Coronavirus (COVID-19) notice

Ashbourne is open

Ashbourne College premises will open from Tuesday 9 March in accordance with Government regulations. All timetabled lessons will resume in-class.

Ashbourne COVID-19 response

Ashbourne first started delivering all timetabled lessons live-streamed through our Online Distance Learning Programme at the beginning of the first UK lockdown from 20 March 2020 until the summer holidays and then again during the second lockdown, when all schools in the UK were required by the UK Government to close to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

We very much appreciate the ongoing hard work put in by our dedicated teachers and staff to facilitate our online teaching programme and the positive attitude of our students and parents during this challenging period.

Ashbourne COVID-19 measures

Ashbourne College takes the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously. Keeping everyone safe at the college is a priority. Ashbourne has introduced a raft of precautionary measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 when the college is open and has developed protocols for the everyday running of the college.


We undertook a deep clean of all three of Ashbourne’s premises before re-opening in September 2020. Daily cleaning of the college takes place twice a day and we have a full-time cleaner to clean frequently used areas on a regular basis.

Hand sanitiser

Hand sanitiser helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have installed hand sanitiser dispensers at all three premises that are located:

  • outside every classroom
  • outside every office
  • corridors
  • entrances

Thermal imaging

At the entrance of each premise we have installed thermal imaging cameras that detect whether anyone has an abnormally high temperature. Follow-up temperature checking devices are located at reception.


We have replaced all classroom tables so that students can sit at their own individual desks adequately spaced from each other and the teacher, in line with social distancing guidelines; each classroom accommodates up to nine students at a time.


The college has upgraded all doors with self-closing devices that will permit doors to remain open.The doors will close automatically if the fire alarm is triggered, which helps prevent the spread of fire in the unlikely event one should occur.

ID card holders with hooks

Lanyards, or ID cards, are compulsory for everyone at the college, including visitors, as a safeguarding requirement. We have upgraded the lanyards so they have a hook and point which can be used to key in entrance codes to enter the premises without using hands and for use on doors that are closed.

Communal areas

Shared devices such as computers, telephones and water machines will not be in use.

Face coverings

Face covering are now mandatory for students and staff when onsite and not in socially distanced settings (e.g. corridors). Face coverings are not required in settings such as classrooms, libraries and common rooms where social distancing is in place. Everyone is expected to wear face coverings when entering the college premises from street level and walking around the building corridors and stairwells. For those who have medical reasons for not wearing a face covering please contact Ashbourne’s COVID-19 Team immediately.

Private doctor

Ashbourne has the facility to organise COVID-19 assessments and procure home testing kits, as well as arranging 24-hour home visits by private doctors where required, depending on the doctor’s availability.

Audio-visual facilities

Ashbourne’s classrooms have been fitted with new cameras and additional audio-visual equipment that allow our teachers to deliver high-quality lessons online for students unable to attend in person and in the event of future closures or lockdowns.

Online distance learning

Ashbourne’s online distance learning programme enables our students to continue their studies at the college in the event of a lockdown, and if they are unable to come to the UK or are self isolating when the college is open. Students will still be able to benefit from the expert tuition, high level of individual attention and the outstanding UCAS support and guidance Ashbourne offers.

How to apply

Please get in touch with our Admissions team by email or phone +44 020 7937 3858 now to discuss how we can help develop your individual learning programme and prepare for the coming academic year at Ashbourne.

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Why Choose Ashbourne College?
My whole time at Ashbourne College was a great experience! I loved the relationship between the students and staff including teachers, how you could approach anyone and be sure you’ll get any help you needed. I loved the Euro trips, the yearly Christmas revue and the friends I made! :) And, they also helped me get into LSE! I miss Ashbourne!
MimiActuarial Science at LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
My child has benefited from the amazing opportunities Ashbourne offers. He is respected as an individual and his education has been tailored to suit him. He has had brilliant tutors and the small class sizes ensures he is receiving personalised support in all his classes
I see Ashbourne as a place which I feel comfortable to express myself and it creates an environment that encourages me to develop as a leader. I am constantly looking for ways to improve. I am determined to continue to develop myself and I know that this is made more attainable with Ashbourne’s fantastic support and encouragement. I am very lucky to find myself at Ashbourne. It is a truly remarkable place to work.
Dennis FulcherHead of Multi-Media and Social Science Faculty

COVID-19 guidance and information

Ashbourne continues to encourage high levels of vigilance, precaution and hygiene, and follows UK Government response and guidance.

Please contact 111 if you need medical advice or assistance; do not go directly to your GP or the hospital.

Further information available

NHS England
Emergency NHS telephone: 111
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (travel advice)
World Health Organisation (WHO)