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Fantastic new opportunities at Abingdon Prep

A specialist music school, second science lab, purpose-built facilities for CDT, new classrooms and much, much, more…

Abingdon Prep is delighted to announce planning permission for a new building which will create very exciting opportunities for the boys across a wide range of subjects. The stunning new development will house a Music School, a second science lab, purpose-built spaces for CDT and four additional classrooms for Years 6 and 7.

The new building will also create space to transform many of our existing facilities including a major change to the library which will more than double in size and undergo complete refurbishment becoming a bright, modern, new learning space with teaching, break out and quiet reading areas. There will be a new multi-use hall for Pre-Prep and much improved facilities for Computing, Drama and Learning Support.

Work is due to begin in 2021. The new building will be at the back of the existing Quad, overlooking the Pre-Prep play area and Josca’s Field.

This is the second phase of development at Abingdon Prep following the installation of a multi-use sports area, refurbishment of Josca’s House and improved parking facilities. There will also be a new Pre-Prep playground later this year.

 

The Music School

The new Music School will provide inspirational, specialist facilities with acoustically designed practice and teaching rooms. It will help us to broaden the appeal of music at the Prep providing dynamic surroundings for lessons and for the almost 70% of pupils who learn musical instruments with visiting teachers.
Our 15 Other Half music clubs will also be able to enjoy new surroundings, including an ensemble practice room in which to play together.

The Science Lab

The new Science Lab is an important part of our ongoing development of STEM teaching at the Prep. It will provide a dedicated space for younger boys where they can explore science both as part of the curriculum and during the science clubs that they enjoy as part of the Other Half programme. As a Science department we value the practical side of science teaching and the benefits of kinaesthetic learning; this new space will mean that all boys can investigate and explore science even further than they currently do.

CDT

Our hugely creative CDT department will move into spacious, purpose-built facilities and there will be no stopping the boys in what they can achieve.

Classrooms for Years 6 and 7

Bright new modern classrooms will provide a great learning space for our boys to continue to develop their knowledge and understanding. The classrooms will also enhance the cohesion of our sections as the boys will be located together.

Computing

Computing will benefit from a refurbished suite and equipment will be updated to Chromeboxes.

Speaking about the new development, Headmaster Craig Williams said:

“We are incredibly excited to have this fantastic new development at Abingdon Prep. With the support of the Foundation, our boys will experience even more impressive facilities to further inspire them to develop their learning.

Music is an integral part of Abingdon Prep and our new Music School will enable the boys to develop their talents and their passion. CDT has always been a huge strength and with a spacious new room we are looking forward to developing the boys skills further, whilst the modern computing suite will help our boys to navigate their way through the latest IT developments.

“The new building will enable a second science lab to be created so that all of the boys can experience science in a laboratory environment and the central redeveloped library space offers a wide range of possibilities to further enhance learning. The Pre-Prep hall will allow the younger boys to have a space to come together and enable smaller groups to work with their teachers on specific projects. It is an exciting time for the Abingdon Prep community.”
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Mike Windsor, Headmaster at Abingdon School added: 

“The Abingdon Foundation is all about helping our pupils make the most of their potential. At Abingdon Prep, we have a talented and expert staff team to achieve this but we also want to ensure that our pupils benefit from an environment that allows them to develop a love of learning, an appetite for adventure and the skills that will support them throughout their education.

“The new development will ensure that pupils and staff have the facilities that they need to achieve these goals. There will be great spaces to nurture talent; creating harmony and melody in the music school, experimental work in science, exploring the possibilities of materials and designs in the CDT space, and fostering IT skills in computing.

We are all excited about the possibilities of the new developments at Abingdon Prep. They represent a stimulating new phase in the life of the School.”

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Questions & Answers

Q. When will the new building be opened?

A. Autumn 2021.

Q. When will work start?

A. Beginning of the summer holiday 2020.

Q. Will building work cause disruption to the school day?

A. There may be occasions when lessons have to change classrooms. There will be some loss of outside space as part of Josca’s Field will be needed by the contractors but we will ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.

Q. Will the building traffic cause problems at drop off and collection times?

A. The construction traffic will be managed very carefully. Construction vehicles will only be allowed access to the site at certain times of day. There will also be the loss of a few parking spaces while building works take place.

Q. Will the new building mean the number of boys at Abingdon Prep will increase?

A. No – there are no plans to increase the number of boys at Abingdon Prep.

Q. Will there be an increase in school fees to pay for the new development?

A. No – the new development will not affect school fees.