The Abbey School enjoys an enviable reputation for academic excellence. Our highly qualified, experienced and dedicated teaching staff mentor our girls through the years with an emphasis on independent learning.

"motivated teachers engage inquisitive learners with challenging lessons that skilfully combine enjoyment with purpose"
2014 ISI Report

The Executive leadership team

Head of The Abbey School: Mrs Rachel Dent BA (Southampton), QTS

  • Head of the Senior School: Mrs Jan Cresswell BA (Durham)
  • Head of the Junior School: Mrs Nicola Dick-Cleland BA (Oxford) QTP/QTS (Reading)
  • Head of Finance and Resources: Mrs Nadine Doble Bsc (Cardiff) ACMA
  • Head of External Affairs: Mr Craig Andrew BA Hons, HDE, MBA, LVO

Governors

Chairman of the Governing Council: Mrs Elizabeth Harrison

If you would like to contact the Chairman or any member of the Board of Governors, please send correspondence c/o The Abbey, Kendrick Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5DZ marking your envelope 'Strictly Private and Confidential'.

The Governors play an important role in the life of the school and represent many areas of expertise. The document below has a short profile of each governor and will enable you to appreciate the structure of Council and their many skills and outlooks.

In May 2017 Mrs Elizabeth Harrison was appointed as Chairman of the Governing Council.

The Abbey School intends to retain and enhance the current ethos and mission statement of the school. Our mission is a simple one: we aim to empower girls to become confident, successful students and to develop a sense of moral responsibility to their community and to society. In other words, we do our utmost to equip them to lead fulfilled and productive adult lives in a rapidly changing world.

We are, and will remain, academically selective, committed to single-sex education, pastoral support and to educating the whole person. Abbey girls will be encouraged to aim high both academically and personally, to develop a sense of moral and spiritual responsibility for themselves and others and to explore extra-curricular interests.

The 5-year strategic plan (available to download below) provides a framework to ensure the success of recent years continues into those ahead, allowing the school to retain and build on its reputation for leadership and innovation in education. The essential strategic principles addressed in the document are as follows: Leadership in Girls’ Education, The Abbey Community and Resources and Stewardship.

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2015-20

Articles of Association

Articles of Association