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Welcome to Ashbourne Independent School

Ashbourne College specialises in pre-university education at A level and GCSE. Following the university ethos, the college combines informality and an adult approach to education, at both A level and GCSE, with a disciplined system in which each student’s work is carefully monitored.

Ashbourne aims to establish strong academic foundations, achieve outstanding examination results and engender a mature and independent attitude vital for taking advantage of life’s opportunities.

Ashbourne was founded in 1981 and is superbly located in the heart of Kensington, London. The college is co-educational and considers its primary strengths to be its small size, coupled with its friendly and caring approach. No student is allowed to become lost in the crowd.

All courses, whether at A level or GCSE, are organised around a tutorial system in teaching groups of up to ten students. This enables tutors to engage directly with each individual.

No assumptions are made about a student’s previous knowledge, and understanding is established in a step-by-step manner. The teaching style aims to be positive, encouraging and sympathetic to the challenges which students encounter.


About us

Ashbourne is one of London’s best private sixth form colleges. We have many strengths but three which stand out are:

  • Exam success
  • Individual attention
  • Spectacular location

Exam success

Ashbourne’s students’ A level exam results are consistently in the top five if not top three among similar private sixth form colleges in and around London. There are many reasons for this success but most of the credit belongs to our wonderful students without whose ability and devotion to hard work we would not enjoy such an achievement.

Individual attention

This has many aspects at Ashbourne Independent Sixth Form College but begins with the engagement of teachers and students in tutorial style classes (rarely exceeding 10 in one group). Not only do these classes promote an ideal learning experience but they also permit more assessment through homework. To us independent work accomplished outside the class is the key to the success of any school or college.

Superb location

Ashbourne Independent Sixth Form College is fortunate to be situated in one of the most beautiful areas of London next to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. This setting is ideal in itself but also offers students the chance to access easily the many cultural attractions of the city. This is of particular importance to our scholars of the arts, media and performing arts.

Facilities available

Ashbourne’s main building at Old Court Place is fully equipped for A level study. There is wireless, broadband Internet access throughout the College and a full range of learning resources including the near-universal provision of interactive boards. The laboratories are modern and well-equipped for all the Science subjects the College offers.

The Media and Film room contains digital video and audio facilities for recording and editing, using state-of-the-art iMacs. These facilities enable students to work on creative publishing, graphic design and computer animation projects.

Visual Arts and the GCSE department are housed at our building in Young Street, two minutes’ walk from Old Court Place. There are studios for Fine Art and Textiles, Graphic Design and Photography, including a dark room and processing area.

We also have a facility dedicated to Drama in our nearby premises at 47 Kensington Court. This inspiring space, with its elegant skylights and modern fixtures, is on the upper floor of a period building, which also houses a suite of state-of-the-art classrooms.

Learner success

Everyone at Ashbourne is proud that 50% of our students go on to Russell Group universities and that the most common destinations include the University of Cambridge, Imperial College and University College London. We provide each student with a UCAS tutor, who guides them through every step of the admission process, and we have special programmes in competitive areas such as medicine and engineering. While academic subjects are especially popular, we encourage students to pursue courses that are appropriate to their aptitudes and ambitions, and we have a great record of successful alumni that have taken a range of creative and vocational paths.


How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Ashbourne Independent School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016

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