Ashville College – Large enough to challenge, small enough to care
Ashville College is a family of schools for boys and girls aged 3-18. Boarding Students are aged 8-18. Ashville is situated in Harrogate, one of the north of England’s most attractive towns. Ashville is just 30 minutes from Leeds Bradford Airport and one hour, 30 minutes from Manchester. Harrogate has strong rail links with London, which can be reached in less than 2 hours.
Ashville prides itself on providing an all-round education, promoting an ethos that pupils succeed most academically when their other passions are interwoven within daily school life. Encouraged to discover the ‘best version of themselves’ during their time at the school, pupils leave Ashville as articulate, confident and motivated young adults.
The academic curriculum, combined with strong pastoral support ensures that pupils achieve better grades than they are predicted. 91% of Level 1 Students GCSE grades were A-A* in 2015, and 95% A-A* at A Level. Over 90% of students have gone on to study at university, with over 70% accepted into Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
Academic rigour is complemented by sporting and extra-curricular opportunities. Every child is encouraged to participate in sport. Teaching from dedicated staff is enhanced by specialist external coaches in key sports such as Hockey and Cricket. Swimming is a particular strength, and Ashville regularly excels on a national level. Outstanding facilities, including a 30m pool and climbing wall, allow a diverse programme featuring karate, badminton, squash and more. A £3million development project of the sports centre begins in summer 2016.
The creative arts are highly valued at Ashville. Large scale drama and music productions regularly take place in the recently refurbished 600 seat auditorium with opportunities for all pupils to get involved on stage or behind the scenes. As well as individual music lessons, musicians can take part in a broad range of ensembles, bands, tours, concerts, recitals and more. There is a dedicated Art centre with wide ranging facilities including a 3D printer, a pottery kiln and a permanent exhibition gallery.
Ashville offers full, weekly and flexi boarding for pupils aged 8-19. The boarding community is characterised by a true family atmosphere and exceptional pastoral care, upheld by maintaining small boarding numbers. Close friendships and a real sense of community blossom within boarding.
There are two Senior Boys houses, a Senior Girls house, and a coeducational Junior house. Each house boarding house has a lounge with satellite television, games rooms, fully equipped kitchens and dedicated study area. Wifi is available throughout the houses. A varied weekend programme, includes activities such as go-karting, paintballing, as well as trips to places of local interest. Boarding students have full access to the spacious College campus and the outstanding facilities. They also have access to the Harrogate centre allowing them to truly experience the culture of the city.