| Church of England|
+44 1233 625171
| Independent day and boarding|
Mike Buchanan/Richard yeates/Tom wilding (acting 2016/2017 starting September 2016
Deputy Head = Christine Allum (till 2016)
East Hill, Ashford TN24 8PB, UK
Esse quam videri; (to be, rather than to seem to be)
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 Wikipedia
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.
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.
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.Louise Burfitt-Dons - writer and campaigner
Liv Boeree - model, TV presenter, champion poker player
Sally Brampton - journalist, writer, and magazine editor
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