The Ashcombe School

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News: 2018-2019

Mr Blow wins Pearson National Teacher Silver Award

Congratulations to Mr Blow on winning the silver Pearson Teaching Award 2019 in the category of Lifetime Achievement. We wish him luck as he goes forward to the Gold Award in October.

Ofsted Letter - January 2019

Dear parents,

As you will be aware, Ofsted Inspectors recently visited The Ashcombe for a one-day, focused review of the school. We are delighted to confirm that, as a result of this visit, Ofsted have reconfirmed our existing status from the 2015 full inspection as offering a good and well-rounded education. The inspection concludes that “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. The Ashcombe School’s vision for pupils’ social and academic success is evident throughout the school”.

We are pleased to share their letter of confirmation with parents, pupils and the wider community and we are extremely appreciative of the tremendous response to ParentView from over 250 families within just 24 hours. The overwhelmingly positive responses were acknowledged by the Ofsted team, who chose to quote several of those responses in their report. They concluded that "Parents are very positive about the quality of education provided to pupils”, picking out one example that was “echoed by others” and highlighted “that the school has ‘dedicated, enthusiastic, skilled staff ' ”.

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Awards Evening - December 2018

The annual Awards Evening is a wonderful occasion to celebrate successes of pupils. Speeches from the Head Boy (Max Charles), Head Girl (Izzy Hornung) and Mr Blow summarised the vibrant, rich and varied life of The Ashcombe School over the previous year. This included both academic achievements and the wide range of extra-curricular activities available in school. Our guest of honour was Greg Cackett a former student who attended The Ashcombe School until 2008 and has since had a wonderfully varied sporting career.



Ashcombe Dorkinian Association Bursary Award

The winner of this years’ Ashcombe Dorkinian Association Bursary Award was Molly Jemson. Molly is currently studying at Oxford Brookes University and was given the award for academic studies, community harmony and goodwill and the ability to cope with outside pressures of all sorts. She and Mr Blackband are photographed with Mr Richard Hancock from the Ashcombe Dorkinian Association.




The Construction Bus - December 2018

The Skills for Employment set up a mobile construction bus, with the aim of delivering construction skills into schools. In December 2018, 12 Year 10 pupils had the opportunity to make bird boxes as a Christmas present. They used a range of different tools, such as saws, drills and hammers. The pupils really enjoyed themselves and were very pleased with their finished bird boxes.





Lower 6th visit the Houses of Parliament and the Home Office - December 2018

Lower 6th students took part in a day long visit to Parliament and the Home Office. Students started the day with a talk from Senior Civil Servants, including an overview of the investigation into the Windrush scandal. Students then visited Parliament for a tour of the House of Commons and Lords.






Christmas Bazaar - December 2018

This year's Christmas Bazaar demonstrated the entrepreneurial talent of the Ashcombe School pupils. This included dressing as Santa Claus, creating advertising posters and presenting carefully chosen products to sell. The pupils from the different year groups raised money for the Senior Citizens Party, which is an annual Christmas event run by the pupils at the end of term.




Carol Concert - December 2018

On Monday 3rd December the annual Ashcombe Carol Service took place at St Paul’s Church, Dorking. This festive event was a lovely occasion and kick started the Christmas season. Performances ranged from The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol and Deck the Halls to Winter Wonderland, the theme from Polar Express and a rousing final item from all pupils of Feliz Navidad.





Year 11 Field Trip to Portsmouth - October 2018

Year 11 Geography pupils went to Portsmouth to investigate the effects of regeneration of Gunwharf Quays on the locality. The pupils enjoyed the day, exploring the named areas and putting their classroom knowledge to the test in the outside world.







Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise got off to an excellent start this year. Eight members of the Lower 6th led by Nabilah Rahman have founded ‘Bluebird’ (https://bluebirdye2018.wixsite.com/website). They came runner up in their first competitive Dragon’s Den event against 7 other teams with a cash prize to top up their capital. Using locally sourced salts, Bluebird supply jars offering a range of different scents for the modern day stressed and aching. Having been selling at the Ashcombe production, St Paul’s and Ashtead fairs, they are hoping to get their product into shops in town.


Upper 6th students complete 10K run, raising £900 for Build Africa

Following on from their trip to Uganda, members of the Upper 6th completed a 10k run at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The students braved the elements and helped to raise over £900, to go towards the work of Build Africa.







Sixth Form Dinner and Dance - December 2018

The Sixth Form celebrated the festive season with their annual Dinner Dance event. Many thanks to the student union for their hard work organising this event and to staff who stayed until the end.








Christmas Shoebox Appeal - November 2018

The Ashcombe School Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal was very successful this year, with nearly 100 shoeboxes in total. It was great to see the pile of brightly coloured shoeboxes growing, each one full of presents for some of the poorest families in Romania and other parts of Eastern Europe. Thanks go to all the tutors and parents who encouraged pupils to get involved. We also acted as a collection point for other local groups involved in the appeal.



Apprenticeship Fair - November 2018

The Ashcombe School staged their apprenticeship fair on 21st November. The event aimed to expand pupils’ understanding of the apprenticeship programme and inspire the current cohort to investigate this rapidly expanding field. We were particularly keen to highlight the potential apprenticeships available after A-Level. We are extremely appreciative of the support given to us by the over 30 volunteers who came in and spoke to our pupils.



Beauty and the Beast - November 2018

The Ashcombe School’s production of Beauty and the Beast was a roaring success. Each production of the show received huge amounts of well-deserved praise from the audience members who attended. The cast this year exuded professionalism, showing a real sense of pride and commitment throughout the rehearsal process. The level of ability and talent showcased throughout the production was outstanding and, as with every year, we were incredibly impressed with the creativity, drive and enthusiasm demonstrated by all those involved.


Remembrance Service - November 2018

The Ashcombe School helped remember the WW1 Centenary, with each tutor group laying a poppy with a message of thanks around statues of WW1 soldiers. Year 13 students, Nino Barbato and James Niedermeier, made three of the statues. At the poppy laying, the poem In Flanders Fields was read, then Thomas Britt played the Last Post and all students observed a minute’s silence. We remembered the soldiers who had attended Dorking Grammar School, through fact files compiled by students and displayed on the Memorial Gate.



East London Trip - October 2018

The Lower Sixth went to East London to investigate the effects of regeneration of Canary Wharf on neighbouring areas. This included a visit to Mudchute Farm in the Isle of Dogs, where local residents had objected to the development of the farm as part of the regeneration. The students enjoyed the day, using all their classroom knowledge in the outside world- it was also a beautiful sunny day!




Washington Trip - October 2018

A group of 24 students who are studying History and/or Politics visited Washington D.C. over the October half term. Students followed a packed itinerary, which included visits and tours to the Capitol Building, African American museum of culture, Arlington National cemetery, Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Jefferson memorials. One of the top highlights of the trip was a tour of both the Pentagon and the White House. The trip was a fantastic way for students to engage with the topics they are studying and will be organised on a regular basis for sixth formers studying History and/or Politics in the future.

Slapton Sands - October 2018

In October, Upper Sixth Geographers took part in a residential field trip to Slapton Sands Field Studies Centre in Devon. Two days were spent exploring the local area and familiarising themselves with Geographical data collection methods. They also enjoyed a beautiful walk along the south Devon coastline. Students then planned their own independent fieldwork investigations. All students took full advantage of the wonderful facilities and the expertise of the local tutors at the field studies centre and are on track to produce some very interesting investigations.




Y7 Monsters' Ball - October 2018

Witches, ghosts and even dinosaurs came out early to attend the annual Year 7 Monsters’ Ball on the 18th October. The pupils were thrilled to see that even their tutors had dressed up. The pupils looked wonderful in their costumes and make up. All the pupils had a wonderful evening.






Autumn Games Day - September 2018

On Wednesday 26th October, Years 7-10 enjoyed their Autumn Games Day, with activities including Basketball, Hockey, Badminton, Football, Rugby and Netball.

The Houses competed enthusiastically against each other and their House captains provided fantastic support. The vast majority of each year group participated which was impressive and the day involved students from beginners to school team and county players. It was great to see students combining their efforts and skills to create a brilliant atmosphere.

Careers Fair - September 2018

Careers Fair Brochure

The annual Ashcombe Careers Fair took place on 17th September. The event aims to introduce all Year 9-Upper 6th students to a diverse and exciting range of employers and educational institutions.







GCSE & A-Level Results - August 2018

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A-level results

A-level results