Ashby School

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Ashby School
Ashby School - - 184423.jpg
Established 1567
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr. E Green
Location Nottingham Road
LE65 1DT
Coordinates: 52°44′54″N 1°27′48″W / 52.74844°N 1.46335°W / 52.74844; -1.46335
DfE number 855/4508
DfE URN 138833 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1976
Gender Coeducational
Ages 14–19
Houses 8
Publication The Ashbeian
Former name Ashby Grammar School
Website Ashby School

Ashby School, formerly known as Ashby Grammar School, is a co-educational day and boys' boarding upper school with academy status in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England. The school is situated in the centre of Ashby on two sites.


Ashby Grammar School, the original boys' school, was founded in 1567 by Henry Hastings, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon.[1] The girls' grammar school opened in 1901. They merged in 1972 and became comprehensive. Ashby School became an Academy on 1 October 2012.


Former teachers[edit]

  • Sir Mike Tomlinson CBE, Chief Inspector of Schools from 2000-2 (head of chemistry from 1969–77)


Ashby School is based on three main sites (A, B and C blocks), based on adjacent roads. The school has spent considerable funds on the construction of a new science block, new rooms in the design department, and more recently, a new block built to accommodate music, art, media studies and English. Construction of the new sixth form centre has recently been completed, there is now a social area, a canteen area and an area for relaxing and talking to friends which is referred to as the "airport lounge". The state-of-the-art Centre, costing £740,000, includes wireless computer facilities and a Sixth Form dining area.


The school has eight houses: Ashe, Bullen, Crewe, Erdington, Ferrers, Gylby, Hastings, and Loudoun.[2] Each house chooses a charity for the year for which it raises money.


The school adheres to the Ofsted national school grading system and received satisfactory (ranking 2/4) as an average for all areas assessed.[3] The highest rating areas were responsibility of governors, workplace skill development and student well-being where a score of outstanding (rank 1/4) was attained. Academically, the school is average or above the national average in all subjects except GCSE Science, Citizenship, A2 Chemistry & A2 Mathematics.

Gifted and talented[edit]

'Da Vinci' is the school's current gifted and talented system. The 'Tip Tops' is a group primary pupils in years 5 and 6 from local primary schools in the Ashby area. They attend after-school sessions in which they are tutored in advanced mathematics, literacy, film studies, science, art, and philosophy by gifted and talented students from Ashby School. The Ashby School's gifted and talented programme was rated three stars by the National Association for Gifted Children in 2010.[4] In November 2011 a Russian cosmonaut involved in the planning of the manned mission to Mars visited the school and gave a lecture to the 'G&T'.


In 2016 Ashby School created controversy when it attempted to sell the Victoria Cross medal won by Lt Col. Philip Bent that was donated to the school "to inspire future pupils".[5] The proceeds from the sale were to be put "towards the building of... (a) proposed new pavilion", in order to "receive revenue from lettings".[6]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Former pupils are known as Old Ashbeians.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Boys’ Grammar School[edit]

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Girls’ Grammar School[edit]


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