International Students

Ashbourne embraces a friendly, informal and adult approach to learning, much like a university, which we believe encourages independent thinking, discipline and high expectations.

Outstanding results and university preparation

Ashbourne is one of the best private high schools in London and has been delivering highly successful A level courses for more than 35 years. We offer exceptional opportunities to students who will benefit from the individual support, choice and flexibility we provide to help them reach the highest grades and achieve their personal and academic goals.

  • 66% A*A (2021)
  • 57% at Russell Group universities
  • Top 5% for value added
  • Outstanding, Ofsted Report, 2021

Ashbourne students consistently achieve excellent exam results with almost 60% of our graduates going on to study at world-class Russell Group universities including Oxford and Cambridge, Imperial College, University College London and LSE. The college is placed in the top 5% of UK schools and colleges that offer A levels as a result of the level of performance improvement we achieve, or ‘value added’.

Ashbourne’s success is truly a credit to our ambitious, determined and hard working students and the dedication, expertise and professionalism of our teachers and staff.

Teachers are experts in their subjects. They go above and beyond the examination requirements in lessons. Pupils typically said this makes their learning ‘three dimensional’. Ofsted report, 2021

Individual attention and expert guidance

Ashbourne students take lessons in small groups of fewer than ten students which allows teachers to focus on individual student’s needs, provide valuable feedback and set more assignments. This small-class environment is ideal for students to fully engage with the topics and develop their understanding of the subject. Half-termly mock exams help students and teachers assess progress and identify areas to work on. Exam technique is crucial, we believe, to getting the best results.

Each A level student is assigned a dedicated Personal Tutor who provides individual academic and pastoral support and guidance throughout their time at Ashbourne, which includes expert careers advice and one-to-one UCAS support, from choosing the right course to interview practice all the way to accepting the best offer.

Unique education programme

Ashbourne works closely with each student to design a unique education programme that best suits their needs and ambitions, offering them the flexibility, choice and comprehensive support and guidance necessary to attain the highest grades and achieve their personal and academic goals. Students can choose from more than twenty-five A level subjects in any combination and course lengths that are right for them.

English language (IELTS) programme

Ashbourne provides a comprehensive English language programme for international students so they can confidently undertake their academic studies at A level and attain the language proficiency required for all UK universities. Students are timetabled 2-hours per week in a group from the start of year 12. 

  • Interactive sessions which prepare students for success in all four sections of the IELTS test: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.
  • Preparation to ensure students can access the highest possible band scores required by the most competitive UK universities, also enabling students to meet specific Visa requirements where needed.
  • Students improve their academic English skills, including essay writing, using clear expression in English, improving grammar and spelling and developing the sophistication of their language to access the highest bands across a range of A level subjects.
  • Exposure to a range of different reading and listening sources relating to a variety of different topics, allowing students to improve their general knowledge around British culture – from science and nature to politics or the arts.
  • Option for 1:1 English support sessions, providing a crash course in academic English, for success in IELTS as well as ensuring students have the best possible chance of achieving the highest grades in their A level subjects.
  • Lunchtime English conversation club which provides students with opportunities to practise their English speaking skills, gain confidence in speaking in English, and of course to make friends.

Oxbridge and specialist university programmes

Ashbourne offers specialist university programmes designed to give students the best possible chance of getting onto competitive courses such as Medicine, Engineering, Finance and related courses and entry to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

“I honestly believe if I didn’t get all the one-to-one sessions I wouldn’t have done as well. You get such personal attention at Ashbourne, which is what my favourite thing was about the whole Medical School Programme.” Hana, Medicine at Imperial College London

Beyond the classroom

Ashbourne offers an exciting programme of events, activities, trips and clubs to suit many tastes and which offer our students fantastic opportunities to discover new ideas, share their creativity, develop skills, have fun and make great friends along the way.

Highlights include the well-loved European trip, Ashbourne Revue and Creative Arts Event. Other popular activities include the West End theatre trips, art exhibitions, Ashbourne Allstars Football Team and staff-versus-students go-karting.

We also run events and activities to help support our students’ academically throughout the year with subject clinics and careers events, and entry into internal and national competitions. Many of the clubs we offer, such as Critical Theory, Astro-particle Physics and Computing provide our students with the opportunity to explore new topics and ideas beyond their A level programme of study.

Life at Ashbourne

Ashbourne attracts students from all over the world making the college a vibrant, diverse and exciting place to learn. Hear what some of our internationals students have to say about their experiences of studying at Ashbourne and living in London.

Hear what our international students have to say

Superb Kensington location

Ashbourne is situated in a beautiful part of London next to Kensington Palace and Hyde Park close to a wide variety of world-famous cultural attractions including museums, theatres, galleries, institutions and libraries.

Ashbourne Scholarships Programme

Ashbourne is a fee-paying school that offers a limited number of scholarships to highly gifted and talented students.

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