Abingdon School in Partnership

The aim of Abingdon School in Partnership 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.

The School has a long history of working with partner schools on a range of projects from teaching Classics in senior schools to primary school sports days.

The opening of the School’s Science Centre and the subsequent Abingdon Science Partnership initiative has broadened our association with around 30 schools.

Fitzharrys School and Abingdon have worked together for four years. Joint activities include: action based research for staff and student collaboration ranging from joint drama performances, swimming coaching, A level geography teaching and more recently sixth formers planning, resourcing and delivering the teaching of certain curriculum areas within maths and science.

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 looking to develop our partnerships further within academic areas as well as extra-curricular, student leadership and staff development. All of which will build on: Community, Collaboration and Challenge.

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I have enjoyed ten happy years at Abingdon School teaching in the Geography department, coaching various sports teams and running a day house. For the last four years I have been working very closely with one of our partner schools, Fitzharrys, where, with the help of members of their Leadership Team, we have set up opportunities for staff and student collaboration which have been unquestionably beneficial to both schools.

I am hugely excited by the prospect of being able to develop our existing partnership programme further and to use the excellent practice seen in the Abingdon Science Partnership, under the leadership of Jeremy Thomas, to act as a springboard to develop a whole school partnership programme.

The ASiP programme is based on the concepts of Community, Collaboration and Challenge.

Our aim is for:

  • Abingdon School to build on the positive role it plays in the local community
  • students and staff to collaborate effectively and positively with members of the local community
  • students and staff to stretch and challenge themselves via collaboration.

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.

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 achievement will be recognised by way of a leadership ladder with awards presented at each level.

With growing pressure on adolescents in terms of academic expectations and issues linked to social media, mental health and wellbeing partnerships give students and staff from our cluster of schools the opportunity to share experience and best practice to try and promote positive mental health and wellbeing across the town of Abingdon.

Performing arts partnerships provide the opportunity for students within our cluster of schools to share their passion of the arts and collaborate with each other in art, music and drama performances. In addition there are exciting opportunities within the Abingdon Film Unit under the tutelage of Jeremy Taylor.

Working with students from different schools can help develop teamwork and communication as well as a shared love of performing arts which will also forge friendships.

Professional development partnerships give staff across our cluster of schools the opportunity to observe teaching and learning within a different setting and also help forge professionally beneficial links with different colleagues.

Having an outward looking ethos helps schools within the cluster learn from each other, provide cross-sector CPD opportunities and ultimately drive up standards of teaching and learning across Abingdon.

Sporting partnerships provide the opportunity for students within our cluster of schools to benefit from top level coaching and improve their knowledge and proficiency in certain sports. In addition members of the top sports teams could also turn their hand to coaching and try to inspire novice and intermediate students from other schools.

These opportunities will help build self confidence and enjoyment of sport.

Under the leadership of our primary school liaison teacher, Victoria Middleton, and with the support of our DT outreach teacher, Mike Webb, we are looking to forge positive links between Abingdon School and our surrounding primary schools. This will help develop mutually beneficial links, where primary school students and staff are supported both with academic and extra-curricular activities such as DT outreach projects, primary school sports days at Tilsley Park, 6th form mentoring as well as a range of other activities.