Any reviews about Ashcroft? Considering for Year 7

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Franny6
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Any reviews about Ashcroft? Considering for Year 7

Postby Franny6 » Wed Oct 20, 2021 11:58 am

Hi. we are in the process of applying for schools. We quite liked Ashcroft. I would like to have the views of parents who have kids there: how do you feel about the school? Academically, frienships. Do your kids feel safe? How are the teachers? any info will really help. Thank you!
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Re: Any reviews about Ashcroft? Considering for Year 7

Postby bunny20 » Wed Oct 20, 2021 12:35 pm

A friend of mine has two children there and is really happy with Ashcroft academy.
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Postby Franny6 » Wed Oct 20, 2021 2:40 pm

It really helps thank you. I've read such horrible stories about other schools that seemed nice so I wanted to make sure that our first impressions and the reputation is good before submitting the application.
 
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Re: Any reviews about Ashcroft? Considering for Year 7

Postby SWtastic » Thu Oct 21, 2021 1:44 pm

My son went to Ashcroft.  It's a good school but doesn't suit everyone.  It's very strict and they dish out a lot of detentions to get students in line, which can be a little demoralising for students at times, especially new ones.  I work at another school and we always get a few in year transfer requests from Y7s and Y8s who have gone to Ashcroft but can't hack the discipline.  

I found the approach of the school quite cold - from Head's talk to contacting reception - and they can lack the human touch sometimes e.g. giving my son a 15 hour catch up detention for missing two days of school to attend a family funeral out of London.  They get good results though. 

They were excellent at supporting my son through his GCSEs and his Head of Year in the upper years was great.  Go in with your eyes open as if a student isn't making the grade, they won't be kept on for 6th Form which can be a shock for some parents (and students). 

We didn't send our daughter there as it wouldn't have been the right school for her and she didn't like it when we looked around but we are glad our son went there.  He didn't stay on for 6th form out of choice as he wanted a change and to go to a specialist Sixth Form.
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