In 1930, Ashton House School was established in 52 Eversley Crescent, Isleworth by Miss A M Lake who lived close by. Within a short time there were in the region of 60 children enrolled and she taught most classes herself. Former pupil M. Hursey (enrolled 1950-1952) recalls:
“Miss Lake always pedalled a fairly ancient bicycle to and from the school in her lunch hour … and Mrs Short who became head on Miss Lake’s retirement, taught us fairly rudimentary PE. She read out the exercises from a book, and was somewhat encumbered by the hobble skirt she wore, which prevented her actually demonstrating.”
Mrs Short operated the school for 17 years and sold the school in 1967 to Mr and Mrs Patrick Turner – Mrs Turner herself being a former pupil in the 1950s. With burgeoning class sizes and enrolment figures on the increase more space was needed. The building next door at No.50 was purchased and a hall was built in 1982. Over the next 30 years or so various building projects were undertaken to build extra classrooms and to establish the unique blend of modern facilities against a backdrop of carefully preserved Victorian architectural features that we enjoy today.
Since 1998, Mr Turner’s son, Mr Simon Turner (a former pupil himself and whose children were also enrolled), has run the School as a partner with his parents who are no longer involved in day-to-day affairs. Mrs Angela Stewart, current Head teacher, is the eighth incumbent in the position. Enrolment numbers have remained consistently between 120-130 in recent years.
The family-friendly, caring environment is a strength of our school and we currently see a number of children enrolled who are the second or third generation of their family to attend Ashton House.
Citation from: Association of School and College Leaders ASCL; Associates news May 2013 – Issue 34