Education and Schools

Many people choose to move to Ashford to take advantage of the schools in the area and the 38-minute journey time to London.

Ashford has a number of good primary schools, including two independent schools, and Kent still operates a Grammar School system.

Kent now has 49 ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools, two grammar schools and two independent schools.

Ashford School is an independent school for children aged three months to 18 years. The school has won a number of awards, including the TES Strategic Education Initiative of the Year 2015, Team of the Year 2015 and National Teacher of the Year 2015.

The school has a nursery and a senior school located in the town centre, close to the train station and a Prep school, set in beautiful countryside in the village of Great Chart, three miles from Ashford. The school runs early morning shuttle buses from town to Great Chart, helping many parents to make their commute a little less stressful.

Highworth Grammar School for Girls has an ‘outstanding’ rating, and prides itself on well-established traditional values, academic achievement and high-quality care. 98% of students achieve A star- C at GCSE, and 74% of students attain A star-B at A Level.

A recent Ofsted inspection recognised that ‘students make excellent progress and their GCSE and A Level examination results are above the national average’; ‘students’ behaviour is exemplary – they receive high levels of care from the staff and feel confident they can discuss any issues that they have with the student support managers’; ‘there is an inclusive atmosphere where all students feel valued and are treated equally’.

Lady Joanna Thornhill Endowed Primary School has been rated as “outstanding” for its last three inspections.

Ofsted recently quoted about the school: “Outstanding teaching inspires and motivates pupils to work hard in all subjects. As a result, pupils have a passion for learning and take great pride in their achievements.” Meanwhile, Challock Primary School is “an outstanding school which provides an excellent education for its pupils.” Ofsted. The school has a 5-star rating from School Guide. 78% of pupils meet the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, which far exceeds the national average of 50%.

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