Welcome message from the Headteacher

The Ashcombe School is a genuinely comprehensive school with high academic standards for all, a strong and caring pastoral system and a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, in both the main school and the Sixth Form.

The academic standards are reflected in the high average points score per student of over 300 points per student, (which places the school as a high achieving comprehensive). Achieving such a high average score is especially significant in the light of our entry requirements for A-level courses which are amongst the lowest in Surrey schools and colleges. Our success is achieved by the hard work of students and the high quality of teaching, together with sophisticated individual target-setting and support systems. We are proud of all our students who achieve their goal. We have students who gain several A grades securing places on courses at universities with very high entry requirements, those who enter the Sixth Form with minimum requirements and gain 2 grade Es as a passport to Higher Education, and those who use the one-year Cambridge Technicals in Business Level 3 course to develop their personal and business skills as the first step on a vocational training path.

The Sixth Form here offers a multitude of opportunities, ranging from gaining the Community Sports Leadership Award through to participating in study and exchange visits to Iceland and Uganda. There are many ways of developing personal skills, whether completing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme or helping younger pupils with reading difficulties through the 'Toe-by-Toe' reading scheme. For many students, these experiences have literally been life-changing, leading to a complete change in choice of degree subject or a deep sense of a vocation for working with people.

Moving from the Upper School into the Sixth Form provides valuable continuity for our own students who can then enjoy the different rapport in Sixth Form lessons with staff they know. We also welcome many students from other schools into the Sixth Form; they settle in very quickly and enjoy the high academic standards and the range of social opportunities. A significant percentage of the Senior Prefects, elected by the Sixth Form, have come from other schools, showing how readily they have been totally accepted into the community.

We hope that this prospectus will enable you to make the right decision for you and we look forward to meeting you at the evening.

D.J. Blow