Abingdon School in Partnership

The aim of Abingdon School in Partnership, ASiP, is to build relationships with the local community, and in particular our partner schools, to the benefit of and to challenge all staff and students across the town.

Our core aims for the upcoming year are:

  • Embed a formal partnership programme through OX14 Learning Partnership ensuring the three main strands are covered by a sustainable and mutually beneficial approach.
  • Continue to develop a coherent ASiP programme with a particular focus on Sports Partnership strategy in a similar vein to Performing Arts and Science.
  • Use Impact Ed to grow the profile of partnerships across all key stakeholders and enhance the method of assessing impact of key partnership activities.
Abingdon School in Partnership languages lesson with primary school


We will build on the positive role the School plays in the local community.

Abingdon School in Partnership sports event


Students and staff collaborate effectively and positively with members of the local community.

Abingdon School in Partnership sports event


Students and staff stretch and challenge themselves via collaboration.

ASiP news and updates

Keep up to date with the latest ASiP news and projects around the school.


In 2021/22:


Abingdon School pupils were involved with ASiP

Abingdon School in Partnership science lesson

hours were dedicated to ASiP by teaching and support staff

Abingdon School in Partnership classics lesson

Abingdon School has a rich educational heritage and for many years now we have been working collaboratively with Fitzharrys School, the School of St Helen and St Katharine and more recently with Larkmead and John Mason as well as many of our local primary schools. The fundamental aim of this partnership is to build a culture of learning opportunities for students and staff across the whole town.

The opening of the School’s Science Centre and the subsequent Abingdon Science Partnership initiative has broadened our association with around 50 schools and organisations. The Abingdon Science Partnership has been shortlisted on three occasions for the prestigious TES Awards for both the Community and Collaboration category and the Independent State School Partnership category.

Since 2018 Abingdon School in Partnership has developed a series of joint activities that fall both within and beyond the classroom, which include sixth form academic mentoring in Maths, English and Science, a town wide peer support program, action based research aiding staff professional development, extra GCSE classes as well as a performing arts partnership which includes shared film making and script writing. In addition we have an extensive primary school program involving activities such as the business challenge, mini olympics, fun with languages and an introduction to humanities day.

We are also beginning to explore links involving sport and music as well as extra-curricular activities such as debating and Model United Nations to help promote student leadership and cultural capital. We have begun to develop staff CPD across the local school community as well. 



schools and institutions involved in partnership activities


students involved in partnership activities


student experiences enabled


events and activities this year

We aim to continue to grow our partnership program in the coming years for the benefit of students and staff across the town. As a forward thinking, outward looking school, Abingdon is keen to forge further links with schools, both primary and secondary, within the town and surrounding area. We are constantly looking to develop our partnerships programme further within academic areas as well as extra-curricular, student leadership and staff development.

The Partnerships Team

The Partnerships team is made up of a group of staff members led by Director of Partnerships, Robin Southwell-Sander. The team is supported by Partnership Coordinator, Jess Burns.

OX14 Learning Partnership

OX14 Learning Partnership is a new formal partnership between Abingdon School, John Mason, Fitzharrys, Radley, Larkmead and St Helen’s. There will be events and activities that fall within OX14 Learning Partnership with a focus on the core aims below:

  • INSPIRE: To provide opportunities for aspiration and challenge though widening horizons for all stakeholders.
  • CHALLENGE: Use extra-curricular activities to develop character, promote cultural engagement and support civic pride.
  • SUPPORT: Support the mental health and wellbeing of students, staff and parents using a whole partnership approach.

Through these aims we hope to provide mutually beneficial, sustainable opportunities for students, staff and parents across the town.

Visit the OX14 Learning Partnership website

Abingdon Science Partnership

The Abingdon Science Partnership (ASP) is primarily a science outreach organisation supported and funded by Abingdon School. The aim of the ASP is to strengthen participation in science in a wide variety of ways across the Abingdon district and beyond. The ASP works with local primary and secondary schools; community groups such as Scouts and Guides and local organisations such as the ATOM Society and Science Oxford. In addition ASP is an official partner with national organisations including the Institute for Research in Schools and the Ogden Trust Primary Science Partnerships.

The ASP can offer support for science related events in many different ways including school visits, equipment loans and use of our dedicated and well equipped science teaching laboratory. These facilities are available to all types of school and community groups. Further information.

Abingdon Science Partnership lesson

Academic Partnerships

Subject areas will look to provide opportunities for students within our cluster of schools to collaborate with each other, and with staff, to further their knowledge and deepen the passion for the subject. This includes sixth form mentoring where older students try their hand at teaching the lower school or middle school curriculum to younger students. This helps develop core skills of collaboration, communication and initiative.

In addition, curriculum subjects that fall beyond the areas available in our partner schools such as classics, geology and astronomy are also offered by Abingdon staff to students from across the town, ensuring a broad and rich curriculum for students with a particular interest or passion. Again, this has CPD benefits for our own staff who experience teaching new subject matter to a variety of students.

Abingdon School in Partnership lesson

Developing Leaders Partnerships

Developing leaders partnerships provide the opportunity for students within our cluster of schools to take on leadership opportunities and work collaboratively with other students. This may include activities such as Model United Nations, sports coaching, academic mentoring, pastoral mentoring and primary school liaison. These opportunities can help develop skills fundamental to future success such as communication, teamwork, public speaking, creativity and initiative. Leadership achievements where appropriate can be recognised through leadership accreditations such as the ASDAN award.

Abingdon School in Partnership


Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnerships

With growing pressure on our young people, our mental health and wellbeing partnerships focus on a cross partnership approach for prevention and early intervention for mental health related issues. We aim to support students, their families and staff with a range of support. These include webinars, toolkits, training for staff and peer mentoring training for students. Our partnership work gives students and staff the opportunities to share experiences and best practice to help promote positive mental health and wellbeing in the local community.

Arts Partnerships

Arts Partnership activities at Abingdon began in September 2018 in two areas – filmmaking and playwriting – and there are also plans for Abingdon students to work with their counterparts at partner schools on the staging of a music theatre production.

The Abingdon Film Academy launched in 2019 with filmmaking programmes run by the AFU tutors. Drama collaboration sees Abingdon running the National Theatre’s New Views playwriting scheme in which professional playwrights guide students through the process of creating their own thirty-minute plays for entry into a national competition that offers winners the chance to see their work staged by the National Theatre.

The Oxfordshire Academy for Broadcast Journalism is a new opportunity for students to delve into the world of the media with taster and development sessions in creating a podcast, writing a blog post and learning how to present. This provides a platform for students with a story to tell.

Abingdon School in Partnership performing arts

Primary School Partnerships

Under the leadership of our primary school liaison teacher, we are forging further links between Abingdon School and our surrounding primary schools through the running of various extra curricular activities which include Fun with Languages, an introduction to humanities, business challenge, mini Olympics, reading mentors and extra curricular clubs. These activities help develop mutually beneficial partnerships, where primary school students and staff are supported both with academic and extra curricular activities and our own staff experience a completely different teaching environment which supports their CPD. There are also opportunities to promote student leadership with many of our Key Stage 4 and 5 students supporting these primary school activities.

Abingdon School in Partnership event

Follow us on social media:

Instagram: @aspartnerships
Twitter: @ASPartnerships

Further information:

See our page on the Schools Together website. The Schools Together Group is a nationwide group of those in state and independent schools with an interest in inter-school partnerships: “Harnessing the power of partnerships for the benefit of children”.

Read Rob Southwell-Sander’s blog on the ISC website about the peer mentoring scheme.

Read Jessica Burns’ blog on the ISC website about Abingdon School’s academic coaching programme