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Abingdon School

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Inquisitive pupils and teachers who enjoy stoking their curiosity: a magic combo. ‘His brain has really grown’, said one mum, bamboozled by the good things ‘he’s unearthing that aren’t part of the curriculum’. Nothing ‘extra’ about extra-curricular here. Instead, it’s the Other Half. Every day after lessons, involving anything from mahjong to mooting. Parents welcomed ‘opportunities not to be tough’. Entomology club breed moths (hooray for the large saturniid, busy weaving its cocoon); German baking club’s annual highlight is the Weihnachtsplätzchenbackwettbewerb (Christmas cookie competition). Mind-blowing diversity: Lego Mindstorms; ‘books and biscuits’; ‘100 best documentaries’. CCF popular; hundreds (or so it felt) running around in camo when we visited.

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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 20�ch 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, MA. Read German with French at Durham; MA in modern German studies (Birkbeck). Chorister at Bristol Cathedral School. Thought about professional music ‘quite seriously’ though ‘economic realities’ dismissed the idea. Instead, a top-notch teaching career: three years at the British School in Bologna; oversaw introduction of IB at KCS, Wimbledon; deputy at RGS, Guildford for five years; head at Reading Blue Coat School for eight.

All that time spent singing and hanging out in Europe has left Mr Windsor very cultured indeed, but he’s not smug in the slightest: au contraire, he’s easy, approachable, unassuming. A keen jazz musician, often joining pupils on his double bass or bass guitar. Had just performed Haydn’s The Creation with the Joint Choral Society (St Helen and St Katharine and Headington...

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Special Education Needs

Learning Support is provided by a full-time Head of Learning Support and two full time teachers. We take a graduated response, to match each pupil’s level of need. At each stage, pupils are encouraged to take an active role in managing their learning and to set themselves high standards. Parents, tutor and housemaster are involved in decision-making and are kept fully informed of the recommendations, actions and interventions at all stages. The aim of our English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department is to support and extend the language development of bilingual and multilingual students. Students are supported to ensure they are proficient in written and spoken English, thus equipping them with the necessary advanced literary skills to ensure they are able to fully access our curriculum. For students entering the sixth form without a required English Language qualification for university entrance, preparation for the IELTS examination will be provided. Our specialist EAL (English as an additional language) teachers liaise with subject teachers to ensure tailored support is provided – this is available at an additional cost.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
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 Y
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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