Ashbourne’s Personal Tutoring System
As part of our commitment to individual attention, each student in both the Lower and the Upper Sixths is allocated a Personal Tutor who is responsible for their academic and pastoral well being. The Personal Tutors include both the Director and Assistant Director of Studies and the focus of the Personal Tutoring programme varies depending upon whether students are in the Lower or the Upper Sixth.
A Level – AS Personal Tutoring
Upon registration, students in the Lower Sixth are each allocated to a Personal Tutor group comprised of approximately 15-20 students. Each AS Personal Tutor group meets once a week with their Personal Tutor for a 2-hour session; during this session, students have an opportunity to liaise with their tutor regarding academic progress, mock exam results, and any pastoral issues that may arise throughout the year. In addition, a wide range of activities are undertaken during Personal Tutoring, including supervised study, career counseling, study skills workshops, CV writing workshops, exam writing technique, and UCAS preparation. Particular emphasis is placed on planning and preparing for applying to university at the beginning of the A2 year, and students start researching their university options with their personal tutor early on, working with their tutor to identify potential course options and university choices. In the final term of the AS year, students begin compiling a university application portfolio which includes their list of choices and grade offers, and special “UCAS days” are arranged at the end of the Summer Term in which AS students register on UCAS, complete drafts of their personal statements, and visit local universities including UCL, Imperial College, King’s College, and LSE. Additional university visits take place throughout the year and in the past the College has arranged visits to The University of Nottingham, The University of Sussex, and Warwick University, among others, for Lower Sixth students.
A Level – A2 Personal Tutoring
In the Upper Sixth, the focus of the personal tutoring programme is centered predominantly around the UCAS application itself. As in AS, students are individually allocated to a personal tutor at the beginning of the A2 year who is responsible for overseeing their university applications from start to finish. A2 students meet with their personal tutor individually once a week to go over their UCAS application (as well as any applications to overseas universities), and in particular, to revise and perfect their personal statements prior to submitting their application. Students who are applying to medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or Oxbridge also receive additional support in the form of mock interviews conducted by both personal tutors and by Dr. John Foreman, Dean of Students at University College London. Following the submission of their university applications, Upper Sixth students continue to meet with their personal tutors on an informal basis to review their progress throughout the year and to receive advice on university offers.