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Abingdon School

Abingdon is a leading independent day and boarding school for boys aged 4 to 18 years. Situated in 35 acres in the centre of Abingdon, just south of Oxford, the school combines the very best in academic standards, music, sport and the arts. We combine over 750 years of history and tradition with a modern outlook. As well as encouraging academic achievement, with impressive results at GCSE, A Level and Oxbridge and university entrance, the School provides extensive extra-curricular opportunities.

Park Road
OX14 1DE

+44 (0)1235 521563

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ISC associations: HMC, IAPS, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: Interdenominational

Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly and Full boarding

Gender profile: Boys only

Size: 1015

Abingdon School fees:

Boarding fees per term:
£11,070 to £13,250

Day fees per term:

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
931 / 6095

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 11 to 18 (877)

Boarding: 13 to 18 (138)

Sixth form: (314)

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The Foundation’s governors are committed to providing access to an Abingdon education for able boys from families who cannot afford to pay full fees. We do this by offering means-tested financial support known as a ‘bursary’. In essence, a bursary is a discount on the cost of day fees of up to 100%.

Abingdon does not have a large endowment and therefore the Governors are mindful, when bursaries are provided, that there remains an overall fair balance between those benefiting from bursaries and full fee-paying parents, many of whom are also making significant personal sacrifices to fund their children’s education.

The amount of a bursary is not influenced by the academic ability of the pupil (although he must meet the School’s academic standards) but rather by the extent of financial need. Bursaries are awarded to pupils who are likely to gain most from an Abingdon education and who will contribute fully to the life of the School. 

A bursary is distinct from a scholarship in that it is given to recognise financial need whereas scholarships are given to recognise outstanding achievement regardless of financial need.

The Headmaster, Michael Windsor, has recently written about widening access to an independent education

The following questions and answers are intended to address the most common queries. If you would like to know more please contact Mrs Clare Butcher. Tel: +44 (0)1235 849028, email: clare.butcher@abingdon.org.uk

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • All Rounder awards
  • Art scholarships
  • Design scholarships
  • Drama scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies