21 Sep 2023


Message from the Head

Dear Parents

I’m very much looking forward to one of the highlights in the Abingdon calendar: the biennial sponsored walk.

This takes place next week on Tuesday 26 September when every pupil and many colleagues will complete a ten-mile route starting and finishing at the School. It will be a great opportunity for everyone to spend some time together in the fresh air enjoying the beautiful scenery along the Thames. It’s far enough to constitute a physical challenge – and some hardy students and staff will be running the route – but should be within everyone’s scope! Bramble, our cockapoo, is certainly looking forward to the day.

The walk is organised by our Charity Committee who gave an excellent presentation in a recent assembly on the two charities students have chosen to support this year: WaterAid and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. You can read further information about the arrangements for the day here. Previous editions of this event have raised considerable sums for charity and we’re hoping for a record year so I hope you will be able to support students in their fundraising efforts. You can find a link to the fundraising page here.

Best wishes, Mike Windsor



  • Parents of Sixth Form students – Charity social event at Oxford High School, Friday 6 October
    • Abingdon 6th Form students are invited to attend a charity social event at Oxford High School on Friday 6 October. The event will take the form of a Ceilidh! Tickets cost £12 and can be acquired by students directly from Oxford High using the QR code on this flyer.   Please note that the deadline for ticket sales has been extended in order to accommodate Abingdon students.  Students will need to make their own way to and from the venue. This is not a school trip, however Abingdon staff will be in attendance and the usual high standards of behaviour will be expected from any of our students wishing to attend.


  • Introduction to the Learning Support department
  • Responding to parental concerns:
    • We pride ourselves on the quality of education we provide at Abingdon but we recognise that on occasion parents may wish to raise concerns about their child’s experience.
    • We handle these concerns in line with the Complaints Procedure which you can find here, together with other policies. In the first instance, we ask parents to raise any concerns they have with their child’s tutor or Head of House. They can then escalate these concerns as required. The vast majority of concerns can be resolved swiftly and satisfactorily. The Complaints Procedure provides guidance if this is not the case.
    • We also urge parents to contact us immediately if they have any concerns relating to safeguarding and the welfare of the young people in our care. If such an instance should arise, please contact the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Keevil ([email protected]), or the Headmaster ([email protected]). You can read more about our approach to safeguarding in our Safeguarding Policy, also available on the Policies page of the website.
  • Abingdon News – Featuring articles on wellbeing, AI and partnerships, as well as highlights from across the summer term, the latest issue of Abingdon News is now available to read here.
  • Music:
  • OX14 Learning Partnership Upcoming Events
    • ‘Everything Parents Should Know About The Teenage Brain’ – a webinar for first year/year 7 parents & families, Thursday 12 October 7pm-8.30pm.  This webinar is for first year/year 7 parents & families across the 6 schools within the OX14 Learning Partnership. Natalie Hunt (Mental Health & Wellbeing Coordinator) will be joined by researcher and author, Louise Aukland to discuss how the teenage brain affects behaviour, emotions and wellbeing during early teens, and how parents can help them, particularly during the transition to secondary school.  To express an interest in attending, please fill in this google form.
  • News from the week
  • Food menu for the following week – Week 1
  • School calendar
  • Weekly mailing archive
  • Box Office:   
    • A LITTLE LIFE – Friday 29 September, 7pm (BBFC certificate 18)
    • Joe Stilgoe – Saturday 7 October, 7pm.  Joe Stilgoe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter. He has created a fresh sound for jazz in the 21st century, known for writing songs that feel like they’ve been around for years, and adapting classics that sound as though they were just written. He has released 8 albums, five of which have topped the UK Jazz chart.  Downlander Events Ltd are kindly offering the Abingdon School community discounted tickets!  Please enter the code Stilgoe£5Off at checkout when you book through our website.
    • See other upcoming Box Office events