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The Norton Knatchbull School
Motto Benefactorum Recordatio Jucundissima Est
Type Voluntary aided grammar school[1]
Headmaster J. C. Speller[1]
Chair Jill R. Humphreys[1]
Founder Sir Norton Knatchbull
Specialism Language College[1]
Location Hythe Road
TN24 0QJ
LEA Kent
Ofsted number 118838
Students 1047[1]
Gender Boys (secondary)
Mixed (sixth form)
Ages 11 to 18
Houses Apps

Barrett Burra Harper Knatchbull

Former names Ashford Grammar School

The Norton Knatchbull Grammar School for Boys

Coordinates: 51°08′47″N 0°53′26″E / 51.1463°N 0.8906°E / 51.1463; 0.8906

The Norton Knatchbull School is a secondary school for boys located in Ashford, Kent, England. Girls are accepted into the Sixth Form. As of 2008, the school serves more than one thousand students aged 11 to 18.



The Norton Knatchbull Grammar School for Boys was founded in the early seventeenth century (probably around 1630) by Sir Norton Knatchbull.[2] The school was later known as Ashford Grammar School. It took up an elegant brick schoolhouse opposite St.Mary's Church, Ashford town centre. The School takes the top 20% of the ability, where the school proudly get students into the top universities in the country.

Threw the years other persons have contributed to the school and some of the buildings of the school are named after these persons. for example. Mortimore, Braborne and Fraser.

Sports Hall

The new sports hall or Fraser Building is the newest addition to the school. it was opened by Damion Green and it is a sixth form complex and also a large sports hall used for games lessons. Now this hall has been built it can be used for exams as well as a sports facilaty, this building was very much needed by the Norton Knatchbull School as before they only had a small gymnasium. the new sports hall has many high-tech facilities like basketball hoops that come down from the ceiling.

The new sixth form complex even inculde a gym for the lucky pupils as well as the luxury common room and study area.

Sixth Form

The strength and size of the Sixth Form in the School is one of its key features and the great majority of those who took the opportunity to attend at the age of 11 intend to apply to continue their education here until the age of 18. The school is very much willing to add to their number applicants who are suitably qualified from other schools. As well as offering a wide range of subject choices at A level and for the International Baccalaureate, the school also provides a programme of preparation for Higher Education and employment.

Notable alumni


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The Norton Knatchbull School, Office for Standards in Education.
  2. NKS Sir Norton Knatchbull. The Norton Katchbull School. Retrieved on 2008-03-24.
  3. Welch, Chris (2003). Close to the Edge: The Story of Yes. Omnibus Press. pp. 118. ISBN 0711995095. "went to Ashford Grammar School" 
  4. Katherine Adams (2007-08-13). "Interview: Bob Holness". BBC News. Retrieved on 2008-03-24. "studied at... Ashford Grammar" 



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