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Abingdon School - ISSCC - International Education & Study Abroad SpecialistSchool ID: 701
School Name: Abingdon School
School Type: Boys
City: Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Tuition fee: (Year 2012-2013) Full boarding fee: ˘G31,050 per annum
Residential Type: Day/Boarding
Rental fee: Included in tuition fee (Boarding)
Program offer: Year 7 - 9, GCSE (Year 10 - 11), A-Level (Year 12 - 13)
Other Information: Abingdon - an independent boys school in the south of Oxfordshire - combines over 750 years of history and tradition with a modern outlook, providing an all-round education for boys from the age of 11 to 18. As well as encouraging academic achievement, with impressive results at GCSE, A Level and Oxbridge and university entrance, the School provides extensive extra-curricular opportunities, encouraging pupils to try something new, to develop existing talents and ˇĄgive something backˇ¦. Our aim is to ensure each boy thrives at Abingdon and, through challenge and opportunity, achieves the most from his potential. Our pupils come from a wide range of social and geographic backgrounds, creating a lively and tolerant mix of cultures. Boys of all faiths are welcome. The Chapel and its services provide a focus for exploration of the spiritual dimension within a Christian context: each year-group comes together in the Chapel once a week to share in an inter-denominational act of worship. The majority of our pupils are dayboys although boarding plays an important part in the character of the School. Close ties with the nearby girlsˇ¦ school of St Helen and St Katharine add a co-educational feel, especially to our Sixth Form, where some subjects are taught jointly and there is much collaboration with drama productions, musical activities and, of course, socially. We occupy an extensive site in the centre of Abingdon, just six miles south of Oxford. Abingdon Preparatory School is on a separate site ten minutes away. Our facilities range from the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian buildings to the more modern Amey Theatre, Arts Centre and science blocks. We are also very proud of our most recent addition, a multi-million-pound sports centre that opened in 2008. Organisation Abingdon is divided into the Lower School (aged 11-13), Middle School (aged 13-16) and Upper School or Sixth Form (aged 16-18). Pupils spend two years in Lower School, three years in middle School and two years in the Sixth Form. Entry to the Lower School is mainly from maintained primary schools and independent schools which finish at the age of eleven, while the Middle School intake is predominantly from preparatory schools taking the Common Entrance Examination. In the Upper School there is a further intake of boys from the maintained and independent sectors. The School day starts at 8.35am, lessons finish at 3.40pm and school buses depart at 5.20pm. Homework is set each day and the amount gradually increases as pupils move up the school. Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, lunchtimes and 3.40pm to 5.20pm each day are devoted to 'Other Half' activities. There is currently Saturday morning school from the third year (age 13) upwards but this will cease from September 2011. Every boy has his own individual timetable of work and activities which is supervised by his tutor. Abingdon welcomes pupils from overseas and we have boys at the School from almost every continent. Those who join us from overseas enjoy our excellent full-boarding facilities, which are available from our Third Year. We do have a Prep School for boys between the ages of 4 and 13 but this does not offer any boarding facilities. Abingdon has always had a sound academic tradition and in recent years a drive towards academic excellence has borne fruit. This is not the result of a narrow concentration - on the contrary, the curriculum is characterised by breadth and flexibility. Most boys study 10 subjects at GCSE from the wide range available and take them in their stride. This is protection against premature specialisation, and provides them with a broad basis of knowledge and skills. The large sixth form permits a wide choice of different subjects at AS and A level, and many boys read a combination of arts and science subjects.

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