Ashlawn School

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Ashlawn School Academy Trust
Ashlawn School
Motto Every Child Matters
Established 1985 (Formerly Dunsmore School)
Type Academy, Science College, Leadership College, Expressive Arts College
Headteacher Lois Reed
Specialism Science, and Academy
Location Ashlawn Road
CV22 5ET
England Coordinates: 52°21′26″N 1°13′52″W / 52.35723°N 1.23124°W / 52.35723; -1.23124
Local authority Warwickshire
DfE URN 136587 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff Around 110 members
Students 1,750 - 1,800
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

Years 7-9 - Maroon     

Years 10-11 - Black     

Years 7-9 PE - Blue     

Years 10-11 PE - Maroon     

Sixth Form - Smart Casual

Ashlawn School Academy Trust, more commonly known as Ashlawn School (or simply Ashlawn), is a partially selective secondary school located in Rugby, Warwickshire, England.

Around 1,750 pupils attend the school educated by 90 full-time teaching staff. The headteacher is currently Lois Reed, with total staff at around 110 members.


Ashlawn was previously known as Dunsmore School for Girls and Dunsmore School for Boys, until 1985, when they merged with another secondary school, Fareham High School, to become today's Ashlawn School.

In 2005 the school was granted Special Science College status, entitling the establishment to government grants for new educational equipment, such as portable tablets with internet access. These are linked up to data projectors so that presentations and research can be done online and easily in front of a class. In April 2009 it was also awarded a Leadership College status. Both achievements have been commemorated with the construction of monuments, a rainbow coloured piece of modern art (created by a local artist), for the Science College status, and a large text embossed sun, for the Leadership status.

In early 2007 the school received planning permission from Rugby Borough Council to erect a wind turbine at the school, making it one of the first in the country to employ such a scheme. Also, in 2010, a number of Ashlawn's buildings were fitted with solar panels to cut down on their carbon footprint even further.

In 2008, headteacher Peter Rossborough decided to step down and retire. It was then announced that Lois Reed (a former assistant head) would become his successor.

In May 2010, the secretary of education approached Ashlawn to become an Academy and on 1 April 2011 the school took on the Academy status. It is run by the Ashlawn School Academy Trust.[1]

As of January 2010 Ashlawn School has been working closely with Yamaha Music School to enhance the teaching of music in the local area. Students have access to specialised equipment which normally would not be available and expert teachers. The initiative was kicked off on 11 December 2009 with an event led by Troy Miller, drummer for artists such as Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and Daniel Merriweather.

In December 2011, former pupil Lauren Taylor won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.[2]

In October 2012, work began on a new bespoke expressive arts centre to be completed by mid-2013. The centre would be available out of hours (e.g. the dance studio, drama rooms) marking the school's first building partially dedicated for use by the local community.[3] The building was officially unveiled by Rugby Mayor Cllr Tony Gillias on 20 June 2013, ready for use in the upcoming Autumn term.

Media Team[edit]

In December 2010, the Ashlawn Media Team was set up and since then has produced a variety of video productions for the school.

In Summer 2011 the team, a largely student-ran project, produced a video to be shown at the school's bi-annual Prospective Parents Evenings, at which prospective Year 7 students and their parents visit the school to help their decision of which school to move on to after primary school. The video was a great success and the team reproduced the video for 2012 with the school's new uniform. The team then produced a new video for the 2013 Prospective Parents evening, featuring updated statistics and a new storyline.


  1. ^ Privacy Notice-Ashlawn School And Science College
  2. ^ "Lauren Taylor wins Young award". Sports Personality of the Year 2011. BBC Sport. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ashlawn gets go-ahead for school’s new arts building". New Ashlawn Art's Block. Rugby Advertiser. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.