand their skill set in preparation for the ever-changing world.
There is a variety of co-curricular opportunities for pupils to develop their communication skills through activities such as sports, music and drama. Teaching staff are expected to ensure that all pupils are able to access the learning opportunities in their lessons and thus help pupils to develop proficiency in English. Regular liaison between the EAL department and individual subject staff helps to facilitate pupil progress in different situations.
Once a pupil has been offered at place at the School, any pupil who does not have English as his/her first language is assessed in their first week of joining. The English as an Additional Language Department advises exactly how much English support is necessary for a pupil to access the curriculum. Each individual’s level of proficiency in English and their age will determine the level of support they will receive from the EAL department. Ashford School charges a set fee for EAL support.
Ashford has a total school population of over 900 pupils and approximately 160 Boarders. It offers both IGCSE’S and GCSE’S’s in years 10 and 11 and A Levels. It also offers the Ashford School International Centre (ASIC) which has been designed to meet the needs of non-native English speaking pupils wishing to join the UK education system.
Alfred House (for boys) and Brabourne House (for girls).
Boarding houses are led by Houseparents and Assistant Houseparents, who are supported by a team of tutors.
During the School day, their boarders attend lessons and are indistinguishable from the rest of our School community.
Beyond normal school hours – both in the evenings and at weekends – their boarders are kept busy!
After the normal school day, once dinner has been eaten, they have significant time dedicated to undertaking homework and have staff on hand to help provide guidance and advice.
They aim to create an environment where they all recognise the value and the good in other members of the community – students, boarding staff, kitchen staff and cleaners. They respect our boarders’ views and value their input into how their boarding community should run. They encourage students to live their life in a way that considers the needs of others and respects their rights.
They believe in encouraging and rewarding positive behaviour such as consideration for others, honesty, good manners and appropriate humour. They know the importance of clear, fair rules and sanctions to discourage inappropriate behaviour. They work in partnership with their parents and/or guardians and other staff to help boarders make the most of their opportunities and to support them through the difficult times.
At Ashford School, their educational philosophy is based on a very simple assumption: if a pupil is happy and secure, they are more likely to be successful. As a result, our learning is underpinned by four key factors, namely Celebrating Individuality, Optimising Potential, Academic Rigour and Adventurous Learning. They believe that learning should be challenging, motivating and lead to a sense of fulfilment, which is why they strive to provide an inspiring environment that encourages growth and adventure so that their students can develop into all they are capable of being.