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Exam Results and University Destinations

Ashbourne students consistently achieve excellent exam results and almost 60% of our graduates go on to study at world-class Russell Group universities such as UCL, Imperial, Oxford and Cambridge.

Outstanding A level results

Ashbourne students attained 66% A*A in 2021 and over the last ten years have attained an average of 47% A*A, far exceeding the national average.

A level results, average over ten years

A*A             47%

A*AB          74%

A*ABC        89%

World-class university destinations

57% of Ashbourne graduates go on to study at world-class Russell Group universities, such as Cambridge, Durham, Imperial, Oxford and UCL, which is one of our most popular destinations.

Top 5% for value added

Ashbourne is placed in the top 5% of all UK schools and colleges offering A levels for students’ performance improvement or ‘value added’.

My experience at Ashbourne has been life changing. Without the care and personal attention I was given I would not be the independent and thorough student which I consider myself to be.

Lewis, A*A*A, studying English Literature at Cambridge University

Ambitious, hardworking and happy students

We are very proud of our students’ achievement and acknowledge the primary importance of their effort. Without their ambition, determination and hard work, and the dedication and expertise of our teachers and staff, the college would not be as successful as it is. Ashbourne students’ outstanding A level results have helped us to remain in the top two of similar private colleges in London for many years.

Key factors for success

  • Ashbourne students have high expectations, which are encouraged and nurtured by some very talented teachers.
  • Personal and UCAS Tutors spend much of their time with students individually to monitor their progress constantly throughout the year and to ensure a really confident university application.
  • Small classes promote engagement, which is further enhanced by extending the normal teaching time.
  • There is competition for places in the upper sixth form; students must reach at least C grade standard at AS before proceeding to the second year of A level. Morale is boosted because the students share similar ambitions and goals.
  • Preparation for exams is a priority. Constant regular testing provides a vital benchmark for all.
  • Personal Tutors insist on the highest standards in behaviour and academic discipline.
  • The college has an informal atmosphere, helping students to develop a sense of independence and responsibility so that they can flourish when they arrive at university.
  • Student happiness is paramount; it is rare to find an unhappy student at Ashbourne.

Students receive tailored and individual support with applications to top universities and apprenticeships.

Outstanding, Ofsted Report, 2021

Individual attention

Each A level student is assigned a dedicated Personal Tutor who provides individual academic and pastoral support and guidance throughout their time at the college, which includes expert careers advice and one-to-one UCAS support, from choosing the right course, writing the perfect personal statement to interview practice all the way to accepting the best offer.

Ashbourne offers specialised university application programmes for competitive courses such as Medicine, Engineering, Finance, and related courses, and entry to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Russell Group universities
Russell Group universities, 2020

Bristol University

2020 Biomedical Sciences
2020 Economics
2020 Veterinary Medicine
2020 Zoology

 

Cambridge University

2020 Computer Science
2020 English
2020 English
2020 English
2020 Natural Sciences

Durham University

2020 Anthropology
2020 Psychology

Exeter University

2020 International Relations

Imperial College (University of London)

2020 Computing (AI and ML)
2020 Medical Biosciences
2020 Physics with Theoretical Physics

King’s College (University of London)

2020 Biochemistry
2020 Biomedical Science
2020 Computer Science
2020 Economics and Management
2020 Neuroscience
2020 Pharmacy

Leeds University

2020 Civil Engineering
2020 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
2020 Film, Photography and Media

Liverpool University

2020 Biological and Medical Sciences

Manchester University

2020 American Studies
2020 Economics

Newcastle University

2020 Business Management
2020 Mechanical Engineering

Nottingham University

2020 Criminology
2020 Finance, Accounting and Management

Oxford University

2020 Experimental Psychology
2020 History

Queen Mary, University of London

2020 Mechanical Engineering
2020 Mathematics with Management

Queen’s University Belfast

2020 Politics and Philosophy

Southampton University

2020 Aeronautics and Astronautics
2020 Civil Engineering

University College London (University of London)

 

2020 Art Foundation (Camberwell)
2020 Art Foundation (Camberwell)
2020 Art Foundation (Camberwell)
2020 Art Foundation (Camberwell)
2020 Anthropology
2020 Architecture
2020 Biochemistry
2020 Engineering
2020 English
2020 English
2020 English
2020 History of Art
2020 Linguistics
2020 Management Science
2020 Mathematics
2020 Medicine
2020 Politics and International Relations

Warwick University

2020 Civil Engineering
2020 Discrete Mathematics
2020 International Management

York University

2020 Masters in Social Work
Russell Group universities, 2019

Bristol University

2019 Aerospace Engineering
2019 English

Cambridge University

2019 Mathematics
2019 English

Cardiff University

2019 Denistry
2019 English Literature and Creative Writing
2019 Denistry
2019 Applied Software Engineering
2019 Economics and History

Durham

2019 Natural Sciences
2019 Biological Sciences

Edinburgh

2019 Spanish and Classics

Imperial College (University of London)

2019 Molecular Bioengineering
2019 Medicine
2019 Physics with Theoretical Physics
2019 Materials Science and Engineering

King’s College (University of London)

2019 Computer Science
2019 Economics and Management
2019 French and Management
2019 Electronic Engineering
2019 Medicine
2019 Digital Culture
2019 Physics
2019 Religion, Politics and Society

Leeds University

2019 International Relations

Liverpool University

2019 English Literature
2019 Computer Science

London School of Economics (LSE)

2019 History
2019 Management

Manchester University

2019 English Literature
2019 Biomedical Sciences
2019 Music
2019 Neuroscience
2019 Management
2019 Medicine
2019 Economics

Newcastle University

2019 Medicine and Surgery
2019 Politics
2019 Law

Nottingham University

2019 Criminology
2019 English and Philosophy

Queen Mary, University of London

2019 Psychology
2019 Mathematics with Finance and Accounting
2019 Computer Science
2019 English and Drama
2019 Economics
2019 Biomedical Sciences

Queen’s University Belfast

2019 Psychology

Sheffield University Belfast

2019 Dental Surgery

Southampton University

2019 Computer Science with Industrial Studies

University College London (University of London)

2019 Applied Medical Sciences
2019 Architecture
2019 English
2019 Comparative Literature
2019 Engineering (Electronic and Electrical)
2019 Mechanical Engineering with Business Finance
2019 Economics
2019 Pharmacy

Warwick University

2019 Liberal Arts
2019 Economics
2019 Psychology
Performance improvement

We make forecasts for 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 data is analysed in various ways such as measuring students final results compared with the ALIS test. The finding that our students’ performance overwhelmingly exceeds these predictions. For example, where the ALIS test and GCSE results suggest predicted grades of BBB, students on average would achieve AAB in their final results.

Ashbourne’s improvement in performance rate is as significant for one-year retake students as it is for two-year A level students. For example, a student who attained BBB at a previous school would on average gain a minimum of A*AA for their A level retake results at Ashbourne.

Ashbourne aims to improve student performance in a variety of ways but at the core is the personalised attention each student receives in class and outside of class. Students who perform best at Ashbourne are those who consistently take advantage of the excellent support and guidance on offer such as regular one-to-one meetings with teachers outside of class.

A level results
Outstanding, Ofsted Report 2021

Ashbourne was judged by Ofsted to be outstanding in all areas including overall effectiveness; quality of education; behaviour and attitudes; personal development; leadership and management; sixth form provision. Read the full report.

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