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: andrew.crisp@abingdon.org.uk.

With all good wishes

Mr Andrew Crisp
Middle Master

Andrew Crisp

Having been fascinated by languages since a young age, Andrew studied French and German at the University of Salford with an emphasis on linguistics and ‘machine translation’ – this theoretical approach was well before the days of ‘Google translate’. His passion for language-learning continued when he taught in Nairobi for two years and set about learning Swahili. Andrew began his teaching career in London in 1993 and since then has fulfilled a range of pastoral roles including being Head of Year for Years 7 - 13. He has also been Head of Languages in two schools. Outside of teaching, Andrew is a keen clarinettist and has performed in a number of orchestras in the Oxford area. He therefore enjoys playing alongside students at Abingdon in the Symphonic Wind Band. Moreover, his love for cooking, no doubt inspired by French cuisine, has led him to help run an OH cookery club aiming to prepare sixth formers for student cooking at university.