Ashlyns School

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Ashlyns School
Motto Aspire and Achieve
Established 1935
Type Foundation school
Headteacher Mr James Shapland
Founder Thomas Coram Foundation for Children
Location Chesham Road
51°45′12″N 0°33′51″W / 51.75337°N 0.56419°W / 51.75337; -0.56419Coordinates: 51°45′12″N 0°33′51″W / 51.75337°N 0.56419°W / 51.75337; -0.56419
Local authority Hertfordshire
DfE number 919/5406
DfE URN 117578 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,152 as of April 2016
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Bourne, Coram, Handel and Raven
Colours Blue, Green, Red and Yellow
Website School website

Ashlyns School is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England. The school was established in 1935 as the final location of the Foundling Hospital.


Ashlyns School was built on the Ashlyns Estate in the 1930s by the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children, (the Foundling Hospital), a Charitable organisation set up in the 18th Century, as replacement for their premises in London. It passed to the local authority in 1951: for a time some children under the care of the foundation still lived in the school: once they moved out their dormitories on the first floor became class rooms. It has the "girls staircase" from the London Foundling Hospital.[1]


In recent years, the school was awarded specialist school status as a Language College.[2] On 19 December 2008 Headteacher Mr Dalziel resigned after 10 years in charge; he was replaced by Mr Gary Lewis from January to April 2009 and then he was replaced by Mr James Shapland, formerly Deputy Headteacher of Nicholas Breakspear School in St Albans.[3] The school has been used for the setting of the film Son of Rambow which was primarily shot in the surrounding area of Berkhamsted and Ashridge Estate.

As of September 2013, Ashlyns School returned to the two-tier system (as a Secondary School)


  1. ^ Hastie, Scott (1999). Berkamsted: An Illustrated History. Kings Langley: Alpine Press. p. 57. ISBN 0-9528631-1-1. 
  2. ^ "Specialist Schools Home". DfES. July 2006. Archived from the original on 3 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-02. 
  3. ^ James Clifton; Jacqueline Webby (2009-02-27). "Letter: Appointment of new head" (PDF). Ashlyns School. Retrieved 2009-04-24. [dead link]