Abingdon School

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    Abingdon School

    At Abingdon, we aim to teach and develop the resources, skills and resilience needed for young people to feel confident in embracing their future.  We encourage our pupils to seize opportunities and to appreciate their responsibilities – both to each other and to society as a whole.  Abingdon promotes a culture of mutual respect and equality and we celebrate diversity.

    Abingdon enjoys the very best in academic standards, music, sport and the arts.  Academically, lessons are characterised by a high degree of challenge, driven by inspirational teachers using established and successful teaching methods blended with the most effective of innovations.  Extracurricularly, we recognise that what a student does in the classroom is only half the reason they are at school and we are rightly proud of the extensive activities on offer through our ‘Other Half’ programme.  Whether it’s sport, the arts, CCF, journalism, film making, playing in an orchestra or sitting down for a game of chess, the opportunities are plenty and there for the taking.

    Most important of all is the health and wellbeing of our students and the School has a comprehensive pastoral care system centred around a boy’s tutor and housemaster.  This system transforms a relatively large community into smaller sections, providing a close and friendly atmosphere which promotes identity and belonging.  It provides older students with responsibility and experience and younger pupils with support, friendship and advice from those further up the School.

    Category: Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Boys

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Christian, Non-Denominational

    Roll: 1050 Boys / 0 Girls

    Day pupils: 900

    Boarder Number: 150

    Age Range: 11-18 Years

    Founded: 1256

    Location Description

    Abingdon School is situated in 35 acres of beautiful grounds in the centre of the historic market town of Abingdon, just south of Oxford.  It is conveniently located for access to Oxford, London and Heathrow international airport.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Michael Windsor

    Contact for enquiries:Julia Cooke

    Park Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1DE

    Tel: 01235 521563

    Email: admissions@abingdon.org.uk

    abingdon.org.uk

    Facilities

    We are fortunate to have extensive facilities at Abingdon.  These include a 446 seat theatre; a science centre housing 21 teaching laboratories, study areas, project rooms and preparatory rooms; a dedicated sixth form centre; library; arts centre; Sports Centre and swimming pool; Humanities centre; and dedicated DT workshop.  In addition to our main 35 acre site, we have further facilities at Tilsley Park multi purpose sports grounds; our boat club; and Cox’s fields which is situated at our Prep School.

    Our new development plans for boarding at Abingdon can be seen HERE

    Scholarships

    Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence, art, design & technology, drama, music and sport. Awards are offered at the three main entry points aged 11, 13 and to the Sixth Form. Scholarships and the 11+ Academic and All Rounder awards entitle the holder to a nominal fee remission of £300 per annum. However, as is the case for all pupils, there is an option to apply for further financial assistance through a means-tested bursary which can be worth up to 100% of fees.

    At least 20 major scholarships are awarded each year and are open to both external and internal candidates. Pupils can hold more than one scholarship or award.

    We offer a wide range of bursaries up to 100% of fees and currently have 69 students, approximately 7% of the school roll, receiving financial help. Bursaries are means-tested. The amount of a bursary is not influenced by the academic ability of the pupil (although he must meet the School’s entry requirements) but rather by the extent of financial need. Bursaries are awarded to pupils who are likely to gain most from an Abingdon education and who will contribute fully to the life of the School.

    In 2021 we held our inaugural ‘Giving Day’ in which the entire Abingdon community came together to raise funds for bursaries.

    We have an extensive partnership programme both through our Abingdon School in Partnership and as one of the founding members of the OX14 Learning Partnership.

    Entrance Requirements

    11+:  School’s own exam, reference from current school and interview.

    13+:  From prep schools (other than Abingdon Prep) – School’s own exam, reference from current school and interview (in Year 7). Offers are given to boys in Year 7 for places for the Third Year (Year 9). Offers are subject to boys maintaining the level of academic progress and extra-curricular profile, in Years 7 and 8 at their prep or current schools, that is deemed appropriate for Abingdon School. Offers are not conditional on passing Common Entrance or other similar exams.

    Transfer Process from Abingdon Prep School – Pupils, for whom Abingdon School is an appropriate next step, receive an offer of a place for Year 9 at Abingdon School at the end of Year 5. The offer is based on the continuous assessment of each Abingdon Prep pupil during the years up to and including Year 5. There is no separate entrance examination – which is a requirement for boys from other prep schools. The offer is subject to a pupil maintaining his profile of achievement in Years 6 to 8 at Abingdon Prep.

    Sixth Form: School’s own exam, reference from current school and interview. Grade 7 required at GCSE for the subjects chosen to study (grade 8 if Further Maths is an A level choice). An average of 6 is needed across all GCSE grades.

    Fees

    2022/2023

    Day fee:  £7,450 per term (£22,350 per annum)

    Weekly boarding fee:  £12,410 per term (£37,230 per annum)

    Full boarding fee:  £15,200 per term (£45,600 per annum)

    Affiliations/Memberships

    BSA, HMC, ISI, IAPS

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    OPEN DAYS

    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Whole School Open Day: Saturday 1 Oct 2022 - Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    A range of mini open mornings are available throughout the year to book via our website.

    For details please view visit Abingdon,  tel +44 (0)1235 849041 or email admissions@abingdon.org.uk 

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