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Aylesford School - Sports Foundation College
Teapot Lane, Aylesford, ME20 7JU, UK Maidstone
+44 (0)1622 717341

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Headteacher photograph As Headteacher, I am pleased to welcome you, our present and perhaps future pupils, parents and friend to Aylesford School - Sports College.

The School currently has over 860 pupils on roll and has a competitive intake for the 180 pupil places in each year group.

My staff and I are committed to the provision of an excellent education. Our aim is to enable each individual to achieve their full potential, whilst providing them with the personal skills which will prepare our pupils for life and work in the 'real world'. As such, the opportunities the School offers are vast and ever expanding.

The School has just moved into its new buildings and the provision of state-of-the-art facilities will re-establish Aylesford School - Sports College as a beacon in the local community and the surrounding area. We are truly a school of, and for, the future.

The School achieved Sports College status in 2004 and we have welcomed the substantial additional funding it has brought, which we have been investing in subject areas across the board in order to raise standards and achievement. A major aspect of this has been the improvement and extension of the ICT facilities within the School.

I have very high aspirations for my School, my staff and my pupils. I am committed to raising the standard of teaching and learning and we are continually evaluating our advancement to ensure progression in this field.

I have equally high expectations of my pupils in terms of behaviour, effort and willingness to take an active role in school life. I believe that the provision of a good education relies on the development of a strong three-way partnership between the School, the pupils and their parents.

This website is intended to give an overview of what Aylesford School - Sports College is striving to achieve and should contain all the necessary information to aid your understanding of how the School works. I hope you find it useful to this effect. However, the best way to get to know the School is to experience it for yourself and, as such, we will always be pleased to receive you.

Yours faithfully,

Mr D Lawson
Aylesford School - Sports College
A School for the Future


Aylesford School - Sports College is committed to excellence by providing an education which prepares pupils for life-long learning and equips them with the skills and values necessary for the opportunities offered by citizenship of the 21st century.

Education for all

  • Enabling all pupils to achieve their full potential academically
  • Provision of high quality teachers
  • Range of teaching styles that create an appropriate and inclusive learning environment

Commitment to excellence

  • Quality education for all through quality teaching and effective learning
  • Planned progression through monitoring and target setting
  • Life skills and socialization

Equipping pupils with life skills and values

  • Respect for the community, environment, each other, themselves and the views of others
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Citizenship and value for the community
  • Social skills
  • Tolerance
  • Extra-curricular enrichment activities to broaden the experience
  • Moral and ethical code
  • An appreciation of balanced moral judgments

Life-long learning

  • Creating a culture of learning
  • Encouraging an enthusiasm for learning
  • Independent learning
  • Reflective learning
  • Multi-skilling
  • Encouraging the development of the imagination
  • Broadening learning through links with the community
  • Gifted, able and talented pupils



Achievement for all pupils is the major aim of the new curriculum at Aylesford School - Sports College. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of individual pupils through a pathway approach. Within each pathway pupils are challenged and motivated through teaching and learning specifically for their ability profile.

Year by year the curriculum will be reviewed to ensure that the offer suits the pupils within each Year group. Gone are the days where the curriculum is the same every year. Each Year group will have a similar set of core subjects, due to statutory requirements, but other subjects offered will reflect the needs of the specific Year group.

Our Sports College status means that, as well as enhanced PE for all pupils, other subjects also benefit from the additional funding. Sport permeates across all subject areas. We offer the normal subjects but, at certain times during the year, sport is a focus within these subjects.

With regard to curriculum innovation, new courses are regularly being introduced at Key Stages 4 and 5. In terms of leading the way, our School is seen as having an excellent model of practice for our Sixth Form. This not only includes our curriculum, but also the personal development programme we offer for our Sixth Form students.

Enhancing employability skills is achieved through links with local business and industry, with both work experience and work-related learning opportunities. The introduction of vocational courses in and out of school has helped this process. Visits to local companies has also helped with these courses and given a valuable insight into job opportunities.

Forging partnerships through collaboration with FE colleges has also helped. We currently work in partnership with West Kent, Mid Kent and Hadlow Colleges with this. This means that more pupils are better prepared for the world of work. Courses within this collaboration include Catering, Construction, Motor Vehicle Studies and Hairdressing. New courses will include land-based studies, including horticulture and animal care.

Options aid the curriculum offer by allowing choice. Choices are not only made at the end of Year 9 for Key Stage 4 but also at the end of Year 8 for some subjects to be studied in Year 9. Some examination courses actually start in Year 9, including GCSE PE.

Responding more effectively to the needs of the local labour market is seen as one of our objectives. The introduction of vocational courses throughout Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 has helped the School to respond effectively to this. These courses include Leisure and Tourism, Leisure and Recreation, Art and Design, Health and Social Care and Business Studies. Many of our pupils enter the world of work after following a further education course, some to degree level. Physical Education, Business Studies and Art and Design are particular strengths within Key Stage 5.

Developing the curriculum also takes into account the concept of 11-18 being a coherent learning phase in the eyes of pupils, parents and staff. This means that the pathways are established in Year 7 and followed right the way through to the Sixth Form.



Aylesford School - Sports College operates our Sixth Form as part of the Medway Valley Sixth Form Consortium. We link with three other local schools to provide the widest subject choice possible for students. Students can choose to study courses in more than one centre.

We have an exciting and progressive Sixth Form and we value all of our students as individuals, providing them with the opportunity to develop their life skills, as well as to learn academic and vocational subjects. We place a high importance on individual learning, team work, initiative and good citizenship.

We have a well deserved reputation for excellence, both with our enrichment scheme and our examination results.

Many of our students progress to Furher Education and University, whilst for others their time in our Sixth Form provides a very good route into the world of work and fulfilling careers.

Work at Sixth Form level is challenging. All students are well supported by their subject teachers and mentors. Our students thrive in the happy, caring and high achieving atmosphere we create. A large majority go on to exceed the targets based on their GCSE results.

Success is expected.

Admission to the Sixth Form is by on-line application and a personal interview.


Our aim is to develop the full potential of all our students. This involves recognising their strengths and presenting them with challenges and opportunities to enhance all aspects of their lives.

The Sixth form is a fun environment where students are constantly encouraged to do their absolute best.

Since April 2004 some students will be eligible for the new Education Maintenance Allowance. This is allocated on the basis of their parents income and consists of weekly payments and some bonuses. If eligible the allowance is paid to students with 100% attendance who produce consistently good work.

Why Choose Aylesford School - Sports College Sixth Form

  • It is a dynamic, forward thinking and fun place to study.
  • Every one of our students is seen as a valued individual and receives careers education and personal target setting.
  • Our SCIP scheme for enhancing personal development is unique to Aylesford and highly praised by employers, careers advisors and University tutors.
  • All our courses are taught by specialists in their fields and gain excellent results.

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