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.