The Norton Knatchbull School

The Norton Knatchbull School is a grammar school with academy status for boys located in Ashford, Kent, England. Girls are accepted into the Sixth Form. As of 2017, the school serves more than one thousand pupils aged 11 to 18.

The Norton Knatchbull School Academy Trust
Hythe Road

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TN24 0QJ

Coordinates51.1463°N 0.8906°E / 51.1463; 0.8906
TypeGrammar school;
MottoBenefactorum Recordatio Jucundissima Est (Latin: "Things done well make the best memories")
Established17th century (c. 1630)
FounderNorton Knatchbull
Department for Education URN138019 Tables
ChairDavid Race
HeadteacherSusanne Staab
GenderBoys (secondary)
Mixed (sixth form)
Age11 to 19
Enrolment1,098 as of September 2016
HousesApps, Barrett, Burra, Harper, Knatchbull, Lamprey, Woodworth (founded 2016)
Former namesAshford Grammar School
The Norton Knatchbull Grammar School for Boys
Former PupilsOld Ashfordians


The former home of the school, now used by Ashford Museum

The school was founded in Ashford around 1610 as a free grammar school by its namesake [1] who died in 1636, an uncle of Sir Norton Knatchbull.[2] The school continued to be led and funded by Knatchbull's family due to a stipulation in his will in 1636.[3] It was known simply as 'Ashford Grammar School' until the summer of 1973.[2] The original school was based in the churchyard in the town centre, in the building known as Dr Wilks' Hall and which now houses the town's museum, but has moved several times. By the 20th century, it had moved to its present location on Hythe Road. The main building of the current school premises was built in the 1950s and has recently been renovated in 2015 as part of a major overhaul of the school's facilities. A number of additional buildings have been added to the site: the Brabourne Building in the early 1990s, the Mortimore Building in the early 2000s and the Fraser Building (Sports Hall) which was completed and opened in the mid-2000s.[4] A new Digital Learning Centre is to be constructed on the site in order to facilitate an expected increase in the number of students attending the school as the surrounding area continues to grow.[5]

It is one of two grammar schools in Ashford.

Notable former pupils

See also


  1. "History of Parliament". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  2. Thomas, R W (February 1980). "History of the school". Norton Knatchbull School. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  3. 'The town and parish of Ashford' - The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. 7. 1798. pp. 526–545. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  4. Salter 2005, p. 70.
  6. Welch, Chris (2003). Close to the Edge: The Story of Yes. Omnibus Press. p. 118. ISBN 0-7119-9509-5. went to Ashford Grammar School
  7. Katherine Adams (13 August 2007). "Interview: Bob Holness". BBC News. Retrieved 24 March 2008. studied at... Ashford Grammar