Our Mission Statement To provide a happy, caring, Christian environment where our children develop independence and self confidence whilst achieving their full potential. Aims of the School At our school and in partnership with parents, we aim to: Ensure children acquire the progression of skills necessary for them to be independent learners. Ensure all children experience success and reach their full potential by maintaining consistently high but achievable expectations. Develop the ‘whole child’ in mind, body, spirit and imagination to ensure positive self image and self confidence are secure.
Promote the values of a Christian faith and help children to find their place in the communities and societies within which they live. Ensure all members of the school community feel valued, happy and secure in their role within the school, regardless of ability, race, gender or creed.
Our Ethos At Ashley School we believe that the ethos is in the detail. It’s a smiling face. It’s a cheerful ‘Good Morning’. It’s a culture that says thank you and well done. It’s about holding a door for someone or caring for a friend when they are hurt or upset. It’s about thinking before doing and making the right choice to do things right. It’s about a quiet prayer in reflective time as well as a cheer of encouragement on the sports field. It’s about remembering that detail every day, and correcting it when it goes awry.
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Our aim at Ashley School is to create a primary education that nurtures the whole child; mentally, physically and spiritually. We aim to provide a secure, happy and stimulating environment in which your child can learn, and we aim to provide activities, tasks and challenges that enable your child to become a confident, independent thinker and learner. Although we are a small school with a strong sense of community, we are not small-minded in what we strive to achieve.
Indeed, we have high expectations of the children, whether it be in extending the more able, training our athletes to perform to the best of their ability, or helping them to explore a more reflective dimension to their life. Above all, we intend to give your child the skills and the enthusiasm to pursue a love of learning.
What Ofsted had to say about Ashley School in on Tuesday, 9th January 2007: “Ashley Church of England Primary School is an outstanding school. ‘A truly excellent home of all round education … we could not wish for a better educational start in life for our children,’ is a sentiment reflected by many parents.
The Good Shepherd Trust is a family of schools within the Diocese of Guildford that support and help each other yet each school in the Trust knows that they are unique. They also recognise that they have important roles to play in the development of their communities - both educationally and spiritually.
Schools in the Trust use the vision and values of Jesus Christ as the basis of their work which means that they value each child as an individual - whatever their social, cultural or religious background.
Surrey is a county of contrasts. Only a short journey from London, it also offers a quick escape into peaceful countryside. This pleasant environment is combined with transport links that include the M3, M23 and M25 motorways, road and rail to London, and easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
In spite of a population of just over a million in a comparatively small area of 650 square miles, 80% of the county is farmland, woods, heath and open land. Although Surrey is a wealthy county, there are areas of relative poverty, particularly around some of the larger towns and a number of schools have pupils with a wide diversity of nationalities, cultures and languages.
There have recently been several major town centre redevelopments in Surrey. In the field of education and research, centres include Royal Holloway University (London) at Egham and Surrey University at Guildford. New research related technologies are also represented at Surrey University's research park and many multinational companies continue to relocate from London to Surrey.
In Surrey there is a need to balance environmental conservation with the requirement for more homes, roads and commercial development.
For teachers in schools interested in green issues, Surrey County Council promotes environmental awareness with a wide range of initiatives to develop pupils' knowledge and experience.
Tourism and leisure
Surrey provides a wealth of contrasting leisure activities. Among the historic sites are Hampton Court Palace and Runnymede, as well as National Trust properties such as Clandon and Polesden Lacey. Other attractions include picturesque villages, gardens, such as Wisley, racecourses and river trips. Surrey also has seven major arts venues.
Sports centres are also plentiful, among them the Spectrum Centre in Guildford, probably the most exciting leisure complex in the UK. Other first-class facilities are available in Camberley, Egham, Lingfield and Oxted.
For cyclists and walkers there is an extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes and Surrey also boasts high-quality shopping malls, particularly in Kingston, Guildford and Camberley.
The Visit Surrey tourism website gives comprehensive information about all these leisure activities.
Surrey has good road and rail links to London, Gatwick and Heathrow airports.