The Norton Knatchbull School

Kent, United Kingdom

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

About The Norton Knatchbull School

The Norton Knatchbull School is a single-sex, selective, 11-18, international school for boys, situated in Ashford in Kent. It includes a sixth form, where 25% of students in Years 12 and 13 are girls. The selection process requires a pass in the Kent Test for children in Year 7 or a pass in the school’s Casual Admissions Entrance Exam for pupils in Years 8-11. There are 1,098 students currently on the school roll, 315 of whom are sixth-form students.

The Norton Knatchbull School, which was originally named Ashford Grammar School, was founded in 1630 and was given its current name in 1975, after the school’s founder. 


Ms. S. K. Staab, BA, MA, DipTrans

Values and vision 

The Norton Knatchbull School combines traditional values with a forward-looking and vibrant learning environment. Students are nurtured to become considerate, confident and well-rounded individuals.

The school also provides an atmosphere where students feel supported and inspired to strive for their personal best. Its approach to academic study is varied, disciplined and fosters a life-long love of learning. The Norton Knatchbull School values community and celebrates diversity. 

The school has language and science specialisms, provides a wealth of extra-curricular activities, and offers careers education, advice and guidance. 

Ofsted report

“Students achieve well, particularly in mathematics and science where their progress exceeds expectations. Teaching is good, and some is outstanding. Teachers have good subject knowledge which is clearly communicated. They value and benefit from well-managed training opportunities to improve their practice. The school is a respectful and tolerant community, in which students feel safe and behave well. They are keen to do well and they attend regularly.” 

View The Norton Knatchbull School’s Ofsted report 

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Address: Hythe Road, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0QJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1233 620045