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Traditional academic focus: an emphasis on the more rigorous IGCSEs, few of the lightweight ‘studies’ on offer; previous head allergic to ‘ologies’, but psychology has recently crept in for A level. Rugby, hockey and cricket all strong, but come the summer it’s the rowers who rule. Oarsmen running the mile down to the beautifully designed wooden boathouse in their pink and white strip pass through one of the more lively residential areas of Abingdon, an educative experience, improving knowledge of the vernacular and self-control. It’s all character building and…

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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% each 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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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Science: Double Award A at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates (double))

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Since September 2016, Michael Windsor, previously head of Reading Blue Coat School. First in French and German from Durham; worked briefly in publishing before heading for Bologna to teach English as a foreign language. On his return, did a PGCE at the Institute of Education and then joined King's College Wimbledon to teach foreign languages and take charge of the IB; also deputy head at RGS Guildford for five years. Coached rugby, hockey and athletics, involved in CCF and World Challenge expeditions. Also has an MA in modern German studies from Birkbeck and is an ISI inspector. Keen musician, playing the double bass in classical and jazz ensembles. Married to Shanti, who works at Reading University; they have two daughters.

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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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