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Creative Arts Event

Ashbourne’s Creative Arts Event, was held at Kensington Town Hall on the 20th of March. It was a fantastic opportunity to see our Art students’ latest work in fine art, graphics and textiles.

Our House Band performed throughout the evening, and there was a stylish fashion show exhibiting a wealth of designs by our Textiles students.

Leavers' Dinner 2018

Ashbourne College’s Leavers’ Dinner took place on Friday 25th May in the spectacular Conservatory Room at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel. This annual celebration for Year 13 students combines dinner with an awards ceremony, not to mention a chocolate fountain and a photo booth – and lots of dancing! It is an ideal way to celebrate our students’ years at Ashbourne and a welcome diversion from the stresses of exam season. We wish all our students good luck in their examinations!

Check out our Facebook site for more pictures of the event

UK Maths Tournament success for Ashbourne

A team of Ashbourne’s top Maths students finished second in the UKMT Senior Team Mathematics Challenge (West London regional heat). West London is a really tough region to compete in, as it contains some of Britain’s most highly ranked schools, such as St Paul’s and Eton College.

We scored a very impressive 174/186, which was only 3 points behind eventually regional heat winners St. Paul’s, and ahead of Eton who came third. That gave us a place in the National Final.

85 top teams made it to the finals in February – the cream of the best schools in the UK. After a long day of problem-solving, we finished in 18th: that’s an amazing achievement for the National Final.

Congratulations to Joonhee, Adele, Qiran and Yushang, and many thanks to Annie and Zakki for their great support some of the training sessions.  You guys are simply awesome! We are very proud of you, and Ashbourne has proven once again that it remains one of London’s leading maths schools.


Principal Mike Kirby and Maths & Physics teacher Imran Shah with the Ashbourne team

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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.

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