Welcome to boarding at Abingdon. We hope that you will find the following information about our lives in the boarding community interesting and exciting. The boarders have an active and enjoyable life in a caring and supportive environment. They benefit from an enhanced activities programme which complements well the academic expectations of the School.
As a boarder you will play an important part in your house and across the community and yet, above all, you will be valued as an individual. Your talents, skills and character will be nurtured and appreciated.
Please contact us if you wish to find out more about the life of boarders. We look forward to meeting you – you will be very welcome!
Matthew Kendry, Head of Boarding
“Boarders feel safe and valued.” - ISI Inspection
Abingdon offers weekly and full boarding from the age of 13.
Abingdon has both day houses and three boarding houses with day boys as an integral part of them. Boys join at 13 and remain attached to the house, throughout their time at the School.
“The behaviour in the boarding house is excellent and boarders thrive in an atmosphere of mutual respect and tolerance.” - ISI Inspection
The boarding houses comprise a housemaster and his family, an assistant housemaster, who is usually resident, a matron and a team of tutors. All boarding tutors live close by and get to know the boys socially through evening and weekend duties. Boys are members of a tutor group, overseen by one of the tutors attached to the house. These tutors are the first point of contact for parents, although, of course, the housemasters are available too.
“The leadership and management of boarding are excellent and this is reflected in the positive atmosphere in the houses.” - ISI Inspection
“Boarders leave the school very well prepared for the next stage of their lives, with strong moral values, excellent inter-personal skills and the ambition to contribute positively to society.” - ISI Inspection
Abingdon School is a member of the British Association of Independent Schools with International Students.