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Ascham School (1886 - )

Sydney, News South Wales, Australia
Educational institution
Ascham School 188 New South Head Road Edgecliff NSW 2027


Located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, Ascham School is one of the oldest private girls' schools in Australia.

The school was founded by Marie Wallis in 1886 with nine pupils in a Darling Point terrace. She named the school after Roger Ascham, tutor to England's Queen Elizabeth I.

Ascham's teaching is influenced by the Dalton Plan, a philosophy of learning which emphasises self-responsibility and independence. Developed in the United States of America, the Dalton Plan was introduced to Ascham by its longest serving headmistress, Margaret Bailey, in 1922.
Former pupils of Ascham include Linda Littlejohn and Virginia Clare Walker.

Sources used to compile this entry: Ascham School Website, 2009,; Nicholas, Gerri, The search for Marie Wallis: founding principal of Ascham school 1886 to 1902, Ascham School Ltd, Edgecliff, NSW, 2007; Simpson, Caroline Fairfax , Annette Fielding-Jones Dupree and Betty Winn Ferguson (eds), Ascham remembered 1886-1986, Fine Arts Press, Sydney, 1986.

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Mitchell Library

  • Collection of Ascham School Magazines: Charavari, 1903 - 1986, 376.991/A; Ascham School; Mitchell Library. Details

Isobelle Barrett Meyering

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