The Ashcombe School

Surrey, United Kingdom

Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About The Ashcombe School

Situated at the foot of Box Hill in Dorking in Surrey, we are a high achieving, genuinely comprehensive school with a strong 6th Form, praised in the recent Ofsted report for the exceptional pastoral care, high levels of attainment across the ability range and a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities.

Excellent NQT programme, commended in Investors in People Report, "a great place to work".    This is one of many positive comments in the Report reflecting the strong support for all staff. “The content and pace of the school’s NQT programme and the support provided by mentors is rated highly” with one NQT confirming “You felt supported, not overburdened or pressurised”. The Report continues: “people value the breadth of opportunities for development - 'They've progressed me so far since I've been here' ”

NQT salary backdated to 1st August 2021


We offer a broad & balanced GCSE-based curriculum with double science and languages for all pupils alongside humanities, creative subjects, Maths and English. This breadth is shown through the EBacc entry levels – which hit 78% last year vs a 38% national average.

6th Form

Around 250 pupils each year, encouraging as wide an intake as possible where we believe pupils have the ability to succeed at A level. High value-added scores across the full breadth of subjects and ability ranges with a long tradition of students gaining places at Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities.


In January 2019, Ofsted 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” Ofsted Letter January 2019

Extra Curricular

We have an outstanding reputation for a diverse range of opportunities offered outside of the classroom which includes over 30 clubs, a huge range of visits and trips throughout the school both within this country and abroad (e.g. China, Uganda, USA, Germany, France and Romania),  a flourishing Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and a wide selection of sports teams and individuals competing at local, regional and national levels. Along with a commitment to pupils supporting others including charity fund-raising, work on development projects and in humanitarian charities abroad and peer mentoring and support within the school.

Staff are very involved in this enjoyable and rewarding aspect of school life.  "It provides many opportunities for students to take part in sporting, musical, artistic, charitable and voluntary activities." - Ofsted

Accommodation, Resources and Location

  • Day nursery facilities on site
  • Free car parking
  • Secure bicycle storage
  • Excellent road and rail links and within walking distance to Box Hill

See website for more details and an application form or use the TES downloadable form

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Address: Ashcombe Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1LY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1306 886312
Positions available at The Ashcombe School