Abbotsholme School is a coeducational independent boarding and day school near the town of Rocester in Staffordshire, England. The school is situated on a 140-acre campus on the banks of the River Dove near the Derbyshire-Staffordshire border. An affordable UK boarding school in a beautiful rural setting.
Abbotsholme is a friendly, warm and unique boarding and day school for boys and girls from ages 2 to 18 (boarding from aged 10), set in the countryside in the centre of the UK, North of Birmingham, and on the Derbyshire / Staffordshire borders.
Abbotsholme School, which was set up in 1889, has often been described as one big family; with less than 300 people at Abbotsholme in the Prep and Senior Schools and around 15 in a class, the staff know every pupil, and pupils look after each other whatever age group they are in.
As a Round Square School, we are proud to say that we have a strong overseas community as part of the Abbotsholme family, which we believe really enhances the school environment. UK pupils can really learn about other cultures, customs and languages and get a sense of the multicultural world we live in; overseas pupils can get involved in English activities, learn English and enjoy a very real British Boarding school experience.
We have overseas pupils from a variety of countries including China, Germany, Dubai, Hong Kong, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the Baltic States, Canada, Africa and Japan.
Boarding at Abbotsholme is a way of life. With over 35% of our pupils being boarders, and 20% of the school roll coming from countries other than the UK, we have a vibrant and warm boarding community, in which pupils develop friendships that last a lifetime.
Our boarding houses provide small, comfortable and happy homes for all ages, each having their own character and personality. Younger pupils (ages 10-15) will usually share bedrooms in threes and fours whilst older pupils (ages 15-18) have single or shared study-bedrooms.
Our boarders learn independence, time-management skills and responsibility and, with guidance and support from houseparent’s, they learn how to balance academic work with social time.
Sixth Form pupils (age 16-18) now have some dedicated sixth form boarding accommodation by way of a log cabin complex. Built in a peaceful setting within the school grounds, yet only a stone’s throw from the school’s central facilities, these self-contained, purpose-built cabins provide a wonderful opportunity for Abbotsholme’s sixth form students to experience a greater degree of independence and privacy.
Our belief is that this development will play a significant part in preparing our young people not only for university but, more significantly, for life itself.
Our school is unique in offering more than just the best education; it offers exceptional facilities for learning outside the classroom. Our key facilities include the following:
- Climbing Wall
- Dingle and woodland for outdoor education
- Dining Room (Hogwarts style!)
- Electric Car racing team, and Headquarters
- English as an Additional Language Department
- Equestrian Centre and Manege
- Farm, and Prep School Farm
- Film Studies studio
- Food Technology Centre
- Library, and specialist fiction library
- Log Cabin Boarding complex (Sixth Form)
- Music Department with recording studio and practice rooms
- Sixth Form Centre
- Sports Hall and fields
- Two ICT suites