Ashbourne College Blog

Ashbourne students victorious at Art Explosion

April 4, 2017

We are delighted that once again Ashbourne has excelled in the Art Explosion competition, with prizes for Yi-Huan Lin and Doan Tran Phuong Mai, who was the overall winner! The victors are rewarded with a variety of prizes, most notably the exhibition of the winning work in October at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery. Success in this competition is undoubtedly a boost to the career of any up-and-coming artist! An earlier winner, former Ashbourne student Amy Hyam, has just gained a place at Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art. Mai, who came to Ashbourne from Ho Chi Minh City, won this Continue Reading →

We have 6 students taking part in the Saatchi Art Explosion exhibition and competition!

March 24, 2017

The Art Explosion Exhibition kicks off this evening, in partnership with the Saatchi Gallery. It’s a competition open to students ages between 16 – 19, and can consist of a group piece entry or individual entries. Those who enter the competition are in with a chance of winning an Ipad Mini, art equipment vouchers, in addition to various other runner up prizes.. The overall winner will also get the opportunity to exhibit their own work at the incredibly prestigious Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. Last year, former Ashbourne College student was the main winner, and she has since gone on to Continue Reading →

6 things you need to know about Easter Revision

March 20, 2017

Sometimes revising can be very stressful, but it doesn’t have to be…. Seeing as Easter Revision has finally come around, we thought it would be handy to share a series of tips to help you keep your sanity and prevent you from tearing your hair out in the process! 1. Relax Panicking about revision only hinders revision. Have you ever tried to read notes that were written in a panic? It’s a nightmare. The more you relax, the clearer your mind will be, enabling you to focus on the task at hand. Take deep breaths, drink chamomile tea, do whatever Continue Reading →

Ashbourne College takes the CIFE quiz cup!

March 10, 2017

Ashbourne College made history at this year’s CIFE quiz, by winning the cup for the first time ever! Now in it’s third year, 11 out of the 20 CIFE colleges took part this time around, making for a very lively competition. The quiz took place at the New College of Humanities based in Bloomsbury, and involved both year 12 and year 13 students. The CIFE quiz tests general knowledge in a wide range of topics, so there was a good opportunity for everyone to chip in throughout. Team Ashbourne came second in the first round of the competition, followed by Continue Reading →

Couldn’t make laser tag? Here’s what you missed!

January 30, 2017

No, this is not an excerpt from Star Wars or some blockbuster. This is something that was said a couple of times (read: ‘a lot’), in the recently concluded Laser tag game organized by Ashbourne. Perks of being an Asher include having the opportunity to engage in fun social activities, that help build stronger social relations within the college – the laser tag game was no exception. The night started out with pre-action games such as air hockey, a couple of video games and indoor basketball arcade games. Those activities helped spur the adrenaline action in some of the students, Continue Reading →

Backstage at the Ashbourne Revue

December 16, 2016

The revue has been an essential part of Ashbourne’s history, as it offers the opportunity for the numerous talents present within the college to be showcased. This year, the revue includes acts that range from jaw dropping musical performances to captivating dramatic pieces and dance. Going behind the scenes- where the nerves are still relaxed and smiles still spontaneous- I get some insight into the feelings of a few performers in this year’s revue, as well as their opinions on the show. Technical rehearsals before the show are essential to ensure the smooth running of the event, because ‘to be Continue Reading →

Another great year for Ashbourne at the UK Bebras Computing Challenge!

December 10, 2016

Every year computer science students at Ashbourne participate in a Bebras Computing Challenge, which is sponsored by university of Oxford and companies like Google. At the beginning of 2016, only a select few of over 50,000 students were selected to go to Oxford, and Ashbourne’s Alex Vlasto made the top 3 at the end of the challenge! Ashbourne students have done exceptional well again this time around, with one in particular Jiazheng Zhu really shining through. In the Elite category (16 to 18 years), Dean, who is one of our A2 maths students, got 159 marks out of 200. This Continue Reading →

Tickets are on sale NOW for this year’s #AshbourneRevue!!!

December 6, 2016

The excitement is building steadily for this year’s show as rehearsals take place! Tickets are on sale NOW for just £10, so make sure you get yours while you still can! How to buy tickets Tickets for the Ashbourne Revue are available via Stephanie, who can be found in Old Court Place academic area. You can also reach Steph by sending her an email on or via text on 07871 246 517. How to pay You can pay in advance using card, cheque and bank transfer. Payments via credit card incur a 3% charge for payments over £50. Payments via debit card Continue Reading →

Ashbourne student Verena Koay performing at the Royal College of Music!

December 2, 2016

We’re never short of good news to share about our student’s achievements, and we’re especially proud to announce that one of our very talented musicians will be playing at the Royal College of Music this weekend! Verena Koay joined Ashbourne College in September, and has been a wonderful addition to the music department. She began playing the violin at just 3 years old, and by the age of 7, she was playing at an exceptional level. Verena is hoping to go on to study at the Royal College of Music, and we think they would be incredibly lucky to have Continue Reading →

Lansdowne beat Ashbourne Allstars 2-1

November 16, 2016

The season hasn’t started quite how the Allstars had hoped. After a disappointing match against CATS College last week, it was all to play for this week as they faced Lansdowne. In the words of coach Carpene, here’s how the game played out…. Team Line-up Clarke – Goalkeeper Bassem – Defender Arman Defender Adrian Von Boettinger – Midfielder Aidan – Midfielder Alex – Midfielder Bader – Midfielder Marwan – Striker Joe – Sub The Allstars went into this game having lost 2-0 last week to CATS College and looking for a good reaction against Lansdowne College. The Allstars started brightly, Continue Reading →