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Are you looking for boarding schools in England? Abberley Hall in Worcester, Worcestershire is one of the few uniquely full-boarding preparatory schools left in the country, catering for boys and girls. It is our aim to provide the academic, sporting and social grounding which is the foundation for success, and each year children of wide-ranging abilities make the successful transition to prestigious independent schools.


  • 7 days boarding: 7,830 per term
  • Needs based aid: Offered
  • Percentage of students receiving some aid: Not disclosed
  • Merit scholarschips: Not Offered

School size and facilties

90 acres grounds, new science complex, 25 metre indoor swimming pool, sports hall with cricket nets, rifle range, Art & DT Centre, large Music Suite, Astroturf, Riding stables, Modern Language Laboratory, Fully stocked fishing pond, Climbing Wall, French alpine chalet, Outdoor Courts for a variety of games, Spacious, well equipped common rooms, Warm and inviting dormitories

Wonderful kitchen and dining facilities




Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 34 57 91
Day School: 63 74 137

Director Details

Year Of Foundation


Some History

The school began in 1878 as Dame School in Kent, run by Misses Mitchell at 23 Belmont Road Blackheath. Even at this early stage, scholarships were won to prestigious schools such as King’s School Canterbury. A number of former pupils went on to win awards at Oxford and Cambridge and distinguish themselves in the services especially the Navy. The school was moved to Abberley in 1916, largely owing to the dangers of Zeppelin raids on London. Forty boys arrived at Abberley Hall, which was purchased with all furniture and fittings, for £10,000. In 1921, Gilbert Ashton – a former pupil of Lindisfarne – joined the school taking over as headmaster and subsequently purchasing the property. He recruited Leonard Greenwood and Michael Carr and this triumvirate presided over an increasingly large and successful school, itself re-named Abberley Hall. An early scholarship to Winchester enhanced the school’s reputation and soon there were over 70 boarders.


About the school

  • Long description:

    Abberley Hall is one of the few uniquely full-boarding preparatory schools left in the country, catering for boys and girls aged 8 to 13 years. It is our aim to provide the academic, sporting and social grounding which is the foundation for success, and each year children of wide-ranging abilities make the successful transition to prestigious independent schools. Only a boarding school can afford children a full programme of sports and activities seven days a week, and at Abberley this is provided in the safety and beauty of the School’s substantial grounds. The School is extremely proud of its traditional boarding environment. At this top UK boarding school, boys and girls are cared for by the Headmaster and his wife, a number of young, married boarding staff, and a wonderful team of matrons, who are supported by a qualified nurse. The academic day is arranged so that there is no evening homework, and all pupils are encouraged to take part in the Activities Hour each weekday, and to choose from a wide range of termly hobbies. Not only does the School offer extensive opportunities for physical and social development, but children engage in fun as well as learning in the security of the 90 acre rural estate, which also boats 10 acres of dedicated sports’ and playing fields. The children go the the chalet twice in their Abberley career, once in Year 5 and again in Year 7.

  • Dorm facilities:
    The dormitories vary in size from 2 to 14 beds.
    The accommodation at Abberley Hall is ideal for children aged 8 to 12 as the dormitories enable them to get to know each other quickly and form strong friendships.  The girls and boys are accommodated in different areas of the main Manor House, with younger children in dormitories of up to 8 and the older ones in dormitories of 3-5. All the dormitories are bright and spacious, providing a friendly environment for the children to feel settled and comfortable while away from home. 
  • Dress code: Casual

Social life & attractions

WEEKENDS at this Top UK boarding school
Weekends at school are full of things to do and invariably include expeditions, trips and visits for which the pupils can opt. There are hobbies from art to den-making and special activities organised by staff. A child claiming to be bored is probably making a statement about his or her own inertia (or habituation to television or computer games) rather than about the available possibilities. Most weekends are designated as ‘All In’ when all boarders stay in. Boarders may go out at Optional Weekends, (two or three in each term), from 4 pm on Saturday or for any part of that weekend - as long as this does not conflict with a school commitment. There is a full programme of activities and expeditions for every weekend, except Exeats.
ACTIVITIES at this Top UK boarding School
There are activities after tea every weekday; children may also follow their interests at other times, as well as the weekends. Some activities are restricted to the younger age group and some to the older. Children choose their own activities, but need guidance when faced with the wide variety of choice. Form Tutors provide this guidance, but parents may wish to discuss options in the holidays.
 EXTRA ACTIVITIES Music. Music is strong and thriving situated in a well-equipped department. Every child comes into contact with this subject in weekly class music lessons where they enjoy singing, composing, performing and listening to many different types of music from a variety of eras. The Chapel Choir sings at services during the ‘All In’ weekends, and also perform outside the school in services and concerts continuing the well-known choral tradition at the school. The ‘Palace Choir’ is the junior, ‘fun’ choir and is a feeder to the Chapel Choir which is coached by our singing specialist. Other singing groups include stage vocals.
Woodwork, Dramatic Arts, Dance, LAMDA, Musical Theatre, Fencing, Judo, Riding, Shooting, Tennis, Windsurfing, Climbing Wall, Abseiling, Kayaking, Skiing, Archery, Tapestry, Pottery & Ceramics, Origami, Model Making, Electronics, Gardening, Den Building & Camp Fires, Snooker, Fishing, Indoor Cricket, Table Tennis, Volley Ball, Classic Films Club, University Challenge, Pop Band and many more.

Famous People Who Attended This School

The Rt Hon The Lord Howe QC

Academic life

  • What we offer ?

    Our main purpose has always been to prepare pupils thoroughly for their Public Schools, but not to overcoach or have Common Entrance, Winchester Entrance or Scholarships as an end in themselves. Prep School is just part of a child’s education and the most important thing is that the foundations are laid for individuals to maximise their potential at 18 or later. As well as preparing for exams, we therefore aim to offer as broad an education as possible. This means we constantly review our curriculum and the way we deliver it. Successive headmasters at Abberley have been open to new ideas and ready to encourage changes that will bring extra educational benefit to the children who have been entrusted to their care. Examples of this were the early introduction of Design Technology by the school and the desire to ensure that all pupils have opportunities in music, art and related subjects. In recent years it has been recognised that Information Technology and Modern Languages are of paramount importance in the modern workforce, thus we have made significant investments in these areas to ensure a strong foundation is laid at a young age to enable all pupils to meet later demands with confidence as well as competence. In 2003 we started a new project – the Chalet in France. All pupils will have two opportunities (at nine and eleven) to spend three weeks during term time totally immersed in the French language and culture. In 1997 we made a radical change in our timetable to help deliver the breadth of education we believe is necessary to prepare children for their senior schools (not just pass exams). Teaching time increased to a maximum of twenty-nine and a half hours per week from the twenty-two hours plus four and a half hours of prep that we had before. The first two years have twenty-seven hours. We have no prep or homework. Work that once would have been deemed as prep or homework is completed in the extra time available in lessons. Benefits from this system include that work is supervised by the staff who set the work; we have no work set for the sake of it – often the case with homework; younger children are not being asked to work when they are tired (i.e. 7pm); day children go home with no worry of work. For boarders the time after tea is devoted to activities although in the final two years this time becomes increasingly used for private study. The extra teaching time created through this more flexible approach has brought several advantages in terms of maintaining breadth; older children are able to continue with non-examined subjects such as Art, Design-Technology Music, PE and IT, but not at the expense of subjects such as Latin and Modern Languages. Latin is taught to a high standard and there is also time for a second modern language. All children have the opportunity to learn Spanish.

  • Number of teachers and their qualifications :
    40plus. BA (Hons)/Bsc/BA/B.Ed/GBSM/FNMSM/ARCM/ ABSM/MA/LAMDA/
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Sport and culture

  • Sport Facilities:
     There are organised afternoon games every day of the week including Saturdays. The major games for the boys are rugby, soccer and cricket and for the girls, hockey, netball, rounders and cricket. In addition to the above the children take part in athletics, swimming and cross-country. At this top UK boarding school.  All weather pitch with running track, sports hall, 10 acres of dedicated sports’ and playing fields, indoor 25 metre swimming pool, indoor and outdoor cricket nets, tennis courts and the opportunity for years 7 and 8 rugby and hockey teams to tour South Africa.
  • Culture and arts:
    CULTURE Evening activities include classic films club, university challenge, nature study, percussion group, brass group, strings group, woodwind group jazz combo and two choirs. There are five different drama productions each year, the major production is usually a musical such as Cats, Schools Will Rock You, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Concerts are staged each term, Chapel Choir perform in churches and cathedrals across the country. Regular visits are made to Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
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Interests & Activities

  • Languages & Humanities Courses
    • English Courses
    • Philosophy and Religion Courses
      Religious, The Bible, World religions
    • Foreign Languages Courses
      French, Spanish
    • History Courses
      Great Britain history
  • Visual art & music & drama
    • Performing arts
      Acting, Ballet, Dance, Drama
    • Visual arts
      Art, Ceramics, Painting, Pottery, Sculpture, Textiles, Weaving, Woodworking
    • Music
      Band, Choral music, Music theory, Voice
  • Sports
    • Winter Sports
      Alpine skiing
    • Ball games
      Baseball, Cricket, Field hockey, Football, Golf, Rugby, Volleyball
    • Racquet sports
      Badminton, Squash, Tennis
    • Other sports
      Camping, Cross-country running, Equestrian, Horseback riding, Mountain biking, Rifle team
    • Water sports
      Canoeing, Diving, Kayaking, Sailing, Swimming
  • Clubs and free time interests
    Classics Club, Fencing, Gardening, Horseback riding
  • Special needs catered for
    Dyslexia, Dyspraxia

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Abberley Hall: Worcester, Worcestershire, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Abberley Hall: Worcester, Worcestershire, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Abberley Hall: Worcester, Worcestershire, UK | Best Boarding Schools


Location Description

Boarding School in Worcestershire
By Rail Kidderminster Railway Station is approximately 25 minutes by taxi. Worcester Railway Station is approximately 25 minutes by taxi. Droitwich Spa Railway Station is approximately 30 minutes by taxi. Birmingham International Railway Station is approximately 45 minutes by taxi.


Abberley Hall, Worcestershire , Worcester, Worcestershire, United Kingdom, Postcode - WR6 6DD
Email - info@best-boarding-schools.net

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