Reviews, Awards and Press

Read the latest news and coverage from Abbot’s Hill School.



Good Schools Guide, reviewed November 2020 

“We saw teachers, full of enthusiasm for their subject, delivering pacey lessons, helping each individual pupil achieve their very best. Dedication is not in doubt.”

The review captures the unique essence of Abbot’s Hill. In fact, we are thrilled with the way Abbot’s Hill is described. Our Head, Mrs Gorman commented  ‘this insightful and glowing review is testament to the excellent, rounded education on offer at Abbot’s Hill. This is an extraordinary school where ambition is high, where pastoral care is exceptional and where learning is a lot of fun. The review says it all: this is life at Abbot’s Hill. Please do come and take a look – we have a lot to offer.’

You can read the full review here: Good Schools Guide review


Muddy Stilettos, reviewed February 2019

“The atmosphere in the school is happy and purposeful, yet relaxed and distinctly unpressurised.”

“Girls who will thrive in an all female environment and who are keen to join in with things and get involved. If you want to learn about leadership and be a role model or mentor for younger girls, you can do this when you’re 16 or even younger for some roles: Year 11 is the top of the tree. Anyone who values pastoral care and work life balance will do well here. Girls who will relish a new environment for A Levels/IB.”

You can read the full review here: Muddy Stilettos review


ISI Inspection, January 2020

“Pupils are comfortable in challenging their own understanding and take responsibility for their own learning.”

“Pupils develop high levels of resilience, perseverance and teamwork through their committed engagement in the wide range of creative and performing arts available to them.”

You can read the full report here:  ISI Report 2020

Awards and Wins

Day Nurseries, Top 20 Nursery (2018,2019 & 2020)

Parents have rated our ISI rated ‘Outstanding’ Nursery as one of the Top 20 nurseries in the East of England, for the third consecutive year.

Read more here: Day Nursery Awards


Social Media

You can also keep up to date with School activity through our social channels.

In the news this term…

Abbot’s Hill pupil Isabelle Engestrom recognised with ISA Whitbread Memorial Prize for 2021′, Independent Schools Association

Abbot’s Hill School student recieves the Independent Schools’ Association (ISA) Whitbread Memorial Prize‘, School Search

Abbot’s Hill are delighted to announce that Isabelle Engestrom has received the prestigious ISA Whitbread Memorial Prize‘, Girls’ School Association

Hemel student wins Independent Schools’ Association Whitbread Memorial Prize‘, Hemel Today

Guiding our students beyond their time at school – should the outlook be wider?‘ (Insights included from Miss E Cross, Head of Careers and Mrs K Gorman, Head), Independent Education Today

Skiing Success for Abbot’s Hill‘, Attain Education

Q&A : Kathryn Gorman, Head of Abbot’s Hill School‘, Independent Education Today

Abbot’s Hill welcomes back Olympian alumnae for ‘Question of Sport’ event‘, Independent Schools Council

Abbot’s Hill pupils selected for England Lacrosse Regional Pathway Programme’, Attain

‘Abbot’s Hill School raises over £1000 for Hemel Hempstead charity fighting knife crime‘, Hemel Today

Abbot’s Hill School raises over £1000 for local charity fighting knife crime, Billy’s Wish‘, School Search

‘Abbot’s Hill School raises over £1000 for local charity’,  Independent Schools Council

Hertfordshire Independent Girls’ School expands Pre-School provision‘, Life Magazine

‘Abbot’s Hill launches new Pre-School classroom for September 2021’, Attain Education

New Pre-School classroom for September 2021‘, UK Independent Schools’ Directory

‘Year 6 Expansion. Exciting news at Abbot’s Hill’, Girls’ School Association

Exciting news from Abbot’s Hill‘, Independent Schools Council

Abbot’s Hill celebrate International Women’s Day with the ‘Prefect’s Challenge‘, Attain Education

Abbot’s Hill celebrate International Women’s Day with the ‘Prefect’s Challenge‘, Independent Schools Council

Educating the whole girl‘, The Guardian

Author and illustrator, Petr Horáček, visits Year 2 at Abbot’s Hill School‘, Girls’ School Association

Hemel Hempstead pupils brighten care home residents day with colourful banners‘, Hemel Today

A socially distanced hello from Abbot’s Hill School to Water Mill House Care Home‘, School Search

Pupils from Abbot’s Hill School head down the hill to say hello‘, Independent Schools Council

Meet the Head‘, The Definitive Guide to Independent Education in the Home Counties, Pages 42 – 43

‘Abbot’s Hill School launches a virtual bookshelf to bring the library home‘, Independent Schools Council

Abbot’s Hill School ‘Exceptional’ says prestigious Good Schools Guide‘, Which School? 2021

Abbot’s Hill School ‘Exceptional’ says prestigious Good Schools Guide‘, Girls’ School Association

Abbot’s Hill donates excess food to homeless shelter’, Girls’ School Association

Teaching in a Pandemic‘, Hertfordshire Life


Older Press Coverage

Autumn Term 2020

Meet the Head‘, Families Herts & Chiltern

An Educational Wonderland‘, Families Herts

The Parents’ Show‘, Radio Verulam

Hemel Hempstead nursery receives Top 20 award for third consecutive year‘, Hemel Today

Into the woods… Outdoor Learning at Abbot’s Hill‘, Girls’ School Association

Abbot’s Hill pupils ‘Eco pledges‘ during National Recycling Week, Girls’ School Association

‘Defying distance: Keeping learning standards high‘, Which School? 2021

Abbot’s Hill pupils pack boxes for KidsOut’, Girls’ School Association

Summer 2020

How to keep your kids learning in lockdown‘, Muddy Stilettos

Abbot’s Hill girls celebrate fantastic GCSE Results‘, Girls’ School Association

The principles that I wish for all pupils‘ , Preparatory Schools Guide 2020