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The Norton Knatchbull School
Hythe Road, TN24 0QJ, UK Ashford
+44 (0)1233 620045


Mr Speller

The Norton Knatchbull School has a rich and long history.
Set up over three hundred and fifty years ago as Ashford Grammar School by Sir Norton Knatchbull, a considerable scholar and M.P for New Romney, it has grown and prospered over the years.  Today it stands as the boys’ grammar school serving the rapidly expanding market and railway town of Ashford and the surrounding attractive and relatively prosperous villages.  Unemployment in the area is low and housing in Ashford itself is reasonably priced.  As a result of the expansion of the town which is, of course, a matter of minutes from the Channel Tunnel and the ferry ports, the school has, in recent years, grown from four to five forms of entry.  Girls are admitted to the Sixth Form which offers the IB (International Baccalaureate as well a course range of ‘AS’ and ‘A’ levels.

Kent county Council has built a large £1.5m extension to cope with the additional numbers.  The school is sited close to the M20 motorway and is fortunate to have extensive playing fields and attractive rural views.  A new sports hall and Sixth Form Centre opens in late spring 2007.

The school’s academic record is a strong one.  In the 2006 public examinations, the ‘A’ level pass rate was 97.2% (54% at grade A and B).  At GCSE the 5 A* to C pass rate was 97.3% (with 40% of grades at A* or A).  There is a wide range of extra curricular activities including strong sport, excellent music and a fine dramatic tradition.  The school is very well resourced by Kent County Council.

The school motto, a quotation from the Latin writer Cicero, is “Benefactorum Recordatio Jucundissima Est” - “Things done well make the best memories” and we encourage all our students to do their best and to be proud of what they have achieved.

J. C. Speller, BA, MA (Ed), FRSA,


Following the successful introduction of the International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2006, we will again be offering this alternate route to higher education for September 2007. This exciting innovation provides a prestigious, broad-based alternative to Advanced Level. The IB is very highly regarded by all universities.

The strength and size of the Sixth Form in this School is one of its key features and we assume that the great majority of those who took the opportunity to come here at age 11 intend to apply to continue their education here till the age of 18. We are particularly pleased to add to their number applicants who are suitably qualified from other schools. As well as offering a wide range of subject choices at ‘A’ level and for the International Baccalaureate, we also provide a programme of preparation for Higher Education and employment. We also put great emphasis on furthering the wider educational and social needs of our students in a purposeful and friendly environment, with opportunities for sport, drama, music and other activities.

We value all our senior pupils and the extent to which our extensive and well equipped modern accommodation is dedicated to their benefit is an indication of this.

Entry Requirements for September 2007 entry onwards
All students who wish to take AS levels in the Sixth Form of The Norton Knatchbull School will
be expected to reach a pre-determined points total from their GCSE grades.  The points accorded
to each grade are as follows: A*-8, A-7, B-6, C-5, D-4, E-3.  The minimum points score is
currently 49 points.  Notwithstanding that score, students will be expected to gain at least a grade
B in the subject that they wish to study.  Where there is no equivalent GCSE subject the entry
requirements will be as outlined in the enclosed information sheets.  All students, irrespective of
the subjects they wish to study, should have at least a C-grade in Mathematics and English at
Applications from students who have followed other courses such as GNVQ will be considered
on merit, but must have gained a minimum of a B grade in four different subjects.
Students who do not gain the points score required may still have their application considered if
there are mitigating circumstances.
All students accepting a place at The Norton Knatchbull School will be bound by a contract that
encompasses reasonable behaviour, attendance, punctuality, coursework and dress.  Outline
details of this contract are published with the application form in the prospectus folder.  Further
information on how the Sixth Form operates will be available to all Sixth Form students at the
start of the Lower 6 th Year.
Final acceptance into the Sixth Form is always contingent on the student having demonstrated
both a good work ethic and a sound attendance record in the middle school.  This is quantified in
more detail within the prospectus.  The same criteria apply to students who apply from other
Work Ethic and Attendance
Students willput their application to join the Sixth Form in doubt if, during the whole of Year 11
 Commit an offence which warrants formal external exclusion.
 Commit offences which warrant more than one internal exclusion.
 Have a history of behaviour detentions (3 or more in the year).
 Have a history of work detentions (3 or more in the year).
 Have an attendance rate below 95%, without a valid reason.
N.B. A student who fails to meet the work ethic and attendance requirements in more than one
category will not normally be admitted to the Sixth Form.


The DfES has recently awarded The Norton Knatchbull School the status of Language College making the future both exciting and challenging for pupils, parents and staff.

As a specialist Language College the school will strive to:

A) Improve whole school performance by developing all students' linguistic skills.
B) Extend and vary the language provision for all students at KS3, KS4 and KS5.
C) Provide the Ashford Community and our family of schools with a centre of excellence in the teaching of MFL with the aim of raising standards of learning and teaching in the wider community.
D) Develop and nurture the students' natural linguistic, social and creative skills to enable them to integrate effectively in a growing and dynamic economy.
E) Ensure that staffing and continuous professional development reflects the school's growing international ethos and needs.
F) Provide students with opportunities to acquire valuable international experience.

It is our aim to have closer working links with the local community. There will be a number of language classes held at the school available to the public free of charge. Furthermore, the school is keen to work with local business in order to address any training needs they may have in the area of modern foreign languages. If you are interested in any aspect of the above initiatives then we would like to hear from you.

Please contact Mr Roger Baker on 01233 620 045

All pupils follow a GCSE course (AQA/NEAB syllabus) in a foreign language and have the opportunity to study a second one. They begin the first in Year 7 and the second in Year 8.
Both languages remain complusory until the end of Year 9.

All pupils follow a GCSE course (AQA/NEAB syllabus) in a foreign language and have the opportunity to study a second one. They begin the first in Year 7 and the second in Year 8.
Both languages remain complusory until the end of Year 9.

We Aim to make the learning of languages an enjoyable experience, and emphasis communicative competence, active learning and language awareness. The languages suite include recording rooms and a language laboratory. Classes have the opportunity of using ICT and a language club has been set up.
Visits to France, Germany and Spain are organised from time to time in order to give the pupils pratical experience there. We lay particular emphasis on exchanges (in conjunction with Highworth) with our partner schools in lens, Arras, Bad Münstereifel and the Asturias.

There are also other trips arranged to various places,

including Cologne, Le Touquet and Hardelot.


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