Parents' Handbook 2023-24

Miscellaneous Lost Property Medical Requirements Health Centre and School Counselling Service The Abingdon School Parents’ Association (ASPA) and other Parent Groups Tuck Shop and Café Learning Support Second-hand Uniform Scheme (SUS) The Health Centre is manned by a Senior Nurse and a team of Health Care Assistants. They can be telephoned on +44 (0)1235 849059 during the school day. Day students who are taken ill during school hours rest in the Health Centre until they can be collected. The School also has a group of four professional counsellors who provide students with a counselling service. They can be contacted on [email protected]. Details of the various parents’ associations are available on the website. All parents are automatically members of ASPA, the principal parent group in the School. The main focus of ASPA’s activity is to provide networking and social opportunities for parents. There are also a number of special interest parent support groups, principally the Abingdon School Music Society, the Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club (FASBC), the Friends of Abingdon School Rugby Club (Touchliners), the Hockey Griffens and the School Football Club (The Boot Room). Property found around the School campus is returned by the cleaners to Lost Property in Boarders’ Hall. Children will be sent an email (with a bcc copy to you) to let them know if Lost Property has a named item. Please ensure that ALL items are named, even non-standard items such as coats, and this is on the fabric itself. Unnamed items are, eventually, given to the Secondhand Uniform Shop for sale. The Tuck Shop is open during morning break. The Barn is usually open at morning break and the café is usually open throughout the day during term-time selling a range of hot snacks, homemade cakes, soft drinks and fruit. The Second-hand Uniform Scheme is run by members of ASPA, and is used by some parents. A list of dates is available from the website Abingdon is committed to ensuring all our students, whatever their individual learning profile, are supported throughout their time at school in order for them to thrive academically. Our dedicated Learning Support Department is staffed by our full-time Head of Learning Support, two full time teachers and a department administrator who work together with teachers, our pastoral team, our students themselves and their parents to ensure our students' strengths are understood, and their needs are met (within reasonable adjustment), during their time at Abingdon. We tailor our approach to each student's level of need. There is no charge for Learning Support lessons which mostly take the form of targeted, short-term interventions. It is strongly advised that if your child has a formal SEND assessment, a copy is sent to the School. The parents of each pupil entering the School are asked to complete a form detailing their child’s medical history. Please bring any special requirements to the attention of the School Nurse before your child joins the School. 18