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Abingdon School





Boarding School


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11-18,    Exam,  School report


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What it’s like
Founded in 1256, re-endowed in 1563, it was rebuilt on its present site in 1870. This is a most agreeable estate of some 35 acres of grounds and handsome buildings, a few hundred yards from the centre of Abingdon and six miles from Oxford. Over the past 50 years there has been steady expansion, most recently adding 30 more acres of playing fields adjacent to its junior school. Facilities are good and well-maintained, and boarding accommodation comfortable (weekly boarding is a deliberate policy). Dayboys are in the majority but in many ways it feels and operates like a boarding school. Pastoral care is particularly effective. The school is Anglican by tradition. It has the reputation of being a versatile, purposeful and unpretentious school which provides an academic all-round education. A staff:pupil ratio of about 1:11 ensures high academic standards and examination results are excellent. A high proportion of sixth-form leavers goes on to Oxbridge each year. Music is particularly strong. A very large number of pupils learn a musical instrument; orchestras and choirs have vigorous support, as do other musical groups. Drama is also strong. Facilities for sports and games are first rate and there is a fair number of representatives at county level and rowing at a national standard. Numerous clubs and activities exist and an enterprising variety of overseas trips is organised annually. The CCF works in conjunction with community services and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. There are close connections with other local schools – including some joint sixth-form teaching with St Helen & St Katharine girls’ school – and with the local community and The Mercers’ Company.

School profile

Scholarships, bursaries & extras
18–23 scholarships, value £300–100% fees (means-tested): 15–18 pa at 13 (13–16 academic, 1 art, 1–3 music, 4–5 all-rounder), 3–5 sixth form (1–2 academic, 2–3 all-rounder). Variable number of bursaries for short-term help. Lunches and textbooks are included in the fees.

30+% are doctors, lawyers etc; 35+% in industry/commerce; 17% academics. 80% live within 30 miles, under 10% live overseas.

Head & staff

Headmaster: Mark Turner, appointed 2002. Educated at Rossall and at the universities of Oxford (geography) and Cambridge (PGCE). Previously Head of Kelly College and Housemaster and Head of Geography at Oundle. Also ISI inspector, member of the Admiralty Interview Board, Governor at a number of prep schools; previously army captain.
Teaching staff: 74 full time, 8 part time plus 37 music. Annual turnover 7%. Average age early 40s.

Exam results

GCSE: In 2003, 124 pupils in fifth: all gain at least grade C in 7 subjects, an average of 9.6 subjects with a GCSE score of 66 (68 over 5 years).
A-levels: 129 in upper sixth, 99% of whom passed in 3+ subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 402.

University & college entrance
99% of sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course (40% after a gap year), 20+% to Oxbridge. 40% took courses in science, engineering & medicine, 40% in humanities, social sciences and art, 20% in vocational subjects.

GCSE, AS and A-levels. 24 subjects at AS/A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 or 4 at A-level; in addition, general studies AS-level an option. 15% take science A-levels; 15% arts/humanities; 70% both. Aspects of key skills are taught. Some sixth-form teaching jointly with St Helen & St Katharine.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Full-time Learning Support Coordinator and EFL teacher (additional English for non-native speakers), both with part-time assistants. Successful with able/gifted children.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level. 30% take French GCSE early. Regular exchanges to France, Russia and Germany. Satellite link for French and German TV; computer link with French schools.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson/week in Year 7–9) and across the curriculum. 160 computers for pupil use (9 hours a day), all networked and with broadband e-mail and internet access. Pupils take Clait.

The arts

Music: 60% of pupils learn a musical instrument; many instrumental exams are taken at a high level. Some 20+ musical groups including 3 orchestras, 5 bands, 2 choirs, choral society, flute, cello, clarinet, brass ensembles, jazz, various chamber groups. In recent years, winners of Daily Telegraph Jazz Competition; regional finalists in National Chamber Music Competition; finalist in National Choirboy of the Year Competition; National Jazz Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra members; 25 boys in regional youth orchestra. Regular music tours.
Drama: Drama vigorous. GCSE and A-level drama may be taken. Regular productions and drama festivals.
Art & design: On average, 28 take GCSE, 8 A-level. Design, ceramics also offered. Up to 4 pupils a year accepted for art school; 1 pupil commissioned to do sculpture for local art centre.

Sport & activities

Sport: Rugby, hockey, cricket compulsory 11–13. Optional: rowing, tennis, cross-country, athletics, badminton, table tennis, fencing, swimming, sailing, golf, rugby fives, squash, shooting. 4 rowing internationals, GB trialists annually; 1 in U21 national rugby squad; regional hockey, rugby and cricket players (various age groups); number of county rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis; rowing 1st VIII in national top five, won all three major titles in 2002 and National Schools' Regatta (2004).
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. CCF and community service optional. Energetic charity fund raising (averaging £16,000 pa). Programme of extra-curricular activities (known as The Other Half) includes up to 30 clubs, eg chess, debating, film unit, electronics, brewing, politics, bridge, literary, history, modern languages.

School life

Uniform: Simple school uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses (2 boarding, 6 day, 1 day/boarding). 2 head boys, prefects, head of house and house prefects.
Religion: Attendance at short weekly religious service compulsory (unless prior dispensation).
Social: Joint activities with other schools eg debates, drama productions (local girls’ schools), careers evenings, choral work; some joint sixth-form teaching with St Helen & St Katharine. Annual cultural visits to eg Turkey, Egypt, Italy; ski trips; language exchanges to Russia, Germany and France; music tours eg orchestra to Central/Eastern Europe, big band to Greece and France, choir to Western Europe. Meals occasionally formal, usually self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.

Response to misdemeanours depends on age and past record but poor work is penalised, separately, in a special work detention. Major, ie law-breaking, offences (drugs, theft) punished by expulsion.

10% have own study bedrooms; 80% share with 1–3 others. 10% (age 11-13 only) in dormitories of 6+. Houses of 25–55. Resident qualified nurse; doctor attends frequently. Pupils can provide and cook own food. Weekly boarders can stay at weekends. Older boys may visit local town at housemaster’s discretion.

Alumni association
is run by The Administrator, The Old Abingdonian Club, c/o the school.

Former pupils
Francis Maude MP, Peter Bradley MP, Robert Hayward, Sir George Sinclair (former MPs); Ben Macintyre (Times journalist); Tom Kempinski (playwright); Julius Green, Robin Kermode, Tom Hollander, Toby Jones (the theatre); Michael Grigsby (Documentary Filmmaker); Sir Andrew Foster (Audit Commission); Radiohead (pop group); Tim Parker (Clarks International).