GCSE at Ashbourne

Ashbourne offers a one-year intensive GCSE programme. Students take five core subjects: Maths, Science, English Literature, English Language and a major European language. They can also choose from a range of optional subjects. Students also take part in PSHEE (personal, social, health and economic education) and PE (physical education) for two hours each per week.

Lessons take place between 9am and 4pm, including one hour lunch break from 1pm to 2pm. Each subject receives four hours’ teaching per week. Where there are fewer than three students in a class the teaching time per subject is two hours. GCSE Science Dual Award requires eight hours per week.

Attendance is strictly monitored and any behavioural issues are communicated on a regular basis to parents. Parents will receive reports from tutors every half term, which will include test results from mock examinations set within each subject. There will also be opportunities to meet with members of the teaching staff twice per year, after Autumn and Spring half term break.

We aim for our students to attain five A–C grades in order to continue onto A level.

Please contact the college if you would like to find out more or apply.

Why choose Ashbourne

 


Small classes

Individual attention begins with the intimacy of classes where there are rarely more than ten students. Aside from the excellent opportunity for engagement, the workload for teachers is less and so they may devote more time to assessing each student’s work individually. Students make progress and learn because of the discipline of regular homework and their efforts are rewarded because of the attention the teacher may give to each piece of work.

Personal tutors

Each student at the college is assigned to a personal tutor who is the first point of contact should parents have any concerns about their children’s education. For GCSE students this role is taken up by the head or deputy head of GCSE who, in liaising constantly with teachers, acts as a mentor and motivator.

Communication

Attention to the individual is reinforced and supported by reports which are written by each of a student’s teachers twice each term. The college is purposefully exam orientated so the reports will include grades for mock examinations which are set with the same interval.

Location

The college has a stunning location next to Kensington Gardens in central London. Its situation offers splendid opportunities to visit nearby cultural icons like the Science and Natural History museums and the Victoria and Albert Museum to name but a few of London’s world renown cultural attractions.

Ambience

Ashbourne is much more informal and collegial than in most secondary schools; more often than not, teachers and students are on a first name basis. Because of the great range of subjects found within the college’s curriculum, there is great diversity at Ashbourne which is reflected by the equally broad range of personalities, interests and ambitions of its students.

Happiness

Most students develop a warm affection for Ashbourne and form friendships that will be lifelong, despite the short term nature of their courses. Student happiness is our most important outcome.

GCSE grading system

The new GCSE grading system started in summer 2017. This table illustrates how the new grading system compares to the previous system.

 

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
StudentsParentsTeachers
During my three-year ride as an Asher, new doors opened up for me to a new world in which I found my true passion. It is encouraging independent learning while providing students with sufficient support when needed, along with its active, lively and friendly atmosphere that give Ashbourne its uniqueness. The location is great and adds to the liveliness of the atmosphere. As far as academia is concerned, the necessary platform for success in most subject areas one might be interested in is provided. The rest is up to the individual
DanialMedicine at UCL
Our daughter has surely improved her knowledge in the chosen subjects but also her ability in dealing with her everyday life
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
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