Abingdon Prep is a leading independent Prep School with a co-educational Pre-Prep for children aged 4-7 and a Prep School for boys aged 8 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 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
  7. 2022

    Opening of dedicated music school, second science lab, new CDT suite, new year five and six classrooms and new library.
  8. 2023

    Celebrating 25 years of the Abingdon Foundation

Set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside, Abingdon Prep School is situated in Frilford, a village just outside Abingdon. Fresh air and space abound with an impressive number of sports pitches, woods to explore, gardens to cultivate and adventure play areas to enjoy.

We are a very happy and friendly school with no ‘typical’ pupil. Confident or shy, robust or sensitive – and they are usually a mixture of all four – we know what makes our children tick. Wherever their interests lie, our extensive extra-curricular ‘Other Half’ programme captures their enthusiasm with over 100 clubs and activities to choose from. Whether it’s coding, the creative arts, fencing, folk group or one of the many sports in which our pupils will represent our school – irrespective of whether they are A or D team.


Other Half activities to choose from


scholarships and awards to senior schools in the last 5 years


of pupils play a musical instrument

Opportunities are plentiful at Abingdon Prep and our pupils 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 phonics programme is tailored to suit our young pupils – we know the books they enjoy, the trips that will inspire and we appreciate that every child is different and that confidence is key.

Children flourish here, and happy children make very good learners.

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