Ashbourne College Blog

Students awarded for the UKMT Individual Challenge

December 12, 2018

Eight students have been awarded Gold Certificates for their outstanding achievement in the UKMT Individual Maths Challenge. The certificates were presented by the Principle, Mike Kirby and Imran Shah, Physics and Maths teacher. Imran has been helping the students prepare for the challenges with extra revision lessons. These students present amazing mathematical abilities. Our students came first place in the Regional Heat and will be going to the national finals in February. We wish them good luck! Congratulations for your amazing achievement!

Year 12 and Year 13 Autumn Honour Roll

We are excited to announce the Honour Roll for Year 12 and Year 13! The Honour Roll is an Ashbourne tradition that rewards student who demonstrates outstanding conduct with regard to academic performance, attendance, work ethic, attitude and effort throughout the year. Students that demonstrate these qualities are eligible to be considered for the Honour Roll that takes place in the Autumn and Spring term. Although students are considered for their “Asher’ qualities, working grades are important when considering students for the Honour Roll. The Honour Roll is used to motivate and encourage students to continue with their academic success and act as role models for their peers.

Ashbourne College takes home the gold and is through to the UKMT National Finals

December 5, 2018

What a great week it has been! We are thrilled to announce that Ashbourne College took home 1st place in the UKMT Regional Heat Senior Maths Challenge, beating St Paul’s Boys School (2nd) and Reed’s (3rd), and earning our team a spot in the National Finals!   Our students performed at an astounding level only dropping 3 marks over the whole competition. These are truly impressive results!   Onto the finals in February! Our students will continue to train hard until then! Congratulations, we are very proud!

Student Profile – Charli Eglinton

November 30, 2018

We recently interviewed one of Ashbourne’s former students, who stood out for being an extremely talented individual with a passion for music, film, and writing. Charli Eglinton was a music scholarship student, being awarded a 40% scholarship for her outstanding academic performance and talent.   What was your experience of being a scholarship student at Ashbourne? ‘My experience of being a Music scholarship student at Ashbourne exceeded all my expectations. My passion and drive for Music was matched and encouraged through the exceptional teaching the college offers. Only now, having left, do I realise just how far I’ve progressed from when Continue Reading →

Ashbourne College will take part in the UKMT Senior Team Challenge – Regional Heat

November 29, 2018

It is with great excitement and pleasure that we announce four of our students will be representing Ashbourne College in the upcoming UKMT Senior Team Challenge – Regional Heat. Over the next few weeks, these students will be attending training sessions to prepare for the challenge.   ‘The UKMT Team Challenges promote mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication skills. They also give pupils the opportunity to compete against pupils from other schools in their region.’ – United Kingdom Mathematics Trust   The competition will take place on Monday 3rd December between 2pm and 5pm at St.Paul’s School in Hammersmith.

Ashbourne Student is Promoting Gender Equality though Fashion

November 28, 2018

One of our students is promoting gender equality in Saudi Arabia through fashion. Lenna Abudawood is a Year 13 Textiles student and has created a stylish yet powerful clothing collection for her Personal Investigation Project. Lenna is originally from Saudi and is happy with the recent political changes which have been happening in her home country. A recent law has passed which permits women to drive, something which was prohibited before. She explained to us how the recent changes in Saudi have inspired her:   ‘There are clear misconceptions about Muslim women in Saudi Arabia and their freedom. Most women Continue Reading →

Allstars go top after nail-biter in the rain!

Ashbourne Allstars 1 – 0 Ealing Independent College Ashbourne Allstars secured their place at the top of the league last week after a tense contest with Ealing College. Ealing piled on the pressure throughout the game, creating several clear-cut chances but were unable to capitalize on them. The heavy rain throughout made the pitch at Burlington Danes a difficult surface to play on. Despite Ealing’s poor run of form, they met the challenge valiantly and managed to keep it 0-0 right up until the last minute. The Allstars bagged the three points with a last minute goal from Larry Moir, Continue Reading →

Art & Design students visit Tate Modern & Banksid Gallery

November 26, 2018

Our Year 12 Art & Design students from Graphics Communication, Fashion & Textiles and Fine Art visited Tate Modern and the Banksid Gallery as part of their art carousel project. The theme is Pattern & Texture. The artist we went to see was the feminist weaving artist Anni Albers, who was revolutionary in her time during the 1930s. The students gained first-hand primary research content for their projects which will form part of the performance art piece at Ashbourne’s Christmas Revue. Some of our international students had not been to the Tate Modern before, so it was a good benchmark Continue Reading →

Do we really have a little ‘me’ inside our heads?

On the 22nd November, a small group of Psychology students and teachers from Ashbourne College had the exciting opportunity to hear Professor Bruce Hood’s perspective on this question at the annual Cife lecture. Professor Hood, a prominent cognitive psychologist, and lecturer at the University of Bristol used a variety of modern and classic psychological studies to present his compelling argument that there is no ‘you’ inside your head. This lecture on the ‘self-illusion’ was not only thought to provoke but was also highly accessible for the students, touching on much of the research discussed in the A-level Psychology course. One example of Continue Reading →