Mr. Michael Kirby BApSc MSc
17 Old Court Place
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Ethos and achievement
Ashbourne is a high-achieving, closely-knit private college, which recognizes the ability in every student and ensures that students' happiness always comes first. We help all of our students not only to realise their academic potential but also to develop as individuals. We are rated as Outstanding by OFSTED and in 2016 76% of our A- Level exams resulted in an A*, A or B grade while 51% were A* or A. 52% of our students go on to Russell Group universities and this year five of our students have met their offers to study at Oxbridge.
A personal approach
Each student is assigned to a Personal Tutor who acts as guide, mentor and counsellor. As well as liaising between teachers, students and parents, Personal Tutors offer exceptional support and encouragement via individual meetings with their students for advice and counselling.
Each student also has a UCAS tutor who supervises all aspects of the university application, including the personal statement and (where relevant) the interview.
Individual attention encourages ambition
We have an average class size of seven students, and we allocate significantly more contact time to teaching than do most schools. This allows our students to proceed with their studies in a relaxed and confident way and to complete the required material with plenty of time in hand for revision.
Working for success: objective assessment and feedback
The generous provision of teaching time allows for mock exams each half term. These provide crucial indicators of academic performance and add vital clarity to the half-termly reports from each teacher. Our teachers commit to setting and marking a lot of homework and they devote all the time needed to talk it through. This close system of communication and feedback is, we believe, the essence of education.
Opportunity: subject choice
Ashbourne offers a huge range of choice and guarantees to timetable any combination from our range of A Levels, provided students register in good time. The diversity of timetables encourages interaction, friendship and personal and intellectual satisfaction.
A beautiful and stimulating location
The college overlooks one of London's most beautiful parks and is close to many of London's outstanding facilities, including the Museums of Science and Natural History and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Excitement beyond the classroom
We offer a wide and stimulating variety of extra-curricular activities, which help our students to build confidence and maturity. Each year, during the Spring half term, we organize a trip to the Continent. The highlight of the year is the Christmas Revue, a vibrant production of dance, drama, music and fashion, which involves more than 50% of the college.