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The Abbey is a school where academic success, at whatever level, is valued and celebrated. Abbey girls are expected and encouraged to give of their best in their academic studies as well as in all the other varied aspects of school life. We were delighted to be re-accredited with the NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) Challenge Award in 2014 and, as a selective school, view all of our girls as able, gifted and talented in some sphere.

Abbey teachers are enthusiastic subject specialists, who relish the opportunity to enthuse the girls with their own passion for learning and the majority at Senior School teach up to Oxbridge level. Lessons incorporate both innovative and “tried and tested” learning and teaching methods but always emphasise the development of intellectual curiosity and love of learning.

The Abbey has a whole school approach to teaching as embodied by The Abbey Learner Profile and a cross-school Learning Innovation Group. Junior School pupils develop as learners both in the classroom and beyond. Read more about the Junior School curriculum here.

At the Senior School, the curriculum is deliberately broad from Upper III (Y7) to Upper IV (Y9) so that the girls can explore and enjoy a wide range of academic subjects before being asked to make choices for the Fifth and Sixth Forms. As an independent school we are not shackled by the National Curriculum and so have the freedom to tailor our schemes of work to the girls’ abilities and interests. This results, for example, in more practical work in Mathematics and Sciences, more project and field work in the Humanities, more conversation in Languages and more opportunities for individual expression in English and the Arts.

Academic enrichment happens both in and out of the classroom with opportunities such as the LIV Cross-Curricular Project, the UIV “Apps for Good” programme, CREST Awards, Arts Awards, the Shakespeare Festival, Mathematics and Science Challenges, “Curiosity Week”, “Reading Week” and innumerable visiting speakers to name but a few. Our girls are not just learning facts but are acquiring the vital life skills of successfully communicating and applying new knowledge.