De Aston School

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De Aston School
Established 1863
Type Academy
Religion Christian
Headteacher Simon Porter
Location Willingham Road
Market Rasen
Coordinates: 53°23′01″N 0°19′32″W / 53.3836°N 0.3255°W / 53.3836; -0.3255
DfE number 925/4514
DfE URN 136491 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,067 pupils
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Publication De Aston Voice
Website De Aston

De Aston School is a mixed secondary school with academy status in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, England. It also has a sixth form and boarding house. The school has a broad Christian ethos but accommodates those of other faiths or no faith.


It has approximately 1,050 pupils.[1][not in citation given] The school provides boarding accommodation for around 80 pupils, many of whom come from abroad. De Aston is a specialist school in mathematics and computing. The De Aston Sports Centre is shared with the school.[2][not in citation given]

The school magazine is called the De Aston Voice.[citation needed] It is situated in the east of the town on Willingham Road (A631).


Grammar school[edit]

De Aston School pre 1915

De Aston School was founded in 1863 as a small grammar school, as part of a legal settlement following a court case involving funds from the medieval charity of Thomas De Aston, a 13th-century monk. Until recently, the school's Foundation Governors also owned the chapel at the site of the charity's Almshouses at Spital on the Street, a few miles away to the west.

The school's headmaster originally had his own house on the school site. The Victorian Gothic red brick house was built in 1863 and was designated as a Grade II listed building by English Heritage in 1984.[3] As a grammar school it was administered by the Lindsey Education Committee, based in Lincoln, and became co-educational in 1971.


It became a comprehensive in 1974 (when Lincoln became comprehensive), amalgamating with Market Rasen Secondary Modern School on Kilnwell Road. At the same time, new buildings were opened.[citation needed]


The school converted to academy status in March 2011.


  • Bruce McGowan 1957-64
  • Andrew Lloyd Morgan 1964-84


In March 2001, at the Secondary Heads Association's conference in Newport, Ellenor Beighton, head teacher, spoke out against the current funding system for schools.[4] Then in July 2001 Former Headmaster Anthony Neal disagreed with School Standards Minister Stephen Timms over the benefits of specialist schools saying that they create a two-tier system.[5] Homework was being publicly discussed in December 2001 in the wake of Cherie Blair's request to the Ministry of Defence for information to help with her son's homework. Neal commented that homework was essential and central to the fact that standards were rising.[6][not in citation given]

Police apologised to the school, in November 2006, after a computer error wrongly put it at the top of a national table for the number of police call-outs.[7][not in citation given]

Academic standards[edit]

The November 2009 inspection Ofsted rated the school Grade 2 (Good), on a four-point scale.[1][not in citation given] In 2009 88% of pupils achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE.[citation needed] The school was placed[where?] in the top 200 most improved schools nationally.[citation needed]


Notable former pupils[edit]

Market Rasen Secondary Modern School[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • Joan Harrop. A history of the development of De Aston School, Market Rasen. Middle Rasen: J Harrop, 1991.

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