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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 1,068
Day fees per annum £10,680 - £17,640
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Julie Mackie
Associations GSA, HMC, AGBIS, IB

The Abbey is a vibrant and welcoming community of almost 1,100 girls aged 3-18 years. Academic excellence is achieved in an environment that is diverse, inclusive and energetic, while an exceptional extra-curricular programme enables girls to develop their interests and talents. 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 the educational journey. Supported by a proactive and compassionate pastoral system, every girl from Nursery through to Sixth Form 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. In 2018 almost half of the girls studying the IB scored 40 points or more, out of a maximum 45 points, with two girls achieving the full 45 points. The average of 39 points (against a global average of 29 points) places the School among the very top IB schools in the world. These results have consistently gained students places on a wide variety of courses at leading universities, including Oxbridge, Durham and Imperial.

In Sixth Form, girls can further enrich their experience by taking part in schemes such as Young Enterprise, the Duke of Edinburgh's 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.

Located within walking distance of Reading Station, the School provides an extensive coach network across Berkshire and Oxfordshire for both Junior School and Senior School girls. A range of scholarships are available, as well as financial assistance offered via means-tested bursaries.

The Abbey represents a unique and exciting opportunity for any girl with a desire to learn, where inspirational teaching and an ethos that promotes aspiration and balance provide the platform for a successful and fulfilling future.