Festival of Inquiry

Please click through to our Virtual Events page - and register your interest for our ‘Festival of Inquiry’ - a celebration of online learning for those with curious, inquisitive and inquiring minds. There will be a daily selection of tasks and challenges - ranging from ‘Shark Attack in Science’ to ‘The Great Fire of London Art creation’.

Festival of Inquiry - 23-27 November (for ages 6-11 years old)

Winter Wonder Week - 30 November - 4 December (for ages 3-5 years old)

School Fees for Academic Year 2020 Autumn Term/ 2021 Spring & Summer Terms

Nursery (Full Day) £3,560 for Autumn term 2020/ £3,650 for Spring & Summer terms 2021 each

Reception (aged 4+) £4,170 for Autumn term 2020/ £4,275 for Spring & Summer terms 2021 each

Lower Preparatory (Year 1) £4,380 for Autumn term 2020/ £4,490 for Spring & Summer terms 2021 each

Upper Preparatory (Year 2) £4,880 for Autumn term 2020/ £5,000 for Spring & Summer terms 2021 each

Lower I to Upper I (Years 3 - 4) £5,020 for Autumn term/ £5,145 for Spring & Summer terms 2021 each

Upper II - Lower III (Years 5 - 6) £5,070 for Autumn term/ £5,195 for Spring & Summer terms 2021 each

Upper III to Upper VI (Years 7 - 13) £5,880 for Autumn term/ £6,060 for Spring & Summer terms 2021 each

Fees are inclusive of school lunches, mid-morning drinks in the Junior School, text books, classroom materials and personal accident insurance. In the Junior School all curricular extras and trips, other than residential ones, are included in the fee.

All fees are payable by Direct Debit on or before the first day of each term and there are three terms per year - autumn, spring and summer.

New Pupil Charges

Registration fee: £100 non-refundable (£250 overseas applicants)

Deposit: £1,000 to confirm acceptance of an offered place. £500 will be deducted from the first term's fee invoice and the remaining £500 will be held for the duration of your daughter's time at the school, then refunded. The deposit will not be refunded in the event of your daughter not starting at the school.


School fees are inclusive of freshly prepared and nutritionally balanced school lunches.

Optional Extras

Music lessons are available from Lower I (Year 3). Tuition is available in a variety of musical instruments and singing. Please note that these lessons are timetabled during the school day. £230.00 per term (increasing to £240 per term in 2019/2020).

The Abbey is located just 10 minutes from Reading mainline station with access to excellent public transport links. We offer an extensive coach network, operated by Horseman Coaches, which is built to reflect the demand from parents. For a full list of current routes and further information, email [email protected]

Before School
£4.00 including breakfast, 7.30am - 8.30am

After School
£9.00 including provision of a snack, 3.30pm - 6.00pm

Late bookings Bookings made after 4.00pm the day before are charged an additional £3 late booking fee.

Cancellations Bookings cancelled after 4.00pm the day before will be charged the full amount.

Senior School pupils can remain at School, fully supervised, to complete homework until 5.45pm. There is no charge for this support.

Holiday care is provided at the Junior School by Supercamps. Camps are run for most of the school holidays and half-term breaks. Full details and booking information can be found on their website at www.supercamps.co.uk.

Government Early Years Funding Entitlement (EYFE)

We offer a pre-reception nursery school year, for 3-4 year olds, based on a full-time Monday to Friday offering.
Our 4-5 year olds join one of our Reception classes.

Children aged 3 and 4 are entitled to access 15 hours of EYFE a week for up to 38 weeks of the year. Your child qualifies for this from the academic term following their third birthday until the end of the term of your child’s fifth birthday.

The EYFE at The Abbey is offered between the hours of 12.30pm - 15.30pm within a package of in-school education, subject to availability. This is offered over the full school week, Monday to Friday inclusive, over our academic year of 34 weeks.

The EYFE is shown on termly fee invoices. Any additional optional services (eg After School Care) are charged in addition and are invoiced separately. There are a variety of EY providers locally offering EYFE. Some may offer the funded entitlement only, without access to any additional services, others offer it over more or fewer hours of the week. Parents are advised to choose a service provider which best meets their needs. We offer term time sessions only over a 34 week academic year.

Childcare Vouchers

Childcare vouchers are accepted for payment of qualifying charges, i.e. school fees up to the age of 5 and activities that take place on school premises and outside school hours. Please contact the Finance Department on [email protected] for further information on the use of childcare vouchers.


Notice of removal of a pupil before completing Lower III (Year 6) in the Junior School or Upper VI (Year 13) in the Senior School must be given in writing to the Head by the first day of the term at the end of which it is to take effect.

Sibling discount

We offer a 5% sibling discount for the eldest child when three pupils attend The Abbey at the same time.


School Fees Refund Scheme

No reduction is made for absence but a School Fees Refund Scheme is available to parents.