School Type:
Ashbourne Independent Sixth Form College, 17 Old Court Place, Kensington, London W8 4PL
W8 4PL
London – Inner (London postal codes)
020 7937 3858
208, Upper sixth 193
Head of Admissions

Founded in 1981, it has a very central location just off Kensington High Street, in a residential and commercial area. Its main building is modern, and includes a library and ICT suite. There are two satellite buildings very close by. The student population is a very diverse, some 50% of students coming from overseas. Most students take AS- and A-level courses, which are offered over two years as well as intensive courses lasting one year or 18 months; intensive one-year GCSE courses are also offered. All courses are organised around a tutorial system, in teaching groups of no more than ten students, so that tutors can engage directly with each individual. No assumptions are made about a student’s previous knowledge and the teaching style aims to be positive and encouraging. The art and drama departments make good use of the college’s proximity to London’s galleries and theatres and the college organises a range of other activities and visits.

School Head:
Principal: Mike Kirby, in post from 1981. Educated at universities of Toronto and London (aerospace engineering & statistics). Also Chairman of the Public Relations Committee of CIFE (Council for Independent Further Education) and lay member of the UCL Admissions Panel for Medicine. Teaching staff: 30 full time, 20 part time.
GCSE: 15 students in Year 11. A-level: 193 students in upper sixth, most passing in 3 subjects with an average final points score of 369.
100% of sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course.
Music: Some 20% of students learn a musical instrument. Instrumental exams may be taken through the college and music offered as an extra-curricular activity. Drama & dance: Both offered as GCSE and AS/A-level subjects. Some 50% of students are involved in annual college revue. Art: Painting, drawing, design, textiles, photography, film studies, media studies, graphics, history of art are all offered as part of the art and media curriculum.
Students use local facilities and some join the college teams (e.g. football). Other activities include table tennis, rock climbing, karate. Some 20 clubs, e.g. debating, investors’, knitting, chess, street dancing, various language clubs.