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Open the magnificent door to this charming primary school in the university area of Reading and the tone is immediately set by the welcoming, down-to-earth staff and the seemingly endless displays of photographs, artwork, booklets, written work and more that decorates every single room and corridor. ‘That’s my work!’ come the squeals of delight from the girls. One downstairs classroom we visited had a straw-based area that looked so much like a mini-farm that we half expected a live animal to appear. We saw spirited girls having a whale of a time with…

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What the school says...

The Abbey Junior School offers a broad curriculum enriched by many workshops and trips (residential from Year 3). The atmosphere is friendly, lively, purposeful and fun.
Girls aged 3-5 join the Early Years Centre which was classed as Outstanding in every category by Ofsted who praised the stimulating, inspiring and fascinating environment.' Junior School girls have specialist teaching in Science, Music, Sport, ICT and Languages and take part in many clubs. There is before and after school care and a holiday club.

Most girls continue to The Abbey Senior School which is consistently a top academic performer at GCSE, A-level and IB, as well as offering many extra-curricular opportunities to pupils.
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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

Head

Since September 2020 Nisha Kaura, formerly deputy head in the junior school. Degree in microbiology and biotechnology led to an initial career in the pharmaceutical industry. Has been teaching at The Abbey since 2006, during which time she has studied for her PGCE and a Med in educational leadership.

Entrance

Nursery, reception and year 3 are the main points of entry, with some spaces elsewhere. A short morning of informal play and assessment for youngest; tests plus interview for older girls. ‘We’re not looking for rocket scientists, but a good average,’ says school, which adds that conversations with prospective parents are taken into consideration. ‘In the end, it’s all about whether the family has a fit with a school that has quite an academic pace and depth.’ Some parents apply from their child’s birth; others call...

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Special Education Needs

See senior school questionnaire. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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