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Ashcroft Technology Academy

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Gender  Mixed
Colours  Blue, grey and white
Founder  Michael Ashcroft
Number of students  1,120
Ages  11–18
Phone  +44 20 8877 0357
Founded  1991
Ashcroft Technology Academy
Established  2007 (formerly ADT College, est. 1992)
Headmaster  Marcus CJ Barker BEd(Hons), MEd, NPQH
Location  100 West Hill London SW15 2UT UK
Address  100 West Hill, London SW15 2UT, UK
Similar  Graveney School, Southfields Academy, Chestnut Grove Academy, Saint Cecilia's Church of, Burntwood School

Ashcroft Technology Academy, formerly ADT College, is a state secondary school within the English academy programme. It has a specialism in Technology. Its current headmaster is Mr Marcus Barker. The school has been awarded with the Charter Mark, Investors in People and the School Achievement Award. As of September 2006, organisations involved with the school include Cisco Systems, Sport England and the Arts Council of England.


Ashcroft Technology Academy is a secondary school for students aged 11–16 (academic years 7-11). The school also offers further education for students aged 16–18 (academic years 12 and 13) in their Sixth Form. The academy has undergone a multi-million pounds refurbishment programme which was completed in Summer 2010. This included a purpose built sixth-form and an Autism Resource Centre.

The Academy is named after its sponsor, Lord Michael Ashcroft. It is a registered charity under the formal name Prospect Education (Technology) Trust Limited.


GCSE results: percentage of students achieving 5 or more grades A*-C (and equivalent) including English and Mathematics

  • 2008 - 68%
  • 2009 - 70%
  • 2010 - 79%
  • 2011 - 71%
  • 2012 - 68%
  • 2013 - 67%
  • 2014 - 65%
  • 2016 - 80%+
  • A-Level results: average points score per student

  • 2011 - 843
  • 2012 - 860
  • 2013 - 881
  • 2014 - 874
  • Admissions for Year 7

    The school is oversubscribed; in 2010 there were 1,390 applications for the 210 places available.

    The Sixth Form

    Post-16 at Ashcroft provides students with a range of courses and teaching methods. The Sixth Form comprises Year 12 and 13 of around 150 students. Students need 7 A*-C in different subjects with a minimum of 4 B Grades at GCSE to progress onto Level 3 courses; however the International Baccalaureate students are required to have 8 A*-B Grades at GCSE.


    ADT College was established in 1991 as a City Technology College, funded by donations from various organisations including ADT Security Services (whose owner at the time was Baron Michael Ashcroft), Unisys, British Gas and Young's (who sponsored the schools "music bunker"). In 2007, the school was converted into an academy and renamed Ashcroft Technology Academy after its main private benefactor. Preceding this period the Building was the site of Mayfield School, an all-girl's comprehensive.

    Ofsted Report

    Ashcroft Technology Academy's latest Ofsted report, from 2015, gave a result of "Outstanding".

    Teacher's contracts controversy

    In 2011, the Academy was criticised after it was revealed that teachers' contracts contained a clause forbidding them from taking industrial action, despite such a clause being legally unenforceable in the UK. This was in addition to union negotiation rights not being recognised by academy leaders or governors. As a result, teachers belonging to the National Union of Teachers did not take part in strikes in June 2011 due to disciplinary concerns. The contract was called "draconian" by the Times Educational Supplement.


    Ashcroft Technology Academy Wikipedia