Abbotsholme School was established in 1889 by Cecil Reddie as an experiment for his progressive educational philosophies and theories. From the very beginning, the School favoured a less rigid environment and more liberal education. The original curriculum was designed to prepare boys for the public service. Abbotsholme School became coeducational in 1969. The values, education and broad curriculum offered were focussed on a Christian ethos that remains central to our vision today.
They Champion Outdoor Education including activities such as: team building, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, bushcraft, rock scrambling, orienteering, caving and climbing. Some of the activities are on the school site, but often we visit fantastic sites in the nearby area.The Performing Arts make a major contribution to Abbotsholme’s enriched curriculum inside and outside the classroom environment. Abbotsholme has its own 70 acre working farm, an equestrian centre and country estate. All pupils up to Year 9 play an active role in rural life at the School. In Year 10 and above pupils can choose to study Agriculture and Estate Management or Equestrian as part of a tailored programme.
At Abbotsholme they have four main boarding houses in the senior school with Housemasters and Housemistresses who oversee the care of pupils from Year 5 to 13. These boarding facilities have a range of options to suit you. They can provide Flexible accommodation which may be for a few nights each week, a weekly boarding option allowing students to stay Monday – Friday and full boarding which includes weekends.
Our boarding population comprises of students from the UK and 10 countries internationally and helps to shape the culturally rich and diverse community of which we are extremely proud.
Abbotsholme’s tradition of individuality, excellence and community is reflected in the character and disposition of our pupils. At Abbotsholme, they inspire the pupils to be the best version of themselves. They prize learning as a ‘total picture’ aimed at providing a balance between a pupil’s intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Their pupils do well academically, excel on the games field, make inspiring music, develop creativity and challenge themselves on the farm or through our extensive outdoor education programme.
A sense of well-being and belonging underpins all progress in the Senior School and we devote time and attention to ensuring that pupils develop the confidence and sense of worth they need to flourish. Where necessary, we provide support to pupils as they steer the tricky waters of teenage life: whether with making or sustaining friendships, making good choices or managing workload, a listening ear and practical advice are always available.
Abbotsholme School aims to provide a ‘whole person’ approach to education. The school believes they should give pupils a good start. Consequently there is a whole school approach to specific learning differences. Pupils are fully integrated into everyday life and lessons. Staff are aware of their needs and difficulties and make appropriate allowances. The specialist department provides help on a small group basis to any pupil who has special educational needs. The aim is to assist the pupil, whether dyslexic, dyscalculic, dyspraxic or with other specific learning differences to realise his/her full potential.