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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. The girls' grammar school opened in 1901. They merged in 1972 and became comprehensive. Ashby School became an Academy on 1 October 2012.
- T. A. Woodcock OBE 1927-58
- Charles Padel 1909-12
- John Brinsley the elder 17th century
- David Edward Herbert 1980's
- Jacob Lawson 1994-2002
- 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. 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. 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
'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. 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". The proceeds from the sale were to be put "towards the building of... (a) proposed new pavilion", in order to "receive revenue from lettings".
Notable former pupils
Former pupils are known as Old Ashbeians.
- Andrew Betts (former Charlotte Hornets and Bologna Basketballer)
- Henry Dartnall, popular musician
- Dorian West (former England Hooker)
- The Young Knives
- Nathan Buck (Leicestershire County and England U19 Cricket Player)
- Tom Hopper (actor, best known for playing Sir Percival in Merlin (TV Series))
Ashby-de-la-Zouch Boys’ Grammar School
- Sir Geoffrey Arthur, Master from 1975-84 of Pembroke College, Oxford
- John Bainbridge (astronomer)
- Philip Bent, VC
- Prof John Betteridge, Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism from 1994-2010 at UCL Medical School
- Sir John Bonser, barrister
- William Bradshaw (Puritan)
- Jack English (photographer)
- Levi Fox, historian
- Anthony Gilby, clergyman
- Alexander Henry Green, geologist
- Leslie Hale, Baron Hale, Labour MP for Oldham from 1945–50 and Oldham West from 1950–68
- Joseph Hall (bishop)
- Thomas Hemsley CBE, baritone
- Dr Barry Heywood, Director from 1994-97 of the British Antarctic Survey
- Sir Joseph Hood, 1st Baronet, Conservative MP from 1918-24 for Wimbledon
- Sir James Hunt, judge
- Reginald Jacques CBE, conductor
- David Nish, footballer, capped five times for England.
- David Taylor, Labour MP from 1997-2009 for North West Leicestershire
- Bernard Vann, VC
- David Wilson CBE, Chairman from 1987-2007 of Wilson Bowden (David Wilson Homes)
Ashby-de-la-Zouch Girls’ Grammar School
- Kate Bostock, clothes designer with M&S
- Averil Burgess OBE, Chairman from 1993-2000 of the Independent Schools Inspectorate, Headmistress from 1975-1993 of South Hampstead High School
- Nora David, Baroness David
- Clare Hollingworth, journalist
- Angela Piper, plays Jennifer Aldridge (née Archer) in The Archers
- Prof Diane Reay, Professor of Education since 2005 at the University of Cambridge
- Cross, Claire. "Hastings, Henry, third earl of Huntingdon (1536?–1595)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- Ofsted Report, 3 November 2005
- "Gifted and Talented". Ashby School. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
- John Beterridge
- Derbyshire Life
- Diane Reay