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Inspiring Minds for 125 Years

Ashford School celebrates 125 years of inspiring young minds in 2023.

Against a backdrop of global events having changed the world significantly in the last few years, it is with pride that the Ashford School community can look back on all that it has achieved over the last 125 years as a consistent presence on the educational landscape of Ashford and the surrounding area.  

Founded in 1898 as the Modern High School for Girls, in the 125 years since Ashford School opened its doors for the first time there have been seven Monarchs, a site move, two world wars, joining United Learning and a merger with Ashford Friars School in Great Chart. Ashford School today is an independent co-educational day and boarding school with over 1000 pupils aged 0-18. The Senior School site still sits proudly on East Hill at the heart of Ashford town centre, alongside Bridge Nursery – one of three superb nurseries that form part of Ashford School. The Prep School, including the Stables and Prep nurseries, occupies the beautiful former Friars School site in Great Chart. Despite being on separate sites, there has very much been a focus in recent years on developing a ‘One School’ approach ensuring that Ashford School pupils can benefit from an exceptionally well-rounded education and seamless transition through the school. 

Ashford School in 2023 has the luxury of an illustrious past, but has its eyes firmly on the future. The next year is a great opportunity to celebrate the life of the school past, present and future, with a range of events, from balls to summer lunches, to an open Vivaldi gala concert.

Reflecting on this milestone, Michael Hall (Headmaster) said;We take great pride in how the school has flourished over the last 125 years. We look forward to celebrating the proud history of this remarkable school over the course of this year with a number of inspiring events. I am most excited, however, to lead Ashford School into the next 125 years confident that our school will continue to inspire the minds of our students for many generations to come’’.

Please find a list of Key Events for the year below. We look forward to seeing you there!

125 Anniversary Events

We Need Your Memories!

We would love for our whole school community to share their memories of Ashford School for a special 125 archival project.

Whether you are a parent, former pupil or member of staff, please share your memories by completing the following form.

Ashford School Foundation

As the school celebrates its 125th anniversary, we would like to build on the legacy of past generations and raise £125,000 to support the Ashford School Foundation’s transformational bursary scheme.

The support of our whole Ashford School community will be vital in us achieving this goal. To find out how you can support us and make a difference to our students lives, please click here.

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  • Ashford Prep School
    Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3DJ
    +44 (0)1233 620493
    The Stables Nursery: +44 (0)1233 656865

  • Ashford Senior School
    East Hill, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8PB
    +44 (0)1233 625171
    Bridge Nursery: +44 (0)1233 636450

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