Unlocking Potential at Ashbourne College, London
Outstanding grade improvement

Ashbourne students have consistently achieved outstanding A level results over the past five years (50% A*A), culminating from significant performance improvement during their time at the College. Ashbourne is placed in the top 5% of schools and colleges offering A levels in the UK based on this level of performance improvement or ‘value added’.

Ashbourne forecasts each student’s final A level results at the beginning of their time at the College. Predictions are based on the results of an ALIS Test, which each student sits before starting their A-Level programme, and their previous GCSE performance.

The College analyses this data in various ways including measuring how students’ A level results compare with the ALIS Test predictions. The findings show that our students’ performance overwhelmingly exceeds these predictions.

Ashbourne uses the following scale:

a) Grade improves = +1 grade (e.g. B to A)
b) Grade stays the same = 0 points
c) Grade reduces = -1 grade (e.g. A to B)

In academic year 2017/18, considering data from all Year 13 candidates, Ashbourne measured performance improvement by 0.79 grades per subject entry compared to the ALIS-GCSE predictions, and 0.36 grades per entry compared to the ALIS Test predictions. Therefore, if ALIS-GCSE suggested predictions of BBB for a student they would on average gain AAB or above for their final A level results at Ashbourne.

Ashbourne’s improvement in performance rate is likewise significant for our retake students. For academic year 2017/18, Ashbourne retake students improved their performance by an average of 1.5 grades per subject entry. Therefore, a student who initially gained BBB at another school would on average gain a minimum of A*AA for their A level retake results at Ashbourne.

Ashbourne looks to improve student performance in a variety of ways but at the core is the personalised attention each student receives. Ashbourne students benefit from small class sizes (rarely exceeding 10) and the pro-active approach we take to intervene when necessary to help improve student performance. Students who perform best at Ashbourne are those who consistently take advantage of the support on offer and meet their teachers outside of class on a regular basis to receive additional support.

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
Classes at Ashbourne work identically to my tutorials at university; the tutors are as approachable and knowledgeable as any of my lecturers; and the emphasis on private study to reinforce the day’s teaching is exactly what is expected when studying at a higher level. Ashbourne prepared me for all the academic challenges that university provides
ArikPhilosophy and Mathematics at University of Edinburgh
Our grandson was very ready to make a huge step from recluse, out­ of ­step with his age group, not knowing what to do with himself or how to relate to others, many of whom he found terrifying. He found travelling on the tube terrifying and trusted few people. Ashbourne has never pushed him too hard but has always encouraged every step he has taken towards what was sometimes a big risk for him. He has learned to respect himself as a learner, to be realistic about his strengths and what he finds difficult, and is learning what to do about the things he finds difficult. He is becoming sociable, well­ informed good company, smiles 100% more than he did and travels to and from Ashbourne by tube without a qualm. He is punctual (or sends a message if held up). He is learning to trust the many good people he now recognises as on his side. He is very aware of how much Ashbourne has contributed to these huge changes and is looking forward to trying out University in September, becoming a student, knowing lots of other people will arrive by different routes. A real success story/work in progress. Thank you Ashbourne
I have had a very valuable experience working at Ashbourne. I feel lucky that I got such a great opportunity to deal with different kinds of jobs which include; document preparations, helping at some organised opening evenings or dealing with students’ enquiries. Having a chance to deal with these tasks I feel that I have already gained a lot of valuable improvements in the skills which are needed in a college administrative working environment. The Ashbourne staff are very friendly and helpful. They never hesitated to give me advice on the jobs I was doing and what I should and should not do. I can not thank them enough for such great help and experience during all those times I was working at Ashbourne
Kim Anh TranFormer Part-Time Administrative Assistant