The Abbey School Reading A GSG School
- The Abbey School Reading
- Head: Mrs Rachel Dent
- T 01189 872256
- F 01189 871478
- E email@example.com
- W www.theabbey.co.uk
- A mainstream independent school for girls aged from 11 to 18 with a linked junior school
- Boarding: No
- Local authority: Reading
- Pupils: 693
- Religion: Church of England/Christian
- Fees: £15,720 pa
- Open days: See school website for next dates
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- ISI report: View the ISI report
- Linked schools: The Abbey Junior School
What The Good Schools Guide says..
Yes, of course the girls work hard (and joy of joys, it’s not seen as nerdy to do so here), but Abbey girls take things in their stride and manage to do plenty more besides. Indeed, for a high-achieving girls’ schools, we found a reassuring lack of pressure, although we suspect some legs are paddling furiously below ….
What the school says...
The Abbey School is a dynamic and vibrant community of more than 1,000 girls aged 3-18.
The Abbey is always in the top division nationally in academic terms. This year's A levels were excellent with 89% at A*/B and at GCSE 84% were A*/A. In 2016 the average IB diploma result was 39, with more than two thirds of the cohort scoring 38 points or higher, at a level equivalent to or exceeding the Oxford and Cambridge conditional offer range. For the fourth time in the school's 8 year IB history one student gained the full 45 points possible. Leavers go on to an impressive list of universities and courses.
The school places great emphasis on providing a breadth of challenges and opportunities for each pupil. Girls are presented with the chance for exploration both within the curriculum and in Music, Drama, Sport, DofE and the wide variety of clubs and trips. The Jane Austen Wing at the Senior School has modern classrooms for Humanities as well as bright Art studios and enhanced ICT facilities. The International Baccalaureate has widened the options for Sixth Formers who can also choose their desired A level combination from 29 subjects.
The Abbey Junior School offers a broad curriculum and the atmosphere is friendly, lively, purposeful and fun.
There is an extensive Abbey School coach network and the school is walking distance from Reading Station. There is a range of scholarships and financial assistance is offered to able girls through means-tested bursaries which may cover up to 100% of fees for exceptional candidates. ...Read more
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards
- Best performance by Girls taking Religious Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE)
International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.
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.
Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.
What The Good Schools Guide says
Since September 2014, Rachel Dent BA QTS (40s), previously deputy head. Grew up in the Midlands and read English at Southampton University, then embarked on a career in journalism in 1992, although she quickly realised it wasn’t for her, quitting her first job at Time Out magazine after just two weeks. Travelled to Egypt to ‘find herself’ and when she realised she needed some money, she ‘blagged her way into teaching English GCSE’ and ‘never looked back’. Did her formal teacher training back in the UK via fast track QTS at Reading University, then worked at Wisbech Grammar and then Cokethorpe School. Joined The Abbey in 2007 as director of sixth form. Her office is plush, swanky and large – think Farrow and Ball grey and white tones, stone fireplace and fresh flowers.
Special Education Needs
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder|
|Aspergers Syndrome [archived]|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|Delicate Medical Problems [archived]|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|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|
Careers intervention used by this School
|Future Foundations||McKinsey Leadership Academy: practical work skills, networking, leadership etc etc|