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Admissions Procedure

Obtaining a Place: Our Approach

Ashford School provides childcare and education for boys and girls from the age of 3 months to 18 years in three separate sections (Bridge Nursery, Ashford Prep and the Senior School): boarders are admitted from age 10 to 18.

The aim of our Admissions Policy is to ensure that boys and girls who join Ashford School are able to be happy, successful and secure within our academic, cultural and pastoral environment, whether they are boarders or day pupils. The admissions process identifies children whose academic and other abilities match our ethos and standards and whose personal qualities suggest they have the potential to contribute positively and benefit from the opportunities that are offered.

We seek to ensure that disabled, prospective pupils are not treated less favourably and we are happy to consider reasonable adjustments to our admissions procedure to ensure this. Please tell us prior to any visit if your child has a disability or particular need so that we can properly assess his/her requirements. Assessments from professionals such as Educational Psychologists should be provided at the point of registration.

We welcome applications for admission from all sections of society and do not discriminate on grounds of gender, disability, race, religion, social or cultural background. Those intending to join Ashford School are expected to be comfortable with our Christian values, traditions and character but religious background plays no part in the admissions process. We seek to apply our admissions criteria fairly and sensitively.

Admissions Procedure 

To register your child for a place in the Prep or Senior schools please download the Registration Form and return it with the appropriate fee. To register for a place in Bridge Nursery please contact the Bridge Nursery office. You are advised to register as early as possible. Please note that your application for a place cannot be processed without the registration fee which is not refundable in the event you are not offered a place.

  • Registration fee for EU residents = £100
  • Registration fee for non-EU residents = £300

Please click on one of the tabs on the left for age specific information.


Entry is competitive: we consider each child and, where possible, give precedence to siblings if this is considered to be in your child's best interests. It is not always possible to do so.

Where there are too many applicants for the available places

Where there are more applicants than places in any particular year group offers will be made on the basis of academic and other assessements. In the event that a parent disagrees with a decision regarding their application they may submit a complaint to the Head in writing using the School's complaints policy.

Acceptance of Places

Once a place is offered, we ask you to accept within the timescale given. The offer lapses after this deadline so you are advised to contact us if for any reason you need more time to consider.

Acceptance comprises both the payment of the deposit and the return of the school's Form of Acceptance fully completed. This document sets out the primary contract with the School and the financial obligations regarding notice and withdrawal, to which you are required to agree. All parents with legal responsibility must sign these documents. Your child cannot start until this process is completed at which point their details will be entered into the Admissions Register.

  • Acceptance deposit for EU residents for a day place = £500
  • Acceptance deposit for EU residents for a boarding place = £1000
  • Acceptance deposit for non-EU residents for a boarding place = £ one term's fees

Capability in English

All students whose native language is not English must have achieved a minimum level of proficiency in English. Please consult the attached information sheet.

Progress through the School 

It is our expectation that children who join the school at one of the younger entry points will enjoy a full career at Ashford, proceeding to and through the Sixth Form and on to university. Occasionally it is necessary to review the case of a pupil who is about to move into Year 7 or Year 12 to be sure that it is in his or her best interests to do so. A pupil, for example, who is not thriving within the academic environment of the school, may be advised that transfer to the senior school may not be in his/her best interests. The school will endeavour to consult parents in good time. Progression of a pupil into the Sixth Form is normally assured by a combination of appropriate behaviour, hard work and academic success at GCSE (minimum 6 GCSEs at A*-C with at least Bs in their A level subjects). Experience shows that graduation into the Sixth Form should present no difficulty to almost all pupils who are admitted to the Senior School. Progression into Year 13 is dependent on a minimum of 3Cs at AS Level.


11.1.17.pdf 251KB Registration Form
terms_and_condidtions.pdf 814KB Terms and Conditions
English Language Requirements for 2016 2017.pdf 315KB English Language Requirements

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