Abbotsholme School: Rocester, Staffordshire, UK

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Abbotsholme School is a coeducational independent boarding school UK 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 top private 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 in top 10 boarding schools in England.


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 school 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.


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7 days boarding: 

GBP 26,550 – GBP 39,810

About the school

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:

– Chapel

– 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

– Theatre

– Two ICT suites

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Location Description

Rocester is a village and civil parish in the East Staffordshire district of Staffordshire, England. 

The village is about 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Uttoxeter, and close to the county border with Derbyshire. The village lies on a triangle of land between the River Churnet and River Dove, which join to the south. The parish borders, from the south going clockwise, the parishes of Uttoxeter Rural, Croxden, Denstone, Ellastone, all in East Staffordshire, and then Norbury and Roston, Marston Montgomery and Doveridge, all in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire. 

Uttoxeter is a market town in Staffordshire, England, close to the border with Derbyshire, one mile west of the River Dove. 

Mainstream school with Special Educational Needs provision like *Dyslexia, *Dyspraxia (boys and girls 2-18 years) Rocester, ST14 5BS

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