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)

Abbey Merchandise

Our diverse range of Abbey products were hand-crafted to celebrate our 130th anniversary. Featuring work from our talented community of parents, alumnae and pupils, there are a variety of products available to buy that would make an ideal gift or memento.

All items are on display at the Junior and Senior School receptions and can be ordered by sending an email to [email protected] or you can download the order and drop it off at reception or send it via post.

About the artists

Emma Alington (Alumna 2007)

Emma produces all of her work from her ceramics studio in Berkshire. Quality craftsmanship and an emphasis on design, beauty, function and tactility are key to Emma’s design ethos. She throws with either porcelain or stoneware clays, making her products perfectly suited for tableware or homeware purposes.

After completing her A Levels at The Abbey in 2007, Emma went on to graduate with a First Class Honours in Ceramic Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in 2013 and then to establish her own business as a ceramic designer.

Find out more about Emma’s business by visiting


Wendy Penrose (Abbey parent)

Wendy Penrose’s jewellery captures the richness of form and texture found in nature. Each piece is crafted, by hand, in her garden studio near Henley on Thames. Working in silver & gold, she uses precious gemstones and her own lampwork glass elements to add contrast and colour to her designs. Wendy has been part of The Abbey community since her daughter joined the School in 2009.

The inspiration for this piece comes from the Magnolia. The branch represents the learning journey that our girls embark upon. The circle signifies the influence of The Abbey on their growth and development along the way, helping them to realise their full potential.

Find out more about Wendy’s work at


The 1887 Mug by Emma Bridgewater

The 1887 Mug is instantly recognisable as part of the popular British pottery brand but has its own unique Abbey twist. As any Abbey girl will know, the colourful design is based on the four school House crests - Carrington, Paget, Ducat and Kensington.

All girls are assigned to one of the four Houses on entry to the School and the loyalty and passion is lifelong! In the Junior School, girls are awarded House Points and each week in Celebration Assembly the winning House is awarded a cup. House activities for Junior Girls include the Fun Run, Charity Afternoon and Swimming Gala. In the Senior School, House Assemblies are held every half term where girls meet in their Houses to plan the teams’ entries for future House events including Music and Drama, Chef, Debating and Sports Day.

Lucy Gingell (Alumna 2010)

After completing her A Levels at the Abbey in 2010, Lucy went on to study languages at the University of Bristol, where she began painting in her free time. Painted by Lucy is a bespoke design service providing with truly unique artwork, 'imagined by you and painted by Lucy'.

Working from photographs, Lucy creates lifelike images in acrylic on canvas - from pets and wild animals to rolling hills and abstract cityscapes - your commission is tailored to fit with your imagined piece, so you find the perfect piece of art for your home.

Find examples of Lucy's artwork on her instagram account @paintedbylucy, visit www.paintedbylucy.com, or email [email protected] for more information.