Ascham is a school known for its outstanding academic results as well as being an inclusive, warm, inspiring environment for day and boarding students. Ascham provides each girl with the means to become an independent learner and develop into a self-reliant, confident, compassionate young woman with a sense of purpose in the world.
Days at Ascham are filled with interactive and challenging learning, together with a wide range of co-curricular activities, including a broad choice of Sports, Music, Drama, Debating and more. From international exchange programs and tours, school-based leadership and support programs, to Houses and Sisters networks and community projects, an Ascham girl's resilience will build as we help her develop the confidence to extend herself and give her the security to make mistakes and learn from them.
Our staff and students alike truly epitomise our motto, Vi et animo—with heart and soul—in their teaching and development. We are united in our aim of furnishing our girls with the qualities necessary to make a significant difference in the world.
Boarding has been part of Ascham since 1887 and girls continue to forge lifelong friendships within a very special community. Our Boarding Houses are places where girls become confident learners, independent thinkers and caring individuals.
The majority 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 the teachers provides each girl with the support needed to achieve her best. Whatever her abilities and aspirations, each Ascham girl receives individual attention under The Dalton Plan. Boarders' Prep each night provides girls with allocated time and supervision to complete homework and weekly assignments.
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. A tour of the School provides insight into how important the happiness, confidence, and sense of purpose of our students is to us. Please contact our Enrolments Office to organise your visit to Ascham.
Ascham School offers Boarding Scholarships for girls in Year 7 to Year 10. Our scholarships are means-tested and we welcome applications from girls whose families may require some financial assistance to attend the School.
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. The Plan develops the girls' abilities to articulate their needs and become self-directed learners.
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.
In the Senior School girls spend up to half of their academic periods in Studies, where they work either independently or with a teacher, individually or in small groups. The remainder of their time is given to traditional class lessons.
Ascham Scholarships are awarded to girls who will thrive academically and personally through the Dalton Plan and who will in turn make a significant contribution to the life of the School.
Our scholarships are awarded to boarders and day girls from Year 7 to Year 10 and are open to both current students and external applicants. Ascham awards up to 15 scholarships annually in the following categories: Music, Academic, All-round Excellence, Boarding, Ascham Old Girls and Diversity scholarships. For more information about scholarships and how to apply, please visit our website: ascham.nsw.edu.au/scholarships-and-bursaries
Ascham provides state-of-the-art facilities for our students to learn in and our staff to work in. Contemporary classrooms and learning spaces, an all-weather oval, indoor pool, gym, tennis courts, full-sized theatre and extensive modern libraries mean our girls have access to the best facilities all on one campus.
Our location in the heart of Darling Point/Edgecliff means that we own and occupy several heritage buildings, including the fully renovated Duntrim House, which provides our boarders with a beautiful home to live in at School.
Beyond a girl’s academic pursuits, she has many opportunities for personal development, social interaction and to explore new interests. Our Co-curricular program offers wonderful opportunities for girls to try out new activities and further develop current interests throughout their school life.
Our range of co-curricular activities on offer can change from year to year, depending on the girls’ interests. Just some of the activities currently available are:
18 different sports
Speech and Drama
Music ensembles and choirs
da Vinci Decathlon
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
Tournament of Minds