Ashlawn School

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Ashlawn School
Ashlawn School
Motto Every Child Matters
Established 1985 (Formerly Dunsmore School)
Type Partial Grammar school;
Academy, Science College, Leadership College,
Headteacher Lois Reed
Location Ashlawn Road
CV22 5ET
52°21′26″N 1°13′52″W / 52.35723°N 1.23124°W / 52.35723; -1.23124Coordinates: 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 Office wear

Ashlawn School Academy Trust, more commonly known as Ashlawn School (or simply Ashlawn), is a large partially selective secondary school located in Rugby, Warwickshire, England that specialises in Science, Computing and Leadership. Ashlawn is one of only five bilateral schools in England, and these students need to score highly in the 11+ examination to gain admission to the grammar stream in Year 7.

Ashlawn School is a National Teaching School. It was granted this status in October 2014. These schools are judged to be 'outstanding' by Ofsted, and they help teachers from other schools train. Very few schools have been granted this status.

In November 2013, the school was awarded an OFSTED Outstanding rating (the highest rating) in all categories.[1]

Around 1,750 pupils attend the school educated by 90 full-time teaching staff, with total staff at around 110 members. The incumbent headteacher is Lois Reed, who replaced former professional rugby union international Peter Rossborough, after his retirement in 2008.



Ashlawn School 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.

Recent history[edit]

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 October 2012, work began on a new bespoke expressive arts centre which was completed in mid-2013. The centre is now 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.[2] The building was officially unveiled by Rugby Mayor Cllr Tony Gillias on 20 June 2013, ready for use in the upcoming Autumn term.

In April 2015, the Education Funding Agency awarded Ashlawn School with £2.6 million to build a bespoke Sixth Form Centre and specialist Teaching Studio.[3] This is in response to a significant increase in demand for places at this school.

In January 2016, Ashlawn School was listed as one of the UK's best state schools in the Tatler Magazine, based on GCSE and A level results.

Academy status[edit]

In May 2010, the secretary of education approached the school to become an Academy and on 1 April 2011 the school took on the Academy status. and is now run by the Ashlawn School Academy Trust.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Ashlawn OFSTED report" (PDF). OFSTED. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ashlawn gets go-ahead for school’s new arts building". Rugby Advertiser. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Hunt, Joanna (17 April 2015). "New multi-million sixth form for Ashlawn School in Rugby". Rugby Advertiser. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Privacy Notice-Ashlawn School And Science College". Archived from the original on 2012-12-23.