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Abbey Correspondent

Welcome

Abbey Correspondent is the work of the Journalism Club, and the website comprises a range of opinion and reporting based articles. If podcasts are your thing, then we have a number to choose from – there really is something for everyone. Please take a look and let us know your thoughts. You can even comment on each article to show your support for our wonderful authors.

The Journalism Club is led by Mr Hickman, and meets every Monday at 12.30pm in C4. So if you are a budding writer and want to sharpen your journalistic skills, come along and be part of this exciting new venture.

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All Clubs and Activities

All Clubs and Activities

  • Senior Debating
  • Sixth Form Magazine
  • SPaG Club
  • String Quartets
  • The Abbey Literary & Banoffee
  • Pie Society
  • Tuesday Maths Drop-In
  • UIII + LIV Politics Club
  • UIV English Skills
  • Ukulele Ensemble
  • Upper Five Listening Club
  • UV IGCSE English Revision
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Amnesty Group
  • Microloan
  • Refugee Club
  • Young Enterprise

Arts

  • Art Open Studio
  • Design Ventura
  • Art Scholars
  • Cipher Club
  • Creative Writing
  • Cyber Discovery
  • Cyber First
  • Drama Club
  • Ensemble
  • Fashion Drawing Club
  • Food Tech
  • Knitting Club
  • Cooking Club
  • Textiles Club
  • Theatre Ensemble

Sports

  • Bench Ball
  • Dance
  • Diving club
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Running
  • Senior Gymnastics Squad
  • Swim Squad
  • Tag Rugby
  • Indoor Cricket
  • Football


Senior School Workshops Second Hand Uniform Shop

Senior School Workshops

We are delighted to offer you an insight into The Abbey Senior School via the three online workshops below.

They’re intended just to give you a flavour of the learning and opportunity on offer every day. We hope that you enjoy exploring the sessions and find them thought-provoking and intriguing and informative.

If you have any thoughts or ideas from the sessions, or go on to complete any activities and want to share them with us, we would love to hear from you – ask a parent to get in touch via our Admissions Team.
Have fun and enjoy learning!

Will le Fleming

SCIENCE

Water is Weird

MUSIC

Chrome Lab Tutorial

DRAMA

Create a Character


Alumnae

Alumnae

Welcome to The Abbey Alumnae

We at The Abbey are so incredibly proud of our alumnae community, and we’re always excited to hear about what you are doing after leaving The Abbey for the next stage of your professional and personal journeys.

Our alumnae network has an international reach and reflects a diverse and colourful map of different paths. Some are recent leavers and new graduates, some working parents, through to those now enjoying their retirement!

We hope that you’ll stay connected with us and with others who’ve shared The Abbey experience by being an active member of our Alumnae Community. Whether its reconnecting with old school friends, catching up on school and alumnae news, or strengthening your professional network, there are many ways to participate and stay connected.

For all our latest Alumnae news, events and reunions, please visit AbbeyConnect.


Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) has become part of our culture at The Abbey.

We’re one of the leading examples of the DofE Award in the country, both in terms of number of participants and award completions. The scheme is the most sought-after non-academic qualification in the UK by universities and employers, equipping young people with a range of skills and character attributes which go beyond the curriculum.

DofE encourages you to do activities that you wouldn’t normally do inside school or might have access to in school. Also it helps you find new activities to take up.

Elise

What does the award involve?

The DofE Award seeks to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements. To achieve an award, students take on activities under five categories: Volunteering, Skill, Physical, Expedition and Residential. Students need to show motivation, organisation, commitment, a willingness to try new things, meet new people and overcome challenges. It is no surprise that to complete a DofE Award is seen as such a worthwhile achievement, and such is the recognition of achieving the Gold Award, that presentations are made by the Earl of Wessex in a ceremony at St James’ Palace or Buckingham Palace.

The expedition section, which often provides memorable moments and tall tales of adventure from the participants, dovetails into The Abbey’s wider Outdoor Education programme. The Silver Award programme involves a UK walking expedition; the Gold Award programme comprises a UK walking expedition, canoeing, and occasionally, an overseas expedition. Examples of past expedition locations include The New Forest, River Severn, Snowdonia, Morocco and Ecuador.

It gives you massive personal satisfaction to complete all areas of DofE, knowing that you have the strength, determination and resilience to keep going through any difficult situations whilst still having fun.

Alex

Programmes

The Abbey is a Directly Licensed Centre, meaning that we have the expertise to license our own programme of activities under the DofE Award heading. We provide opportunities to enrol on the Silver and Gold levels of the programme. Usually over 90% of Upper V enrol on Silver and approximately 50% of Lower VI enrol on Gold. The timescales of the Silver and Gold levels are as follows:

Silver

Volunteering

Physical

Skills

Expedition

6 months

One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months.

Plan, train for and complete a 3 day, 2 night expedition.

Direct entrants must undertake a further six months in the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Gold

Volunteering

Physical

Skills

Expediton

Residential

12 months

One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months.

Plan, train for and complete a 4 day, 3 night expedition.

Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.

Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Student thoughts...

Alex: DofE allows teenagers to experience exciting and unusual opportunities, that help develop their confidence, abilities and worldly experiences.

Elise: DofE encourages you to do activities that you wouldn’t normally do inside school or might have access to in school. Also it helps you find new activities to take up.

Alex: My residential trip was an opportunity to focus on a topic I don’t have any knowledge about; focusing on History meant that I learnt new and interesting information in a different environment. I learnt the importance of teamwork and resilience from all areas of my DofE.

Elise: I would have never considered taking part in the Young Enterprise Programme. From this I learnt the complexities of running a business and the processes behind it.

Alex: DofE did not impact my academic study, it fitted well with my weekly routines without reducing my free time.

Elise: I found I was already doing some activities so it was easy to fit any extra things into my schedule.

Alex: The expedition, including all preparation, was so much fun, and a massive learning experience.

Elise: My favourite experience was the gold canoeing expedition. One of the funniest moments was slipping down a muddy bank trying to get back into the boat and capsizing on the rapids.

Alex: I ended up not including DofE in my personal statement as I had other details that were more applicable to my specific degree, however I still logged it as an achievement and for others it was a relevant and core part of their statement.

Elise: It helped enhance my personal statement including skills I had gained from the activities I’d completed.

Alex: It gives you massive personal satisfaction to complete all areas of DofE, knowing that you have the strength, determination and resilience to keep going through any difficult situations whilst still having fun.

Elise: It’s not as tough as it might seem and a lot more activities count towards it than you may think. It’s enjoyable and worthwhile completing.

Welcome from Director of Outdoor Education – Richard Godfrey


The Way Ahead

The Way Ahead

Looking to the future and deciding which path to take is daunting for any of us – regardless of age. But at 14 or 15, looking beyond Sixth Form into a fast-moving world and making decisions that will impact on your career, it’s even more so.

To help with that decision-making process, and to reassure students that it’s OK if they don’t yet know what they want to do, we have developed a journey to help, called ‘The Way Ahead’. As part of our Aspire programme, The Way Ahead guides students through five stages, each designed to help them and navigate through important decisions, supported by staff, specialist advisors and family.

The graphic below shows each stage of The Way Ahead journey. It highlights the ways in which we provide the guidance and support each student needs to help them take the first steps in a direction that feels right for them.

There are 5 steps in the process…

1

Lower V

Students take their first steps in exploring the choices open to them, and the support that will be available in the coming years. They are introduced to the process of Morrisby psychometric testing which helps them shape their ideas, and take part in the Next Steps Interviews.

2

Upper V

At this stage students begin to consider Sixth Form options, including the Sixth Form Scholarship process, and develop a sense of direction for A Level or IB Diploma study options.

3

Lower VI

Students begin to look forward to choices in further education through university visits, a course finder questionnaire, work experience and preparation of their personal statements. There’s also an opportunity to apply for Officer positions as part of our Leadership programme.

4

Upper VI

The university application process is underway with aptitude tests, Oxbridge preparation and interviews, and Aspire events, before making final UCAS decisions.

5

Year 14

As students embark on a future beyond The Abbey, we encourage them to stay connected as we continue our support. They return for a Year 14 Tea which helps them share initial experiences and exchange advice, attend Speech Day and explore all the benefits of the Abbey Connect Alumnae programme.

LOWER
V

‘ELEVATE’

Study skills and team building seminar

GCSE PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY EXAM

First public examination experience

WAY AHEAD EVENING

Set the context of Morrisby test in the wider picture of decisions about Sixth Form, Higher Education and Career choices

INTRODUCTION TO NEW SIXTH FORM SUBJECTS

e.g. Psychology, Economics

MORRISBY TESTING

Girls complete questionnaire regarding interests and work style preferences together with psychometric test to produce Morrisby Profile

‘LOOKING AHEAD’ WORKSHOP

Bring to the table survival strategies to ensure proactive domination. At the end of the day, going forward, a new normal that has evolved from generation X is on the runway heading towards a streamlined cloud solution.

IB INFORMATION EVENING BIENNIALLY

UPPER
V

UPPER V RECEIVE MORRISBY PROFILES AND ARE SIXTH FORMERS FOR THE DAY

NEXT STEPS INTERVIEWS

Meetings with girls, parents and staff to review Morrisby Profile and future plans

SIXTH FORM SCHOLARSHIP PROCESS

SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING

MOCK GCSE EXAMS

‘ACE YOUR EXAMS’

Post-mock motivation seminar

PARENT CONSULTATION & SIXTH FORM OPTIONS MEETING

Review academic progress, flag issues. Impact of Sixth Form decisions on higher education

SUBJECT INFORMATION

Drop in sessions with subject teachers to discuss options and ask questions

RETURN OPTIONS FORM

Decisions on A Level / IB subjects to allow for bespoke timetabling

CAREERS AND HIGHER EDUCATION EVENING BIENNIALLY

Employers, Alumnae and HE institutions provide up to date information

CELEBRATION DAY & PROM

GCSE EXAMS & STUDY LEAVE

WORK EXPERIENCE

LOWER
VI

SIXTH FORM INDUCTION DAY

Orientation for Sixth Form life and learning

UNIVERSITY VISIT

Lower VI visit Surrey University to experience student life and sample some lectures

ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME

SPEECH DAY

Lower VI receive GCSE Certificates, meet Year 14 returners

SCHOOL OFFICER APPLICATION

Lower VI apply and have interviews for Officer positions

OXBRIDGE STUDY DAYS

Subject focused masterclasses start

COURSE FINDER QUESTIONNAIRE

Course finder profile to support HE decision making

HIGHER EDUCATION EVENING

Event outlining options, timescales and procedures. Chance to discuss with first year undergraduates

LVI EXAMS

ABBEY CONNECT

Sign up to The Abbey Connect (www.theabbeyconnect.com), an online platform for networking and mentoring
opportunities for Sixth Form pupils and Abbey Alumnae

OFFICER POSITIONS ANNOUNCED

UCAS SEMINAR

Practical advice on the application process

SIXTH FORM CONFERENCE

‘Futures planning’ workshops

PERSONAL STATEMENT PREPARATION

Students prepare draft statements

WORK EXPERIENCE

UPPER
VI

UNIVERSITY APPLICATION PROCESS

Students decide on subjects and universities and finalise personal statements. The Abbey staff write detailed supporting references

UNIVERSITY APTITUDE TESTS

Tests for specific degree courses

OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE PREPARATION EVENTS

Students experience demonstration and practice interviews

OXBRIDGE INTERVIEWS

Candidates visit Colleges for interviews

ASPIRE EVENTS

Lectures, Networking Dinners, workshops and individual conversations with students provide information about their future aspirations

IB & A-LEVEL MOCKS

FINAL SCHOOL REPORT

UCAS DECISION DEADLINE

Deadline for making firm / insurance offer decisions

LVI EXAMS

LEAVERS’ EVENTS

IB & A-LEVEL RESULTS

TO UNIVERSITY OR GAP YEAR & BEYOND

YEAR
14

SPEECH DAY

Return to collect certificates, Year 14 Reception

YEAR 14 TEA

Year 14 Reunion in the Sixth Form

Abbey Alumnae

Events, Linkedin and Facebook groups, ENewsletters, encouraging an ongoing sense of community, networking and mentoring. Alumnae are encouraged to return to school to mentor and advise current students.

The Abbey Connect (www.theabbeyconnect.com) is a dedicated online professional networking and mentoring service for our girls and Abbey Alumnae


Aspire Programme

Aspire Programme

The Aspire programme is designed to guide and support students in shaping their future when they leave The Abbey.

In today’s swiftly changing and competitive world, students are presented with a multitude of decisions and opportunities, and navigating through these can be overwhelming.

Our Aspire programme provides them with access to the expertise they need to identify their aspirations and dreams, and to help them make decisions that feel right for them. A strong academic performance is one of the cornerstones of a fulfilling and productive life, but throughout their time at The Abbey, students will have many other opportunities to learn skills that go beyond the curriculum, developing values, skills and behaviour that will stand them in good stead. They need to be well-informed, and to receive impartial advice that ensures they go on from education ready to follow their own path, and with a strong understanding of the wider working world and society.

By Sixth Form, some students are ready to follow a strong ambition in life, and we can support them in making that happen. However, it is perfectly normal that most haven’t identified their vocation – whether at the point of making GCSE or A-Level choices, or embarking on the International Baccalaureate diploma. We see our role in guiding them to keep their options open at each key decision-making stage, and to help them develop skillsets that are robust and transferrable across a range of careers.

We educate them to spot opportunities, research careers, and understand how to promote themselves and build resilience in the competitive world of work. We source the most-up-to-date information regarding university courses, apprenticeship programmes, labour market information and recruitment practices so that our students are always in the best possible place to make informed decisions about their career, now and later in the future.

The Abbey Careers and Higher Education Fair
Thursday 10 February 2022

The Aspire Careers and Higher Education Fair is the flagship event in our Aspire careers programme. It brings together representatives from a wide range of professions and Higher Education institutions to offer students the opportunity to gain first-hand information on a variety of career areas and Higher Education study.

Universities who have confirmed attendance so far include the following: (please keep checking the list for further updates)

  • University of Birmingham
  • Durham University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Southampton
  • University of York
  • University of Liverpool
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Bristol

  • University of Bath
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Exeter
  • Cardiff University
  • Swansea University
  • Keele University
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex


The Library

The Library

Other resources include periodicals and DVDS and we have a variety of subscriptions to both print and digital resources to support students at school and with homework. Sixth form students are also supported in their research through a subscription to the London Library containing over one million books and periodicals, dating from 1700 to the present day, almost all of which can be borrowed.

The library keeps its resources regularly updated. 16 networked computers are available on the upper level. This pleasant and spacious environment not only celebrates national events such as Book Week and World Book Day but is also home to students’ work in cross-curricular displays. Book clubs regularly meet in the library for different year groups; timings of lunchtime meetings are communicated via registration.

The library staff are always on hand to help and respond to individual requests and the Librarian is pleased to arrange author visits, clubs, promotional trips, quizzes and competitions, as well as offer induction sessions and information literacy through Skills for Life lessons. Library lessons are also booked by subject teachers to facilitate research and wider reading; the English Department brings KS3 classes to the library on a regular basis to encourage reading for pleasure and to work on reading projects such as The Fiction 40 Reading Challenge in UIII.

Recent author visits have included Paul Twivy, author of teen novel, Hallowed Ground; Jess Butterworth, author of several young adult adventure stories, and Joanna Jolly, an Abbey alumna, who discussed her successful career in journalism and published non-fiction, Red River Girl.
In order to foster intellectual curiosity, reading lists are available on the library catalogue which may be accessed via the networked computers in school, via Google Classroom or by visiting the library. Log-in details for subscriptions and new resources are also available when working remotely.

Email: library@theabbey.co.uk


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Sport

We are very proud of the sporting achievements of the students both in team competitions and individually.

Our core school sports are: Hockey, Netball, Swimming, Biathlon, Cross-Country, Rounders, Tennis, Diving, Athletics and Gymnastics. We have many students who represent their county and some who are in national squads in a variety of sports ranging from those listed above to Rowing, Cricket, Synchro Swimming and Aerobic Gymnastics.

Matches

There are some tournaments / competitions which take place during the school day and on Saturdays and opportunities for squads to play in tours in the UK and overseas.

Clubs

The Abbey also provides a programme of extra-curricular courses which are run by external coaches. These have proved to be popular with many of the students who are not necessarily involved in the competitive teams. Recent courses have been in Street Dance, Fencing, Basketball, Golf, Judo, Football and Lacrosse. The Gym and Dance show and House Music and Dance competition also give performance opportunities to students strong in aesthetics.

Please visit our Scholarships page for information about our Sport Scholarships.

Follow us on Twitter @theabbey_sport


Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

Our Outdoor Education programme is truly adventurous and progressive, enabling our students to gain a wealth of experience, learning and inspiration.

Excellent education and development must go beyond the academic and our Outdoor Education programme is a perfect complement to academic education. Experiential and adventurous education is essential in helping the students to develop the many skills and attributes required alongside academic ability. Our Outdoor Education programme seeks to provide valuable learning opportunities using three key areas:

Environmental – exposure to, and learning about, different environments, be that in the woods, the hills, the rivers, the mountains, different countries or simply a different place nearby

Activity – learning new, or developing existing, activity skills and abilities, such as camping, map reading, rock climbing, kayaking, sailing, orienteering, hill walking, cooking on camp stoves etc

Personal and Social Development – experiencing living and working with others, including sharing accommodation or tents, eating and cooking together, working with others, problem-solving, decision making, leadership, taking responsibility, dealing with challenges, dealing with risk etc

Our Outdoor Education programme is progressive throughout the school from Junior through Senior and Sixth Form. It moves from local, activity-based, instructor led experiences in the Junior School through to genuinely adventurous remote and overseas opportunities in the Sixth Form. Using the above three factors we can ensure that each trip and experience builds on the previous, giving worthwhile developmental opportunities. We encourage the students to take on responsibility whenever possible in these activities rather than just follow the Instructor.

Our Outdoor Education experiences take on many different guises, from whole year shared residential experiences, such as the Lower III activity week or Upper III bushcraft trip, to optional activity trips to develop specific skills (for example skiing or rock climbing), to challenging expeditions such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions or overseas Abbey Challenges. In the past, we have visited Morocco, Nepal and Uganda. Plus, for those students who find a particular activity enjoyable (for example, climbing, sailing or canoeing) there are regular after school clubs in which they can develop their skills and work towards performance awards.

Welcome from Director of Outdoor Pursuits and Experiential Education, Richard Godfrey