Well done to all our IB students 2020

You may be delighted to learn that our IB students have, in this strangest of years, achieved a fabulous set of results.

Highlights include:

av point score = 39 (Global av = 30)

52% of candidates scored 40 or more

87% of HL (higher level) grades are at 6 or 7

1 candidate scored a full 45 points

Very high av core score (extended essay, theory of knowledge, creativity/activity/service) of 2.3

90% of students into high ranking first choice Universities, with 3 students into Oxbridge

Wide range of courses at destination universities: psychology, aerospace engineering, medicine, commercial management & quantity surveying, English Literature, PPE, child nursing


Outcomes such as these wouldn't be possible without the vast amounts of effort and care that our staff have provided to these students, not just during the last couple of years, but throughout their time at the Abbey School. Well done to everyone involved.


Please contact us if you would like to join us and be a part of a fabulous Sixth Form IB or A-level programme in 2020/21 at [email protected]

Reception and Lower Preparatory (Year 1)

No longer a small child, the 4 to 6 year old is energetic and increasingly competent – it is a delight to see their unfolding wonder at the world and to share their satisfaction as they discover their potential. These years see the girls exploring the joys of reading, choosing their own playmates and, importantly, learning how to ‘use’ school and all that it has to offer. Each child’s journey is very different though, and we need to support and guide without the burden of expectations; a time to trust our children and let them take their time and make their own discoveries.

Our Reception girls join us in Abbey Gardens where attributes of independence and resilience are heightened, with girls being encouraged to develop skills of learning as well as developing their knowledge of the world around them. Curiosity and enquiry based learning are at the core of our teaching and principles. Throughout this year, our pupils progress from a predominantly play based curriculum to more formal learning experiences in preparation for their transition to Lower Preparatory (Year 1). Reception also marks the start of our formal reading programme for our pupils; this is closely supported by a Parents’ Evening introducing Literacy teaching and learning to our families.

Lower Prep is an exciting next step in our girls' learning journey. The girls enjoy a cross-curricular approach in their learning as they continue to explore core skills explored in Reception, developing these further in a wide range of tasks and contexts. The girls are also introduced to specialist teaching in Music and PE, and in the summer term begin swimming lessons at the Senior School. Lower Prep is also the first opportunity that girls get to enjoy lunchtime clubs, from Key Stage 1 Choir to Nature Detectives.