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]

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) has become the most sought after non-academic qualification in the UK by universities and employers. This is not surprising as, to gain an award, participants have to develop a vast array of skills and attributes which purely academic study does not cover. At The Abbey our DofE Award programme is one of the leading examples of the DofE Award in the country, both in terms of number of participants and in terms of award completions. The DofE Award has become an important part of the culture of the School rather than an ‘add on’ and most staff will be keen to discuss activities and progress with girls.

The DofE Award seeks to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements. To achieve an award girls have to take on activities under the following headings: volunteering, skill, physical, expedition and residential. Girls need to show motivation, organisation, commitment, a willingness to try new things, meet new people and overcome challenges. It is therefore no surprise that to complete a DofE Award is seen as such a worthwhile achievement. Such is the recognition of achieving a Gold Award that Gold Award holders are presented, 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 locations used in the past for Abbey DofE Expeditions include New Forest, River Severn, Snowdonia, Morocco and Ecuador.

Read the views of our students about the DoE Award Programme.

The Abbey provides 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:

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.

The dates of the DofE Award trips 2019-2020 can be found on our website.