Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
About Abingdon School
A level 2017 - 83% grade A* to B
GCSE 2017 - 86% grade A* to A
Abingdon combines over 750 years of history and tradition with a modern outlook. It offers day and boarding with the senior school housing around 1000 boys aged 11 to 18, of whom more than 300 are in the sixth form, and approximately 135 are boarders. There is also a preparatory school at Frilford, near Abingdon, for 250 boys aged 4 - 13. The two establishments together form the Abingdon Foundation, an independent charity, governed according to a scheme approved by the Charity Commissioners. Full particulars can be found in the Independent Schools Year Book.
The School stands in beautiful grounds close to the centre of Abingdon, six miles south of Oxford. Dayboys are drawn from a region that includes the University and City of Oxford, a number of large scientific establishments such as those at Harwell and Culham, and a wide area of the Upper Thames Valley and the Berkshire Downs. A wider region supplies weekly boarders, and there is a thriving international community of full boarders.
Boys are selected for entry by examination, and the curriculum is geared towards the academic pupil. The expectation is that the vast majority of boys who enter the school proceed to university, with a significant number winning places at Oxford and Cambridge every year.
The School has developed considerably over the last half-century, and has benefitted from a major building programme, including a new arts centre and a multi-million pound sports centre. In October 2015 the School opened a stunning new science centre housing 21 teaching labs amongst other impressive resources. The old science facilities have been refurbished to benefit other departments. A new sixth form centre, library and art facilities are due to open in 2018. The strength of the teaching staff is seen as the key to Abingdon’s continuing success. The Headmaster seeks recruits of the highest possible standard, with a powerful professional vision and who are prepared to exert themselves wholeheartedly for the benefit of their pupils and the School.
“The excellent quality of teaching fulfils the aim of the school to provide a first-class education and is successful in promoting pupils’ excellent achievements.”- Independent Schools Inspectorate