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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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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 2011, Mr Crispin Hyde-Dunn MA (Oxon) PGCE MA(Ed) NPQH (30s). Read history at Oxford. Previously deputy head of King’s College School, Cambridge; was head of history at New College School in Oxford. He lives with his wife, Lucy, a medical research fellow at Oxford, in the school house just down the road.

Charmingly fogeyish in his immaculate pinstripes, he presents a rather formal face to the world but has genuine rapport with the boys, all of whom he knows by name (they call him Crispin - more of that later). He is actively involved in teaching – takes the year 8 boys for PHSE every week and when we visited, just a few weeks before CE, PHSE was, understandably, revision techniques for history. He ringfences slots in his diary...

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