Ashford School

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Ashford School
Motto Esse quam videri (to be, rather than to seem to be)
Established 1898
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Mike Buchanan
Location East Hill
TN24 8PB
Students 850
Gender Mixed
Ages 3–18
Houses Franklins, Knights, Merchants, Pilgrims, Squires, Yeomen

Ashford School is an independent school in East Hill, Ashford, Kent.[1][dead link] For the vast majority of its 112 years of existence[2] it has been a school purely for girls but in 2006 boys were admitted in some year groups and it is now a school for both sexes from the age of 3 to 18 offering boarding and day facilities.

The current headteacher is Mr Mike Buchanan.

The school is owned and run by the United Church Schools Trust[3] and is a member of The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.[4]

Ashford School was recently ranked one of the UK's top 20 coeducational, independent schools and was voted Independent School of the Year 2010. It was also a Good Schools Guide award winner in 2011 and at The Archant Good Schools Show it was voted one of the country's top five boarding schools. Just 37 minutes from London by train it also benefits from rapid access to the continent via Eurostar. The London airports are all within 90 minutes and it runs a bus service to the surrounding towns and villages.

Boarding life starts at age 10 at Ashford School where pupils can suffer a range of boarding options: flexi, weekly or full. The school has 5 boarding houses, Junior boarding, Refuge, Brooke, Brabourne and Alfred.

Space shuttle experiment[edit]

In 1992 a science experiment designed by four girls at the school flew on the Space Shuttle on flight STS-47[5] The experiment had been designed in 1985 by the girls who had won a competition organised by Independent Television News. The chemical garden experiment was successful but the Liesegang rings failed to operate correctly due to a friction in parts of the mechanism. On their return they were displayed in the London Science Museum. The seven year delay had been caused by the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster which occurred in 1986 shortly before the intended flight.[6]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Unknown". 
  2. ^ "History". Ashford School. 
  3. ^ United Church Schools Trust website
  4. ^ "The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference". 
  5. ^ "Space shuttle mission STS-47 - Press kit". NASA. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Late bloom for crystal garden". The New Scientist. 1993-01-02. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 

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Coordinates: 51°08′59″N 0°52′42″E / 51.14972°N 0.87833°E / 51.14972; 0.87833