Ashbourne is one of many private sixth form colleges in London, specialising 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 where each student's work is carefully monitored.
It 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.
Founded in 1981, Ashbourne independent (private) sixth form college is situated in the very heart of Kensington, London. The college is fully co-educational and considers its primary strength 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 no more than 10 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.
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At both A level and GCSE students have an afternoon each week devoted to sport. They may join one of the Ashbourne teams, or take advantage of the many excellent local facilities. As well as our popular football team, students may pursue more unusual sports such as table tennis, rock-climbing, badminton and karate.
There is a medical service.
Every year the College visits a major European city during the Spring half-term in order to enhance appreciation of European cultural heritage, with art, architecture, music and drama a prime focus. The College visited Amsterdam in 2004. In 2005 the destination was Rome. This year the College visited Madrid.
London is Ashbourne’s classroom, and regular visits take place to the opera, concerts, the theatre and other cultural attractions that are commensurate with the students’ interests and studies.