Our school was founded over 100 years ago by the Baird sisters who sought to provide an ‘education of character’ for young women. This desire and the accompanying motto ‘vie et virtute – through strength and valour’ to us encapsulates the courageous, caring and ambitious young women that make up our community at Abbot’s Hill School.
Abbot’s Hill School is a day school in Hertfordshire for girls aged 3-16. Our co-ed Nursery for children aged 6 months – 4 years sits on the same site. Our small but vibrant school is unique in so many ways. We consistently achieve superb value-added at GCSE and celebrate excellent academic results alongside the numerous achievements within our wide and varied co-curricular activities too.
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“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ―
“Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” – Susan Cain
The Davidson building is home to our Senior School English and Religious Studies departments. Both areas of our curriculum are very popular at Abbot’s Hill and our GCSE results are always impressive in this area. The pupils are introduced to varied learning opportunities including trips and cultural engagements. It is an epicentre of deep thought and critical thinking as students delve into theoretical topics and literature.
“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” – Maria Montessori
Abbot’s Hill Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS), which is a mandatory for all Early Years providers. The ethos of the EYFS is that ‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential’. We place great importance on your child’s earliest years with us, providing an inspirational beginning to their education. We believe that playing outdoors encourages a healthy and happy learning environment.
“I really love being human. But some days I really wish I could be fairy.” – Greta, age 4
The Nursery provides an excellent, positive Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) education. We provide high-quality care and education through rich and varied, planned and spontaneous activities, tailored to each individual child’s needs. With the building all on one level, children have free-flow access to the outside areas which can be used all year round, whatever the weather.
“It’s a wondrous thing how the wild calms the child.” – Unknown
Girls in the Prep School have the most amazing opportunities to learn outside through adventures and activities planned by our dedicated Woodland Leader. During these woodland lessons, girls are able to work on projects such as brightly coloured flowers out of recycled materials that could be put out in the garden on a sunny day to attract butterflies. As one pupil stated, ‘Not every school is lucky enough to have its own Woodland to teach from!’
“Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.” – Chanakya
Our Pre-Prep journey starts at age 4+. For some this is a natural continuation from our Nursery, for others they join Abbot’s Hill for the first time. This time of transition is recognised as an important one in a child’s life and staff work closely to establish a strong home/school partnership to the benefit of the individual child. We believe in a varied approach to learning with emphasis placed on securing firm foundations in literacy and numeracy. French, Music, PE and ICT are taught by specialist teaching staff.
“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai
Senior School is an exciting time for your child and their enthusiasm is echoed by ours! You and your daughter will no doubt be looking at future opportunities and direction for her education. Abbot’s Hill is a strong, caring community which helps your child on to a path of success. Our GCSE results are impressive but beyond that, our girls go on to explore a multitude of opportunities ensuring their futures are supported by the very best foundations. We are proud to work in partnership with a number of schools and other local institutions to ensure the success of our girls wherever they go.
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller
Our Prep and Senior library settings are warm and welcoming. We aim to create spaces that inspire, not just a love of books and the written word, but also the appreciation of the dedication that storytelling requires. Our pupils are encouraged to read and research and fundamentally underpin their education with these learning skills.
“Food can bring people together in a way nothing else could.” – Yotam Ottolenghi
Our Catering team aims to provide well-balanced, nutritious, tasty meals which are served in a calm and relaxed environment. Fresh food is sourced locally wherever possible. At Abbot’s Hill School, we are very proud of our catering team. It’s a cut above the rest in terms of quality and creativity. We believe in eating together and celebrating friendships and learning over good food.
“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.” – Anatole France
As girls move into Year 3 they move into the Junior Department with its own buildings. Pupils continue to work in small classes supported by dedicated and experienced teaching staff and are set in some subjects. High flyers are stretched and extra support is given where needed. Increasing use is made of specialist facilities and of teaching staff from the Senior School. It’s a very nurturing environment for girls to grow and develop.
“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.”
– Bethany Hamilton, Surfer
No matter how sporting mad your daughter is she will find her niche at Abbot’s Hill. With an emphasis given to the contribution that exercise has on a healthy lifestyle all pupils are encouraged to try their hand at many sports, many excel to national levels whilst others gain confidence and skill through school fixtures. Our expert teaching and coaching staff are able to provide specialist tuition to both groups and individuals guaranteeing that every girl receives the right level of training she needs to make progress.
“After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” – Ann Richards
During your daughter’s time at Abbot’s Hill, she will have the opportunity to study a variety of dance forms including contemporary, street, salsa, physical theatre and Lindy Hop. They learn to appreciate professional dance works both live and recorded. Pupils are encouraged to participate in the Gym and Dance Display which occurs biennially. We also have a very successful GSCE Dance Programme, which is extremely sought after. Pupils are encouraged to see a wide range of live performances and trips are organised throughout the two year course.
“Nothing is better than music. When it takes us out of time, it has done more for us than we have the right to hope for.” – Nadia Boulanger
The Music Department at Abbot’s Hill is a fundamental part of school life. During their time at Abbot’s Hill pupils are encouraged to get involved where possible, from individual music and lunchtime concerts. Your daughter will begin her musical journey in the Nursery with weekly singalongs, progressing to music appreciation in the Prep. The highlight of the year is the Whole School Carol Concert taking place at St Albans Cathedral, a compelling display of the musical prowess that students gain during their time here.
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland
Abbot’s Hill is filled with opportunities for bright stars to shine and for girls of all abilities to explore their love of Performing Arts. Our goal is to infuse every lesson with laughter and creativity and all girls are encouraged to take part in our drama productions. Our performing arts team is dedicated to nurturing talent and inviting every girl to come alive on stage.
“The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.” -Alexandra K. Trenfor
It is our outdoor space that sets us apart from all our competitors. Situated on over 70 acres of green space and woodlands, Abbot’s Hill is able to offer something unique on the outskirts of London — fresh air. Playing tennis, swimming or simply running along our beautifully landscaped green, our girls are able to stretch their legs and fill their lungs. It is this space and the views that stay with our girls for their entire lifetime.
“Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson
St Nicholas House Hall is an idyllic setting for performances and presentations for the Pre-Prep and Prep School children. This beautiful space is also used for clubs and dance classes, music productions and workshops.
Providing that we have places pupils can enter the School in any year group. Our main points of entry are the 4+, 7+ and 11+ assessments.
In the first instance, parents who are considering Abbot’s Hill School for their daughter can arrange to visit the School for a private tour. Following this visit, you will be asked to complete a registration form, if necessary, supply school a report and be invited for a taster day which is designed to allow children to experience a normal school day.
During the day, your child will take an informal assessment which will allow us to assess whether we are able to meet their pastoral and academic needs. Places are offered following the taster day and once an acceptance form and deposit has been received, your child’s place will be guaranteed.
Yes, from September we will be offering private tours and visits for families. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.
Our school follows all government guidelines and has completed the necessary risk assessments to maintain a safe and secure learning environment. Please visit our dedicated microsite: https://www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk/abbots-hill-connected/
Yes, we will be offering a range of one to one appointments with key members of staff during the morning. You will be able to pre-book these appointments and we will be in touch with more information ahead of the day.
The structure of the school day differs on whether your child is in Nursery, the Prep School or the Senior School. For nursery, please click here for full details.
For Prep School children, the day varies by year group. For years reception to Year 6, the school day commences at 8.15am with tutor time. Children in Reception to Year 2 end the school day at 3.25pm. Years 3 and 4 finish at 3.35pm and Years 5 and 6 finish at 4pm.
Our Prep School childcare provision starts at Breakfast Club. Breakfast club starts at 7.40am and includes a hot breakfast selection. After school, children are invited to stay for After School Club or co-curricular activities until 6pm. A light supper is served during After School Club.
For Senior School pupils, a hot breakfast is available for Years 7-11: 7.40am and the school day starts at 8.10am. Senior School pupils may also take part in a variety of co-curricular activities and prep until 6pm.
Abbot’s Hill School is well recognised for its pastoral care and at the heart of this is a recognition that Form Teachers are just as committed to the pastoral needs of each pupil in their class as much as their academic progress. The clan system also offers pupils the opportunity to be involved in a number of team building activities. Visit our Pastoral Care for more info.
At Abbot’s Hill, we understand that each girl will required individual attention to reach her full potential.
Our Learning Support is housed in the Rose Garden and supports the development of numeracy and literacy skills and following discussions with parents, our specialist teachers can put a programme together based on the pupil’s specific needs. Prospective parents are encouraged to discuss potential SEN requirements early in the admissions process.
We also have a dedicated gifted and talented coordinator. Each of our year groups also receive opportunities for increased enrichment and these are provided as a matter of course for a stimulating curriculum.
Activities and clubs at Abbot’s Hill run throughout the school day and the programme changes each term. Pupils can make independent choices about what to participate in and over time, even become involved in the organisation and leadership of activities. There are a whole host of choices across areas including educational enrichment, arts and crafts, games and hobbies, the performing arts, sport squads and general fitness.