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Q&A fact file: Ashford School

How many children go to Oxbridge or Russell Group

Approximately 40-45% of our students usually go to a Russell Group university, and every year we have 3-5 students attend Oxbridge.

What do they do at the weekends

We have a programme of activities for our boarders at weekends, including trips to London. Activities over the term might include Gliding, Go-carting, fishing, pottery painting, a theme park, climbing wall. If our boarders are sporty, they may also be involved in the sports matches held at weekends. If not all educational, the trips and activities are also designed to help the students to cope with their workload, try something new, integrate with other nationalities and form friendships.

My child is very keen on Music and Drama and not so much sport how will you support them?

We hold approximately 25 performances a year for our musical and drama students so there is often rehearsals or practices taking place for an upcoming event. We have a number of practice rooms and can arrange one-to-one music lessons in a wide range of instruments. We have a full programme of musical and drama activities held after School including our choir, orchestra, jazz band, brass ensembles, etc. Our music and drama department also arrange a number of theatre trips throughout the term.

Do you offer transport from the airport?

Yes, to all three major London airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and others on request. These need to be arranged with the boarding house in advance and are charged to the family.

What happens if a student is ill?

We have 3 full time nurses and a doctor who comes in twice a week, as well as a counsellor. We have a health centre where students are encouraged to go to if they are unwell during the school day. If students require medication, the boarding house is able to administer some forms, otherwise the nurses are on call overnight and at weekends. In the event where a student is unable to stay in school, they will need to stay with their UK based guardian until recovered.

What makes your school special?

At Ashford School, our educational philosophy is based on a very simple assumption: if a pupil is happy and secure, they are more likely to be successful. As a result, our learning is underpinned by four key factors, namely Celebrating Individuality, Optimising Potential, Academic Rigour and Adventurous Learning. We are an EdTec50 School, which means we have be recognised by the Government for our commitment and dedication to Education Technology. We are one of the 17 Schools in the UK that is an All Steinway School.

Questions answered by Sarah Kershaw, Marketing & Communications Manager
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Posted: 23.04.2020
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