Ashville College

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Ashville College
Ashville College.svg
Motto Esse quam videri
(To be, rather than to seem to be)
Established 1877
Type Independent day and boarding school
Religion Methodist
Headmaster Richard Marshall
Chairman P Whiteley
Location Green Lane
North Yorkshire
53°58′26″N 1°33′08″W / 53.97386°N 1.55214°W / 53.97386; -1.55214Coordinates: 53°58′26″N 1°33′08″W / 53.97386°N 1.55214°W / 53.97386; -1.55214
DfE URN 121758 Tables
Students 1,276
Ages 4–18
Former pupils Old Ashvillians
The School

Ashville College is a co-educational independent school for both day and boarding pupils aged 4–18 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. Its headmaster, Richard Marshall, is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

It was founded in 1877 as a boarding school for boys by the United Methodist Free Church, and incorporated Elmfield College and New College, Harrogate in the 1930s. It is now open to non-Methodists and to those of non-Christian religions. The college accepted girls in 1982 and is fully co-educational. It thrives as the oldest independent school in Harrogate and owns an estate of 60 acres on the south side of the spa town.


Ellis, Riverdale, Duckworth, Windermere

Boarding houses[edit]

Greenholme (junior boys and girls aged 9–13), Briggs (senior boys aged 13–18 ), Mallinson (senior boys aged 13–18), Norfolk (all girls aged 13-18)


Esse quam videri ("to be, rather than to appear")

Current headmaster[edit]

Richard Marshall

Previous headmasters[edit]

  • Dr. William Richardson BA LLD (1877-1889)
  • Dr. John Bowick BA LLD (1890-1905)
  • Rev. Alfred Soothill (1905-1926)
  • Joseph T. Lancaster MA MLitt (1927-1957)
  • G. Ronald Southam (1957-1977)
  • David Norfolk MA (Oxon) (1977-1987)
  • Michael Crosby (1987–2003)
  • Andrew Fleck (2003–2010)
  • Mark Lauder (2010-2017)
  • Richard Marshall (2017-Present)

Notable Old Ashvillians[edit]



  • Booth, William (1990) A History of Ashville and The Ashvillian Society. Harrogate: The Ashvillian Society, to mark their centenary (1890–1990).

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