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Inspection Reports

In common with other independent preparatory schools, Ashdown House School is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Our most recent inspection was in November 2018.

The inspectors found that the quality of personal development of the pupils at Ashdown House is "excellent", highlighting that pupils are:


“Confident, independent and resilient with well-developed social skills”.

 “Very accepting of others from different backgrounds and cultures” 

“Make an excellent contribution to the school community"

“...very strong moral framework”

“....know how to behave well."


According to the report, “pupils show themselves to feel happy, safe and secure.” They “respond eagerly to the many good opportunities they have to make a contribution to the school and wider community”. It also notes that “the expectation and challenge offered by staff for pupils’ personal development makes a significant contribution to their all-round achievements.”

As well as finding that the school meets all the required regulatory standards, the independent report also rates the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements as “Good”.

The inspection found that “pupils develop good knowledge, skills and understanding across the curriculum, with excellent creative and aesthetic development”. It also highlighted that “pupils develop many talents beyond the classroom, thanks to the wide range of opportunities available to them”. Read the full report here.