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A school that offers everything that bright, busy boys could want without any hint of prep school stuffiness. We visited on a Wednesday, always an exciting moment in the prep school week: fixtures. It’s sports galore for those that want it, with current strengths in cross-country, football, cricket. Both forms of rugby available – contact and touch – ‘schools have got much better’ at getting everyone out there and having a go, reckons head. Cricket team photos line the corridors, the 7ths as prominent as the 1sts.

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What the school says...

Abingdon Prep offers a lively, stimulating and friendly environment with high expectations of behaviour and endeavour. The caring and encouraging atmosphere promotes independence, self-confidence and respect. Pupils flourish in a school where academic studies are carefully balanced with the creative and performing arts, sport and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. The School enjoys a very strong academic performance with the majority of boys moving on to Abingdon, many with awards.

The Prep School enjoys a tremendous reputation for the performing and creative arts and for sport. It benefits from excellent facilities including art and drama studios, ICT and CDT suites, science lab, sports hall, 30 acres of playing fields and an indoor swimming pool.
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Since 2017, Craig Williams MA (Oxon) PGCE. Educated at Bradfield College and studied geography at Oxford. Previously deputy head at Thorngrove and before that head of geography and cricket at Taunton Prep. Headmaster material through and through: both parents were teachers; brother is head at Lord Wandsworth College (‘though we don’t talk shop’); loved his own time at school. He’s even a keen cricketer, playing for Bradfield Old Boys regularly and opening the batting for his club in the Thames Valley league.

Has successfully opened a fabulous new teaching block, allowing for better facilities in music, science and DT: ‘we wanted to make sure the children had the best opportunities’, and help them find what they love. ‘Where are they going to find this passion for the arts if they don’t...

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Special Education Needs

'At Abingdon Preparatory School (formerly Josca's) there is a small learning support department. Children experiencing difficulties are referred to the department and advice is offered to form and subject teachers, along with parents. In some cases, tuition in small groups is given. Very occasionally one-to-one support is provided, usually for a short period. 'The needs of gifted children are addressed by form and subject teachers, with some input from subject specialists.' 09-09

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