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Abingdon School is a leading independent day and boarding school for boys located in the centre of Abingdon, just south of Oxford.
Abingdon School is a leading independent day and boarding school for boys located in the centre of Abingdon, just south of Oxford.
Founded in 1256 by the Benedictine monks of Abingdon Abbey, this boys' school has 860 students split into 9 houses and provides and all round education for boys between the ages of 11-18.

With impressive academic results at GCSE, A level and Oxbridge entrance, Abingdon is widely recognised as being one of the best boarding schools in Britain.

The school provides extensive extra-curricular opportunities and encourages every student to develop existing talents while trying something new as well.

The aim of Abingdon is to provide each boy with opportunity in a challenging environment and ensure that they achieve the most from their potential.

Pupils at this leading independent school come from a wide range of social and geographic backgrounds and from all faiths, creating a tolerant mix of cultures. Although the majority of the pupils are day students, boarding is also an important aspect in the character of the school.

Abingdon has a leading reputation for a sound academic tradition by offering a broad based curriculum that allows pupils to expand their basis of knowledge and skills.

The school has two libraries with a wide collection of resources and qualified staff so pupils can take full advantage to develop their imagination and learning strategies.

The essence of the school's learning support provision is that pupils, parents and staff work together in a spirit of constructive helpfulness which allows the pupils to reach their full potential across a wide range of curriculum.

The ethos at Abingdon is not to manufacture a child but to encourage initiative, individuality, and creativity whilst reinforcing the importance of respect and endeavour.

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Summary

Tuition

  • Senior Day Tuition

    £5290

  • Senior Boarding Tuition

    Full - £11,180 / Weekly - £9340

  • Junior Day Tuition

    £5290

  • Scholarships

    Available

Academics

  • A-Level pass rate

    63.5% A* and A in 2013

Teaching Environment

  • Total enrollment

    950

  • Teacher - student ratio

    varies with each year group

Programmes of Study

  • Academic programmes

    iGCSE / GCSE / A-Level

  • Extracurricular programmes

    Dance / Film Club / Debating society / Chess / Tennis / Swimming / Soccer / Music / Art / Theatre / Football / Hockey / Rugby

Languages

  • Main language

    English

  • Language courses offered

    Mandarin / Russian / Italian / German / Spanish

Pupils

  • Boys

    Yes

  • Age of entry

    11

  • Age of entry to boarding houses

    13

University Preparation

  • Preparation course

    Yes - UK universities / Yes - US universities

  • University counselling

    Yes

Boarding

  • Day pupils

    Yes

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