Ashton Park School

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Ashton Park School
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School entrance
Established 1955
Type Secondary Foundation
Trust South West Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust
Executive Headteadher Nick John
Head of School Sue Ball
Deputy Head of School (Lower) Marnie Welch
Location Blackmoor's Lane
Bower Ashton
Coordinates: 51°26′25″N 2°37′49″W / 51.44029°N 2.630167°W / 51.44029; -2.630167
DfE number 801/4030
DfE URN 109278 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Capacity 1155 (Data from January 2016)
Students 1203 (Data from January 2016)
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18

Ashton Park School is a mixed gender secondary school with foundation status, located in the Bower Ashton area of Bristol, England.


The school opened on 8 September 1955 as Ashton Park Secondary Modern School, built in the grounds of Ashton Court. The intake of pupils was aimed at the district of Hotwells.

The current headteacher is Mr John who replaced Mrs Thomas in September 2016, a new headteacher replacing Mr Gardner in September 2011.

Students come from primary schools including Ashton Gate, Hotwells, Southville, Compass Point, Hillcrest Primary School and Luckwell. The school has a sixth form centre which has the freedom of college, but the support of a school. This prepares students for the next stage in their life. The school is a specialist Sports College. This does not mean extra PE lessons. The school focuses on 'sport for everyone' which could mean simply table tennis for the less able, but the school also runs a 'Gifted and Talented' Sports regime where famous sports people have come in and given lessons such as Jason Gardener. Many extra curriculum clubs for a wide variety of team sports, dance and athletics.


The 1950s teaching accommodation was demolished in 2009/2010 and replaced by a new 39 classroom teaching block which opened in September 2010. It is fitted with toilets on every floor, CCTV, recording studios for music studies and specialist art class rooms for sixth form students. There is also a new canteen as well as the old one with a new card swiping system, like a credit card, so no money is exchanged at the counter.

Academic achievement[edit]

The table below shows the shows the schools Progress 8 score.[1]


Ofsted inspection[edit]

The school's latest inspection took place on 5 and 6 February 2015 and it received the following grades:[2]

Area Grade
Overall Effectiveness 2 - Good
Leadership And Management 2 - Good
Behaviour And Safety Of Pupils 2 - Good
Quality Of Teaching 2 - Good
Achievement Of Pupils 2 - Good
Sixth Form Provision 2 - Good

Ashton Park Sixth Form[edit]

The Sixth Form Centre is located just behind Ashton Park Secondary School its main intake are students from Ashton Park School, Bedminster Down, Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bridge Learning Campus and Merchants' Academy.

They offer a range of A Levels, Vocational A Levels, BTEC First Diplomas and NVQ Courses, as well as GCSE Mathematics and English retakes.

Notable former pupils[edit]


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