Handfuls of Harmony Choir New Term

New adult members are welcome at our FREE taster session next Thursday, 14th Sept, 7-9pm at Ashton Park School, Blackmoors Lane, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JL.
Handfuls of Harmony is a friendly, community choir, open to everyone of all abilities. Why not bring a friend for an uplifting evening of song.

For more information, see www.HandfulsofHarmony.org.

View our Poster for the event here

Ashton Park School Celebrating Success!

Ashton Park School’s Year 11 students have opened their examination result envelopes with a sense
of pride, excitement and fulfilment! Our students have worked hard with the school and
experienced success in the core subjects where they were faced with new and more challenging
examinations and grading criteria.

Maths and English saw improvements on the previous year’s results with Maths significantly so and
both subjects returned students achieving the government’s new “super-grade” of 9. This puts our
top students in line with the very best in the country.

There have been some fabulous individual success stories with Kaya, achieving 9 in both English
Language and Literature, 7 in Maths in addition to 3A*, 3A. Lila, returned a full house of very top
grades across the board with 9 in Maths, 8 in English, 6 A*. Tom, was awarded 9 in Maths and his
remaining subjects equivalent to A* and A. Milo, also excelled with a 9 in Maths.

We are proud of the achievements of all of our students and celebrate their successes in the breadth
of examinations taken which recognises their individual talents, abilities and backgrounds. Adam,
one of our English as an Additional Language and SEN students moves onto our sixth form having
accomplished 5 GCSEs including English and Maths.

We extend our best wishes and good luck for the future as our Year 11 cohort move forward into the
next stage of their journey. Well done to all!

Post 16 Success – Broadening Horizons

Ashton Park Post 16 students are once again enjoying another set of successful results improving on the previous year! The vast majority of A Level students achieved the grades to get into their first choice University to study degree level courses ranging from Criminology, Maths and International Business to Nursing, Graphic Design and Fine Art illustrating the breadth of successful Level 3 courses on offer.
Particular congratulations go to Alfie and Emily whom both achieved the grades to get onto the Bristol University Scholars Scheme to study Physics and Philosophy respectively. Our other students have places in Universities up and down the country from Manchester and Exeter to London University of the Arts.
An increasing number of our students are engaging in high-level apprenticeships as an alternative to university with many of our students having accepted places in sectors such as Finance, Business, IT and Engineering. We are pleased to be able to support this expanding route into high quality meaningful employment.
This is the second consecutive year that results have improved and the upward trend looks firmly set to continue. We congratulate all our students for their hard work and wish them every success in their future endeavours.


Pupils from years 7 and 8 attended the BIG BANG STEM event in Bristol. Pupils had the opportunity to participate in hands on Science and Technology activities that helped them engage is some ‘serious conversations’ with experts in their field, including PhD students and researchers from the Bristol region. The Enterprise Zone gave practical advice on routes into STEM careers.

“The Big Bang trip was really fun and informative and it taught me loads about the way the immune system works” Yr7 student.


Watersports Update

Hello all parents and family members who are looking for snippets of the fun their children are having on the Watersports Trip.

There are about 120 pupils on the campsite, which is right on a beautiful, huge lake. The schools are being instructed separately and currently the APS girls and boys are doing their activities at different times too.

Yesterday the girls did mountain biking and canoeing. The boys were on catamarans all day. Today they have swapped. It was such a great moment when the girls stopped worrying about their shoes getting wet or clothes dirty and instead started going right through the middle of the muddy puddles. We then played canoe games on shore before taking to the water in canoes.

There was lots of splashing each other, falling in, screaming and giggling. The rumour that alligators lived in the lake had a mixed response! J  The instructors got the girls to stand up, turn around, swap seats and we were made to jump in when “Simon says jump in!”

The photographs are mostly of the girls so far because Mrs Winstanley has the camera and that’s who she was with yesterday! They have been brilliant company.

The boys learnt the skills of sailing on posh catamarans all day. There was a good bit of wind and they were able to navigate around on the lake quite a bit.

Everyone was pretty exhausted after a tasty dinner, but in the ethos of everyone does everything, we all dig in and carry on, they all did the evening games of volleyball and dodge-frisbee, plus other games. Not a peep could be heard after 10pm!

Today the boys set off on their mountain biking session today with great gusto, doing wheelies and skids as soon as they had left the camp site! They were so skilful and quick that they finished that planned session sooner than the instructor expected. He is currently playing games with them in the woods. He said the boys were brilliant!

Everyone has had a great day and a half. It has made the long coach trip bearable and worthwhile! There are smiles everywhere and already sharing stories of who has been the best or daftest! Mr Mantegna had a nomination yesterday for sliding down the coach! We’ll see what stories the children have to share tonight as we award ‘Hero of the day, Wally of the day and Bad Admin!” Each one requires the pupils to wear a garment of clothing!


Next up date- it’s a very full schedule so this information is joining on the back of the first report as there wasn’t time to send it!

Today Ashton Park’s activity was to go to Dune du pilat, the largest sand dune in Europe. It was an awesome sight on the approach, even more significant when we had to climb the dune to get to the top. Amazing views were (briefly) admired before the children charged back down again as fast as they could. It is very steep, the photos will not do the incline justice. Most boys and girls then climbed back up again and raced each other some more. The momentum of one young lady, was only halted by using Miss Haspineall as a crash mat. They both collapsed on the sand! Another should send the video she took of a spectacular tumble, to a TV show for prize money.

From there we went to Aqualand. Lots of singing along to Disney en route. The water park was brilliant fun.

As I type the group are doing evening activities- problem solving games tonight, including climbing over a rope and filling a tube with water, but it has holes in it……..

The photos should give you a sense of our home for the week. There are some tents tidier than others. Some tents with a bed purely for snacks!! There are pictures of embarrassed girls as they are towed in by a speed boat because they couldn’t quite control their canoe. Hee hee!

Some photos show boys limbering up for cycling, girls charging through puddles and everyone eager to get to the next session or challenge. The one of a relaxed Mr Mantegna is just after he left the boys group and right before the girls soaked him!




Results Days for Summer 2017 Exams

AS and A Level results will be available on Thursday 17th August from 10.00 am until 12.00. They can be collected from P10
GCSE and BTEC results will be available on Thursday 24th August from 10.00 am until 12.00 They can be collected from the Dining Room

Army Visit for year 10 Food Skills

The original plan was to involve pupils in outdoor survival cooking. But with temperatures hitting record highs, it was decided that lighting a fire might not be the best idea. But we still had a fantastic day. The Army brought along a portable climbing wall that our group and a couple of other classes got to use as a chance to challenge themselves.

Then the year 10 Food Skills group moved back indoors and got a hands-on experience of cutting whole chickens in the French style and making a Gurkha style chicken curry and rice.  Head Teacher Mr. John and Deputy Head Teacher Miss Berry were invited along to taste the groups’ curries.  Each group produced a well-made curry with their own twist. It was too close to call in terms of which was the best.  All were enjoyed thoroughly by the students, staff and Army.

SSgt A P Dow went through with the pupils what a rations pack for soldiers comprises of. Discussing the producers of the foodstuffs that go into the packs, how soldiers use them in the field and the range of packs available, including vegan and Halal. The other soldiers discussed with pupils their experiences in the army, including travel and sport.

The pupils showed true grit with both challenges and really enjoyed the day.  We would all like to thank the Army Outreach South West Recruitment team of SSgt Andy Dow, Gdsm Sergio White, Rfn Kris Smith and Cfn Luke Hills for coming along and giving the pupils an insight into what life is like in the Army and gaining new cooking skills.  Find them on Twitter @Army Outreach SW

army demo 2
demo 3
climbing wall with talarico on the roof
chicken curry and rice 3
taste testing scene tina
Shakur off the climbing wall
rations again

Open Evening and Mornings 2017


Thursday 21st September – 18:00 to 20:30


Monday 25th September – 11:15 to 12:45

Tuesday 26th September – 11:15 to 12:45

Monday 16th October – 11:15 to 12:45

Monday 30th October – 11:15 to 12:45

We are delighted to invite any parent considering Ashton Park School to visit during our Open Evening or Mornings to see the school in action.  You and your child will have the opportunity to look around our outstanding facilities and meet and talk with the staff, students and the Headteacher.

You do not need to book for any of these events, please feel free to turn up and experience what Ashton Park School has to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you.

The school prospectus and further information that may be of interest to you can be found under the ‘Parents’ tab on the school website.

The ‘Longest Swim’ success!

Once again Ashton Park visited Portishead Lido to participate in this annual charity where event where participants see how many lengths they can swim of the 33m pool in thirty minutes. In blustery but dry conditions the team of six clocked up 293 lengths between them which amounts to 9,669 metres or just over six miles.
What is even more impressive is the £365 they raised for the Raj K Soni Legacy Fund which supports various charitable causes across the South West aimed at giving people under the age of 21 a range of musical and sporting opportunities to enrich their lives.
After their exertions there was just time for hot chocolate topped with marshmallows before heading back for afternoon lessons!
Well done to Eve, Alex, Owen, Sam and Mason.

A Huge Thank You

I would like to thank everyone who has been so generous in supporting my efforts in the London to Brighton Challenge by donating items which will support the education of young children in Kenya. The response has been amazing – I hope you can see your donation in the picture. It will make a great difference to setting up a library and providing teaching resources for the nursery school in Kenya that we are supporting.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend Mrs Clark (attendance and first aid) and I romped down the Thames, through London streets and then through country roads, woodland and over the Downs to reach Brighton in 20 hours. The first of my challenges is complete. On to the next challenge – supporting the Kenyan teachers in using the resources you have provided in their teaching.

Thank you all again for your generosity.

Lynn Dunbar