Ashville College
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Primary & Secondary
Post 16
2 - 18
Other independent school

How Does The School Perform?

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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths
Top grades at GCSE (9-7)
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
Top grades at A level (A*/A)

Secondary Data
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A level average point score
Average A level result
Day, Weekly and Full Boarding
Boarding Type
Scholarship Status
Day Fees Per Term
Pupils with SEN support

Top Grades Compared With Other Schools

59% Independent Average Ashville College 51% GCSE
43% Independent Average Ashville College 55% A level

Top grades at GCSE (7-9) and top grades at A level (A*/A)

School Results Over Time

2019 2022 2023 58% 63% 64% 2020 Covid-19 2021 Covid-19

% of pupils who achieved 5+ GCSEs grade 9-4
2019 2022 2023 58% 55% 51% 2020 Covid-19 2021 Covid-19

% of pupils who achieved GCSE grade 5 or above in both English and maths
2019 2022 2023 20% 34% 23% 2020 Covid-19 2021 Covid-19

% of pupils who achieved 3 A levels at AAB or higher
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School Description

School Description: Ashville College is a leading HMC independent co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 2-18 (boarding from age 9). GCSE Statistics for 2022: Percentage of grades 6 to 9 - 75%

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Last update: 03 April 2024

Ashville College committed staff, pupils, time and resources to help place a charity’s arts and crafts programme centre stage for the remainder of 2024.

The Harrogate district’s Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre launched its 12 Days of Giving Appeal towards the end of last year.

The appeal invites the local community to support a programme of creative workshops, breaking down barriers between ability and disability through performing arts and music as well as woodwork, pottery, horticulture, mosaics, printing and making jewellery.

Ashville College pupils have already raised almost £400 through money-spinning events on campus to mark Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night and Thanksgiving.

However, school leaders have now confirmed the Senior School and Sixth Form have chosen the appeal as the local good cause for 2024. The College's objective is to raise as much money as possible to go towards the cost of providing workshop materials.

Catherine Frieze, Chaplain, said the charity’s positive approach to the mental and physical challenges faced by Henshaws Art Makers has inspired pupils, who have already volunteered on weekly visits to drama, art and jewellery-making sessions.

“Yet there’s more in the pipeline which we hope will continue to give our young Ashvillians and Henshaws Art Makers opportunities to learn from each other. I spent some time with the Art Makers in the drama workshop recently and had a wonderful time doing some improvisation and playing games! There’s so much to be gained from these collaborative experiences, on both sides.”

Plans for the rest of the year will see the Henshaws musicians joining Ashville’s Megaband, a huge group of instrumentalists from across the College, which held its first public performance last year, enjoyed by parents of the musicians. Miss Anna Wilby, Deputy Head Co-curricular and Head of Music, will spend some time at Henshaws in the run up to the performance, rehearsing the piece with the musicians.

For those Henshaws Art Makers who love drama and performing, Mr Karl Boyd, Director of Performing Arts, will run a day of drama workshops in the Summer term, with opportunities for attendees to come along and have fun in the College’s ‘black box’ Drama Studio.

Ashville also plans to run a pop-up clothes and accessories stall at the Arts Centre in June to help raise money. Items for sale will be donated by pupils, sorted for quality assurance and delivered to Henshaws, where pupil volunteers will help the Art Makers to run the shop.

“Henshaws has a very positive approach to life and believes everyone can fulfil their potential as long as they’re given the opportunity to do so. It’s that belief which inspired our charity team to choose the 12 Days of Giving Appeal as our cause for the year,” Mrs Frieze added.

The 150 Art Makers who attend the workshops are aged between 17 and 80. Through the 12 workshops, people living with a range of disabilities discover their talents, put them into practice and realise their full potential.

“Taking part and putting their talents to work not only changes their lives but helps Art Makers gain some control over how society reacts to and perceives their disability,” said Henshaws’ fund-raising development manager Gemma Young.

“But, as it’s open to all, the Arts and Crafts Centre is also a community hub where creativity, friendships and opportunities can come to life. Everyone has the freedom to work at their own pace, achieving total inclusivity.

“Partnerships like this with Ashville College help to break down barriers and celebrate difference. Friendships can be made in an environment where Art Makers and volunteers alike feel safe.”

You can find out more about the appeal here.


It’s quite a challenge to make a giant talking plant believable – never mind the star of a stage show.

Yet pupils and staff are still coming down to earth after a successful run of Little Shop of Horrors which wowed audiences at Soothill Hall.

Six months in the making, the show was led by Director of Performing Arts, Karl Boyd, with a cast of well over 100 successfully combining comedy, drama, song and dance with just the right amount of the macabre.

While the show certainly raised the roof, it also provided pupils with an opportunity to stretch themselves either under the lights or backstage in diverse roles including dancers, band members, performers, costume designers, technicians and even puppeteers.

“As always it has been an absolute dream to work with this cast,” said Mr Boyd. “Their commitment, enthusiasm and talent are simply second to none.”

Head of Ashville College, Rhiannon Wilkinson, said the cast and crew deserved the plaudits after months of hard work.

However, she added the show also reflects the college’s ethos of encouraging each pupil to be the best version of themselves and to leave school with experience beyond study for their academic qualifications.

“Seeing the team behind the production putting their heart and soul into the show is bound to inspire pride among both staff and parents but each and every one of the cast and crew should also take away a sense of achievement for a job well done.

“For some, it may have started and a voyage into the unknown and perhaps even a little daunting but the applause at the end of each show was well deserved – not just for the accomplished performers and technicians but for each and every individual who decided to try something new.”


Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman 
Music by Alan Menken 
Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith 
Originally produced in the WPA Theatre (Kyle Renick, Producing Director) 
Originally produced at the Orpheum Theatre, New York City by the WPA Theatre, David Geffen, Cameron Mackintosh and the Shubert Organization 
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International 
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI 
Original Vocal arrangements by Robert Billig 
Orchestrations by Danny Troob 
New Arrangements by Michael Kosarin 
Puppets Designed by Martin P. Robin

Little Shop of Horrors was originally Directed by Howard Ashman with Musical Staging by Edie Cowan


One thing you will notice in our Prep School is the genuine family atmosphere created by our friendly, warm and professional staff. 

They include Mrs Emily Soroka, Year 4 Class Teacher. We popped down to meet her. 

How long have you worked at Ashville, Mrs Soroka? 

This is my fifth year now. I joined in September 2019, before the pandemic. Lockdown felt like being thrown in at the deep end coming so soon in a new job, but adapting to home learning was fine because I had a wonderful class. They were all brilliant, and we just found our groove. My kitchen became my classroom though, so I’m not sure my husband enjoyed having to tiptoe around much! (Laughs). 

Can you tell us about your professional background leading up to you joining Ashville? 

I always saw myself as a teacher and going to university but when I finished sixth form, I didn’t feel ready, so I went into full-time work instead. Working in the banking sector for a few years confirmed that teaching was what I really wanted to do and gave me the confidence I needed to go for it. I did my degree in Early Years Education at Leeds Trinity, before heading to Northumbria University for my PGCE. My first full-time teaching job after qualifying was at Ripon Cathedral School, a lovely primary school which linked to the Cathedral. I spent four years there before coming to Ashville. I have always taught Key Stage 2; I enjoy working with the children and seeing them progress. My favourite year groups are definitely Years 3 and 4!  

Why did you want to be a teacher? 

I’ve always loved working with children. It’s just fun! No two days are ever the same. It’s so rewarding to support children on their journey through education and to witness their individual ‘lightbulb moments’. 

Do you have a personal philosophy when it comes to providing the very best education? 

I believe in kindness and providing a kind, encouraging, and nurturing environment that allows children to flourish. I consider myself to be a kind and caring teacher, and hopefully the children think that too! 

How do you think children benefit from an independent education in a way they perhaps would not from a state education? 

Having worked in state education I can confidently say that there is a huge difference between the two, mainly the smaller class sizes, specialist teaching, and choice of facilities. I was blown away when I first joined Ashville. The children have so much more available to them here that you wouldn’t get from a state education, for example, the variety of sports facilities and weekly swimming lessons on site, and the children seem more confident and independent.  

Teaching smaller classes is lovely because you get to know the children really well and gain a better understanding of their individual learning needs.  

The Co-Curricular Programme is fantastic too, because there’s something for everyone. The children thoroughly enjoy their activities. Some have something on every day after school, and most lunchtimes too. Such busy schedules need good communication between home and school, to ensure that children are getting enough sleep and can cover all their commitments comfortably. 

What positive changes or developments have you seen since our new Head of Prep, Mr Soutar, joined in September? 

Along with many exciting opportunities for the children. Mr Soutar has been keen to support the personal development opportunities for staff, which is a positive step in the right direction. At the start of the year, Mr Soutar sat down with each of us individually to get to know us all and ask where we see ourselves moving forward. He’s really taken our feedback onboard and provided opportunities for us to grow in our careers. He’s also got to know the children very quickly, which is particularly important in our close-knit community. 

What is your favourite thing about working at Ashville? 

The children and the staff. We really are like one big family. We always support each other in any way we can. The children are just brilliant, and I have loved working with every class I’ve had here. They really do make my day. 

What are you most looking forward to for the rest of this academic year? 

I do love the Summer term. The weather makes such a difference as the children can get out onto the field at break-times, after having spent so much time stuck inside because of the bad weather. The summer term is extremely busy with exciting activities such as Sports day and residentials. I enjoy taking my lessons outside too, whether it’s to simply put our Maths books on clipboards and sit on the grass, do our daily reading outside, or work with Mr Oldham in the Outdoor Learning facility, bringing what we’ve learnt in classroom to life or engaging in team-building activities. 

How do you like to spend your time when you’re not working? 

I enjoy lots of long walks at the weekend with my husband and Enzo, our Italian pointer, and spending time with family. During the holidays I love to get away and travel, this year I am returning to Italy, my favourite place to visit. 

Can you share something about yourself that people might not know? 

When I first qualified as a teacher, I knew that Ashville was the school I wanted to work for. I came for an interview as an NQT. Sadly I didn’t get it, but they gave me lots of helpful pointers. I then waited to get more experience under my belt. I really enjoyed working in Ripon but as soon as the Class Teacher role came up here, I knew I had to apply. And I’m glad to say, I got it! 

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For this edition, Spotlight was fortunate to sit in the Memorial Hall listening in awe to an accomplished young musician.

Aged just 14, Finley T in Year 10 has just produced his first solo album of piano music. We met him to find out more and bring you an exclusive recording of one of his songs.

How long have you been at Ashville, Finley?

Since February 2023.

How have you found Ashville so far?

We chose it because it’s great for music. I’ve had so much support since I joined. At GCSE we have two teachers, Miss Wilby and Mr Simpson. Miss Wilby is highly specialised in the piano, and Mr Simpson is highly specialised in notation, so I’ve learnt so much from both of them.

How long have you been playing the piano?

Around six or seven years. I touched a piano for the first time in Reception but didn’t start learning properly until I was in Year 3.

What led to you making your first album?

I am used to improvising a lot when I play the piano, in a classical style, rather than improvisation in the jazz sense. I wanted to branch out and do something different. I’ve always loved listening to movie soundtracks, and so I was inspired by pianists like Ludivico Einaudi to create my own music that you could imagine hearing in films.

Why is the album called The Journey?

The title relates mainly to the journey I’ve taken in my own music, from my first steps in learning the piano, to creating my first album.

Do you see music playing a big part in your future?

I will definitely continue making my own music, but I don’t think it will be my main career. I’m not sure what I want to do yet; I really enjoy Science so I may go in my direction. Either way, music will always be something I do on the side.

You are ‘Keys 2’ in The Band for Little Shop of Horrors. What has the Senior School Production experience been like?

It has been fantastic. So far we have been rehearsing the music in groups, so we are looking forward to our first practice session with all the other players and cast this weekend, and seeing it all come together on opening night!

What are your favourite experiences of Ashville so far?

Any opportunities to perform, from House Music to being in bands, to the Music Tour in Normandy last year.

What co-curricular activities are you involved in?

I play Hockey on a Wednesday after school and in matches as part of Ashville’s U15s Hockey team, and I am also involved in Jazz Band and Soul Band, playing the piano.

What do you like to do when you’re not at school or studying?

I like to play Tennis with my dad at the weekends so I’m looking forward to doing that more when the weather gets better. I enjoy baking with my mum, as well as listening to and playing music.

Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

Both of my biggest inspirations are also musicians I have seen live: Einaudi, and Alexis Ffrench, who performed at the King’s Coronation Weekend.

What types of music do you like?

Classical, contemporary, and jazz – I don’t play it, I just like listening to it!

What do you like most about Ashville?

A lot of things! The music, after school clubs, and the trips. I am really looking forward to going on this year’s Music Tour to Benelux. I definitely see myself staying on at Ashville.

Thank you, Finley, for your time in talking to us and for allowing us to record this rendition of Memories from The Journey.

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