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Abbot's Hill celebrates 'excellence in all areas'

Abbot’s Hill School has been rated as “Excellent” in all areas – the best possible outcome by the Independent Schools Inspectorate - following a recent inspection.
Pupils celebrating
Pupils celebrating

The Abbot’s Hill school community is celebrating a glowing Inspection Report following the visit by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) in January 2020. 

We are delighted to announce the results of our recent ISI Educational Quality and Focused Compliance Inspectionin which the school was rated “Excellent” in all areas. The report stated that "The quality of the pupils' academic and other achievements is excellent" and "The quality of the pupils' personal development is excellent." In addition, the school was judged fully compliant in all regulatory areas. 

Headmistress, Mrs Gorman, noted “I am incredibly pleased that the ISI Inspection Team managed to capture the essence of Abbot’s Hill and that the report is a true reflection of all that is special and inspiring about our pupils and learning community. It also serves as a fitting endorsement of the commitment, diligence and highest professional standards of the staff that underpins these outstanding findings.”   

Head of Prep, Mrs Maria Stephen, added “I am thrilled that the report reflects the wonderful breadth of opportunities that we offer our pupils in order to enable them to thrive socially and academically in our modern world. By really knowing and understanding each child, and by facilitating the development of creativity, independence and aspiration, our pupils move on to senior school as confident, grounded young people.”   

Alongside the Prep and Senior Schools, Abbot’s Hill’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) provision has, once again, been found to be “Outstanding” in all categories by independent school inspectors. This is the second time in a row Abbot’s Hill Nursery has received this high achievement. 

Nursery Manager, Mrs Jo Watkins, said: “I am delighted that the report commended our high-quality provision and how we deliver outstanding outcomes for our children. I was pleased that the report noted the excellent progress that our children make and that we prepare them well for the next stages of their learning.” 

On the diligence of our staff, Chairman of Governors, Mrs Janet Mark states, “Such an outstanding report can only be the result of amazing teamwork where all members of the school community pull together. On behalf of the governors, I would like to thank each and every one of the teaching staff for their hard work, commitment and dedication; often beyond the call of duty.” 

The Inspection Team recognised a very broad range of outstanding qualities in our teaching, our young people, and our staff. Highlights from the inspection were: 

Academic Development 

“Pupils show independent learning as a result of skilled teaching which develops their confidence to hypothesiseanalysesynthesise and engage in thinking.” 

“Pupils’ achievements in external competitions, in gaining other scholarly distinctions, and their success in sport and the arts are outstanding.” 

“Teachers set high expectations and consistently model very positive attitudes to learning and achievement.” 

“Pupils have extremely well-developed decision-making skills and understand that the decisions they make are important in determining their own success and well-being.” 

“Pupils can be themselves and are respected for their individuality and what they bring to the school community.” 

Personal Development 

“Pupils are responsible, confident and have a highly developed sense of self where, through their authentic personal understanding and contemplative nature, they display self-confidence without arrogance.” 

[Abbot’s Hill] has a “strong commitment to teaching and learning and the holistic approach it takes to each individual.” 

“Pupils display a sensitive understanding of each other and so are able to work effectively together to solve problems and achieve common goals”. 

“Underpinning the pupils’ excellent decision-making skills is the application of integrity, a quality that pupils understand through clear unambiguous teaching and guidance from the pastoral team who encourage young people to think for themselves.” 

“Pupils move on to the next stage in their lives with confidence and self-assurance wanting to live adventurously whilst approaching the concept of risk sensibly in all that they do.” 

To read the full inspection report, please visit:

We are delighted with these comments, and going forward, we aim to keep improving.

Thank you for being part of our AHOGA Community. You will, no doubt, have many happy memories during your time at Abbot’s Hill. As always, we invite you to share your stories with us. Please get in touch with our Marketing and Development Office if you would like to let us know what you’ve been up to since leaving Abbot’s Hill. 

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