Ashford School: Information for University Admissions Tutors
- Ashford School is a co-educational, independent school with a Sixth Form comprising 125 students of whom a significant number are international boarders.
- Around 95% of the Sixth Form progress to university.
- 14 countries are represented in the Sixth Form, and 36% of students have a first language other than English.
- The school is not highly academically selective, and our pupils have a broad ability range:
- Based on ALIS baseline tests, 31% of the current Year 13 are in the band A of the national ability range, 19% in band B, 35% in band C and 15% in band D.
- ALIS (Advanced Level Information System) is administered by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University. CEM is an independent research group.
- Students normally study three or four subjects at A Level; around 8% of the cohort also complete an Extended Project Qualification. Pupils do not take standalone AS levels at the end of Year 12.
- The school also offers a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport.
- Predicted grades are positive but realistic and are based on evidence from the student’s performance in internal examinations at the end of Year 12, as well as in assessments and classwork throughout the year.
- Key Stage 4 pupils are normally able to take up to ten GCSEs (some may take first language Russian or Chinese in addition).
Impact of Covid-19
- During the lockdowns in 2020 and 2021, the school provided a full online timetable.
- Some pupils who are unable to return to the UK are currently studying online through our blended learning programme.
- Year 12 end-of-year examinations were postponed until September 2021.