Ashbourne Performing Arts Programme

Designed to offer students the best possible chance of getting into the profession and attaining the highest results to study at the UK’s top universities.

Great performance opportunities

Ashbourne Performing Arts students are offered excellent opportunities to write and perform their own productions, meet actors, directors, writers and many others working in theatre today. They are also given a high level of autonomy in preparing for their examination performances and consistently achieve outstanding results.

Students develop the technical and creative skills required for a career in the field and perform in a wide variety of events, such as the ISA Drama Festival, Ashbourne’s Creative Arts Event and the very popular Ashbourne Revue, an annual event showcasing students’ talents in drama, dance, music and fashion. Our students have previous won awards for performance and production in nationwide competitions.

Ashbourne’s performing arts students will see up to 15 productions in a single year at some of London’s world-class theatre venues and get the chance to write and perform their own productions, meet actors, directors, writers and many others working in theatre today.

Students receive expert careers guidance and individual UCAS support throughout the entire university application process to ensure they choose the right pathway for them and achieve their goals.

Academic success

Ashbourne’s A level courses offer outstanding opportunities for ambitious and hardworking students who will benefit from the individual support and choice we offer to help our students reach the highest grades. Our students consistently achieve outstanding results, 54% A*A (2022-2023), and students’ performance improvement is excellent, placing the college in the top 5% of UK schools and colleges for value added. Currently, almost 60% of our graduates go on to study at Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Performing Arts Scholarships

Ashbourne offers a limited number of scholarships to gifted and talented performing arts students. Each application is carefully assessed and students are invited to attend an audition where they are asked to perform a 1-2 minute monologue of their chosen. After the performance they will discuss the piece and any related topics. Students are also invited to interview to explore their academic and personal ambitions, and are required to take written assessments.

Ashbourne offers a level of constituency and high standard of teaching that sets anyone up to perform well and has allowed me to focus on improving and developing my intellectual ability as well nurturing and maintaining my interest in the arts. 

— Joy, Performing Arts Scholarship

Vibrant place to learn

Ashbourne is superbly located on the borders of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, in the heart of London. A fantastic selection of world-class theatre venues and attractions are close by and offer great opportunities for Performing Arts students to experience a wide range of theatre and performance.

Ashbourne offers an adult-approach to learning which is less formal than most schools yet is demanding and disciplined. We believe this helps nurture confident, self-reliant and independent thinking students prepared for the next stages of their lives. We attract students from all over the world making the college a vibrant, diverse and exciting place to learn.

Please get in touch to discuss how we can help develop your individual learning programme and prepare for the coming academic year at Ashbourne.Email [email protected], call +44 020 7937 3858 or complete the enquiry form below.

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