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Yes, of course the girls work hard (and joy of joys, it’s not seen as nerdy to do so here), but Abbey girls take things in their stride and manage to do plenty more besides. Indeed, for a high-achieving girls’...

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The Abbey School is a dynamic and vibrant community of more than 1,000 girls aged 3-18.

The Abbey is always in the top division nationally in academic terms. This years A levels were excellent with 71% at A*/A and at GCSE 83% were A*/A. In 2015 the average IB diploma result was 39, with more than two thirds of the cohort scoring 38 points or higher, at a level equivalent to or exceeding the Oxford and Cambridge conditional offer range. Leavers go on to an impressive list of universities and courses.

The school places great emphasis on providing a breadth of challenges and opportunities for each pupil. Girls are presented with the chance for exploration both within the curriculum and in Music, Drama, Sport, DofE and the wide variety of clubs and trips. The Jane Austen Wing at the Senior School has modern classrooms for Humanities as well as bright Art studios and enhanced ICT facilities. The International Baccalaureate has widened the options for Sixth Formers who can also choose their desired A level combination from 29 subjects.

The Abbey Junior School offers a broad curriculum and the atmosphere is friendly, lively, purposeful and fun.

There is an extensive Abbey School coach network and the school is walking distance from Reading Station. There is a range of scholarships and financial assistance is offered to able girls through means-tested bursaries which may cover up to 100% of fees for exceptional candidates.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Religious Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE)


International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Yes, of course the girls work hard (and joy of joys, it’s not seen as nerdy to do so here), but Abbey girls take things in their stride and manage to do plenty more besides. Indeed, for a high-achieving girls’ schools, we found a reassuring lack of pressure, although we suspect some legs are paddling furiously below ….


Since September 2014, Rachel Dent BA QTS (40s), previously deputy head. Grew up in the Midlands and read English at Southampton University, then embarked on a career in journalism in 1992, although she quickly realised it wasn’t for her, quitting her first job at Time Out magazine after just two weeks. Travelled to Egypt to ‘find herself’ and when she realised she needed some money, she ‘blagged her way into teaching English GCSE’ and ‘never looked back’. Did...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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