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Ashbourne students win ISA Music Composition awards

Ashbourne A level Music students won two awards in the ISA Music Composition Competition (2019). Deniz Dortok won second place with Goldmunds Journey and Dominic Tso won third for Homage to Beethoven and Shostakovich, in the sixth form category. The Independent Schools Association (ISA) competition received more than 100 entries from a wide age range of pupils.

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Ashbourne students win awards at the British Biology Olympiad

Ashbourne A level Biology students won the Highly Commendable Award and Silver Award at the British Biology Olympiad 2019. The competition, open to students from around the world, is part of the Royal Society of Biology’s programme to inspire, engage and reward budding biologists. Four finalists are selected to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad. The competition comprised two 45-minute multiple choice papers set under exam conditions.



Find out more about A level Biology at Ashbourne and our long-running Medical School Programme

Ashbourne troupe scoops three awards at the ISA Drama Festival

Ashbourne’s A level Drama & Theatre Studies students scooped three awards at the ISA Drama Festival (2019): Hurst Lodge Award for best senior production, Margaret Milner-Williams Medal for best senior boy performer and the Hollygirt Prize for best moment of theatre in senior production. The Independent Schools Association (ISA) competition included around 500 independent and specialist performing arts schools from across the country.

Daniel Kedge, who has directed many of his own productions including at Edinburgh Festival and who has been teaching theatre for many years, leads the A level Drama & Theatre Studies course at Ashbourne. Students follow the AQA syllabus which offers a good balance between physical performance and written theory.

A unique feature of studying A level Drama & Theatre Studies at Ashbourne is that students will see up to 15 productions in a single year at some of London’s outstanding theatre venues. They also have plenty of opportunities to perform including at Ashbourne’s thriving drama club and at the very popular annual showcase event, the Ashbourne Revue.

Ashbourne holds annual auditions for Drama scholarships. Prospective students are asked to perform a short monologue in front of a panel including Ashbourne’s Drama tutors and the Director of Studies.


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About Ashbourne

Ashbourne is amongst the best colleges for A levels and GCSEs in London. We offer high quality tuition coupled with an informal and friendly atmosphere allowing every student to feel happy, confident and able to reach their full potential.

Strong exam results

Ashbourne students consistently achieve excellent exam results keeping the college in the two top of the league tables for similar private sixth forms. These results are truly a credit to our ambitious, determined and hard working students and the dedication and professionalism of our teachers.

Individual attention

Students are taught in small group, tutorial-style classes and benefit from plenty of personal attention in and out of the classroom. Students are able to tailor their timetable to their interests thanks to a wide choice of subjects on offer. We believe that this combination of personal attention and quality tuition enables our students to realise their academic potential.

Excellent pastoral care

Ashbourne encourages and supports its students to become independent and self-reliant both academically and personally. We offer excellent support through our personal tutoring system and promote positive and inclusive relations between all students, teachers and staff. We also offer a wide range of clubs, activities and trips that are very popular with our students.

Outstanding university preparation

Ashbourne students are personally guided through every step of their university application process by an experienced and dedicated UCAS tutor.

We organise visits to local universities including UCL, Imperial College, King’s College and LSE, and invite representatives from UK universities, including Cambridge, Bristol and Edinburgh, to speak with our students at the college.

Ashbourne has specialised university application programmes for medicine, engineering and Oxbridge.

More than 50% of our graduates go on to study at Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.


Ashbourne offers a broad range of A level and GCSE subjects and courses:

Superb location

Ashbourne is situated in one of the most beautiful areas of London next to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. It is also ideally located for students to easily access a wide range of world-famous cultural attractions including museums, theatres, art galleries and libraries.

cife Scholarships

The Ashbourne Scholarship Programme offers a limited number of scholarships, ranging from 10% to 100%, to gifted and talented students in Music, Drama and English Literature.

Charli Eglinton was awarded a 40% music scholarship at Ashbourne, from 2016 to 2018, for her outstanding academic performance and talent. She achieved 3 A grades in Music, Film Studies and English Literature. She also won the WJEC Edaqas Moving Image Awards for Best Short Film 2018 for an exceptional film she created as part of her A level Film Studies course at Ashbourne. She is very excited to be working at a film production company that resonates with her many creative interests in writing, film production and musicals.