Norton Knatchbull School
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|Motto||Benefactorum Recordatio Jucundissima Est (Latin: "Things done well make the best memories")|
|Established||c. 17th century|
|Headteacher||Ms. S. Staab|
|Chair||Richard Fraser (Acting)|
|Founder||Sir Norton Knatchbull|
|DfE URN||138019 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Students||1,098 as of September 2016[update]|
Mixed (sixth form)
|Houses||Apps, Barrett, Burra, Harper, Knatchbull, Lamprey (founded 2013), Woodworth (founded 2016)|
Ashford Grammar School
The Norton Knatchbull School is a grammar school with academy status for boys located in Ashford, Kent, England. Girls are accepted into the Sixth Form. As of 2016, the school serves more than one thousand pupils aged 11 to 18.
The School was founded in Ashford around 1630 as a free grammar school by its namesake, Sir Norton Knatchbull. The school continued to be led and funded by Knatchbull's family due to a stipulation in his will in 1636. It was known simply as 'Ashford Grammar School' until the summer of 1973. The original school was based in the churchyard in the town centre, in the building known as Dr Wilks' Hall and which now houses the town's museum, but has moved several times. By the 20th century, it had moved to its present location on Hythe Road. The main building of the current school premises was built in the 1950s and has recently been renovated in 2015 as part of a major overhaul of the school's facilities. A number of additional buildings have been added to the site: the Brabourne Building in the early 1990s, the Mortimore Building in the early 2000s and the Fraser Building (Sports Hall) which was completed and opened in the mid-2000s.
It is one of two grammar schools in Ashford.
Notable former pupils
- Alex Brooker, journalist and presenter
- William Cole, classical scholar
- Sir Ronald Cooke, Vice-Chancellor of the University of York from 1993–2002, and President of the Royal Geographical Society from 2000-03
- David Crawford CMG, Ambassador to Bahrain (briefly) in 1981, and Ambassador to Qatar from 1974–78
- Roger Dean, artist
- Josh Doyle, lead singer of the Dum Dums
- Bob Holness, presenter
- Phil Hubbard, University of Kent
- Gary Hume, artist
- Robert Kirby-Harris, Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics 2005-
- Prof Leonard Marsh OBE, Principal of Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln from 1974–96, and Chairman of the National Association for Primary Education from 1981-83
- Daniel Pearce, former bandmate of One True Voice
- Surgeon Vice-Admiral Anthony Revell CB, Surgeon General of the Ministry of Defence from 1994-
- Highworth Grammar School for Girls
- Spelthorne College (former Ashford County Grammar School in Middlesex)
- Thomas, R W (February 1980). "History of the school". Norton Knatchbull School. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- 'The town and parish of Ashford' - The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. 7. 1798. pp. 526–545. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- Salter 2005, p. 70.
- Welch, Chris (2003). Close to the Edge: The Story of Yes. Omnibus Press. p. 118. ISBN 0-7119-9509-5.
went to Ashford Grammar School
- Katherine Adams (13 August 2007). "Interview: Bob Holness". BBC News. Retrieved 24 March 2008.
studied at... Ashford Grammar