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Ashford School
East Hill, TN24 8PB, UK Ashford
+44 (0)1233 625171

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Ashford School

Welcome to Ashford School and Ashford Friars Prep School

Here you will get a flavour of the school, its people, its facilities and its life.

Ashford School is an independent day and boarding school set in two spacious, green campuses; our Senior and Pre-Prep schools are five minutes walk from Ashford International Station and our Prep School is two miles from the station in rural Great Chart. Ashford has been a successful school since it opened in 1898 and now we aim to be one of the leading, coeducational schools in the UK.

We provide childcare and education for boys and girls aged from 3 months to 18 years. We benefit from being part of the large family of schools that is the United Church Schools Trust.

We hope you like what you see. If you do, come and visit us.

Preparation for life

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Ashford School and Ashford Friars Prep School promote self-reliance, responsibility, compassion and boldness, and also foster a sense of teamwork, the intellectual freedom to be creative, the confidence and enterprise to initiate, the resilience to cope with adversity.

Individuality, diversity & curiousity

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The School is a diverse community where individuality is valued.  We encourage intellectual curiosity and aim to help each girl and boy to develop independence of mind and spirit.

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Vitally important to this development is the breadth of co-curricular opportunities available to every member of the School.

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All pupils have the opportunity to discover their own creativity, abilities and strengths through a range of sporting, artistic, cultural and social activities, which run in parallel to their academic development.


We encourage flair, imagination and creativity in all our pupils.

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We provide pupils with a balanced and broadly based curriculum that promotes their spiritual, moral, mental, cultural and physical development.

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The curriculum prepares pupils to thrive in a technology orientated world and to develop an enterprising attitude.


Sixth Form

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The curriculum is designed to ensure every student has the skills to enable him or her to be successful in life and work.


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Senior pupils help to oversee the running of the school and the care of others.



'From all five continents, children come here where their school is part of the community of Ashford, in the beautiful county of Kent, which is its home.  Here its pupils, in a school which makes no distinction of creed or race, have had the opportunity of learning the difficult business of growing up and the art of living.'

(H. E. Bates on the occasion of the School's Golden Jubilee in 1948)

Boarding has been an integral part of the School since it was founded in 1898.  Boarding accounts for a third of the Senior School's population and we expect this proportion to remain the same as our numbers grow with our move to full coeducation by September 2009.  Boarders at Ashford enjoy extensive, recently renovated facilities and a wide range of activities.  The girls' boarding accommodation is shared between Brooke and Brabourne House, next to the indoor swimming pool, while accommodation for boys is in Alfred House on the west side of the campus.  The majority of Sixth Formers have their own rooms with en suite bathroom (basin, toilet and shower); pupils in lower years share rooms with one, two or three other boarders of a similar age.  Each House has its own common room, kitchenette, laundry room, and computer suite, as well as a payphone which takes incoming calls. All bedrooms have fast internet connections.


Brooke room

Each room is equipped with a bed, desk with drawers, wardrobe, bedside table, shelves and internet point for each pupil.  A bedside lamp and lockable safe are also provided. 

Boarding Houses

Brabourne common rm 3

Brabourne, the larger of the two girls' boarding houses, accommodates about 50 girls of all ages and has two common rooms (one on the second floor for junior boarders, the other on the ground floor for all boarders) and a kitchenette on each floor, equipped with microwave, kettle, toaster, stove and fridge.  The large laundry room has several washing machines, two large driers and ironing facilities.  (Housemistress Ms Elizabeth Spittal)

Brooke House, a listed Georgian building, is home to about 40 girls and has accommodation over two floors, a kitchenette on each floor, a common room and separate computer room on the ground floor.  There are several other quiet communal areas with sofas and plants where boarders can relax in relative tranquillity!  (Housemistress Mrs Pat Hardy)

Alfred House for  about 30 boys has accommodation over two floors, with a kitchenette on the both floors, two common rooms including a recreational area (pool table & table tennis) and computers. Alfred House is near to one of the gyms, playing fields and floodlight all-weather pitch(Housemistress Mrs Stephanie Evans)


Medical Centre

The medical centre is staffed by a fully qualified RSN nurse during normal office hours, Monday to Friday.  Boarders requiring medical attention outside this time are taken to the William Harvey hospital, which is five minutes by car from the school.  The School Doctor holds a drop-in surgery every Monday morning and makes further visits to see boarders as and when required.


At Ashford School we encourage intellectual curiosity and aim to help each boy and girl to develop independence of mind and spirit.

Vitally important to this development is the breadth of co-curricular opportunities available. All pupils have the opportunity to discover their creativity, abilities and strengths through a range of sporting, artistic, cultural and social activities which run in parallel to their academic development.

The current co-curricular programme in the Senior School is available for you to download here.

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This is a list of the co-curricular activities offered in the Senior School from September 2006

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