Graphics students visit a Video games Exhibition at the V&A

October 17, 2018

Our Graphics students attended the Video Game Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum last week. The exhibition provided a unique insight into the design process behind a selection of groundbreaking contemporary video games in the 21st century. Design work, including concept art and prototypes, feature alongside large-scale immersive installations and interactive. Our purpose was to fulfil students’ knowledge and explore the video game making in the 21st century: the design, culture and digital technologies. To inspire and collect primary resources from the exhibition. To experience in person, develop and apply themselves to advanced media and technologies, especially digital software Continue Reading →

Ashbourne Summer Art Workshop in Hanoi

September 26, 2018

This summer, Ashbourne travelled to Hanoi, Vietnam, to host an inspiring five-day Art workshop for aspiring Art students, between the ages of 14 and 19.  The workshop was part of the college’s outreach programme to find and support gifted students. Ashbourne’s Head of Art, and a successful London artist, Lawrence Quigley, led the workshop and gave students the change to try out new and different techniques and art activities. During the week Lawrence incorporated some elements of theory to inspire the practical activities which included external trips to Ninh Bình and Halong Bay to gather inspiration and materials for their work back at the studio. Continue Reading →

5 reasons why you should come see Wicked the Musical

September 24, 2018

Our next trip will be to see Wicked The Musical! Here are 5 reasons why you should come watch it with us: Wicked the Musical is one the of West End’s longest running shows and has won an impressive range of awards throughout the years including an Oliver Award. The musical is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire which features a score by multi multi-Grammy academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. It is packed with thrilling technical wizardry, dazzling costumes, an ingenious and witty story and show-stopping songs, Wicked is an unforgettable, enchanting experience Continue Reading →

Bowling Night 2018

Our students enjoyed a great night of bowling last week. We had a great turnout, delicious food, friendly competition between students and staff and everybody had an amazing time. It was truly incredible to see the number of students that came to the first activity of the year and we can guarantee we have bigger and better activities coming up soon, so keep an eye out on our social media to stay tuned! Our next activity will be Wicked the Musical at the Apollo Victoria Theater. Tickets cost just £20 for students, and they’ll be sold on a first come Continue Reading →

Art & Design students visit the V&A Museum

September 21, 2018

The YR 12 Art & Design Students went to the V&A museum as part of the London Design Festival 2018 #LDF18. They are collecting primary research for their experimenting with Line & Tone project. This three-month project will guide the students through the fundamentals of art & design by looking at Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Fashion and Textiles. The final outcome being showcased in the Ashbourne Revue as an Avant-Garde production. We were lucky enough to meet the recording artist Beatie Wolfe who talked to the students regarding her practice @beatiewolfe and beaming her third album Raw Space 2017 Continue Reading →

Ashbourne Allstars smash the first game of the season!

September 19, 2018

Ashbourne Allstars 5 – 0 MPW Kick off: 18/9/2018 6:10pm at Burlington Danes Academy Line up: Alex Repetto Max Wilkinson Zach Brettler Kaan Keskin George Charlton Larry Moir Arman Jafari Keanu Zagloul Subs: Arvin Mourad Ludovico De Cristofaro Ashbourne Allstars made a very promising start to the 2018/2019 season with a 5-0 victory over local rivals MPW. The Allstars welcomed three new players to the squad in Ludovico, Arvin and George, who all made a great contribution. From the off, Ashbourne were on the front foot with Keanu Zalgloul capitalising from a defensive error early on with a tidy finish Continue Reading →

Should universities interview more?

August 30, 2018

Prospective university students are currently in a ‘buyer’s market’ with unconditional offers on the rise. How, in such a climate, can universities ensure that the students they accept will be able to cope and produce the results they need at the end of their degree? A Times Educational Supplement article suggests universities should conduct more interviews to better vet and prepare their candidates. Exam grades alone show little indication of a student’s aptitude and ambition when it comes to further study. Ashbourne, like other independent schools, finds interviews invaluable for getting a true measure of a student’s ability and enthusiasm Continue Reading →

The Oxbridge Interview

July 3, 2018

The Oxbridge interview strikes fear into the hearts of many an aspiring Oxbridge applicant and a whole mythology has developed around it – online chat rooms, books, and even designated training courses exist for the Oxbridge interview. However, a recent conference presented by some of the senior admissions representatives of both universities* has done much to dispel both the myths and the terror. To begin with, both universities make it very clear that the interview is only one component of a multi-part application process that centres on subject interest, proven academic skills, and the potential to learn. All applications are Continue Reading →

Is this the best-ever time for sixth-formers to be applying to university?

June 29, 2018

  A recent UCAS conference* leads us to think so. The conference presented some fascinating data and information that leads us to think that this autumn could be the best-ever time in recent years for sixth-form students to apply for undergraduate courses in British universities. This year an incredible 95% of all UCAS applicants who made five university choices received at least one offer, while 18% of all applicants received at least one unconditional offer – this is the highest level of acceptance for undergraduate courses in UCAS history! Indeed, such is the high availability of places on undergraduate courses, Continue Reading →