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Abberley Hall School

Worcester, Worcestershire, England WR6 6DD

Age Range & Fees

Age Range2 to 13
Annual Day Fees *9570 to 18600
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *14070 to 23100
Annual Full Boarding Fees *15570 to 24600
Flexi BoardingYes
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Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
15Full Boarding11
17Weekly Boarding10

Number of Staff

Full-time: 38
Part-time: 25

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Jonnie Besley

Abberley Hall is a long-established and thriving country prep school offering an outstanding, broad education to boys and girls from the age of two to thirteen. We enjoy an inspiring rural setting with extensive grounds and beautiful buildings of special historic importance. We welcome full, weekly and part-time boarders as well as day children who are able to benefit from flexible wrap-around care in the mornings and evenings, and daily minibus transport.

Ultimately, we provide each and every child with the best possible start in life. Abberley pupils enjoy a magical childhood and grow towards becoming likeable, confident and rounded individuals with a zest for life. We believe that childhood is precious and that children shouldn’t grow up too soon. We promote a sense of awe and wonder in our pupils and we try to remember the advice of Roald Dahl,

‘watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.’

Above all else, we are a community with kindness, integrity and Christian values at the heart of all that we do. Excellent pastoral care is the foundation upon which everything else is built and the safety, wellbeing and happiness of pupils is our top priority. We work closely with parents to achieve this and the relationship between home and school is nurtured. We focus as much on the emotional as on the physical health of our pupils and we have a culture of openness where children are known as individuals and encouraged to talk about their feelings. Character education is as important as preparation for exams and we aim to develop in each child a strong moral compass and values such as kindness, courage, collaboration, forgiveness and respect. Pupils, staff and parents belong to the Abberley Hall family. We look after one another, we learn together and we remember that laughter is good for the soul!

We have an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and an enviable record of children gaining scholarships to a wide range of senior schools as well as a 100% success rate at Common Entrance in recent years. We cater for all abilities and learning styles and our bespoke approach to the education of each child enables us to stretch the most able whilst providing additional support to those who need it. We have small classes, excellent teachers and provide a broad and stimulating curriculum. We believe that success in the classroom isn’t just about preparing children for exams but that we must also enable them develop creativity, independence, leadership and the ability to collaborate so that they are equipped to live happy and successful lives.

What we offer

  • Classics
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Electronics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Ancient Greek
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch rugby
  • Adventure training
  • Ballet
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • First aid/life savers
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding and management
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • After school club
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • School bus service
  • Dyslexia
  • MLD

Method of Entry

  • Interview
  • References
  • Early registration or registration at birth
  • Trial day at school

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Siblings
  • Means tested bursaries

Curriculum and Exams:

    Associated board of the Royal School of Music
  • Common Entrance
  • ISEB
    Independent Schools Examination Board
    London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Religious Affiliation:

  • All denominations welcome

Teaching Languages:

  • English
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