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An unusual feature is the tradition of pupils and teachers calling each other by first names. This practice stems from the establishment of the school in Oxford in 1956 when three of its first five pupils were the sons of the founder. First stop on the tour was the wonderful mansard art studio, flooded with light and buzzing with creativity. Next was the best French lesson we’ve ever observed – a whole class of unselfconscious 13 year olds belting out…

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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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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since September 2017, Craig Williams MA (Oxon) PGCE (40s). Educated at Bradfield College and studied geography at Oxford. Previously senior deputy head at Thorngrove School. Mr Williams is an accomplished sportsman (2nd XI cricket and football at Oxford) and still enjoys playing cricket. Other interests include golf, historical novels and Manchester United. His wife, Hannah, is also a teacher.

Entrance

No formal academic testing for pre-prep, but boys should be sufficiently mature to settle into a class. Thereafter testing in English, non-verbal reasoning and maths, but school says that it also looks for ‘that spark’, boys who ‘would thrive’, rather than relying wholly on test scores – this may include visiting a boy on his home turf.

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