The Abbey School is rightfully proud of its Alumnae community, and all that its former pupils go on to achieve with their lives and careers. We are always delighted to hear about what you are doing after departing the Abbey for the next stage of your professional and personal journeys.
Our Alumnae network has international reach and encompasses a wealth of different professions. Our members reflect the many steps of their career paths – from recent leavers and new graduates, to working parents, through to those now enjoying their retirement.
Being an active member of our Alumnae community enables you to reconnect with old school friends; catch up on School and Alumnae news; strengthen your professional network; and participate in a range of Alumnae events and reunions.
We are extremely proud of our professional online networking and mentoring service The Abbey Connect which we launched in June 2016, which provides access to reciprocal advice and support about jobs and careers from its hugely supportive network of registered alumnae. Our online Facebook and LinkedIn groups are extremely popular amongst our Alumnae community. Please do join them if you are not already a member – it’s a very easy way of staying connected.
In order for us to keep you up-to-date with Alumnae news and events, we need to ensure that we have your current contact details. To register with us, or to update your current details, please email our Alumnae Relations Manager Agnes Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Abbey School Reading Old Girls' Association ('ASROGA') was founded in 1903, to enable former pupils to maintain contact with each other and with the Abbey. Today, ASROGA continues to play an active part in Abbey Alumnae events and activities. The Association supports both current pupils, by sponsoring the School's Baroness Brigstocke Annual Public Speaking Competition; and former pupils, by the provision of ASROGA Awards.
ASROGA Awards facilitate the delivery of a community- or environmentally-focused project, often overseas. If you have plans for such a project, and would be interested in applying for an ASROGA Award to support it, please contact us.
This competition, funded by ASROGA, was established in memory of Heather Brown, Baroness Brigstocke of Kensington, a former Abbey pupil, who, as part of her very accomplished life and career, had been the International Chairman of the English Speaking Union.
This inter-house competition has traditionally been held between members of the UIV and LV, but there is also now the Young Brigstocke Competition, with participants competing from UIII and LIV.
The most recent Young Brigstocke Public Speaking Competition was held in July 2017.
ASROGA welcomes enquiries from potential new Committee members, particularly those Alumnae who may have left the Abbey in recent years. Please contact the ASROGA Chair, Liz Harrison, by email here if you are interested in joining the Committee.