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Ashville College

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Established  1877
Headmaster  Mark Lauder
Phone  +44 1423 566358
Number of students  1,276
Religion  Methodist
Chairman  P Whiteley
Founded  1877
Ashville College

Type  Independent day and boarding school
Location  Green Lane Harrogate North Yorkshire HG2 9JP England
Address  Green Ln, Harrogate HG2 9JP, UK
Motto  Esse quam videri; (To be, rather than to seem to be)

Ashville College is a co-educational independent school for both day and boarding pupils aged 4–18 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. Its headmaster is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.


It was founded in 1877 as a boarding school for boys by the United Methodist Free Church, and incorporated Elmfield College and New College, Harrogate in the 1930s. It is now open to non-Methodists and to those of non-Christian religions. The college accepted girls in 1982 and is fully co-educational. It thrives as the oldest independent school in Harrogate and owns an estate of 60 acres on the south side of the spa town.

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Ellis, Riverdale, Duckworth, Windermere

Boarding houses

Greenholme (junior boys and girls aged 9–13), Briggs (senior boys aged 13–18 ), Mallinson (senior boys aged 13–18), Norfolk (all girls)


Esse quam videri ("to be, rather than to appear")

Current headmaster

Mark Lauder MA (Aberdeen)

Previous headmasters

  • Dr. William Richardson BA LLD (1877-1889)
  • Dr. John Bowick BA LLD (1890-1905)
  • Rev. Alfred Soothill (1905-1926)
  • Joseph T. Lancaster MA MLitt (1927-1957)
  • G. Ronald Southam (1957-1977)
  • David Norfolk MA (Oxon) (1977-1987)
  • Michael Crosby (1987–2003)
  • Andrew Fleck (2003–2010)
  • Notable Old Ashvillians

  • Arthur Balfour, 1st Baron Riverdale (1873–1957), industrialist
  • Jim Carter (born 1948), actor, Mr Carson in Downton Abbey
  • Iain Coucher (born 1962) former CEO, Network Rail
  • Sir Stephen Furness, 1st Baronet (1872 – 1914) shipping magnate and Liberal MP
  • Andy Gray (born 1977), footballer
  • John Grieve, CBE, QPM, (born 1946) police officer and university professor
  • Simon Heywood (born 1959) actor (The Bill etc.) but most notably as teacher, Mr Smart in 1980s Grange Hill
  • Henry Iles (1871–1951), entertainment entrepreneur
  • Harold McIlvenny (1922 – 2009) footballer
  • Sir Stuart Sidney Mallinson, CBE, DSO, MC, DL, JP (1888–1981)
  • Tony Richardson (1928–1991), theatre and film director
  • Jay Smith, pub landlord, television personality
  • Colonel Sir Malcolm Stoddart-Scott (1901 – 1973) Conservative MP
  • Julian Sturdy (born 1971) Conservative MP for York Outer
  • Ian Swales (born 1953) Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar
  • Canon Dr Howard Tomlinson BA, PhD, FRHistS, former headmaster of Hereford Cathedral School and historical author
  • Blanc Wan, pianist and writer
  • Eugen Weber (1925–2007), historian
  • References

    Ashville College Wikipedia