FAQs | Abingdon Prep School

What are the points of entry at Abingdon Prep School?

Our two main entries are Reception and Year 3 (aged 7).  We do occasionally have places available in other years and pupils can be registered at any age. To find out what places are available please contact the Admissions Manager by telephone on +44 (0)1865 392303 or by email to admissions.manager@abingdonprep.org.uk.

How soon after my child is four can he come to Abingdon Prep School?

We take pupils in the September following their fourth birthday.

When new boys join Year 3, how are they integrated with the pupils that have been at the School since Reception?

From Reception to Year 2 there is one form in the year group. In Year 3 we have a further intake and divide the year group into two forms. There are approximately equal numbers of existing and new pupils placed in both forms. Boys are encouraged to form new friendships and teachers ensure that the integration happens smoothly. Our parents’ association also arrange informal gatherings for parents to mix and get to know each other. Every effort is made to ensure every boy settles happily into the new environment.

What age do boys start at Abingdon, the senior school?

Abingdon takes boys from primary schools and prep schools that finish at age 11 into year 7 and boys from prep schools at year 9 (age 13). Boys from Abingdon Prep School transfer to the senior school at Year 9.

Some boys moving from a primary school at year 7 may be better suited to the Abingdon Prep School environment for Years 7 and 8 rather than entering the senior school in year 7.

Do Abingdon Prep School boys automatically have a place at Abingdon?

Our aim is to ensure that boys transfer to the school that will suit them best and develop their qualities and self confidence the most. Although the vast majority of our boys do transfer to Abingdon there are occasions when this will not be appropriate. Further information on the transfer process to Abingdon School.

What percentage of the boys transfer to Abingdon each year?

In most years between 70% and 85% of boys will transfer to Abingdon.

Can I keep my options open for my son's senior school?

This is completely understandable and Abingdon Prep boys regularly win places at a range of excellent senior schools including Radley College, Magdalen College School, St Edward’s School and Cokethorpe.

What is the process for being accepted for a place at Abingdon Prep School?

After you have had a look at our website and prospectus please get in touch to arrange to visit the school and meet the Headmaster and staff. Full details of our admissions procedures by year group can be found here.

What does the admissions process involve?

Our admissions process is designed to give your son a ‘taste’ of life at Abingdon Prep, to make friends, meet staff and get a feel for the School. Children spend time with their potential class or with reception teachers and older children join in a typical school day. We feel this is the best way to get to know the school. The admissions process does involve some informal assessment for younger pupils and more formal testing higher up the school.

What type of assessment is it?

Assessments depend on the age of the child. We have no formal academic testing at age four but we are looking for personal independence and some social maturity, for example the ability to share and take turns. This will help boys to mix successfully with the rest of the form and help everyone settle happily in their first days.

Pupils who join after the age of four are given some informal testing to ensure that they will fit comfortably into the academic and social range of the class that has been established. Older pupils will have more extensive testing in English and Mathematics.

Further information on admissions procedures by year group.

What is Abingdon Prep School looking for in a child?

There is no typical ‘Abingdon Prep boy’. We offer a wide range of activities and opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, to suit the very diverse range of boys that flourish at Abingdon Prep.

What foreign languages are taught and to which age groups?

French is taught from Year 1. In the first two years the lessons are mainly oral with more formal teaching starting in Year 3. Participation and enjoying the language is paramount with trips to French bistros and performing French plays. In Year 8 pupils spend a week in Normandy. Languages can also be explored through the wide range of Other Half activities available.

When do children start to learn Latin?

Latin is taught from Year 6.

Are pupils streamed, according to ability, for any lessons?

Pupils are streamed in mathematics, the sciences and languages. Streaming takes place when the relevant teachers consider it to be educationally beneficial to the specific year group. This is likely to be in Year 5 – but it could take place earlier if required.

What extra-curricular activities do you offer?

We provide an extensive range of over 100 extra-curricular activities know as the Other Half. There is a huge range on offer from coding to golf and art clubs to jazz band.