Benefactorum Recordatio Jucundissima Est

Things done well make the best memories

Sir Norton Knatchbull - 1637

About Us

Message from the Headteacher

The Norton Knatchbull School is a popular and highly regarded selective school for boys aged 11-18 which admits a growing number of girls into its Sixth Form.

Having proudly served the local community of Ashford in Kent since the 17th century, we combine traditional values with a forward-looking and vibrant learning environment where young people are nurtured to become considerate, confident and well-rounded individuals.

We provide an atmosphere in which all our students feel supported and inspired to strive for their personal best. Our approach to academic study is varied, disciplined and fosters a life-long love of learning. We value community and celebrate diversity. As a result, our young people are able to make informed and positive life choices, and are equipped to face the challenges of a fast-changing, competitive and increasingly global environment.

This holistic view of our curriculum is articulated in the Knatchbull Baccalaureate and our Mission Statement which was written in partnership with our student leaders.

NKS Mission Statement

At The Norton Knatchbull School we are proud of our history, tradition and achievements, at the same time as looking to the future for fresh challenges.

  • We value each individual for whom they are and their ability to improve and grow.
  • We share mutual respect based on care, integrity and trust.
  • We are inspired by a passion for creative and demanding learning experiences.
  • We work with the wider community to make a positive difference.
  • We celebrate our achievements, both in the classroom and beyond.

Norton Knatchbull is proud of our track record of strong examination results, the wealth of our extra-curricular provision and the strength of our careers education, advice and guidance. We benefit from a wide range of facilities which support learning in a variety of disciplines, styles and environments. Our specialisms spearhead best practice across the school and maintain productive links with local schools and the wider national and international community.

Our students are supported by a team of highly qualified, hard-working and caring teaching and support staff and a well informed and supportive Governing Body, all of whom are united in their desire to achieve the best possible outcomes for all.

I very much look forward to welcoming you to The Norton Knatchbull School.

Mr B. Greene