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 Russell Group university entrance, Abingdon provides extensive extra-curricular opportunities.

Park Road
OX14 1DE

+44 (0)1235 521563

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ISC associations: HMC, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: Interdenominational

Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly/Flexible Boarding and Full Boarding

Gender profile: Boys only

Size: 1067

Abingdon School fees:

Boarding fees per term:
£12,410 to £15,200

Day fees per term:

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
931 / 6095

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 11 to 19 (930)

Boarding: 13 to 19 (137)

Sixth Form: (354)

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Additional Information

Abingdon School 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). 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. Abingdon School is committed to a fully inclusive approach to SEND.

The school's SEND and Learning Support Policy can be read in full by clicking on the link below. 




Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence, art, design & technology, drama, music and sport. Awards are offered at the three main entry points aged 11, 13 and to the Sixth Form. Scholarships and the 11+ Academic and All Rounder awards entitle the holder to a nominal fee remission of £300 per annum.

However, as is the case for all pupils, there is an option to apply for further financial assistance through a means-tested bursary which can be worth up to 100% of fees.

At least 20 major scholarships are awarded each year and are open to both external and internal candidates. Pupils can hold more than one scholarship or award.

All music, art, design & technology, drama and sports scholarship candidates must also meet the appropriate academic entry criteria.

Dates for 2023 entry can be seen here.

If you would like to know more please phone +44 (0)1235 849041 or email us. 


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, has recently written about widening access to an independent education

Deadlines for 2023 and 2024 bursary applications are available on this page

If you would like to know more please phone +44 (0)1235 849028 or email us.

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

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