Ashby School

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Ashby School
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Nottingham Road

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LE65 1DT

Coordinates52°44′54″N 1°27′48″W / 52.74844°N 1.46335°W / 52.74844; -1.46335Coordinates: 52°44′54″N 1°27′48″W / 52.74844°N 1.46335°W / 52.74844; -1.46335
Department for Education URN138833 Tables
Head teacherMr G Staniforth
Age14 to 19
PublicationThe Ashbeian
Former nameAshby Grammar School

Ashby School, formerly known as Ashby Grammar School, is a co-educational day and boys' boarding upper school with academy status in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England. The school is situated in the centre of Ashby on two sites.


Ashby Grammar School, the original boys' school, was founded in 1567 by Henry Hastings, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon;[1] the girls' grammar school opened in 1901. They merged in 1972 and became comprehensive. Ashby School became an Academy on 1 October 2012.


Former teachers[edit]

  • Sir Mike Tomlinson CBE, Chief Inspector of Schools from 2000-2 (head of chemistry from 1969–77)


Ashby School is based on three main sites (A, B and C blocks), based on adjacent roads; the school has spent considerable funds on the construction of a new science block, new rooms in the design department, and more recently, a new block built to accommodate music, art and media studies. In 2007, a modern block was built for English. Construction of the new sixth form centre has recently been completed, there is now a social area, a canteen area and an area for relaxing and talking to friends which is referred to as the "airport lounge"; the state-of-the-art centre includes wireless computer facilities and a Sixth-Form dining area.


The school has four houses: Bullen (yellow), Ferrers (blue), Hastings (green) and Loudoun (purple) ;[2] each house chooses a charity for the year for which it raises money.


The school adheres to the Ofsted national school grading system and received good (ranking 2/4) as an average for all areas assessed;[3] the highest rating areas were responsibility of governors, workplace skill development and student well-being where a score of outstanding (rank 1/4) was attained.

Gifted and talented[edit]

'Da Vinci' is the school's current gifted and talented system. The 'Tip Tops' is a group of primary pupils in years 5 and 6 from local primary schools in the Ashby area, they attend after-school sessions in which they are tutored in advanced mathematics, literacy, film studies, science, art, and philosophy by gifted and talented students from Ashby School. The Ashby School's gifted and talented programme was rated three stars by the National Association for Gifted Children in 2010.[4] In November 2011 a Russian cosmonaut involved in the planning of the manned mission to Mars visited the school and gave a lecture to the 'G&T'.


In 2016 Ashby School created controversy when it proposed to auction the medals, including a Victoria Cross, won by Lt Col. Philip Bent that was donated to the school "to inspire future pupils";[5] the VC is loaned to the Royal Leicestershire Regimental Museum (now part of Newarke Houses Museum). The proceeds from the sale were to be put "towards the building of... (a) proposed new pavilion", in order to "receive revenue from lettings".[6] In May 2016 the school was unable to prove ownership of the medals.[7] In 2018, a pavilion is set to be built following a successful funding bid to the Healthy Schools initiative.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Former pupils are known as Old Ashbeians.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Boys’ Grammar School[edit]

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Girls' Grammar School[edit]


  1. ^ Cross, Claire. "Hastings, Henry, third earl of Huntingdon (1536?–1595)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  2. ^ Care and Welfare - House System/Tutor Groups/Year Tutors/Teen Health
  3. ^ [1][permanent dead link], 3 November 2005
  4. ^ "Gifted and Talented". Ashby School. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  5. ^ "School under fire over plans to sell VC medal of heroic former pupil". Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Sale of Victoria Cross - a Freedom of Information request to Ashby School, Ashby-de-la-Zouch". 23 February 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  7. ^ Mack, Tom (1 May 2016). "No movement in Ashby School's bid to sell war hero's medals" (Leicester Mercury). Retrieved 24 April 2017.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Prof John Betteridge". Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Angela Piper's Derbyshire Childhood". Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Diane Reay : Faculty of Education". Retrieved 8 November 2017.

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