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“This is a diverse and down-to-earth community with joy at its heart.”

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Putting girls first

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Leadership and choice

“Students achieve “outstanding academic, musical, sporting, linguistic and dramatic distinctions” with “exceptional” outcomes “actively encouraged by a strong culture of expanding horizons and discovering passions”.

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Gateway – News from around The Abbey

The latest insights from Abbey staff including Will le Fleming and Nisha Kaura

  • U14B Netball
    by Together Abbey on 23 February 2024

    The U14B netball team had an exciting contest on Monday vs Pangbourne. There was a very positive atmosphere throughout the match, but unfortunately, the opposition scored within the last few seconds […]

  • Upper II Production
    by Together Abbey on 23 February 2024

    Just before half term, our Upper II students wowed audiences with their enchanting production of the beloved classic tale, ‘Peter Pan’. After the final curtain closed with resounding applause, […]

  • Junior Swimming Achievement
    by Together Abbey on 23 February 2024

    Rosa in Upper I has completed her swimming Stage 10 (Platinum/Honours) – a week after achieving her Stage 9 (Gold) certificate and badge. She had no idea when she joined the stage 9/10 group in the […]

  • Reading School Spanish debate 
    by Together Abbey on 23 February 2024

    On Wednesday, Year 13 A Level Spanish students visited Reading School to debate current affairs in Spanish-speaking countries, en español!  As part of our A Level Spanish course we study social […]

  • Girls Human Rights Leadership Summit
    by Together Abbey on 23 February 2024

    On Wednesday, seven Abbey students had the opportunity to go to an incredible Leadership Summit, hosted by Hogan Lovells in London and part of the Girls’ Human Rights Hub Festival. The day […]

  • Piano Recital
    by Together Abbey on 23 February 2024

    The Lecture Theatre was alive with the sounds of the second Piano Recital of the year on Wednesday evening.  Fifteen students shared their pianistic talents with an intimate audience, performing […]


Are you a 4 to 6 year old girl? If yes, then we need your help!

Disaster has struck Brick City as a devastating earthquake, measuring 8.1 on the brickter scale, has destroyed everything! 

Being no stranger to broken builds, the Brickies team will do what they do best and not only re-build the entire city but make it better than ever! We are looking for the very best mini master builders to join us in this epic LEGO building workshop!

If you think you have what it takes, come and join us at Abbey Gardens for the Brickies Lego Workshop. Details of how to book can be found in the bio.

#AbbeyJunior #AbbeyEvents
Little Knellies are having a blast this morning. Sing along if you know the words!

#AbbeyNursery #AbbeySinging
Calling all 5 to 7 year old girls!

Join us for a morning of coding adventures, science experiments and the wonders of technology in our STEM exploration workshop taking place this Saturday!

Details of how to book can be found in the bio.

#AbbeyJuniors #AbbeyEvents
As part of @lgbthistorymonth, we look at the mental health challenges for the community. The NHS has said that “shockingly, half of all LGBT people said they have experienced depression over the last year”. 

To try and combat this we highlight @mindoutlgbtq- a mental health service run by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people. They have previously partnered with NHS Professionals to help give support to those who do not necessarily get the support they need for their mental health from mainstream services. 

It is important to reach out when you can so for more information go to their page.

#UnderTheScope #Usualise #LGBTQIA #LGBTplusHM #educateOUTprejudice
The Poetry Café is back again at The Abbey, in conjunction with Reading’s Poets' Café at @southstreetarts

This years café will feature multiple-prize-winning poet @ellorarosesutton, music and an open mic opportunity for students to take part in sharing their work, or that of a poet they enjoy.

The Poetry Café at The Abbey is open to students from Year 7 upwards, parents, teachers and lovers of poetry.

Audience members should be aware, however, that the evening may contain adult themes.

Details of how to book can be found via the link in the bio

Stuck for plans this Friday morning? Come along to our next Stay & Play session at Little Knellies Nursery!

Whether its dressing up as superheroes, creating an artistic masterpiece or cooking up a treat in the mud kitchen - you are sure to have fun!

Details of how to reserve your spot can be found in our bio / here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nursery-stay-and-play-tickets-827190919307?aff=oddtdtcreator

#AbbeyNursery #AbbeyEvents
Next week we welcome families for the first working open morning of the Spring Term. It is very much business as usual at school, but our guests will be warmly welcomed by students, who will tour them around the site, before meeting with staff for an informal chat over biscuits and coffee!

To book a time slot for the event on Friday 23 February, click the link in our bio!

#AbbeyEvents #AbbeySeniors #AbbeySixthForm
Spring is on the horizon and Little Knellies took their learning and fun outside today!

It certainly looks like they have had a great February half term!

Galileo and Scaramouche are Under Pressure. Can they evade Killer Queen? They may need A Kind of Magic to help the Bohemians find their Rhapsody. Come along to The Abbey’s production of We Will Rock You to find out how they get on between 14-16 March.

All together now…‘All we hear is…

To book tickets, please go to our events page in our bio!

We remember Barbara Burford, a Champion for equality and a pioneer in healthcare and diversity.

Born in Jamaica and raised in London, Barbara's journey was one of dedication and passion. As a medical researcher, she delved into electron microscopy and conducted groundbreaking studies in heart and lung transplant surgery for infants and children.

Her consultancy work produced invaluable guides on disability, gender, and religion, leaving an important mark on the landscape of diversity initiatives. From leading equality programs at the Department for Work and Pensions to her multifaceted identity as a feminist and writer, Barbara was a force for progress. Her writing, infused with insights from her diverse heritage and lesbian identity, touched hearts and minds alike. 

Courtesy of @lgbthistorymonth

#UnderTheScope #Usualise #LGBTQIA #LGBTplusHM #educateOUTprejudice

The Lifelong Abbey Community

I was educated at an all-girls’ school until the age of 16. In this girls-first environment, I was able to explore my varied interests and build real-world skills for life.

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Figures of Inspiration

Last night’s inspiring ARCH event, Exploring Entrepreneurship, was a fabulous evening where students were able to spend time with, and ask questions of our esteemed guest list, taking inspiration…

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Why do we learn?

Why? Why is the sun yellow and the sky blue? Why do I have to put my shoes on? Why do I have to eat that? Why do I have to brush my hair?

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How megatrends are impacting on careers

My grandfather worked for one company all his life and my father worked for two or three firms in the same sector.

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Passionately Curious

Pulitzer prize winner Mark Van Doren, who was a Professor of English at Columbia University for many years, remarked that ‘The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.’

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