Qualities at The Abbey

1. Abbey Qualities: Unrivalled breadth, depth and excellence of provision

We are a passionate, enthusiastic, questioning community, full of different qualities and motivated by the rewards and excitement of academic excellence and of co-curricular opportunity.

Our range of subjects is broad and our range of opportunity still broader. Our students achieve extraordinary success in a range of academic disciplines in art, textiles, music, drama, sport and much more. This is wonderful to see. However what matters to us above all is that every single student gives a huge range of subjects areas and co-curricular activity a try. Above all, every club, society, team, ensemble, choir and talk – and indeed every lesson – represents opportunities to discover a passion that will stay with them forever.

2. Excitement and delight in discovery

At the heart of what we do is the lesson experience. There is nothing like a room full of engaged and curious minds, led by a teacher of unparalleled subject expertise, exploring far beyond the constraints of the syllabus: with serious purpose but light touch and full of laughter.

Exceptional exam results are a by-product of student ability, not a target. The work our students undertake is dazzling in its range and exuberance and founded on a fearlessness about making mistakes as an integral part of progress. We encourage all students to step off the beaten track and explore ideas for their own sake. In conclusion, this fosters a self-belief, ability to cope with challenge and love of learning benefiting their whole life.

3. Innovation and international outlook

We commit to innovation in outlook and in learning and this provides an international focus in all we do. Firstly, we offer the International Baccalaureate programme at our Sixth Form. In addition girls are offered the best in A-Level provision. Therefore, whatever route our students take they engage with and care about the wider world, and know they will make a difference in it.

We offer the very best of a vibrant city environment: modern, technologically aware, diverse, and lively-minded. We excel in helping our students embrace changes in work and society and to know that they can contribute to and to lead this change with assurance and generosity.

4. Exceptional individual attention and care from truly remarkable staff

Underpinning everything we offer, and our first priority is to know and value each student for who they are. Moreover, we believe in co-operation, collaboration and fellowship is built on active kindness. Individual excellence is admirable; communal excellence is transformational.

Our outstanding pastoral care opens discussion of challenges helping students to build resilience in facing them, as about providing the right support. Every single student celebrates and cherishes their qualities and understand their place in our school. Finally, It is not about coming first. It is about everyone running their own race. To be motivated by the joy of what they do and the support of staff and peers to go further than they imagined possible.