16 May 2024


Message from the Head

Dear Parents

This has been a significant week for our schools following the announcement of our decision to move to co-education.

As mentioned in my email to you on Monday, we are interested in hearing your views and comments on our plans.  I hope you will be able to join me, our Chair of Governors, Professor Mike Stevens and other senior colleagues, at one of the two webinars we are hosting next week.  These are being held at 6.15pm (UK time) on Monday 20 May; and 11am (UK time) on Tuesday 21 May.  Details on how to join these can be found in my email from Monday.  I hope too that the Q&A sheet has helped answer some of the more immediate questions you may have had in the meantime.

Should you wish to submit any questions in advance of the webinar, we ask you do so no later than this coming Sunday 19 May via this google form.

The move to co-education marks an exciting new chapter in the history of the School and one which I firmly believe will benefit current and future Abingdonians as we prepare them for life beyond school.

Best wishes, Mike Windsor



  • From the Drama Department:
    • James and the Giant Peach – Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 May at 7.00pm.  There’s less than one week to go until the opening night of the Lower School Production, James and the Giant Peach! Join James and his weird and wonderful friends as he escapes his wicked aunts and sets off inside a peach on a magical adventure. Get your tickets on the Amey Theatre website and join us for an enchanting evening of storytelling, creativity, and talent, as our young performers take to the stage to share this beloved tale with you all!


  • JBS Bookings 2024-2025 – Reminder:
    • Thank you to all of those who have used the JBS website (https://jbs24.vectare.co.uk) to book a place for your child on the school bus for the new academic year in September.  If you have not yet booked a seat, please can we encourage you to book a place for your child as soon as you are able to.  This will help ensure that the place is secured, as we have now opened up for our new intake to book seats and demand for places on some popular routes is increasing.  If you have any questions please contact Vectare on [email protected]
  • Reminder – Annual Data Check.  Forms were sent to parents on Wednesday 1 May via isams email.  Thank you to those parents who have already completed the form.  If you have not already done so, please be reminded that the deadline to complete and submit forms is Sunday 2 June.  Even if your data has not changed, a form is still required to be completed please.  The Data Check is an online process that takes a few minutes to complete.
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  • Second Hand Uniform Shop (SUS) opening dates for the week ahead: Saturday 18 & Wednesday 22 May
    • The Second Hand Uniform Shop will be open for the whole day, 9.30am-4.00pm, on Saturday 25th May!
      •  There are many bargains: 5 white or blue shirts for £10; 2 blue and white striped shirts for £10; 3 grey trousers for £10; blazers £20
      •  Tracksuit tops £25; tracksuit trousers £20; long and short sleeved rugby tops £30; pink sport tops £15; white polo shirts £15; black shorts £10; white shorts £10
      •  As well as many other items of school uniform we also have a stock of: Cricket shirts, trousers, body warmers and jumpers.  Cricket shoes, bats, pads, gloves and helmets.  Tennis racquets and covers. Hockey sticks. Boots and trainers.
  • Stevensons uniform suppliers:
    • Please see this link with information for parents about booking online appointments.  Please be advised that the personalisation cut-off date (which applies to the Abingdon Holdall) where Stevensons guarantee that any in-stock orders will be completed via their in-house embellishment team before pupils return to school, is Wednesday 31 July.  Regrettably, any orders placed after this date may not be completed until after the pupils are back to school.
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  • Bookings are open for our May half term rugby camp: Strength and Conditioning Rugby Camp, Tuesday 28 – Friday 31 May. Ages 8-15 years
    • Join us for our popular Strength and Conditioning Rugby Camp, crafted to nurture young talents, aiding them in refining their existing rugby skills while imparting injury prevention techniques for a safe and enjoyable rugby journey. This camp is comprehensive, covering fundamental aspects such as passing, catching, and kicking, as well as advanced gameplay strategies encompassing attack, defense, breakdowns, and evasion, all while ensuring a vibrant atmosphere of enjoyment.
    • The primary goal of this rugby camp is to instill in participants a drive for continuous self-improvement, both on and off the field. Through fostering teamwork, effective communication, leadership and resilience, the camp aspires to inspire young players to strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives. This camp will be delivered by Sheldon Graddon, who represents Oxford Harlequins 1st XV and 2nd XV.