The Middle School

At Abingdon, staff work hard to create a friendly and collegiate environment where your sons can thrive and excel in a myriad of ways. This is due, in no small part, to the quality of the relationships amongst the staff and boys. I am confident that both you and your son will find the School a friendly place; I am sure that your son will go on to make some life long friends.

Boys join the Middle School in the 3rd year (Year 9) and carry on through to complete their GCSE studies at the end of the 5th year (Year 11). Boys are split into nine houses; three boarding and day and six day, throughout their time here. Each boy has a house tutor attached to him in order to shepherd him through the Middle School; one for the third year and another to guide him through both the fourth and fifth form. You will discover great inter-house camaraderie as boys take part in various inter-house competitions ranging from: rugby, singing, debating, and swimming, through to chess and athletics.

I hope that your son will seize the numerous opportunities (including all the Other Half Activities) available to him at Abingdon and grow in many ways: in his learning, his self-confidence, his sport, his music and in his zest for life beyond school.

My advice can be boiled down to this: work hard and play hard; seize opportunities, take risks, don’t be afraid to try new things, treat others as you would have them treat you, and, if you need help – ask!

I hope that the Rough Guide (PDF), which is written by Abingdon boys for Abingdon boys, gives you and your sons a flavour of life in the Middle School, both from the perspective of life as a boarder and as a dayboy.

A brochure can only hint at the real life of the school so do come and visit us and see Abingdon life in action. You can do this by contacting the Director of Admissions. Alternatively, if you have any questions you can email me:

With all good wishes

Rev Paul Gooding
Middle Master

Paul Gooding

Having studied Geography at Oxford Paul worked for Deloitte Consulting in London before embarking on a ski season where he qualified as a BASI snowboard instructor. He returned to complete a PGCE after which he worked at Bedford and Stowe schools before coming to Abingdon in 2006 as a housemaster. Paul then moved on, in 2008, to a role as Head of Middle School and then became Assistant Child Protection Lead. He is particularly interested in the spiritual dimension of life and so completed two theology diplomas, at Oxford, as well as a curacy to enable him to serve as a chaplain in schools. On the sporting side he loves basketball and following the NBA and so it is no suprise that he heads up the team here. Paul enjoys expeditions and is heavily involved in DofE, both as a Mountain Leader supervisor and DofE assessor. He also takes part in numerous trips to far flung mountainous places. 


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