School Facilities

Many of our facilities are available to hire. Further information is available on the Abingdon Sports and Leisure website.

Facilities:

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The Amey Theatre sits at the heart of the School’s Arts Centre and comprises a 446 seat auditorium with fully raked seating and balcony. The stage is large and includes a wedge shaped apron thrusting out to within feet of the audience. Alternatively the orchestra pit beneath the apron stage can be revealed when needed. The area is versatile and can be adapted to a wide range of uses. The theatre is equipped with modern stage lighting and sound facilities.

In 2015, new seating and air handling were installed which, not only improved the comfort for audiences but also greatly enhancing the theatre’s appearance. Further upgrading followed with new lighting and audio visual equipment. Recently the School installed an upgraded projector, large projection screen, 7.1 surround sound and a satellite link to enable the theatre to be used as a cinema to screen, for example, National Theatre productions. 

Supporting the main auditorium is a range of spaces including conservatory style foyer, box office and the usual audience facilities.

A rich and diverse programme takes place throughout the year offering a mix of school productions, concerts, lectures, films and local organisation’s events. The Amey Theatre acts as a focus for much cultural activity in the area.

The theatre and other areas in the Arts Centre may be booked for events subject to availability within the School’s programme.

Futher information:

For more information about the facilities and equipment please contact theatre@abingdon.org.uk.

View the virtual tour of the Chapel

In the 12th century the Benedictine monks of Abingdon Abbey founded the School - we claim St Edmund as one of our first boys - and built St Nicolas' Church, where the School worshipped. In the 16th century the Church became part of the new Church of England. The School continues that parish church link with three annual services in St Helen's and St Michael's Churches.

Since 1903 daily worship has taken place in the School Chapel. Every year of boys has a ten - minute service each week. These services are non-denominational in Christian character, suitable for those of any faith or none. They give pupils and staff an experience of Christian worship; they are invited to participate as they feel able. During a busy week, it is a valuable opportunity to consider matters spiritual with other members of the School family.

There are voluntary services of daily morning prayer and lunch-time Holy Communion on holy days. Boarders' chapel happens one evening a month and the spiritual life of the boarding community is resourced in a variety of ways.

Each March a bishop of the Church of England comes to confirm boys who seek the full adult life of the Church.

The Chapel now has a whole suite of windows by artist Nicholas Mynheer, a large eagle lectern that bears the date 1694, and memorial plaques for the Old Abingdonians who fell in the World Wars and for some former assistant masters.

A Christian Union group meets weekly and an Alpha course is available for senior boys.

The Chaplain has an important pastoral role for pupils and staff.

Chapel Pages:

The two libraries at Abingdon, located in the oldest part of the school, are integral to school life. A collection of more than 18,000 books, 500 DVDs and an extensive array of online resources support the academic curriculum, reading for pleasure and independent learning for both students and staff.

Students are welcome to make use of the libraries before and after school and during morning break and lunch. Students also visit the libraries regularly with subject teachers to make use of its resources. A full-time librarian and two assistant librarians work closely with teaching staff to ensure that library resources meet student needs. They also guide and train students who choose library service as an Other Half activity.

To help them make best use of the extensive information resources available at Abingdon, all students are taught skills in information literacy, focusing on how to identify their information needs, search for information effectively and safely, evaluate the information they find and utilise it appropriately. The librarian works closely with the Director of Teaching and Learning to support the aims and objectives of teaching and learning at Abingdon.

Library Facilities

The Hooke Library: All students benefit from use of The Hooke Library, also known as Lower Library, which houses a large collection of fiction and nonfiction tailored to the interests and reading level of older children and young teenagers, along with popular magazines and local and national newspapers. The Hooke Library also houses a suite of 24 desktop computers networked to a high-speed laser printer-copier-scanner that allows wireless printing from laptops and tablets.

The Grundy Library: From Middle School, students can take advantage of The Grundy Library, also known as Upper Library, which houses printed resources tailored to their needs and an environment conducive to private study. The Grundy Library is particularly popular amongst sixth formers.

Online resources: To help support teaching and learning, the library provides a diverse array of online resources, including the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Oxford Reference Guides, Digital Theatre, databases for Science, History and English, and guidance on effective research. Online resources are available 24/7 whether students are at school or at home.

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Following the opening of our Sports Centre in October 2008 and taking over the lease of Tilsley Park in September 2014 we are able to provide extensive, high quality sports facilities.  New for 2016 is a multi use sports area, MUSA, on the main school campus.

The sports hall accommodates multi-sport activities including badminton, volleyball, basketball, indoor hockey and has space for four cricket lanes. There are two squash courts, two fitness suites, a climbing wall and a martial arts and fencing studio with five competition pistes. This studio has a sprung floor and has dual use as a performing arts studio. The rowing ergometer suite looks over the 25m, 8 lane indoor swimming pool and offers the latest training facilities specific to rowing, whilst the general fitness suite is used for boys looking to increase strength and stamina across all sports. There is also a physiotherapy suite.

The MUSA is an exciting new addition to the communal and recreational space on campus, occupying the site of the old grass tennis courts next to Waste Court Field and the Yang Science Centre. It has markings for four tennis courts with a robust, hardwearing surface, enabling year round use. The surface accommodates a range of sports as well as tennis including football, basketball and hockey. 

Tilsey Park offers some of the best sports facilities in the area for rugby, athletics, hockey and football with all weather pitches including a new 4G surface and a new throws area.  

Our sports centre and Tilsley Park are available to hire - further details

Abingdon School took over the management of Tilsley Park on 1 September 2014 and since then has undertaken a full programme of improvement and investment including a new 4G surface and throws area plus refurbishment of social areas. Tilsley Park now provides some of the best sporting facilities in the region. Please see the Tilsley Park website for full details.

The new 4G pitch and throws area are already in use and proving to be very popular not just with the School but with local clubs and organisations. We set out to make Tilsley Park a centre of excellence and a premier sporting venue for the community and these facilities certainly achieve this aim. The 4G pitch is certified by the RFU, RFL and FA, and complements the two existing full size ATP hockey pitches, offering all year round high quality floodlit sports facilities.

The sporting facilities currently available are:

  • Athletics: eight lane, floodlit artificial surface track with javelin, shot put, discus, steeplechase, pole vault and long jump facilities. 300 seat covered grandstand
  • Hockey: two, floodlit astro pitches with spectator seating
  • Football: three, five-a-side floodlit astro pitches
  • Rugby: 4G all weather surface

The other facilities include:

  • Changing rooms
  • Function room
  • Licensed bar
  • Free car and coach parking

Please refer to the location map for directions to Tilsley Park.

View the virtual tours below or take a look at our Yang Science Centre video.

The Yang Science Centre opened in October 2015, it houses 21 teaching laboratories, study areas, project rooms and preparatory rooms, and provides a much-needed new base for the School’s science teaching. If you'd like to take a look inside, view this video clip. At the heart of the new building is an inspirational sculpture designed and built by sculptor Matthew Lane Sanderson. The Yang Science Centre was partly funded by a gift from the Yang family, a grant from the Mercers’ Company and over 400 donations. Construction had a high regard for environmental issues including a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating.

It’s not just the boys at the school who benefit. The Abingdon Science Partnership, ASP, which is run by the School, aims to encourage local participation in science at all levels and to improve access to science education in schools and the community. The ground floor of the building houses a large outreach laboratory that will be an integral part of ASP, enabling groups from outside the school to experience hands-on science activities.