Abingdon Preparatory School

Abingdon Prep is a leading independent day school for boys aged 4 to 13. The School has been part of Abingdon School since 1998 with the majority of pupils moving on to the senior school in Year 9. The Prep offers a lively, stimulating and friendly environment with high expectations of behaviour and endeavour. We foster a culture of exciting opportunity with our extensive ‘Other Half’ (extra-curricular) programme and we seek to inspire a life-long love of learning.

Josca's House
Kingston Road
OX13 5NX

01865 391570

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ISC associations: IAPS, HMC

Religious affiliation: Interdenominational

Day/boarding type: Day

Gender profile: Boys only

Size: 217

Abingdon Preparatory School fees:

Day fees per term:
£4,275 to £6,515

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
931 / 6095

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 4 to 13 (217)

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Additional Information

Abingdon Preparatory SEND provision (https://www.abingdon.org.uk/prep/aps_school_policies)

Abingdon Preparatory School (APS) is an independent day school for boys from 4-13. Entrance procedures differ depending on the age of the child. Entrance into Reception is through the ‘Observation Play Morning’ and the two year check. For entry into Years 1, 2 and 3 there is an Observation morning during which there are informal assessments in phonics, maths and social communication. For entry into Years 4-8 the boys sit a Cognitive Ability Test then spend a day in class during which there are informal assessments in Maths and English. The school requests a reference and report from the current school. EAL speakers may have additional informal assessments to determine their understanding and usage of the English language. The school’s curriculum is suited to the needs of the more able pupil; however, among the school population there is an average representation of mild/moderate Specific Learning Difficulties including mild/ moderate 1 dyslexia, mild/moderate dyspraxia, mild attention deficit and hyperactive disorder and mild communication disorders including mild autistic spectrum disorders.

APS is committed to offering a curriculum that can meet the individual needs of all its pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). At APS we aim to address children’s cognitive, physical, social, emotional and behavioural needs. We are committed to taking all reasonable steps to ensure that all APS children, and their parents and carers feel included. To this end, the School will make its best endeavours to meet the needs of each pupil within the resources available. This policy therefore seeks to inform teaching and learning throughout the school as well as ensure that provision is made for pupils with SEND. Provision for pupils with SEND is a matter for the school’s governors, the Head Teacher, the Head of Learning Support, and all members of teaching staff. APS is committed to a fully inclusive approach to SEND.

The school has a small Learning Support Department consisting of a 0.9 Head of Learning Support. In addition to this there is one 0.62 specialist Learning Support teacher who offers 1:1 lessons by recommendation from the Head of Learning Support. Teachers within the department hold specialist qualifications and expertise in supporting pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties. The cost of 1:1 Learning Support lessons is covered by the parent.


Bursaries are available to all pupils at Abingdon School. Pupils in years 7 and 8 at Abingdon Prep School who have accepted a place at Abingdon School are also eligible. 

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

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