Widening Access


Many boys in the past came to Abingdon on free places either under the Direct Grant or the Assisted Place schemes. Since the demise of these schemes, the School has expanded its own bursary provision and aims to expand it further.

Typically, our transformational bursaries are 90-100% of school fees. This means a boy will be supported for his full career at Abingdon School - not just his fees, but additional costs such as curriculum trips, or a suit and laptop for sixth formers. This often makes the essential difference for our families. Those who benefit bring fresh perspectives, motivation and inspiration to the whole school.

If you are interested in applying for a bursary here’s how.

OA Testamonials:

Anthony Bracey OA (2016)  

I vividly remember my first visit to Abingdon. I was eleven. From the road, the Chapel and the old school buildings made a big impression on me. Looking round, I knew I wanted to learn here.

I came to Abingdon as a bursary pupil from a small primary school. If I had gone on to my local secondary school, I simply would not have benefited from the opportunities I received at Abingdon. I took piano to diploma level and cello to grade 8. By GCSEs, I was doing something musical every evening. Abingdon’s ‘Other Half’ made this possible.

I felt intellectually stretched. I look back with gratitude at my teachers, who were willing to put the extra time in and to encourage me. And when the time came to apply for a place at Oxford, they gave me wonderful guidance.

Now I am in my third year at New College, Oxford, reading Classics, a subject I love and would not have discovered were it not for Abingdon. I was grateful for my bursary from the moment I arrived at Abingdon. I will continue to be grateful all my life.

Sam Murrell OA (2011)  

Abingdon changed my life. The teachers invested in me and helped me gain confidence academically. Sport taught me teamwork and responsibility, and the house system gave me friends for life. All of this added up to an outstanding education.

Now I am a leader in the NHS mental health system – a position I could not have reached without Abingdon. My journey here started with the offer of a bursary. I needed help; the School gave it.

The need is there. I know there are many capable and talented young guys from the local area whose families could not possibly afford an Abingdon education without the sort of financial help I received. I also believe the whole School benefits from the different perspectives these pupils can bring.

I realise that a long tradition of legacies and giving makes it possible for the School to be more generous with bursaries and I am so grateful to those who plan to continue this tradition. I will be joining them.


We are also providing a wide range of opportunities to children from local schools. From science lessons for local primary schools, to hockey coaching and film-making, our Partnerships Programme is already a firm feature of school life and an inspiring example for other independent schools. But we can do more.


We will continue to develop our campus because facilities and surroundings matter to the education we provide.

Annual Fund Projects

Abingdon School's Annual Fund has been running since 2007. Since its inception, more than £900,000 has been raised from members of the School community such as parents, alumni, staff and governors. We are working on raising funds for these exciting school-wide projects that will enhance the academic, extra-curricular and pastoral activities and opportunities for students. Current annual fund projects:

  • Inspirational Speakers for the Lower School
  • Developing Resilience and Wellbeing through Sport
  • Physics - Six Tensile Testing Rigs
  • Three Analogue Film Enlargers (Photography and Art)
  • Mobile Soundproof Booths to Expand Podcasting Club