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Answers to some of the questions you may have about Ashfold can be found below. If you would like more information about any aspect of school life, please contact our Registrar, Fiona Grainge, who will be happy to help.

1. How do Ashfold's year groups correspond to National Curriculum years?

Please see the chart below:

Age as at 1 September Ashfold Form National Curriculum Year
3 years & rising 3 years Pre-Prep I Nursery
4 years Pre-Prep II Reception
5 years Pre-Prep III Year 1
6 years Transition Year 2
7 years Form I Year 3
8 years Form II Year 4
9 years Form III Year 5
10 years Form IV Year 6
11 years Form V Year 7
12 years Form VI Year 8

2. How many Forms are there in each year group?

There is one Form in Pre-Prep I (Nursery).  From Pre-Prep II - Form VI (Reception - Year 8), there are usually two parallel Forms in each year group.

3. How long is the school day?

The school day starts with registration at 8.15am for children in Forms I - VI (Years 3 - 8) and at 8.30am for children in the Pre- Prep (Nursery - Year 2). Collection times vary according to year groups.

4. Do you offer before and after school care?

We offer wrap-around care from 7.30am to 6.00pm for children in Pre-Prep I (Nursery) upwards (subject to exclusions).

5. Are there lessons on Saturdays?

The school week runs from Monday to Friday. There is no school on Saturdays with the exception of one Open Morning each term which children in Forms III - VI (Years 5 - 8) are expected to attend and the occasional sports tournament.

6. Are children streamed according to ability for any subjects?

In Forms IV, V and VI (Years 6, 7 and 8), children are taught in sets.

7. What foreign languages do children learn?

Children learn French from Pre-Prep III (Year 1). In Form V (Year 7) children spend a week in Normandy on a French language immersion trip.

8. When do children start to learn Latin?

Children learn Latin from Form III (Year 5).

9. Do you offer extra-curricular activities?

We offer a vast choice of extra-curricular activities as part of our programme of evening activities for children in Form III (Year 5) and above.

10. Can children board at Ashfold?

Children may choose to board up to three nights a week from Form III (Year 5) and up to four nights a week from Form IV (Year 6). Boarding is very popular at Ashfold with most children boarding one or two nights a week and taking full advantage of our extensive programme of evening activities.


11. Which senior schools do Ashfold leavers go to at 13+?

Our Form VI (Year 8) leavers move on to a wide range of leading independent day and boarding senior schools at 13+, many with scholarships and awards. We have excellent links with all our senior schools and a wealth of experience in guiding parents to choose the best school for their child.

12. Is Ashfold affiliated to any associations?

Ashfold is a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and regularly competes against local prep schools in IAPS sports tournaments. The School is also a member of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and the Boarding Schools Association (BSA).