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The first impressions are of a grand but comfortable past. While we talk to the headmaster, a glorious peacock pecks at the window as if he wants to join us. There is drama and beekeeping, run by the headmaster, fishing and film making, spy club and electronics; the list goes on. Children can bring their horses from home and ride round the grounds on their bikes. It is a day packed full of intellectual and outdoor activities – ‘Gumboots and Greek’ is the school’s current strapline and it is a…

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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 September 2020, Jonnie Besley, 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, he studied history, English lit and philosophy at Durham. First career was in events management, but he then retrained as a teacher at Cambridge.

A lover of ‘the great outdoors’, he enjoys walking, cycling, fishing and sailing and has a lifelong love of carpentry. Married to Tessa, who is head of years 3 and 4. They have two children aged 9 and 11.

Entrance

Non-selective. Children are assessed either before arrival or when they arrive to ensure there is clarity about educational needs and, with older children, to help determine...

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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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