Celebrating 130 years of girls’ education

Our anniversary year offers us an opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward to our future. The events and activities that we have chosen reflect the diversity and energy of The Abbey throughout its history, and a common thread is the chance to gather together and celebrate all that makes up our unique and special community. As a school we have been committed to the education of girls since our foundation in 1887. 

Our aim has always been to develop principled intelligent young women who will become conscientious leaders who are generous with their time and talents. This charitable ethos extends back to the early days of School when dances, flower shows and teas were held to support local charities. In acknowledgement of this central tenet of The Abbey philosophy, our anniversary celebrations include events and challenges aimed at investing in our community and building a stronger future together.


A new range of Abbey products has been launched to commemorate our anniversary. The range includes beautiful pieces from ceramic designer and Abbey alumna Emma Alington (2007), delicate brooches and pendents designed by Abbey parent Wendy Penrose and a specially created Abbey mug by Emma Bridgewater. 


We are delighted to share with you the exciting calendar of events planned to celebrate this milestone in our history. Whilst a girl’s time as a pupil at The Abbey is over in just a few years, her association with the School lasts forever and we invite all who have played a part in our history – from pupils, parents and staff to alumnae and supporters – to join in the various activities on offer.