Welcome from the Head

Abbot’s Hill is a school with a unique personality. Founded over 100 years ago to educate young women of character, the school places great value on the development of the individual. Those girls lucky enough to come here will leave as confident, compassionate and creative young women.

Pupils in this area are spoilt for choice when it comes to schools. So why should you and your daughter choose Abbot’s Hill for the next stage of her education? Let me turn that question on its head: what would you wish for the young woman who steps out of these doors having benefitted from all that this school has to offer?

That she leaves here happy, self-assured and comfortable in her own skin. Happy pupils learn best. It is as simple as that. I challenge you to find a school that knows and cares more about the young people in its care. This, for me, is the stand out quality of this school. It has never been a more exciting time to be a girl. However – in some ways – it has never been tougher. We work in partnership with our parents to know, understand and support your daughter so that she can achieve her very best.

That she has been at the centre of her learning, benefitting from a broad and relevant curriculum built around expert teaching and tailored learning opportunities. This is a school with ambition for all its pupils. Pupils leave here with an excellent foundation on which to build their futures. It may sound a long way away from your daughter but, as educators, we have to be alive to the demands of the workplace which is dynamic, flexible and global. In that space, excellence is measured by so much more than just examination results: conscience, resilience and adaptability matter absolutely and you will see those qualities woven through the school. Your daughter will learn alongside expert practitioners, collaborate within the school and beyond, innovate and be active members of her community. These are ways of working that will matter in the workplaces your daughter will enter. We will nurture these dispositions as she discovers her own particular talents.

That although she leaves the school she becomes a proud member of a community of women that extends far beyond these gates. In coming here, she will join like-minded girls and young women who will, as graduates, care for future Abbot’s Hill generations long after they have left. I am lucky enough to know first-hand the benefit of active professional networks and mentor alumnae from the school where my journey began. Your daughter will feel the benefit of this network both during her time as a pupil and in the years ahead and will, I’m sure, be keen to give back to her community.

That she grew up able to run free and explore – whether metaphorically in the pages of a great book, in amazement in a science lab or laughing and playing in our wonderful grounds. Opportunities for all are many and various. From the sports field to the annual school production; through the leadership opportunities and academic enrichment programmes; whether working with our partner schools in the local community or helping with the babies in our in-house nursery, Abbot’s Hill really does offer something for everyone. In stunning, green surroundings, pupils can take part, take risks, experiment and explore. Finding out who you are has never been so much fun.

There is so much more that can be said about this wonderful school. That Abbot’s Hill educates charming, grounded young women of character and integrity is not in question and nor will it change. They will all be encouraged to aim high and to fulfil their potential.

Kathryn Gorman