We were awarded the Nace Challenge Award for the second time!

Ad Astra 2022

What is the Ad Astra Program?

Ad Astra is Coombe Girls’ School enrichment program designed to promote your child to stretch and challenge themselves outside of lessons. You can expect subjects to go above and beyond the curriculum, providing your child with additional, challenging content that will help them level up in their chosen subjects they have joined.

Who is Ad Astra for?

Ad Astra is for everyone! At the heart of the Ad Astra Program lies ‘Challenge For All’. We believe providing more opportunities enables choices in our learners' lives now and beyond when they leave our care. Research suggests that females are still less likely to go into high powered positions. Providing Ad Astra is our way of encouraging students to reach for the stars, giving tasters to new careers and opportunities that expand their horizon and build their confidence.

What benefits will my child receive from joining?

  • Your child will be able to try out new things and subject areas, so you can find your passion or do more of it!

  • Build their confidence

  • Gain more knowledge in their favourite subjects

  • Benefit when applying to Sixth form, employers or University. They will be able to show their passion and drive in a subject.

  • Be part of a community

  • Get exclusive access to events, fundraisers, competitions.

How does my child join?

To participate, your child will need to crack a subject's challenge which will appear in their Form Google Classroom. They can then fill in their answer in the Google Form to gain access to the Google Classroom code so you can join. Cracking the code for one subject means your child will have access to all opportunities in Ad Astra.

Is it always after school?

No, some subjects will provide lunch time clubs or events you can attend. You can keep up to date by following the Ad Astra Calendar. This is a working Calendar so please expect updates throughout the term as more departments share.

Opportunity for Y9 to Y11 students - the St John's Inspire Programme

St John's Inspire Programme Advert

Thank you to all students and parents who signed up to the St John's Inspire Program run by St John's College, Oxford.

Admissions for this year are now closed.

Our Nace Award

An independent charity, NACE works with schools, education leaders, practitioners and policy makers to improve provision for more able learners, driving whole-school improvement and raising achievement for all.

The NACE Challenge Development Programme is designed to support school leaders who are uncompromising in their ambition to ensure more able learners achieve their potential, in the context of challenge for all.

Schools working through the programme can apply for Challenge Award school accreditation – external validation of high-quality provision for more able learners.

Coombe Girls' School has achieved the award for the second time, for excellence in provision for able, gifted and talented students.

NACE congrats letter Coombe Girls School