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Abingdon School

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You won’t hear music, art, DofE, CCF, community service or the 120+ clubs and societies referred to as ‘extracurricular activities’ here. At Abingdon such things are not optional extras, but essential parts of a well-rounded education. Close harmony singing? Lego architecture? Ceramics? Entomology? Code-breaking? Take a look at the school’s (excellent) website and you’ll wish you could sign up for one or two options. Boys themselves are the most persuasive advert for their school – prospective parents attending open days are allocated a current pupil as a guide and most are ready to sign on the dotted line by the end of their tour...

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What the school says...

Abingdon combines over 750 years of history and tradition with a modern outlook. The School prides itself on academic excellence coupled with a wide range of extra-curricular (the Other Half) success. The School has a tremendous academic reputation with 99% of pupils continuing to further education, with the majority going on to leading universities and around 20ch year to Oxbridge. The Other Half opportunities are wide-ranging, encouraging multi-talented boys to fulfil their potential in many activities. The School has achieved national and international success in music, drama and a broad range of sport, notably rowing and rugby. ...Read more

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Since 2016, Michael Windsor, previously head of Reading Blue Coat School. The son of two linguists (his father was a lecturer at the University of Bristol and his mother taught French and German at Badminton School), he was a chorister at Bristol Cathedral School. Thence to Durham University and first-class honours in French and German. Worked briefly in publishing before heading to Bologna where he ‘toyed with the idea of becoming a professional musician’ and making a living from his double bass. That lasted until he got hungry, at which point although he ‘knew he definitely didn’t want to be a teacher’, he gave up jazz for teaching English as a foreign language – and met his future wife. On his return he did a PGCE at the Institute of Education and then joined...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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