Ashby School, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

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At Ashby School, we want all our students to have a happy and successful learning experience. The school is consistently one of the highest performing state schools in Leicestershire. However, Ashby School prides itself on much more than its academic standards. Students of all interests and abilities are encouraged to get the most out of school life, whether through sport, music or one of the many other opportunities on offer. Our aim is for all students to achieve their full potential and to leave the school as responsible, confident and well-rounded citizens.

Ashby School became an Academy on 1 October 2012. This means that the school has greater freedom to make decisions about its curriculum, finances and other issues. Academies are state-funded, independent schools, committed to providing a first class education.

Ofsted described Ashby as ‘a good school with outstanding features’ where ‘progress is overwhelmingly good’. Examination results are consistently high, placing Ashby School among the top performing state schools in the county. All students are expected to work hard and encouraged to make the most of the many opportunities on offer both inside and outside the classroom.

The school’s broad curriculum and extensive extracurricular programme give all students a chance to pursue their passions, explore new fields and develop the skills they need to succeed in the world beyond school. ‘Ashby School seeks to promote life-long learning in a technologically advanced society’.

Ashby’s School boarding residence is home to 70 boys aged 11 to 19 from around the world. Rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, School House’s excellent reputation, picturesque setting and high academic standards make it a popular choice with parents. School House prides itself on a happy and relaxed atmosphere in which boys enjoy a strong support network and a full range of educational, cultural and sporting activities. A purpose-built extension completed in 2011 provides boarders with well-equipped single and twin en-suite study rooms. Excellent modern facilities like these give older boys the security and comfort of home, while preparing them for independent living at university.

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Study at Ashby School

Students follow a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Design and Technology, Religious Studies, Citizenship, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) , and Careers and work-related learning. The use of information technology is incorporated into all subjects.

Ashby School works closely with its feeder high schools to help students make a smooth transition into Year 10. In some subjects, students begin their GCSE courses while still at high school, as part of a ‘common curriculum’ agreed between the schools. Special provision is made for students who need additional help because of learning difficulties or other issues.

Ashby School is committed to the success of all students. Initiatives such as the ‘Commit to Success’ programme (C2S) are helping to drive up performance and expectations among students of all abilities. Additional tuition is given to students who need a little extra help reaching higher grades.

High attendance is a crucial factor in student success. All students learn that high attendance invariably leads to better examination results – and a more rewarding school experience. To help create a culture of success, students are expected to uphold the school’s code of conduct which requires them to be honest, hardworking, courteous, fair and respectful. Hard work and good behaviour are rewarded.

Sport, music and the performing arts feature strongly in school life. Students of all sporting abilities are encouraged to take part in after-school activities, which range from traditional sports, such as football, cricket, badminton and netball, to sessions in dance and trampolining.

For musicians, the school’s vibrant Music department is home to a variety of groups and ensembles, including the highly-regarded school jazz band. Students can also choose from a wealth of other extra curricular activities, including additional languages, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, membership of the School Council and a leading role in House activities.

Revision classes and coursework catch-up sessions are held most nights after school, helping students to boost their performance in lessons and examinations. Trips and visits take place throughout the year to enrich and underpin student learning.

Boarding fee (2017) no tuition as this is a state school
£ 12,651 per year boarding
£   4,217 per term boarding (three terms)