Coronavirus (COVID-19) notice

Ashbourne is open

Ashbourne College premises are open in accordance with Government regulations. All timetabled lessons have resumed 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.

Cleaning

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.

Classrooms

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.

Doorways

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 coverings are mandatory for students and staff, unless exempt, when onsite walking around the building corridors and stairwells.

Ashbourne will require all visitors to wear face coverings as well as the staff members they are meeting with.

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?
StudentsParentsTeachers
Honestly, I had the best two years of my life as an A level student at Ashbourne. While attending music classes at Royal College of Music Junior Department on Saturdays, the flexibility of the time-table each of us gets from Ashbourne gave me plenty of time to practise on violin/harp. Not only did Ashbourne prepare me extremely well for the A level exams, the music opportunities I was exposed to during my time here really helped to develop myself into a better musician. We had at least one music concert every term, plenty of opportunities to play in ensembles as well as having our compositions performed by professional musicians! Ashbourne really focuses on bringing out the individuality and independence of its students. I am currently studying Instrumental Performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and am loving every second!
VerenaInstrumental Performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Our grandson was very ready to make a huge step from recluse, out­ of ­step with his age group, not knowing what to do with himself or how to relate to others, many of whom he found terrifying. He found travelling on the tube terrifying and trusted few people. Ashbourne has never pushed him too hard but has always encouraged every step he has taken towards what was sometimes a big risk for him. He has learned to respect himself as a learner, to be realistic about his strengths and what he finds difficult, and is learning what to do about the things he finds difficult. He is becoming sociable, well­ informed good company, smiles 100% more than he did and travels to and from Ashbourne by tube without a qualm. He is punctual (or sends a message if held up). He is learning to trust the many good people he now recognises as on his side. He is very aware of how much Ashbourne has contributed to these huge changes and is looking forward to trying out University in September, becoming a student, knowing lots of other people will arrive by different routes. A real success story/work in progress. Thank you Ashbourne
If I had to describe Ashbourne in three words it would be welcoming, intimate, and fun. I have never met such an eclectic group of people who all get on and are integrated with each other so well. It’s a great opportunity to get the grades that you want alongside gaining confidence and maturity
Emily BoothroydFormer Administrative and Behavioural Assistant and PA to the Director of Studies
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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)