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Ashford School

In 2018 near 52.01% of A Level students achieved A*-A
Address: East Hill, Ashford TN24 8PB
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Description Ashford School

  • Location: Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom
  • Founded: in 1898
  • Educational programs: Preschool, KS1-3, GCSE, A- Level
  • Age of the pupils: from 3 to 18 years old
  • Accommodation type: full-time form or boarding house (residence, from 10 years)
  • Total number of students: 850 people. of these 155 are at the boarding house, 150 foreign students. Approximately 350 people study in the preparatory school, 297 in the senior school, 180 people are participants in the Sixth Form.
  • Type of studying: mixed.

Ashford School is an independent, frequent school that hosts boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 18. There is also a full-time form of education, and a full board (it is also possible to stay at the hostel 5 days a week). The total number of students reaches 800.

Ashford School was founded in 1898 as a women's school, the younger stage provided for coeducation, but up to 2006 the senior classes also included only girls. Since 2006, more than a hundred years after the foundation, the institution finally switched to mixed education.

The total campus area reaches 23 acres. The school is located in the county of Kent in a small cozy city of Ashford, the road to London will take about an hour. The St. Pancras Central Station is a 37-minute drive away, which facilitates transfers, trips and excursions to the children, and the local Ashford International station is a 5-minute walk away. Gatwick International Airport is about 100 kilometers away, and distance to Heathrow's largest airport is 125 kilometers.

Ashford School offers various educational programs of the average English school, which are divided according to the age of the student:

  • Kindergarten (from 3 months to 4 years)
  • Pre-primary classes (4 to 7 years)
  • Preparatory classes (7 to 11 years)
  • 7-9 class
  • 10-11 class (GCSE)
  • 12-13 class (A-level).

The director is Mike Bukanan: he is rightfully proud of the philosophy of the school, the observance of historical principles. Two are fundamental: the desire to achieve success in all directions and development of character in children. For a modern person it is very important to get not only a quality education, but also education, taking into account the realities of the modern world, to be able to adapt to rapidly changing conditions. Here, self-confident young people are raised, independent and responsible, capable of empathy, sympathy and compassion.

Here, a comfortable, friendly environment is created for students, and at the same time students are taught to compete in a healthy way, developing independence, ambitiousness, self-reliance and the ability to take responsibility. Ashford School is a valid and active member of the prestigious Association of Directors and Headmasters (The Headmasters 'and Headmistresses' Conference - HMC). The school is regularly tested by the Independent Schools Inspectorate - the last one was conducted in 2014 and allowed the school to deserve the "Excellent" ranking for all the main points:

  • Working with parents
  • Academic successes of children
  • The level of child care
  • The quality and organization of the curriculum
  • The quality of school management
  • The quality of childcare
  • The organization of extracurricular education
  • Studying conditions, childcare and safety
  • Teaching quality
  • Living conditions.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Ashford School

Program name
from 12 300 £ / term

Quick overview: an educational program of middle school (7-9 grades) is designed for international students.

About the educational program: the main goal is to lay a solid foundation of academic knowledge, develop the necessary skills and abilities, self-confidence and one's own strengths. Great attention is also paid to the sports development of schoolchildren, to the improvement of their physical form. It is also mandatory to participate in extracurricular activities of the second half of each day.

An educational schedule: 6 lessons per day (30 weekly).

Duration of the lesson - 50 minutes. 

Classes in mathematics, English and the natural sciences are divided into groups according to the level of abilities of children.

List of sport activities, popular among girls:

  • Tennis;
  • Hockey;
  • Athletics;
  • Netball.

List of most preferable sport among boys:

  • Athletics;
  • Rugby;
  • Cricket or hockey. 
from 12 300 £ / term

Brief information: an educational program of GCSE for international students is designed according to high standarts of UK education.

List of compulsory subjects, which are attended by all students without exception:

  • English;
  • Foreign language;
  • Mathematics;
  • Natural sciences (physics, chemistry or biology).

In addition, the curriculum includes three disciplines for the personal choice of each student:

  • Acting art;
  • Latin language;
  • Physical education and sport;
  • Spanish;
  • Geography;
  • Design and technology;
  • French;
  • Art and design;
  • Classical civilization;
  • Clothing design;
  • German;
  • Music art;
  • Religious studies;
  • History.

An active and rich program of extra-curricular and social events is also well developed.

from 12 300 £ / term

About the educational program: the first year of study (AS) is devoted to a deep, thorough study of 4-5 disciplines (6 lessons per week). The second year (A2) consists of only 3-4 subjects of them.

List of subjects to study:

  • Business theory;
  • Geography;
  • The Art of Photography;
  • Biology;
  • Classical civilization;
  • Higher mathematics;
  • Spanish;
  • Theory of theatrical art;
  • Design and technology;
  • German;
  • Mathematics;
  • Theory of sports;
  • Economics;
  • Chemistry;
  • Art;
  • History;
  • Textile design;
  • English literature;
  • Psychology;
  • Latin language;
  • Music;
  • French;
  • Physics.

International students also attend additional supportive English lessons in the EFL program.

Educational groups are formed from 1 to 18 people, depending on the popularity and relevance of the subject, on average one group consists of 10 students.

Various out-of-class and social activities are provided, many of which also carry a learning function. Well-known professionals of various fields of activity are often invited and provide thematic lectures (at least every two weeks) and individual lessons.

Accommodation and food

On the terms of the boarding school, there are about 150 students from 10 years and older. On the campus there are 4 comfortable residences (separate for girls and boys): resettlement is conducted according to the gender and age of the students. Students of the lower classes occupy comfortable rooms for 2-3 people, high school students live in single private bedrooms with private facilities.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: biology, chemistry, design, drama, economics, English, ethics, French, geography, history, maths, philosophy, physical Culture, physics, Spanish
Events list: Animation programs, Ballroom dancing, cricket, music bands, skating, skiing, Sports running, tennis

Events Ashford School

For the full and comprehensive development of the students Ashford School has prepared everything you need: there are a huge number of clubs, sections and circles of interest. Each student will be able to find employment in their interests, share the joy of discoveries with like-minded people, show talents and abilities. Examples of extracurricular activities are:

  • Fine Art
  • Orchestra
  • Design
  • Drama
  • The Vocal
  • The Chorus
  • Dances
  • Photography.

Many students devote their free time to active rest and sports - from the most popular classes it can be noted:

  • Athletics
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Squash
  • Hockey
  • Dances
  • Tennis
  • Netball
  • Badminton
  • Swimming.

On Saturday the students are free from academic studies: you can relax and walk with friends, go on an excursion to Canterbury or London.


  • According to the independent directory the Good Schools Guide, "this is a forward looking ever-evolving school that hosts international students. The success of the school is frankly impressive. "
  • According to the Telegraph, the school became 142 on the basis of the A-level exams in 2014 and 126 in 2012.
  • According to the Sunday Times, the institution ranked 94th among the best independent British schools in 2013 and 207 in 2012 (progress is evident).
  • Despite the fact that the school officially adopted anglicanism as the main religion, children of any religion can study here.
  • Ashford School was recently included in the list of TOP-20 schools in Great Britain.
  • Individual, personal approach to each child, full disclosure of his talents and abilities
  • Favourable, comfortable environment, motivating to academic and personal achievements
  • Extensive opportunities for extracurricular activities, thematic excursions, realization of talents and abilities
  • Professional teachers are real fans of their business, actively using modern resources, authoring techniques and approaches. The work of prefects, which are appointed from among students, is also useful in academic preparation.
  • Specialization on exactly the subjects and disciplines that are required for students to successfully enter the chosen institution.

Equipment Ashford School

Ashford School is constantly expanding, modernizing, equipped with modern equipment and technology to meet high world standards. To date, the campus includes a spacious indoor swimming pool, studios for music and drama (with several scenes), modern bright classrooms for study, a gym, basketball and other games (with a special coating that can be used in any weather), as well as well-equipped art studios. There is a field for hockey, football, netball, tennis courts. Functional scientific laboratories operate in which practical classes, technology and design studios are often held. There is also a spacious common dining room, a student theater and a cafeteria.

Term dates and fees

The cost of studying is:

  • High School (full board) = 9999 £ / term.

Please note that there are surcharges not included in the basic cost of the programs:

  • Registration fee = 250 £
  • Visa fees and services = from £ 100
  • A deposit for a place in the school
  • Tuition fee (one semester)
  • Examination fees
  • Medical insurance
  • Contribution to school development
  • Custodianship
  • Round trip (the cost is calculated depending on the airport)
  • Additional lessons
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions.

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 150 GBP

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Ashford School is loyal enough to foreign students, but the requirements for applicants depend on the age of the student and on the level of education that he wants to get.


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Ashford School reviews

Barry Ryan
I thought it might be of some historical interest to you knowing of the retirement years of Mrs Edwards, the lady that started Ashford Girls school. Mrs Edwards emigrated to Australia with her daughter Madeleine we believe to have been around mid to late 1930’s. Mrs Edwards’ daughter Madeleine, adopted my mothers younger brother Jim also becoming a much loved & substitute mother to my own mother who had been brought up spending many years in an orphanage. We now very much treasure many old postcards passed down to us that were sent to ‘Gran’ (Mrs Edwards) from many destinations abroad from friends & possibly past pupils & sent & addressed to her at the school. Both ‘Gran’ & ‘Aunty Mad’ we’re of the Quaker faith, great advocates of enjoying education being not only informative but also enjoyable, & also that further education being available to all. They were both extremely instrumental as our ‘Gran’ & ‘Aunt’ in ensuring we enjoyed our childhood years when fir a few years we all lived together. These years leaving us to now having fond memories of the so many stories told & the happy days out & about together. Bith ‘Gran’ & ‘Aunty Mad’ were extremely charismatic, happy & wonderful human beings. Aunty Mad spent her final years as a missionary in North Queensland living extremely frugally forsaking all her personal possessions & helping many people having had less fortunate lives & opportunities than she had been afforded. I hope this information offers a link to tge schools early years ownership & of Mrs Edwards & her daughter Madeleines later years in Australia.
Smapse LTD
Thank you for the historical reference! It's really interesting!

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