Abbot’s Hill School

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Abbot’s Hill is a happy, thriving and dynamic school offering an all-round education for girls aged 4-16 years. Our Day Nursery & Pre-School caters for girls and boys from 6 months. Our historic campus offers modern facilities in a magnificent country setting, situated in over 70 acres of beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead.

The school is a happy and united community in which every pupil is truly known as an individual and given the opportunity to challenge themselves, discover and develop their own unique talents.

We have a strong record of academic success. Throughout the school pupils are taught in small classes in which excellent teaching and personalised support ensure that everyone is inspired to exceed their potential and to shine. The broad curriculum is enhanced by a wide range of trips and activities to stimulate learning.

Our wide range of extra-curricular clubs offer a lively balance of sport, performing and creative arts, science and technology, journalism, problem-solving and debating. The vast majority of girls take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme from Year 10 and the school is involved in charitable activities in the wider community.

We pride ourselves on our pastoral care. The sense of being part of an extended family is frequently commented on by pupils, parents and staff alike. In our nurturing environment girls grow naturally in confidence, are happy to embrace new challenges and eagerly take on increasing responsibilities. Form Teachers in the Prep School and Tutors, together with Year Heads, in the Senior School are the cornerstone of pastoral care but our pupils are known by the whole community, ensuring they feel a keen sense of continuous support. We run many activities and workshops to help girls develop confidence, self-esteem and consideration for others.

Our pupils leave Abbot’s Hill fully equipped to take on with passion the challenges and opportunities life has to offer. They are highly sought after by Sixth Forms and Colleges, many receiving prestigious scholarships.

Gifted & Talented

At Abbot’s Hill we recognise pupils as individuals with unique strengths and weaknesses, gifts and talents and we create opportunities for all abilities to be nurtured and to flourish.

Our ‘Gifted and Talented’initiative is an integral part of the School’s aim to challenge and extend the thinking of all its pupils via a broad and balanced curriculum and an enriching programme of extra-curricular opportunities.

There are also many opportunities for all pupils to learn outside of the classroom environment. The school provides enriched and extended activities for pupils to complement teaching and learning and also to help identify pupils’ gifts and talents.

All pupils are welcome to participate in these activities, however guidance and encouragement is given to pupils we feel would benefit in particular. We endeavour to create opportunities to allow pupils to excel in various areas of the curriculum and extra-curricular activities. We are continually enhancing opportunities to provide an appropriate level of challenge for all our pupils.

SEN

Abbot’s Hill welcomes pupils with a wide range of skills and talent. We are committed to helping pupils achieve their best in all aspects of school life. We support girls with literacy and numeracy problems and also girls with diagnosed Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Speech and Language difficulties, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and traits of Asperger’s Syndrome, and those for whom English is not their first language.

The School also offers places to pupils who have other difficulties such as physical disabilities, motor co-ordination problems, visual impairment, auditory impairment and emotional problems. Suitability of the structure of the school’s buildings and their limitations for each pupil has to be considered in this context and is considered in consultation with each pupil, with parents and with any appropriately qualified person, as necessary.

We provide support in pupils at all stages of their education and work in close consultation with teachers and parents. If a pupil is seen to be struggling with their learning at any time, assessments and observations are conducted to get a fuller idea of the difficulty. Parents are then invited into school to discuss the nature of the difficulty and the best course of action. This may be a decision to monitor the pupil, to provide extra support or to see seek advice from an external agency.

Support may be provided by differentiated work, Classroom Assistant support, or small group support by a Learning Support teacher. Support is planned around the pupil’s areas of difficulty which are encapsulated in an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The specialist teachers and pupil agree targets which relate closely to the student’s current levels of achievement and needs. They plan an appropriate programme of study based on these targets. Skills taught help to enable the pupil to access the curriculum with greater ease.

The Learning Support teachers incorporate multi-sensory techniques to help improve pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills. Pupils are encouraged to apply these techniques in the classroom.

Bursaries & Scholarships

Scholarships
We offer a number of small scholarships to Year 7 entrants each year as follows:

Academic Scholarships
Academic Scholarships are awarded based on the results in papers taken in English, Mathematics and Science. Girls who have performed exceptionally well in the Abbot’s Hill Entrance Examination will be invited to sit these papers.

Art Scholarships

Candidates are asked to bring a portfolio of their work to discuss with the Head of Art and Design and are given a specific Art task to complete.

Drama Scholarships

Candidates are expected to attend an Interview and Audition performance of a solo speech of approximately two minutes, participate in a Drama Workshop and write a letter outlining their passion for, and achievements, in drama. You should include in the letter previous Drama and/or Musical Theatre experience, including participation in school plays (and roles), arts festivals, drama clubs, LAMDA etc.

Music Scholarships

Candidates are expected to have an audition with the Director of Music, in their chosen instrument(s) or vocally. Instrumentalists should be at least Grade 4 level and singers should be experienced and have potential. We are looking for enthusiasm and musicality as well as a commitment to the musical life of the School.

Sport Scholarships

Candidates will be asked to attend an activity session with the Sports Department staff to assess their performance.

Bursaries

Bursaries may be available for pupils applying particularly for entry to Year 7. In addition the Governors’ Bursary Committee will occasionally consider Bursaries to enable girls to join the School in the Prep School if funds permit.

Further information about Scholarships and Bursaries is available from the Registrar on: 01442 240333, Email: registrar@abbotshill.herts.sch.uk

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