The Abbey School Reading

Primary & Secondary
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17 Kendrick Road
+44 (0)118 987 2256
3 - 18
Girls only
Other Independent
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5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) inc. English and maths
GCSE grade C or better in
English and maths
Attainment 8 score
Results in 8 core subjects

Secondary Data 2016
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Pupils achieving AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
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GCSE to A level
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School Description

The Abbey is a dynamic and vibrant community of over 1,000 girls, 3-18. It is consistently a top performer academically (with a choice of IB or 28 A levels). We offer the broadest educational experience for pupils of all ages with inspiring teaching and strong pastoral care. Enrichment comes through extra-curricular activities and opportunities in Music, Drama, Sport, DofE, trips and clubs.

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Last update: 16 October 2017


Choosing the right school for your daughter is one of the most important decisions you will make as parents and the Admissions Team are on hand to guide you through the process.

Please call us on 0118 9872256 or email to talk to us about the application process.

The best way to find out about life at The Abbey is to hear from the girls themselves. We hold regular open mornings in the Junior and Senior School where you and your daughter will be hosted by a current pupil who can give you firsthand insight into her school.

Individual Tours

Our main Autumn open events were held in mid-October however individual tours take place on weekdays during term time and offer an opportunity to meet with Admissions, teaching staff and take a tour of the school.
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Toddler Stay & Play

Our fun Stay & Play sessions offer you and your toddler the opportunity to experience the Nursery. Places are limited. Please email to find out more. 

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We were delighted to be awarded the highest ratings in all categories in recognition of the exceptional education that we offer our pupils during our last inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The inspectors wrote: 

"The pupils' achievement and learning are exceptional. From the Early Years Foundation Stage onwards, pupils are highly successful in their learning and personal development. The school fully meets its aims to empower girls to become confident, successful students,bequipped to lead fulfilled and productive adult lives in a raipdly changing world." 


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When girls join The Abbey Senior School they are entering a community which values respect, tolerance, friendship and openness. At our core, we focus on supporting girls through the challenges of growing up in the 21st century. 

We offer a very successful weekly programme of 'Skills For Life' designed by the Heads of Year to encourage self-esteem and to help our girls develop informed opinions on many social and moral issues.

The extra-curricular opportunities available at The Abbey are wide-ranging and include our Outdoor Education programme. This is truly adventurous and progressive, and enables our girls to gain a wealth of experience, learning and inspiration outside the classroom.



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The Nursery provides a warm and friendly introduction to school, where the girls take their first steps on the path of learning. We encourage independence, from daily routines to self-management of their choices in their work. We aim to foster the girls’ curiosity through exploring a range of topics linked to the world around them by making the most of both the indoor and outdoor environment. Challenges and opportunities ensure that the girls are actively engaged in their learning from the outset.

We offer a full curriculum for girls aged 3-4 which runs during core school hours.

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Meet the Head: Rachel Dent


Rachel Dent first joined The Abbey School in 2006 as director of sixth form, before being promoted to first deputy head in 2011. She has previously held roles at Wisbech Grammar School, in Cambridgeshire, and Cokethorpe School, in Oxfordshire, as well a teacher of English in Alexandria, Egypt.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

Having studied English Literature at university and having a passion for creative expression through drama and poetry, I suppose my becoming a teacher was less of a surprise to others than it was to me. I was travelling in Egypt with my future husband when the opportunity arose to teach in a local school. After the first week I was utterly hooked – teaching ‘Pride and Prejudice’ to a gang of children whose own cultural experiences were about as far from Mrs Bennett’s drawing room as you could imagine was the kind of challenge I found absolutely compelling.

My inspiration for the kind of teacher I wanted to be was heavily influenced by my own experience of a Convent education which, whilst thorough, was not warm. I am a great believer in teachers being approachable and enthusiastic, with a genuine interest in their students. We are so fortunate to have teachers who are passionate about their subjects and driven to share their knowledge with our girls. That passion is one of the first things I look for in a teacher – whether they’ve just qualified or have decades of experience – do they have that fire for their subject and for initiating others into it? 

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

I am proud and humbled on a daily basis by the strength of community at The Abbey, from the youngest girl in Nursery to our longest-serving staff member and our wonderful Alumnae. As custodian of this community that has existed for almost 130 years I feel proud that together we continue to build something that is valued by every member and that provides a lifelong network of friendship and support. The power of this community shone through in the ISI inspection that took place in my first term as Head, and I am proud of the way in which everyone pulled together to deliver our “exceptional” teaching and learning rating, with excellent in every other category. 

What does a successful school look like to you?

A successful school is outward-looking, comfortable in its own skin and fun to be part of. It celebrates achievement in all its forms and applauds individuality, while also offering a sense of belonging that derives from having a strong ethos and community spirit. A successful school prepares its pupils to live happy and fulfilling lives that have a positive impact on society. It recognises that our children will live in a fast-paced, ever-changing world and equips students with the resilience and flexibility to thrive in that environment. This means giving them the tools to deal with setbacks, disagreements and being outside of their comfort zones, so that they can respond positively to challenges.

I believe that a successful school gives every pupil a voice and the confidence to use it – something I see from the very first Nursery assembly where parents are frequently astonished by the way in which their three year old daughter has developed in a few short weeks since starting the school.

Finally, a successful school is recognised by its pupils for the difference it has made in their lives – school is not just somewhere that you go each day, it’s something that you’re a part of and that is part of you.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

It comes down to two qualities: to be honest and kind. You cannot go far wrong in life with these. Of course, being completely honest is not always kind, while sometimes it is better to be honest than it is to be kind, so I also hope that our girls have the sensitivity and intelligence to know the difference!

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

I can do it in three: inspiration, aspiration and balance. 

Catchment information

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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