Ashville College
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
790
AGES
2 - 18
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Other independent school
SCHOOL GUIDE RATING

How Does The School Perform?

Good
NATIONAL AVG. 2.09
Independent Inspection
Report
(21/09/2023)
Full Report - All Reports
64%
NATIONAL AVG. 38%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
51%
NATIONAL AVG. 45%
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths
51%
NATIONAL AVG. 59%
Top grades at GCSE (9-7)
23%
NATIONAL AVG. 11%
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
54%
NATIONAL AVG. 54%
Top grades at A level (A*/A)
DATA
GUIDE

Secondary Data
Explained for parents
36.68
A level average point score
NATIONAL AVERAGE 35.48
B
-
Average A level result
NATIONAL AVERAGE B-
Day, Weekly and Full Boarding
Boarding Type
Available
Scholarship Status
£3,562
to
£12,918
Day Fees Per Term

Top Grades Compared With Other Schools

59% Independent Average Ashville College 51% GCSE
54% Independent Average Ashville College 54% 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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Green Lane
Harrogate
HG2 9JP
+44 (0)1423 566358

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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: 15 February 2024
EXCELLENCE IN STEM: ASHVILLE CREATES ENGINEERS, MIDWIVES AND VETERINARIANS OF THE FUTURE

Pupils who have excelled in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-based (STEM) subjects have received offers to study at Oxbridge and other prestigious universities.

Most of this year’s Upper Sixth cohort have been successful in their applications for their chosen universities, with degrees in scientific disciplines proving particularly popular this year.

Ethan M has accepted an offer to study Engineering at the University of Cambridge, the alma mater of Stephen Hawking and Isaac Newton. Ethan, who has a specific interest in automotive industries, is set to join Trinity College in September.

He said:

“It’s in a lovely part of the world and I thought that I would be very happy there. The course seemed to fit what I wanted out of university because it covers a large breadth of different topics in one. I want to learn as widely as possible, so I liked that there was no requirement to constrain yourself to one field of engineering.

“I can confidently say that without the incredibly kind help from the Maths, Physics and Computer Science departments at Ashville I would not have received this offer at all.”

Emilia C has been successful in her application to study Midwifery at the University of York.

She said:

“York is one of the first universities in the UK to open up an undergraduate masters programme, allowing me to complete a four-year degree and enhance my credibility for future employment as a practising midwife and other paths I wish to take within midwifery.”

Beth H joined Ashville in September. She has already achieved three A Levels at A* in Biology, Maths and History at a previous school, but changed her mind about her choice of career at the end of Lower Sixth. She is now studying A Level Chemistry in a single year at Ashville to enable her to study Veterinary Science.

She has since received multiple offers, with the University of Nottingham topping her list, and is awaiting the outcome of a further interview with the University of Edinburgh.

Beth said:

“Having grown up with lots of animals and loved spending time with them, being a vet and making a big difference in animals’ lives really appeals to me. When I graduate, I’d like to be an equine vet, and specialise at an equine referral hospital as a surgeon.”

“My advice for others aiming for this degree would be to get plenty of work experience in both veterinary practices and farms, livery yards, or kennels. This will give you a good insight into what’s it like to be a vet and to work with animals.”

Other successes include Harvey J, who received a total of five offers to study Zoology, including one from the University of Manchester. “I have always gravitated towards a career in zoology or related field that would enable me to work in wildlife conservation,” he said.

“I’d like to work abroad at some point, somewhere I could work with endangered species or research, such as Costa Rica. Continued one-to-one support from teachers at Ashville has helped me strengthen my university application. I do feel the support we receive when making future choices about university or apprenticeships is the best part of Ashville Sixth Form.”

Laurens P and Lucy P, meanwhile, are on course to study Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations at Durham University.

Marija J has been invited to study Neuroscience at Kings College London. She is passionate about contributing towards the fight against dementia. Marija is originally from Macedonia, having joined Ashville through the HMC Projects Scholarship Programme, which gives students from Central and Eastern Europe the opportunity to study for two years in a high-quality British school.

Rhiannon Wilkinson, Head of Ashville College, said:

“We are incredibly proud of all Upper Sixth pupils who have been successful in their applications, and we look forward to supporting them as they now concentrate on getting the A Level results they need to secure their university places. Last year, 94 per cent of our Upper Sixth gained access to one of their preferred universities. I am confident we will build on that success this year.

“Our young people are the epitome of the academic aspiration, character and resilience we aim to instil in all pupils and will undoubtedly provide inspiration for younger generations who have an eye on similar prestigious careers.”

ASHVILLE COLLEGE UNVEILS MAJOR INVESTMENT PROGRAMME AS IT ENTERS NEW ERA AS A DEDICATED DAY SCHOOL

Ashville College has today (Wednesday 7 February) announced outline plans for the biggest investment in its academic and sporting facilities in its history.

The school is developing a campus masterplan that will add pace and scale to the transformation of large parts of its estate ahead of the school marking its 150th anniversary in 2027. 

The investment also heralds the start of a new era for Ashville as it focuses on becoming exclusively for day pupils, who currently form more than 90 per cent of the growing school community.  

The boarding offer will gradually be phased out, freeing up space that will be reimagined and repurposed to enhance the educational experiences and opportunities that Ashville offers all its pupils. 

In a letter to parents sharing an insight into the future vision for the school, Rhiannon Wilkinson, Head of Ashville College said:

“Investing in both facilities and educational opportunities will be a great source of future strength for the ‘new’ Ashville.

“The decision to wind down boarding is made from a position of confidence and it brings us many opportunities as an all-through, co-educational day school.

“Our plans revolve around a commitment to creating a culture of academic aspiration and success, a nurturing environment for every single pupil, an inspiring co-curricular provision and the development of skills, ideas, talents and capacities to face the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.

“We will be able to develop our teaching spaces to accommodate the new styles of teaching and learning and curriculum design which a changing world of work necessitates.”

She added:

“We have plans to develop social and study spaces for our pupils and we are keen to invest further in our sporting facilities.

“We also want to redesign and upgrade a number of other areas across the campus as we further develop a modern learning environment for all our pupils.

Ashville has already started to partner with architects and designers to take forward its vision. The College has pledged to share more details and images of the planned improvements next term, when parents, pupils and staff will be invited to give their views. 

Jamie Search, Chair of Governors, said:

“We are confident that Ashville’s future is bright and that the sensible – and inevitable – decisions we have taken about boarding will allow us to fulfil our aim of becoming the school of first choice for those parents in the Harrogate, and the wider Harrogate area, who want independent education for their children aged 2-18.

“In the UK independent sector, boarding education as a concept has been under considerable pressure for some time, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Ashville is a day school with some boarding and is, therefore, very different to a full boarding school.

“Like many similar schools, where boarding is a small and decreasing part of its operation, Ashville has not been immune to these trends.

“We now have about a third of the number of boarders we had ten years ago and we occupy only two of our four boarding houses.”

Ashville College is currently working to support families of pupils who currently board by offering one-to-one specialist advice and guidance, including signposting them to alternative schools, before boarding at Ashville ceases in July 2025.

This timescale will allow current Year 10 and Lower Sixth boarders to complete their current stage of education, whether at GCSE or ‘A’ Level.

MINDFULNESS MATTERS – PUPILS GIVEN PAUSE FOR THOUGHT

Expert advice, the advantages of a good walk and taking time out, and even techniques used by Olympic diver Tom Daley have all been part of Children’s Mental Health Week (February 5 to 11) at Ashville.

Leaders at Ashville College have recognised that young people are under greater pressure than has probably ever been the case, which has led to an increased emphasis on mental health at the on-site Health and Wellness Centre, and several other initiatives.

Fast-paced communications technology and the prevalence of screens make finding time for mindfulness more difficult. Topics which used to be exclusively in the adult domain are now a point of reference for younger generations, with society now challenging them over issues such as their sexuality and place in the world at a much earlier age.

A series of sessions at the College this week has therefore been developed to shed light on coping techniques, including simple things like colouring, relaxed breathing, dance, walking – and even knitting and crochet, which Tom Daley famously used to help him stay calm before competitions.

Ashville’s school counsellor, Kate Tiffen, will speak to parents about early years’ brain development and what makes teenagers tick, and offer parents advice on how to support young people with their mental health.

Alison Spillman, Deputy Head: Safeguarding, Wellbeing and Personal Development, played a leading part in compiling the programme.

She said she hoped Children’s Mental Health Week could help to break down barriers and promote the benefits of confronting problems and sharing burdens.

 

“Raising the awareness of all the pupils through the information and activities this week, and Kate’s talk for the parents have the potential to help everyone see things a little differently and, for some, that could be of significant benefit,” she said.

“Things like anxiety, low mood and self-esteem, negative perceptions and a reluctance to communicate can all contribute – but there are often solutions too and we hope we can shine a light on at least a few.

“The very least we can hope for is some honest and open discussion about issues which can sometime be difficult to talk about – and, if that is for first step away from or out of the darkness for those who are affected by mental health challenges, then the programme will have achieved what we hoped.”

PUPIL SPOTLIGHT: MEET JACOB

At Ashville we work with and tailor support to each pupil to help them realise their potential and achieve their ambitions, whatever they may be.

One of them is Jacob B in Lower Sixth, who is well known at Ashville for his sporting abilities, particularly in the pool.

How long have you been at Ashville, Jacob?

Since Year 1. I remember joining and even the taster days. A lot has changed since I’ve been here, with new buildings and improvements like the Sports Centre and Sixth Form Centre. And there have been lots of new faces among pupils and staff.

Having been here so long, what have been your fondest memories of Ashville so far?

The friendships I have made. I feel like I have made friends for life, which is what you want from being at school. Sports and competing at the highest level for the school have been important parts of my school life too.

We last spoke to you in December ahead of the Swim England National County Team Championships at Ponds Forge. How did you get on?

Very well. I achieved ‘PBs’ in all my categories and made three or four finals. I was pleased with my performance.

What is the next step for you in swimming?

I am focused on getting to a good university with a good swim team that will enable me to compete internationally. At the top of the list is Loughborough University; there’s also Edinburgh and Bath. I am also looking into securing a scholarship to study in the US. The wheels are already in motion. I was invited to go for a trial at Loughborough in November and a couple of agents have been in touch about America, as you need to start early with US applications.

When did your interest in swimming start?

Around the age of 6 or 7. I had a swimming teacher who also coached the Harrogate swim team and while I already knew how to swim, he was the one who got me into it properly and starting to take part in competitions. I joined my first club when I was 7 or 8, which was Wetherby, and I have been competing ever since.

How has Ashville supported you in your swimming?

They’ve helped me in quite a few ways, from supporting me with my training to opening up competitive opportunities. Lower down the school I took part in a lot of national competitions, individually and as part of relay teams, and we would go on the Bath and Otter Cup trip every year. I also got into biathles, and I went on to represent Team GB in the Biathle World Championships in Florida in 2019. I would not have got this opportunity if it wasn’t for Ashville.

The teachers, including in other sports, having always been considerate of my outside commitments, and have helped me balance my academic work with the swimming.

Of course, I use Ashville’s sports facilities a lot, especially the gym. I do most of my swimming with my club now, but I used the Ashville pool a lot more when I was younger. It’s been so handy to have it on site.

Do you do any other sports now?

Swimming has had to take priority, but I used to play Rugby and other sports, particularly in Years 7 and 8. I’ve always been a fan of sports in general!

How has Sixth Form life been for you since you started Lower Sixth in September?

It’s been fun and I’m enjoying it. I much prefer channelling my focus into my favourite subjects and the teachers I have are excellent and know how I like to learn. I get on with them and they are so supportive. It can sometimes be quite challenging to get all my work done, particularly if I have a competition coming up. Having such knowledgeable and supportive teachers makes all the difference. I can talk to them about my swimming, they understand I am working as hard as I possibly can, and they give me extra support when things get a bit much.

What A Level subjects are you taking?

Biology, History and PE, so a bit of a mix. They are the subjects I am most interested in, and I will want to pursue Biology and PE in the future.

What are your plans for when you leave school?

I want to study Sport Science at university, but my main priority is to make it as a swimmer. It may seem like putting all my eggs in one basket, but it’s my dream and I think when you really want to do something that’s what you have to do. After that I’d love to go into swim coaching because it’s immersive and you get to meet lots of people. Hopefully studying Sport Science while I get deeper into competitive swimming will help me with my coaching goals too.

What is your favourite aspect of life in Sixth Form?

Friends and community. We are quite a small year group really, so everyone knows everyone, and we all get along. Everyone says hi in the morning and it’s such a friendly atmosphere. In the Sixth Form you feel like you’re in your own friendly bubble and in a way separate to Ashville College, which from a student point of view is quite good as it offers something different to what you’re used to, especially if you’ve been here a long time like me!

How did you find the transition from Year 11 to Sixth Form?

I found the physical transition smooth, thanks to events like the Taster Day. In terms of workload, it was a bit of a shock at first, but free periods are really useful in helping me keep on top of things and manage my workload.

Why did you choose to stay on at Ashville Sixth Form?

I have a good connection with teachers, being so friendly with my year group in Year 11 made moving up easier, and the teaching and facilities are great. Because I have been here since Year 1 I feel like the school is part of me. Staying on did not feel like a choice I needed to make. It was always going to be Ashville.

You are set to take part in a healthy air fryer cookery session this week for your A Level PE. Do you have any nutrition trips for fellow athletes who want to perform to the best of their ability?

What we learn in PE depends on the sport and level you play at, but I think it is about knowing your limits and making sure you’re eating a good amount of the right sort of food. I like to think I eat healthily. I certainly eat a lot (laughs), mostly carbs and protein, to give me the energy I need for swimming. I would also say let yourself have a couple of ‘cheat meals’ occasionally. It’s important to give yourself a chance to relax and the odd escape from your strict routine.

You sound incredibly busy. In the moments you do get to relax, how do you like to spend your time?

Just doing normal teenager stuff – I enjoy a bit of ‘me’ time, sitting and watching TV, playing on my Xbox. My most relaxing time is in the holidays, spending time with friends and family.

To be honest, I actually enjoy not relaxing and just keeping going, as it gives me something to do. I don’t know what I would do without my swimming.

What is your favourite thing about Ashville?

The teachers and my personal connections with staff. The teachers are working with me to help me get the best possible results in my A Levels and I am so grateful to them for that.

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