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The Abbey School

The Abbey School

Kendrick Road, Reading, RG1 5DZ, UK

0118 987 2256



The Abbey School
School type Girls' Day
Founded 1887
Status Private
Head Mrs Rachel S E Dent
Date Appointed 2014
Language of Instruction English
Girls Age Range 3-18
Number of pupils 1,100
Day fees per annum £17,040
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Julie Mackie
Associations GSA, HMC, AGBIS, IB

Since its foundation in 1887, The Abbey School has been at the forefront of girls' education. A vibrant and welcoming community of girls aged 3-18 years, The Abbey provides an environment that is diverse, inclusive and energetic. Girls are encouraged to strive for their best both intellectually and personally, and achievement is celebrated in all its many and varied forms.

At the heart of The Abbey community lies a shared enthusiasm for lifelong learning, underpinned by a relentless intellectual curiosity and spirit of discovery encouraged at every stage of your daughter's educational journey. Bolstered by an ethos that celebrates individuality in the context of mutual understanding, and supported by a proactive and compassionate pastoral system, every girl is encouraged to explore her passions, embrace new challenges and question her assumptions. The result is the development of free-thinking, confident young women equipped with the skills to build a meaningful future in today's rapidly changing world.

With its global perspective and emphasis on balance, the International Baccalaureate Diploma provides a programme very much in line with the School's outlook. Since becoming an IB World School in 2008, The Abbey has consistently produced world-class results. 2017 saw students gain an average of 36 points (against a global average of 30 points), with a third of the cohort achieving 40 points or above. Such results place The Abbey among the best in the world and have consistently gained students places on a wide variety of courses at leading universities, including Oxbridge, Durham and Imperial.

Ever forward-looking, The Abbey has come to embody a holistic education in its truest sense. The past decade has seen the School continuously develop to provide outstanding facilities that support a curriculum emphasising depth as well as breadth, ensuring it is well placed to continue leading the way in girls' education. The extensive extra-curricular programme offers a range of activities from sport and music to arts and crafts, while the many trips on offer ensure the girls' horizons continue to broaden. In Sixth Form, girls can further enrich their experience by taking part in schemes such as Young Enterprise, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme or applying for School Officer roles, all promoting resilience, responsibility and building leadership skills. Throughout, girls are supported to identify and hone their aspirations for their future and, crucially, provided with the tools with which to fulfil these ambitions.

The Abbey represents a unique and exciting opportunity for any girl with a desire to learn, both intellectually, about themselves and about the world around them, and provides a platform for a successful and fulfilling future.