The Abbey school in Reading

(5 Posts)
Chlorella Thu 09-Jun-16 14:46:42

We are likely to relocate to the Reading or Wokingham area for the start of year 7, or just before. DD currently in y5. Does anyone have any knowledge of The Abbey school in Reading? Many thanks.

Yarboosucks Thu 09-Jun-16 20:15:44


The Abbey School is a fantastic school for very bright and academic girls. If your DD does not fit fairly and squarely in that camp, then it may not be the place for her. If she does, then you may also want to consider Kendrick and plan how to spend the money you would save!

PolaroidsFromTheBeyond Thu 09-Jun-16 20:20:55

I agree with PP - It's very academic. Girls who are very focused on exam success do well there. Though if your DD is a good fit for The Abbey you would be foolish not to also consider Kendrick grammar. State but very similar ethos.

That part of Berkshire is awash with private schools though so you're bound to find one that fits!

Chlorella Fri 10-Jun-16 14:11:22

Thank you. She is pretty academic, our problem is we aren't sure of when we are moving exactly which makes it hard to do the application for Kendrick Grammar.

Any more current Abbey parents? Are the pupils happy there?

wholemealchips Thu 04-Aug-16 08:50:58

Have family who have worked at both. Kendrick all the way! Abbey has ok facilities but in is far more mixed ability than Kendrick. Many Abbey girls leave at 10 or 11 and transfer over to Kendrick. One reason Abbey get 'higher' A level results is that many girls take the IB which seems easier, if broader and still a good course. The discipline at the school is lax, some girls seem quite pushy and undisciplined. It has a lot of enrichment and good pastoral care, but several staff there have complained there is too much of this at the expense of focuses academic work with clear expectations. Quite cliquey, as most schools are now, with a lot of staff on one year contracts. Kendrick is probably pushier with more overworked staff, but is more of a traditional school with better use of the school day. Your DD would probably thrive at either school but it is telling that many Abbey girls leave to go to Kendrick. Kendrick has the edge, I'd say, but both schools are good. What about fee costs?

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