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Established  1898
Gender  Mixed
Number of students  840
Religion  Church of England
Phone  +44 1233 625171
Founded  1898
Ashford School
Type  Independent day and boarding
Headmaster  Mike Buchanan/Richard yeates/Tom wilding (acting 2016/2017 starting September 2016 Deputy Head = Christine Allum (till 2016)
Location  East Hill Ashford Kent TN24 8PB UK
Address  East Hill, Ashford TN24 8PB, UK
Motto  Esse quam videri; (to be, rather than to seem to be)

Ashford school foundation assisted places

The Ashford School is a coeducational independent boarding and day school in East Hill, Ashford, Kent. There are 480 students in the Senior School (ages 11 to 18) and 360 in the Prep School (ages 3 to 11).


The school is owned and run by the United Church Schools Trust and is a member of The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC). The current headteacher is Mr Mike Buchanan, who is Chairman-Elect of HMC for 2016-17.

Ashford School was recently ranked one of the UK's top 20 coeducational, independent schools and was voted Independent School of the Year 2010. It was also a Good Schools Guide award winner in 2011 and at the Archant Good Schools Show it was voted one of the country's top five boarding schools. The School was endorsed as outstandingly successful in every category during the most recent inspection by Independent Schools Inspectorate in 2014.

Located within walking distance from Ashford International railway station which is just 37 minutes from London by high-speed train, the school also benefits from rapid access to the continent via Eurostar. The London airports are all within 90 minutes and it runs a bus service to the surrounding towns and villages.

Boarding life starts at age 10 at Ashford School where pupils can choose a range of boarding options: flexi, weekly or full. The school has 3 boarding houses: Junior boarding house Brooke & Refuge and senior boarding houses Brabourne and Alfred.

Ashford school


The school was founded in 1898. For the vast majority of its existence it has been a school purely for girls. In 2005 it merged with Friars Prep School in Great Chart and in 2006 boys were admitted in some year groups and it is now a fully co-educational school from the age of 3 to 18 offering boarding and day facilities. Michael Buchanan was first appointed the headmaster of Ashford school in February 2005. Christine Allum was appointed deputy head of Ashford School in September 2004 and she is Leaving in July 2016.

Space shuttle experiment

In 1992 a science experiment designed by four girls at the school flew on the Space Shuttle on flight STS-47 The experiment had been designed in 1985 by the girls who had won a competition organised by Independent Television News. The chemical garden experiment was successful but the Liesegang rings failed to operate correctly due to a friction in parts of the mechanism. On their return they were displayed in the London Science Museum. The seven-year delay had been caused by the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster which occurred in 1986 shortly before the intended flight.

Ashford School International Centre

The Ashford School International Centre (ASIC) has been opened as of September 2015. This section of the school has been designed to meet the needs of non-native English speaking pupils, from the outset becoming a world-class centre of excellence.

ASIC is an 18th-century Grade II listed building, which is has undergone a multimillion-pound refurbishment, providing state of the art teaching classrooms alongside boarding rooms. This school will allow pupils from around the world to complete iGCSE before joining the rest of the school.

Notable former pupils

  • Louise Burfitt-Dons - writer and campaigner
  • Liv Boeree - model, TV presenter, champion poker player
  • Sally Brampton - journalist, writer, and magazine editor
  • List of heads

  • Muriel Thimann 1898 - 1910
  • Anne Edwards 1910 - 1928
  • Lilian Brake 1928 - 1955
  • Mary Nightingale 1955 - 1971
  • Sanche Thompson 1972 - 1984
  • Tatiana Macaire 1984 - 1992
  • Patrica Metham 1992 - 1997
  • Jane Burnett 1997 - 2000
  • Paula Holloway 2000 - 2005
  • Michael Buchanan 2005 – present
  • References

    Ashford School Wikipedia

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