Ashmole Academy

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Ashmole Academy
Established 1958
Type Academy
Head Teacher Derrick Brown[1]
Chair of Governors Mrs Gonul Daniels
Location Cecil Road
London, England
N14 5RJ[2]
United Kingdom
51°37′58″N 0°08′10″W / 51.632689°N 0.136182°W / 51.632689; -0.136182Coordinates: 51°37′58″N 0°08′10″W / 51.632689°N 0.136182°W / 51.632689; -0.136182
DfE URN 136308 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1460
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Publication @shmole Newsletter

Ashmole Academy (formerly Ashmole School) is a secondary school with academy status in Southgate, England in the London Borough of Barnet. Under the direction of the headteacher Derrick Brown, around 1,460 pupils (331 in the Sixth form) are educated in ages 11–18.

Pupils come from a wide range of minority ethnic heritages and a greater than usual number of pupils speak English as an additional language. In January 2007, Ofsted gave an overall rating of the school as Grade 1 Outstanding, the highest available assessment for a UK school. [3]


The school, named after Elias Ashmole,[4] was founded in 1958 as the successor of Russell Lane Secondary Modern Boy's School which had changed its name to Ashmole School in about 1949,[5] had Southaw School merged into it in 1971,[4] and became a foundation school in 1999. It achieved specialist status in Science in 2002, and added the second specialism, Music, in 2006. The school moved into a new building on the same site in September 2004 costing £14m. The existing administration block was refurbished and opened as the performing arts centre in June 2005. This was funded by the sale of 38 acres (150,000 m2) of school grounds for redevelopment as housing.[6]

On 1 October 2010, it became one of the first schools in North London (second in Barnet - after QE Boys) to convert to an Academy after an invitation from the Coalition Government.[7]

Academic standards[edit]

Ofsted gave an overall rating of the school as Grade 1 Outstanding, the highest available assessment for a UK school, following their 2007 inspection. They stated "Ashmole is an outstanding school. Pupils make very good progress, whatever their starting points, and standards are exceptionally high. Staff set consistently high expectations of achievement and pupils often exceed their targets. As a result of consistently good teaching, standards in the sixth form are outstanding."[3]

Leadership team[edit]

  • Chief Executive Officer: Mr D. Brown
  • Associate Head Teacher: Mr T. Sullivan
  • Deputy Head: Mr Solola
  • Deputy Head: Mr B. Dhinsa
  • Assistant Head: Mr P. Bray
  • Assistant Head: Mr R. Hague
  • Assistant Head: Mrs R. McLaren
  • Assistant Head: Miss J. Hart
  • Assistant Head: Miss C. Hammond
  • Chief Finance Officer: Mr D Powell

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "List of Staff 2010/2011" Archived October 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "General Enquires" Archived October 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b "Ashmole School - Inspection report", Ofsted, 20 February 2007.
  4. ^ a b Brown, Derrick (Autumn 2007). "Message from the Head" (PDF). @shmole, volume 1, issue 8. Ashmole School. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Ambridge, Geoffrey (22 February 2006). "Ashmole Sec. Mod. School, London N.20 - 1950-54 - Telling Tales Out of School". Blog. Geoffrey Ambridge. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Land sale paid for £14m new school", Barnet & Potters Bar Times, 30 June 2005
  7. ^ "Ashmole Academy Press Release" Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Dan Gillespie " Archived March 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., The Gay & Lesbian Awards
  9. ^ Rachel Stevens biography
  10. ^ "AMY WINEHOUSE",
  11. ^ Megan Prescott

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