Ashton Park School

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Ashton Park School
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School entrance
Established 1955
Type Secondary Foundation
Headteacher Tessa Thomas
Location Blackmoor's Lane
Bristol
BS3 2JL
England Coordinates: 51°26′25″N 2°37′49″W / 51.44029°N 2.630167°W / 51.44029; -2.630167
DfE URN 109278 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Capacity 1155
Students 1181
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Website ashtonpark.net

Ashton Park School is a comprehensive school in Bristol, England, for 11 to 18 year olds. Students come from primary schools including Ashton Gate, Hotwells, Southville, Compass Point, Hillcrest Primary School and Luckwell. The school has a sixth form centre which has the freedom of college, but the support of a school. This prepares students for the next stage in their life. The school is a specialist Sports College. This does not mean extra PE lessons. The school focuses on 'sport for everyone' which could mean simply table tennis for the less able, but the school also runs a 'Gifted and Talented' Sports regime where famous sports people have come in and given lessons such as Jason Gardener. Many extra curriculum clubs for a wide variety of team sports, dance and athletics.

School history[edit]

The school opened on 8 September 1955 as Ashton Park Secondary Modern School, built in the grounds of Ashton Court. The intake of pupils was aimed at the district of Hotwells.

Performance[edit]

The current headteacher is Mrs Thomas, a new headteacher replacing Mr Gardner in September 2011. The GCSE and AS/A2 Level results have been increasing year on year for at least the past 6 years. In 2012, 44% of 168 students in Year 11 passed gaining 5 or more A* to C grades, including English and Maths.

School buildings[edit]

The 1950s teaching accommodation was demolished in 2009/2010 and replaced by a new 39 classroom teaching block which opened in September 2010. It is fitted with toilets on every floor, CCTV, recording studios for music studies and specialist art class rooms for sixth form students. There is also a new canteen as well as the old one with a new card swiping system, like a credit card, so no money is exchanged at the counter. This saves time and is more hygienic.

Ashton Park Sixth Form[edit]

The Sixth Form Centre is located just behind Ashton Park Secondary School its main intake are students from Ashton Park School, Bedminster Down, Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bridge Learning Campus and Merchants' Academy.

The subjects offered at A-Level are:

Art History
Biology Law
Business Studies Mathematics
Chemistry Media Studies
Computing Fashion & Textiles
Drama and Theatre Studies Photography
Dt - Product Design Physical Education
English Literature and Language Physics
French Psychology
General Studies RS: Philosophy and Ethics
Geography Sociology
Sport
Health and Social Care Certificate Travel and Tourism

They also offer a range of Vocational A Levels, BTEC First Diplomas and NVQ Courses, as well as GCSE Mathematics and English retakes.

Notable former pupils[edit]

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