Ashmole Academy

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Cecil Road
N14 5RJ
11 - 18
Academy - Converter mainstream
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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Ashmole is a larger than average secondary school. The school is popular and over-subscribed. It takes students from the full range of ability but overall the attainment of students when they start the school is above average. Students come from a wide range of minority ethnic heritages and a greater than usual number of students speak English as an additional language. The proportion of students with learning difficulties and disabilities is broadly average, while the proportion of students entitled to free school meals is below average. Student mobility in and out of the school is low. The school acquired specialist status in science in 2002 and has recently acquired a second specialism in music. The school moved into new buildings in 2004.

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Ashmole Academy Reviews

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“A parent's view”
"> My son loves this school so much – he didn't want to have a holiday. Even at the weekends, he said he missed the school. It's the opposite to to his time at primary school when he often refused to go. I had to take him out of school from Reception to year 2. He officially started school in year 3 when he was 6 years old and was always reluctant to go to his primary school. I am so happy that he loves this school and doesn't feel under pressure, even though he says the school do care about grades. I hardly see him doing his homework at home as he normally does it at school during lunchtime. So I added an hour of homework at home. I highly recommend considering this school even though it may not suit every kid.
“Excellent School”
"> This is a great secondary school. The quality of teaching at this school is exceptionally outstanding, and the students attitudes to learning show in their above average results. Yes, it is a strict school, and yes, they do push their students towards the point of excellence, however, if you have a bright child who is interested in performing well, that doesn’t matter. This school stands out compared to most comprehensive schools, and I wouldn’t recommend any other schools in the area other than this one.
“high aspirations - a great school”
"> I agree with the previous parent that Ashmole is a great school. It has high expectations of its students and expects them to work hard so that they are prepared for life after school. It is a strict but caring school but as a parent I see that as a good thing. There will always be parents and students that do not agree with rules and policies and this probably isn't the 'right' school for some but that does not make it a bad school. I know many past pupils who had a brilliant time at Ashmole who were encouraged to aim high and now have successful careers. They talk fondly of hard working staff who helped them along the way and cared for them.
“Ashmole is a great secondary”
"> Ashmole is an excellent school. It does care about children but it doesn't get excellent results by making excuses. It expects full parental and student co-operation. I disagree that the pressure is terrible. I know less academic children who have been supported to achieve well via the most appropriate pathway to them. Staff are always polite and professional. Yes, there is an 'Ashmole' line and they do not deviate from it so they can appear as though they don't really listen. Bottom line is that schools who listen to every complaint and parental moan can be distracted from getting on with their core business - running a high achieving and safe school. I am very grateful that my child got into Ashmole - he has been given the greatest possible chance of academic success and has been happy at the school. Relationships between staff and pupils develop over time and , in my experience, are a real strength of Ashmole.
“Do not send your child to Ashmole!”
"> My child has been attending Ashmole Academy for a while and the pressure and lack of understanding imposed by the school is terrible. My child has therefore had some psychological problems and the school has pushed my child out of their comfort zone to the point where it has destroyed my child's confidence. The staff are uncooperative and sometimes rude, and never listen to your complaint. My child has not been attending Ashmole for too long but it has been long enough to see that, in my opinion, the headmaster plays little to no part in running the school properly and I don't see the students being encouraged to reach their full potential; they are being forced at a rate that is causing severe issues. All this school cares about is grades and how it appears to the government, and it has no care for the students attending it. I wish I had had this knowledge prior to my decision to send my child here so that I could have looked into other options. This school will do anything for their grades, and although their kids mostly achieve quite well, the pressure and stress of the school drives them to a point of depression, from what I can see in my own child. I would definitely not recommend this school.
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