Education and Schools
Children growing up in Ashford have access to a good choice of education facilities from pre-school right up until college.
Ashford is home to a 49 ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ primary and secondary schools, including two independent schools, two Grammar schools, as well as the impressive Ashford College. Its brand-new, state-of-the-art campus is located in the town centre, offering undergraduate courses and apprenticeships, whether full-time or part-time.
Ashford School is an independent school for children aged three months to 18 years old.
The school has won a number of awards, including the TES Strategic Education Initiative of the Year 2015, Team of the Year 2015 and National Teacher of the Year 2015.
The school is divided into two campuses, with the nursery and senior school in the town centre, close to the train station, and the prep school set in rural Great Chart, three miles from Ashford. To make it easy for pupils and parents, the school runs early morning shuttle buses from the town centre to Great Chart for a stress-free morning commute!
Highworth Grammar School
Highworth Grammar School for Girls, in Ashford has an ‘outstanding’ rating, and prides itself on well-established, traditional values, academic achievement and high-quality care.
98% of students achieved A-C at GCSE in 2017, and 63% of students attain A-B results at A Level, thanks to first-class teachers and educational facilities.
A recent Ofsted inspection recognised that ‘students make excellent progress and their GCSE and A Level examination results are above the national average’. ‘Student behaviour is exemplary, and they receive high levels of care from the staff and feel confident they can discuss any issues they have with the student support managers’. The atmosphere in the school has also been praised on many occasions as inclusive, with students feeling valued and treated equally.
Lady Joanna Thornhill Endowed Primary School
Lady Joanna Thornhill Endowed Primary School has been rated as ‘outstanding’ during its last three inspections.
Ofsted recently quoted about the school: ‘Outstanding teaching inspires and motivates pupils to work hard in all subjects. As a result, pupils have a passion for learning and take great pride in their achievements.’
Located in Wye, the school is one of the many primary schools in the Ashford borough that inspires children to learn and improve their results. In 2017, the school noticed a significant improvement in all attainment scores for Year Six Leavers, with the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling score significantly above the national average.
Challock Primary School
Challock Primary School is a small school with high-quality care and first-class teaching, confirmed in the school’s last Ofsted report.
The vast majority of parents and carers recognise the school’s successes, particularly in the way their children are encouraged to leave school as mature, well-rounded individuals with above average basic academic skills.Kevin Hodge, Reporting Inspector, Ofsted
The school has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted since it provides an excellent education to its pupils. The school also has a 5* rating from School Guide.
Young people have the opportunity to stay local and study in first-class facilities at the Ashford College on Elwick Road.
This contemporary campus opened in 2017 and is one of the Council’s Big 8 projects. The College provides students with the skills they need for their future in the arts, manufacturing, construction, technology and service sectors.
Teaching facilities include a multi-media learning resource centre, live music production, photography and fine arts studios, teaching kitchens and a hair and beauty salon to train students in an environment identical to the one in their sector.
Students also enjoy close links with their industry of choice, thanks to placement and work experience opportunities.