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Outdoor learning has become a celebrated adjunct to the curriculum. We watched a delightful scene of year 1 pupils in wellies kicking leaves on their way to the Woodlands School. ‘Don’t eat anything!’, one excited child reminded us. While moving on at 16, according to one parent, 'is a big deal', and to another, ‘may be a shock’, parents also acknowledge the many options open at that stage - each student can choose what seems right for her. The pre-selected girls we met were immaculately turned out (one committed mother, not wishing to let down the school on the day we visited, made a special journey to ...

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Abbot’s Hill is a happy, dynamic and thriving school offering an all-round education for girls aged 4-16 years. Our Day Nursery & Pre-School caters for girls and boys from 6 months. Our historic campus offers modern facilities in a magnificent country setting, situated in over 70 acres of beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead.

The school has an excellent record of academic success and an outstanding reputation for pastoral care. Throughout the school, pupils are taught in small classes in which excellent teaching and personalised support ensure that everyone is inspired to exceed their potential.
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Since 2020, Kathryn Gorman BA (40s). After graduating with a first in English from the University of Birmingham, ‘a particular fascination for language and culture' took her to diverse teaching posts, from Japan to an East London comprehensive and, most recently, to St Albans High School for Girls (STAHS) where she spent 14 years, ultimately as deputy head focusing on curriculum innovation. 'A continued love of learning', and perhaps a sense of her own trajectory, led Mrs Gorman to take an MEd (Educational Leadership and School Improvement) at Cambridge. With two daughters at the school, and a soon-to-be-integrated school puppy, Mrs Gorman could not be more invested in what is meant by ‘educating young women of character’, the stated aim of Abbot’s Hill’s female founders. 'Those qualities of integrity, self-awareness, absolute sure-footedness and a...

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Girls with mild specific learning difficulties and average or above-average intelligence are very successful at Abbot's Hill with its caring, sympathetic and nurturing environment and the setting of high expectations for all. Small classes and skilled teachers ensure that girls thrive, as strengths are recognised and strategies are put into place.

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