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Cheers all round for the ditching of Saturday lessons although 95 per cent of prep come in anyway. No wonder, with outdoor adventures including fishing, sailing, mountain biking, bushcraft and clay pigeon shooting through to charity events, sport, art and craft, music and drama, school newspaper and debating. ‘A really nice school for children that haven’t found their sport but if they are already good at one sport, they’ll cater for that too,’ said a mother. School numbers have dipped in recent years which, said another, ‘means that

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What the school says...

Abberley Hall is a co-educational boarding and day school set in 90 acres of wooded grounds, amid beautiful Worcestershire countryside. The happy and caring atmosphere, small teaching groups and excellent facilities encourage all pupils to reach their maximum potential. We provide each and every child with the best possible start in life: our dedicated staff instil a quiet confidence in our children and they make the most of the opportunities we offer. Our beautiful grounds are at the heart of the Abberley experience – from the Forest School to the classroom-sized treehouse, the great outdoors plays a huge part in giving its pupils a breadth of education alongside academic rigour. ...Read more

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Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2020, Jonnie Besley (40s), previously deputy head at Orwell Park in Suffolk and before that, head of boarding and history at Westbourne House in Sussex. Has also taught history and coached sport at Dulwich Prep. Educated at Gresham’s School in Norfolk.

His first headship, then, and he wears it well. Hard not to with an office like this - he's based in the old library, a magnificent room with many original features. ‘Lucky we have so many trees,’ he smiles as he tops up the open fire (there's another in the grand entrance hall). ‘I have to say I wasn’t planning to move to this part of the world,’ he confesses as he finally takes a seat, ‘but the school treehouse won me over!’ Turns out that having built a...

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Special Education Needs

Abberley Hall has a strong learning support unit which deals with mild to moderate forms of the conditions stated. Each child needing learning support is assessed by the team prior to registration.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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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