Ashbourne High School
One of the best high schools in London

Ashbourne is one of the best high schools in London and has been delivering highly successful A level and GCSE courses for more than 35 years. We embrace a friendly, informal and adult approach to learning, much like a university, which we believe encourages independent thinking, discipline and high expectations.

We offer outstanding opportunities for ambitious and hardworking students who will benefit from the individual support and choice we offer to help our students reach the highest grades. Our students consistently achieve excellent exam results, placing the college in the top two among similar high schools in London, with more than 50% of our students going on to Russell Group universities including UCL, Imperial College, LSE, Oxford and Cambridge.

Students can choose from an excellent range of A level subject choices, without restriction, and course types including Two-year A level courses, One-year A level courses, 18-month A level courses, Transfers from AS to A2 (changing exam boards), A level retake (resit) courses, A level Easter Revision courses and GCSE courses.

Students are taught in small groups of fewer than 10, which allows teachers to address students’ individual needs, provide feedback and to set more assignments. This small-class environment is ideal for students to fully engage with the topics and understanding of the subject. Half-termly mock exams help students and teachers assess progress and identify areas to work on. Ashbourne places great emphasis on teaching exam technique which we feel is crucial to getting get best results.

Building students’ confidence is critical to their success so every Ashbourne A level student is assigned a dedicated Personal Tutor who provides individual academic and pastoral support and guidance throughout their time at the college. This includes expert careers advice and one-to-one UCAS support, from choosing the right course, interview practice all the way to accepting the best offer. We also offer specialised university application programmes for competitive courses such as Medicine and Engineering and entry to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Ashbourne attracts students from all over the world and is situated in a fantastic part of London, close to world-class venues and establishments, making the college a vibrant, diverse and exciting place to learn. We believe that student happiness is our greatest achievement.

Ashbourne events and activities

Best college, London. Ashbourne Revue 2018
Best college, London. Open evening
Best college, London. Medicine and Engineering
Why Choose Ashbourne College?
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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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