A levels at Ashbourne

Ashbourne students consistently achieve outstanding A level exam results, (66% A*/A 2021 and 47% A*/A over the past 10 years). Ashbourne’s results have ranked it either first or second among private colleges for many years. For ‘value added’ (performance improvement) at A level, Ashbourne ranks consistently in the top 5% of UK schools and colleges. Currently, almost 60% of our graduates go on to study at Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Ashbourne’s success reflects the support students receive from dedicated and knowledgeable teachers and personal tutors, with a great impact on university applications. Ashbourne is not a school; relations between teacher and student are grown-up and informal, promoting independence, confidence and personal growth. The tone is unpretentious and liberal so everyone has space to grow and develop.

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.

Our adult approach to learning is friendly, 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 in good time 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).

After each set of mock exams, our teachers write a report for each of their students giving an overall assessment including detailed consideration of the quality and quantity of homework, 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 meetings with their Personal Tutor, subject-specific clinics, support classes and peer group mentoring. Teachers, personal tutors and the Director of Studies work closely together to monitor and discuss students’ 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 with 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, drama 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 often form wonderful friendships.

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
Choosing to study at Ashbourne College is one of the best decisions that I have made. All the academic tutors gave me a lot of assistance when I prepared for the exams and interviews, especially the Director of Studies, John Wilson and Principal, Mike Kirby, who pushed me a lot when I prepared for the Cambridge University interview
ZhuoyuEngineering at Cambridge University
Has been given the opportunity to study in a focused and mature way and has thrived in that environment
Ashbourne is a wonderful place to teach and an even better place to study. The staff treat the students as adults and the mutual respect results in a relaxed university approach to study. Teaching classes that only have a max of 10 allows for individual tuition and greater differentiation within the groups helping the students grow in confidence and develop a love for their subjects. I really like the fact that students are encouraged to refer to their tutors by their first name and feel that this breaks down tutor/student boundaries and means that the students are confident in asking for help. Brilliant students, brilliant tutors, great place to work
Rachel TeasdaleFormer Head of GCSE and Biology Teacher