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  • Abingdon Preparatory School
    Josca's House
    Kingston Road
    OX13 5NX
  • Head: Craig Williams
  • T 01865 391570
  • F 01865 391042
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A mainstream independent school for boys aged from 4 to 13 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Oxfordshire
  • Pupils: 250
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: £12,825 - £18,615 pa
  • Open days: Saturday 25 September, whole school Open Morning, onsite. Wednesday 3 November, Years 3 to 8 Open Evening, online. Saturday 6 November, Pre-Prep Open Morning, online.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: Abingdon School

What says..

Our guides were particularly proud of the new wooden fort – designed in consultation with the school council and emblazoned with a school logo (a rather fierce unicorn) and we were patiently taken through the highly complex rules of the games it has inspired ...  It may be a boys’ school but there’s a great mix of staff and definitely no narrow ‘boys will be boys’ ethos here. Down to earth, fun, lots of challenge, lots of nurture –  a great place to start.

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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.



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2017, Craig Williams MA (Oxon) PGCE (40s). Educated at Bradfield College and studied geography at Oxford. Previously at Taunton Prep (head of geography and cricket) and then senior deputy head at Thorngrove School. Mr Williams is an accomplished sportsman – played hockey, football and was in the university second team for cricket while at Oxford. Still enjoys turning out for the Thames Valley league and Bradfield Old Boys, ‘I have a very forgiving wife who also loves cricket’.

Grew up in Surrey, not Sydney, but if you catch a hint of antipodean in his voice it’s because his father is Australian. Claims he ‘desperately tried not be a teacher’ despite coming from something of a teaching dynasty (both parents were teachers and his brother is head of Lord...

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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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