Ashbourne College, London

For London and international families considering a private A-Level education for their child, Ashbourne College is a top-ranking institution that should certainly be on their shortlist. 

A friendly and welcoming college nearby London’s prestigious Kensington Palace, Ashbourne College boasts 57% of exam results at A or A* and ranks in the top two colleges for A-Level grades, vying for first place with Brampton College (often by just a whisker).

Academic Success

Ashbourne College is in the top 5% of schools and colleges in the UK.  60% of students go from Ashbourne College on to Russell Group Universities.  The college supports an Oxbridge Programme which ‘provides a clear structure and comprehensive support for making a strong application to Oxford or Cambridge Universities’.  This is likely to be the explanation for Cambridge recently being one of the most popular destinations for their students.


Ashbourne College has an informal approach, more like a university rather than a school.   This makes it the ideal step between school and university for London children looking to move to a more informal sixth-form environment.   However academic study is strictly monitored and there are mock exams during each half-term.  Total diligence and excellence are encouraged. Weekly meetings with each student’s Personal Tutor means both pastoral care and educational motivation are forefront, to enable students to ‘achieve their academic personal best’.

The informal, yet monitored approach ensures that students who study at Ashbourne College become confident and independent in their studies. The college acknowledges that students who do best are those who take personal responsibility for their own education and learning.

There is a strong international feel at Ashbourne College.  50% of students come from overseas and 50% from London; the highest proportion of international students in 2022-2023 are from Persia.

Boarding for International students

Although no boarding is offered at Ashbourne, the college is able to offer a list of accommodation providers nearby, such as student residences and host families.  This proves to be a practical and reassuring facility when students are away from home during term time, and ensures parents are involved in choosing their child’s living accommodation and lifestyle outside of college walls.   

Extra-Curricula Activities

The range of extra-curricular clubs, activities, and events at Ashbourne College are exceptional.  Students can visit a European city during the Spring half-term.  There is a range of special events planned each year which the students are welcome to take part in; anything from opera or musicals to laser tag and go-karting.  The variety of extra-curricular clubs means that there is something for everyone and gives students the chance to relax a little outside of their studies, to make friends, and take part in a long-established – or excitingly new – activity.  Sports, chess, drama, and language clubs are among the many options.

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