Location

The Abbey is located just South of Reading town centre, and just fifteen minutes from the train station, with many students walking together to and from the station each day. The school is served by a local bus route (number 21) as well as operating an extensive school coach service.

We’re fortunate to be located in the centre of a thriving university town, within easy walking distance from the station, and close to key business hubs. Far from being tucked away in a rural bubble, we think our location supports our internationally-minded ethos, giving students the opportunity to be part of the vibrant and diverse community around them on a daily basis.

Girls come to The Abbey from Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire and are able to make their way to and from school easily due to excellent public transport links and a superb network of school buses. Many of our students enjoy this part of their day, relishing the opportunity to socialise together on their way to and from school, and the older girls enjoying the sense of ‘real-life’ independence and agency it brings.

The Nursery is on Vicarage Road. The Junior School is on Christchurch Road. The Senior School is on Kendrick Road (there is some parking available opposite the school in two hour restricted bays).

Junior School

30 Christchurch Road
Reading
Berkshire
RG2 7AR
Tel: 0118 931 3111

Senior School

Kendrick Road
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 5DZ (For satnav use RG1 5DU)
Tel: 0118 987 2256

Transport

Coach Routes

The School offers (via Horseman Coaches and The Abbey) an extensive coach network across Berkshire and Oxfordshire for both the Junior and Senior School. The exact routes change each year to reflect demand from parents.

Horseman Coaches

Horseman Coaches operate most of The Abbey School home to school coach routes. Please contact Horseman Coaches directly for any further information on 0118 975 3811 or e-mail them directly – info@horsemancoaches.co.uk

2021/2022: Horseman Coach timetables and costs

The Abbey - Minibus service

The Abbey provide a minibus service from Hook and from the Pangbourne area. If you are interested in further information regarding these routes for 2021/2022 please contact us – transport@theabbey.co.uk

Abbey Minibus Pangbourne Route 2021/2022Abbey Minibus Hook Route 2021/2022

Junior School ‘Kiss and Drop’

We operate a ‘Kiss and Drop’ zone for students from Reception to Lower III (Year 6) in Vicarage Road between 8.15am and 8.40am (8.30am for Reception and Lower Preparatory (Year 1). Please contact the Junior School Reception or Admissions for further information juniorschool@theabbey.co.uk.

Local Trains from Reading Station

Trains under 20 minutes

  • Goring & Streatley (15 minutes)
  • Twyford (10 minutes)
  • Wargrave (20 minutes)
  • Pangbourne (10 minutes)
  • Wokingham (15 minutes)
  • Maidenhead (18 minutes)
  • Slough (12 minutes)

Trains under 30 minutes

  • London Paddington (25 minutes)
  • Henley-on-Thames (27 minutes)
  • Oxford (24 minutes)
  • Newbury (24 minutes)
  • Ascot (29 minutes)
  • Bracknell (22 minutes)
  • Basingstoke (24 minutes)
  • Windsor (30 minutes)

Public Bus Routes

The following local buses provide services along or near Kendrick Road where The Abbey is situated:

  • 3, 3b, 10 Central Reading, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Shinfield, Aborfield, and Wokingham
  • 9 Central Reading, Royal Berkshire Hospital, University of Reading and Whitley Wood
  • 19a Central Reading, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Earley, Loddon Bridge
  • 19b Central Reading, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Earley, Lower Earley
  • 19c Central Reading, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Earley, Bulmershe, Woodley, Loddon Bridge
  • 21, 21a Reading Station, University of Reading, Lower Earley, Earley

Sixth Form Parking

There is a dedicated car park for the Sixth Form students who enjoy the independence of driving to school with their friends once they have gained their driving licence.