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An Award Winning School

TES Awards 2015

Ashford School won the Strategic Education Initiative of the Year award at the prestigious TES Independent School Awards
2015 for an opportunity it has provided to nearly 100 employees.

The initiative was introduced by the Head, Mike Buchanan, who has given every employee the opportunity to learn an instrument or take drama lessons. In awarding the prize, the judges described the school's initiative as "highly creative and innovative".

The school offers one year's free tuition to all employees in a musical instrument of their choice, or in drama. Head Mike Buchanan said: "This is about us understanding and remembering what it is like to learn; to understand how a student feels, to remember how hard work and determination are necessary for success and that success is not instantaneous."

You can find out more about the awards here.

National Teacher of the Year 2015

Prep School Deputy Head Mrs Penny Willetts was named the national Teacher of the Year 2015 by United Learning. She was singled out for her leadership of teaching and learning, her contributions in and out of the classroom and her work with United Learning more widely.

The awards scheme, Best in Everyone Awards, is run by United Learning which owns Ashford School as well as academies and other independent schools across the UK. Penny was chosen from 90 nominations across the group and will be presented with her award at a special ceremony at the House of Lords on 19 June.

Kent Early Years Leader of the Year 2015

Sue Yeates, Head of Nursery, was named Early Years Leader of the Year 2015 at a glittering awards ceremony hosted by the eminent historian David Starkey. She was recognised for her commitment and dedication at the Kent Messenger Group Awards which attract entries from teaching staff all over Kent.

Team of the Year 2015

At the same awards ceremony, which was held at Leeds Castle, Ashford School's Leadership Team won Team of the Year.

Finalists in national teaching award 2015

Mike Buchanan, Head, and Sue Yeates, Head of Nursery, were both selected as finalists for the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards 2015. Dubbed 'the Oscars for teachers', the Pearson Teaching Awards select just a handful from thousands of nominations from across the UK.

National Teaching School

Ashford School was chosen by the Government in 2014 to be a National Teaching School. It is one of only four such independent schools in England. Head Mike Buchanan is a designated National Leader of Education and a Reporting Inspector as part of his commitment to supporting the education of children in all schools, irrespective of their background.

Independent School of the Year 2010/11

Ashford School was awarded the coveted title of Independent School of the Year 2010/11 as a result of the transformation of the School into a leading, coeducational school over the last few years.

"I congratulate Mike and his staff on this achievement which they so thoroughly deserve. Ashford School has embarked on a number of ambitious projects in the past few years and has excelled at each one securing a strong, stable and vibrant future for itself." Shane Rutter-Jerome, Chair of the Judges

The panel of nine judges included the Chief Inspector of Schools, the former chair of HMC and Master of Dulwich College, London, the former chair of GSA and Head of Dame Alice Harpur School, the professor of marketing at Cranfield University and the former Bursar of Harrow.

The UK's Top Teacher 2011

We were delighted that biologist, Mr Rob Turner, was recognised nationally for his inspirational and adventurous teaching. He was given the Top Teacher Award at The Archant Good Schools Show in September 2011.

A Top Boarding School

At the same ceremony we were named one of the country's top five boarding schools.

Outstanding Contribution to the Community

Ashford School was also recognised as a runner-up for its Outstanding Contribution to the Community at the same awards ceremony.

The Good Schools Guide Award for Mathematics

In 2011, we once again picked up a GSG award. A Level Maths was given the coveted Lucas trophy for the excellent teaching of Maths and the performance of students (especially boys) at A Level. The award was determined on the GSG WOW Factor calculations, a combination of performance of the students in public exams and the popularity of the subject at the individual school and compared with other schools nationally.


We are delighted to be named in the Top 50 Independent Co-ed Boarding Schools for 2014.

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