Abbotsholme School

Type of school: Co-Ed Senior school

Nearest international airport: East Midlands (49km)

Age Range: 2-18

Number of pupils: 285

Number of boarders: 110

Fees per term: Boarding: £7,545–£10,140
Day: £2,830–£6,905


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Abbotsholme is a day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 2-18, providing a progressive education for today’s world. We develop enquiring minds and independent thinkers through respect, honesty, humility, integrity and courage.

Established in 1889 and set in beautiful, rural surroundings, Abbotsholme is a school unlike any other: a wonderful place in which to learn and develop, where each child’s contribution is properly valued and encouraged throughout. Pupils are high achievers and leave Abbotsholme confident, resilient, independent and adaptable. The ISI inspectors recently commented that Abbotsholme is ‘outstanding, emotionally healthy and spiritually colourful’. We know that all of our children are individuals and consequently they are cared for as such. Pupils follow a behavioural charter and a code of conduct as well as ensuring that every activity or action considers the feelings of others. We provide a stimulating and balanced learning and educational environment in deliberately small classes of around 15 in the Senior School, where individual academic excellence and achievement are in evidence every day.
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The Abbotsholme journey begins in the Pre-Prep, and then Prep School which are situated to the front and in the heart of the School. With 170 acres of copses, fields, dingles and games pitches, and science, art and languages taught by specialist teachers from the Senior School, our youngest pupils enjoy unique access to all the facilities that the senior pupils use. It is a safe, friendly place for our youngest pupils, learning both in the classroom and outside. Our Senior School develops pupils’ learning with a deliberately wide curriculum including all the usual academic subjects as well as life skills lessons, outdoor education, conservation and farming. At GCSE level, pupils are examined in the core subjects and most take nine, some take eleven, others fewer. It all depends on the individual.
At Sixth Form, there is a lot more freedom and independence for our eldest pupils. With their own Sixth Form centre to encourage independent learning in a wide range of subjects at Sixth Form, with both A-levels and BTECs, as well as a log cabin village for our boarders, Abbotsholme creates the best preparation for life.

A world of opportunity

Everyone is good at something and at Abbotsholme we give pupils ample opportunity to find out what that is. We have outstanding facilities including an indoor climbing centre, British Horse Society (BHS)-approved equestrian centre, working farm, theatre, music centre, art studio and extensive playing fields. There are opportunities to do den building, camping and kayaking for the Prep School, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, overseas trips, electric car racing and help with lambing in the Senior School! Abbotsholme really is a vibrant place to learn and develop.
One of our pupils said of his time here: ‘Although I have left Abbotsholme, Abbotsholme will never leave me.’

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If Abbotsholme is the school you have been looking for, contact Michele Archer in the Admissions Office for more information on +44 (0)1889 594265 or e-mail You can also find out more information by visiting our website:

“Balance is the essence of our educational philosophy, where academic, personal and social development are each given equal standing in preparing our young people for a world beyond Abbotsholme.”