Abingdon Prep is a leading independent prep school for boys aged 4 to 13. Together with our Senior School, Abingdon, we make up the Abingdon Foundation which educates boys to age 18, with full and weekly boarding available at the Senior School from age 13.

Our Timeline

  1. 1956

    Josca’s was founded with just 5 pupils, three of whom were brothers. The eldest was called Josca hence the name - Josca’s Preparatory School
  2. 1970

    Josca’s moved to the current site at Frilford
  3. 1998

    Josca’s merged with Abingdon School to form the Abingdon Foundation. New classrooms and facilities for science, ICT, music and sport followed.
  4. 2006

    New sports hall opened and extensive refurbishment of classrooms.
  5. 2007

    Josca’s renamed Abingdon Preparatory School
  6. 2017

    Craig Williams joins the school as Headmaster

Abingdon Prep is based in Frilford just outside Abingdon and is set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside with views to the Ridgeway. Fresh air and space abound with woods to explore, gardens to cultivate, adventure play areas to enjoy and an abundance of sports pitches and playgrounds.

We are a very happy, friendly school with around 250 boys. There is no typical pupil. Confident or shy, robust or sensitive – and they are usually a mixture of all four – we know what makes boys tick. Wherever their interests lie, our extensive Other Half (extra-curricular) programme with around 100 clubs and activities, captures their enthusiasm. It might be coding, the creative arts, fencing or folk group or perhaps the sports field where, whether they are A or D team, they will represent their school.


Other Half activities to choose from


Scholarships and awards to senior schools in the last 3 years


Of boys play a musical instrument

Opportunities are plentiful at Abingdon Prep and boys are keen to try everything; they want to sing in the choir, play in the orchestra, join the debating team and they enjoy all that they do. Our small class sizes ensure that pupils are very well cared for and their strengths and weaknesses recognised. With one class throughout Pre-Prep and then two per year from age seven, there is plenty of opportunity for musical ensembles, art and science clubs and when it comes to team sport, we have full fixture cards for every term.

Our teaching is adapted to boys’ learning. Our phonics programme is tailored to suit and we know the books they enjoy, the trips that will inspire. We appreciate that every boy is different and that confidence is key.

Boys flourish here, and happy boys make very good learners.

Abingdon Prep School music lesson

Abingdon Prep School athletics

Abingdon Prep School Pre-Prep

Abingdon Prep School sport

Abingdon Prep School trip

Abingdon Prep School drama

Abingdon Prep School activities

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