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?
I loved the casualness between teacher and student and also I loved the fact that I was essentially, the one responsible for myself and parents were not frequently contacted for any reason i.e to sign up for clubs etc. The responsibility- to turn up on time, to hand in homework on time, to revise effectively- all being left to me, really spurred on me to be productive and hard working. I hope to eventually be working in the city as a trader for a large bank, after doing this in the short term I hope to take money I have saved and open a fashion retail store that stocks up and coming brands in London somewhere. I genuinely feel like Ashbourne has given me the confidence i once lacked to be able to do this
MilunPhilosophy, Politics and Economics at University of Leeds
Positive, encouraging environment ­focuses on what will help Theo rather than what he hasn’t done
I see Ashbourne as a place which I feel comfortable to express myself and it creates an environment that encourages me to develop as a leader. I am constantly looking for ways to improve. I am determined to continue to develop myself and I know that this is made more attainable with Ashbourne’s fantastic support and encouragement. I am very lucky to find myself at Ashbourne. It is a truly remarkable place to work.
Dennis FulcherHead of Multi-Media and Social Science Faculty