Ashbourne students consistently achieve outstanding A level exam results, (50% A*/A over the past 5 years), helping us to remain in the top two of similar private high schools in London for many years. Ashbourne is also placed in the top 5% of UK schools and colleges that offer A levels as a result of the level of performance improvement we achieve, or ‘value added’. And more than half of our graduates go on to study at Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
We work closely with each student to design a unique education programme that best suits their needs and ambitions, offering them the flexibility, choice and comprehensive support and guidance necessary to attain the highest grades and achieve their personal and academic goals. Students can choose from more than twenty-five A level subjects in any combination and course lengths that are right for them. We are currently running an online distance learning programme for all of our students, delivering live streamed audio-visual lessons.
A levels explained
Director of Studies, Lee Kirby, explains how the A level system works and what benefit students get from studying at Ashbourne, in the webinar video below.
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Our adult approach to learning is friendly and informal but disciplined. Lessons are conducted in small groups allowing our teachers to offer greater levels of individual attention, set more homework and provide feedback. This gives students with the space and opportunity to explore and develop their ideas, encouraging them to become more independent thinkers.
The teaching time for each subject significantly exceeds the national average. Students are rarely under pressure to complete the syllabus and consequently almost always have plenty of time for revision at the end of the course. Ashbourne believes that exam technique is vital to achieving excellent results so students get plenty of exam practice throughout the course; teachers set mock exams for each subject every half term (six weeks).
Every six weeks our teachers write a report for each student giving an overall assessment as well as detailed consideration of homework quality and quantity, mock exam grades, attendance and effort. Parents may access this information via our online portal and discuss a student’s progress or other issues with the student’s personal tutor. We also hold two parents’ evenings each academic year.
Students are offered extensive support outside of the classroom through weekly personal tutor sessions, subject-specific clinics, support classes and peer group mentoring. They work closely with their teachers, personal tutors and the director of studies to monitor and discuss their academic performance and progress throughout their time at the college.
Personal tutors also provide students with one-to-one support and expert guidance on the entire university application process, including work on Unifrog, an online platform that allows students to continue working on their university applications remotely.
The college complements its academic excellence with an exciting programme of extra-curricular activities for all tastes including its well-loved annual Revue, showcasing creative arts and music. We run Ashbourne Allstars football club, critical theory seminars and a wide range of other clubs from astro-particle physics and chess to Bollywood dancing and meditation.
Ashbourne is superbly located on the borders of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, in the heart of London. Nearby are such cultural icons as the Royal Albert Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science and Natural History museums. Major libraries, art galleries and theatres are also within easy reach of the college.
Ashbourne is a diverse and exciting place to learn with students from all over the world studying a broad selection of A level subjects, and bringing with them a wealth of ideas, talents and culture. Most students are at the college for only two years yet in that short time develop a deep affection for Ashbourne and form wonderful friendships.