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Ascham School

Ascham School

NSW, Sydney City Central & Eastern Suburbs









Boarding is at the heart of Ascham

Ascham School is a long-established day and boarding school for girls on 4.4 hectares of beautiful grounds in a prime location near Sydney Harbour, only 3.5 kilometres from the CBD. Ascham provides a strong academic program within a friendly, inclusive culture. Through its liberal arts curriculum, the Dalton Plan and extensive co-curricular offerings, an Ascham girl is supported to develop into a confident, independent and compassionate young woman with a sense of purpose in the world.

Ascham has an outstanding academic reputation, along with excellent music, art and drama departments. Sport plays an important role in the life of an Ascham boarder. Our girls regularly compete at the highest level, but it is not just for the high-flyers — there is participation at all levels, and with over 20 sports on offer, there is something for everyone.

We are very proud of our boarding history at Ascham, and since 1887 boarding at Ascham has created lifelong friendships within a very special community. The boarding houses are not an adjunct to the school; rather, they are the heart of the school. Boarding is a home away from home — a place where girls become confident learners, independent thinkers and caring individuals.

Three quarters of Ascham boarders come from country NSW, with some from Sydney suburbs, interstate and overseas. They live in a number of spacious former homes, providing a family atmosphere, and they enjoy a supervised academic program as well as a comprehensive weekend activity program.

The Dalton Plan allows each girl to develop a rich intellectual life, while individual attention from teachers provides each girl with the support needed to achieve her best. It helps lift and sustain the academic progress of every one of our girls, whatever her abilities and aspirations.

Although Ascham does not hold open days, we believe it is essential to visit us in order to truly understand what a special place Ascham is. By visiting, you begin to understand how important the happiness, confidence and sense of purpose of our students is to us. Please contact our Registrar to organise your visit to Ascham.

Ascham School offers boarding scholarships for girls in Years 7–10. Ascham scholarships are means-tested and we welcome applications from girls whose families may require some financial assistance for them to attend the school.

Ascham scholarships are prestigious awards and are awarded to girls who will thrive academically and personally at Ascham, and who will, in turn, make a significant contribution to the life of the school. Please visit our website for registration details.

The Dalton Plan

Ascham is the only school in Australia to use the Dalton Plan and it sits at the heart of our teaching and learning. This unique Plan provides girls with an extraordinary skill set, not only for school but also in preparing them for life beyond the school gates. It is introduced in stages across the Junior School and from Year 7 (Senior School) the Dalton Plan structure is manifested in the timetable.

The Dalton Plan is a highly flexible structure based on three pillars: Assignment, Lesson and Study. It is valuable for girls of all abilities. It suits the very able student who can use Studies to extend her knowledge and interests; it suits the average student who needs the steady consolidation of skills; it suits the weak student who needs particular support and who often needs more time to understand and to practise the key skills she is learning.

The girls receive clear and direct feedback on the work they hand in on a weekly basis (the Assignment). The teachers mark it, and then the girls are asked to act on these corrections.

The strength in this system ensures that teachers know every girl’s strengths and weaknesses and are able to support her individually.

It is crucial that each girl timetables her own Studies for each subject—she chooses the time, she sets the agenda. As a result, the amount of one-on-one time that an Ascham girl has with each of her teachers, each week, is exceptional. It is the Study that teaches each girl how to be responsible for her own learning: how to organise her time to choose the best Study to see a teacher; how to plan an agenda for that Study; how to ask questions in the language of that subject; how to debate and test ideas; eventually how to develop her own language of learning and understanding.

Long after their final school roll call, an Ascham old girl continues to reap the benefits of the Dalton Plan. The sense of organisation of time and of taking responsibility for each task is a secure foundation for university and for a professional life. Ascham girls enjoy a reputation for being organised, for showing initiative, and as skilled negotiators. That process of taking responsibility, learned in the classroom every day while at Ascham, becomes a mark of each girl’s personal and professional maturity.

Read more about The Dalton Plan at Ascham here


Key facts

School uniform

School Uniform

The uniform is compulsory

Gender in depth

Other requirements

Boarding school

Offer IB

Accepts international students

Our Curriculum

Subjects overview

Subjects overivew

Math classes: streamed
English classes: streamed
LOTE taught:
Chinese, French, German, Latin

Activities and Support staff



31 music options
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19 sporting activities
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42 other clubs, activities and services
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Support staff

Support Staff

17 support staff
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Accelerated learning

Support Staff

1 accelerated learning
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Support Staff

9 extracurricular
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School Details

Head of School: Mr Andrew Powell

188 New South Head Road Edgecliff NSW 2027

Tel: (02) 8356 7000

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