Ashbourne College Blog

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 →

Ashbourne’s Ex student mentoring the Engineering Programme

November 21, 2018

We welcomed one of our ex-students, Meena Bashier, as a mentor for Ashbourne’s Engineering Programme. While at Ashbourne, Meena achieved outstanding grades (A*A*A*A). He currently studies Civil Engineering at Imperial College London, which is only a 10 minute walk from Ashbourne. This morning Meena gave an introductory lesson to 11 students, a mix of Year 12 and Year 13, who are part of our Engineering programme and hope to be studying the subject at university. We had a chance to catch up with Meena and get to know what kind of work he’ll be doing with our students and what Continue Reading →

Ashbourne Cife Winners – Outstanding Academic Achievement

  Ashbourne is very pleased to inform that four of last year’s graduating students have won awards at the annual Cife (Conference for Independent Education) competition. Cife is an association formed by 23 colleges including, Ashbourne, MPW, Collingham, David Game, and others. Each year Cife colleges are invited to nominate students for academic awards in Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Economics, Humanities, Languages, Social Sciences, and Visual and Creative Arts. There are also special awards for ‘value-added’ (generally retake students), GCSE, the Baroness Perry award for singular and noteworthy achievement as well as the Gold award for the most outstanding student. Each Continue Reading →

Ashbourne Allstars continue their good run of form with a 4-3 win over MPW

The Allstars brought the top of the table within touching distance last week by beating local opponents MPW 4-3. After an intense and fiercely fought contest, the Allstars managed to come out on top, despite conceding three goals in the second half, after going into the break 3-0 up. Check out the Allstars’ coach Fabio, giving his thoughts on the game. Next fixture: Ashbourne College vs. Ealing College – 20/11/2018