Stand Up To Bullying Day - 21st June 2017

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Stand up to Bullying Day returns on Wednesday 21 June 2017. On this day, our school will be showing how they are standing up to bullying. Staff and students will look at our anti-bullying policy and the Peer Mentors will be engaging in anti-bullying activities. Form groups will be invited to join in this national day of action.


Important! Make sure, whatever you do on Wednesday 21 June 2017, you share it with the nation using #StandUpToBullying. We look forward to seeing what you get up to. 


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Outstanding Achievements in Girls Indoor Athletics

Girls Indoor AthleticsOn Wednesday 25th January Mrs Skelcher took 2 teams of year 7 and 8 girls to a district Indoor athletics competition. 

These 2 teams were absolutely amazing, performing against top high ranking schools of Q.E and Simon Langton Girls, plus other schools in the district.  Many of the girls came first in their activities, with outstanding achievements in running, jumping and throwing events. 


The Abbey Girls will now represent the South East District on Wednesday 8th Feb in Medway at the Kent School Games final.

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Ofsted Inspection 2017

Following our recent Ofsted inspection I am delighted to share with you their findings, attached. We received a one-day Section 8 inspection on 21 February 2017 when two Ofsted inspectors concluded that ‘This school continues to be good’.


They praised the strong leadership of the school and stated that we continue ‘to provide the best possible education for each pupil. ‘You are well supported by the staff and a dedicated and strong governing body in your drive to achieve this.’ They witnessed the ‘high levels of aspiration among the pupils and students in a strongly supportive environment. They also observed that ‘this creates an atmosphere where pupils and students develop as individuals and are well-prepared for life as responsible members of the community.


We were pleased that, amongst many things, they acknowledged:

  • ‘an obvious sense of trust and mutual respect between pupils and adults.’
  • ‘a strong culture of safeguarding that runs throughout the school supported by an effective safeguarding system that makes sure all pupils are secure.’
  • ‘existing teachers benefit from high-quality training and you have appointed strong teachers to the school’
  • ‘strong leadership of the Sixth Form.’
  • ‘Pupils say that they feel very safe in school and this is overwhelmingly supported by the views of parents.’

In the last inspection in 2013, inspectors noted several strengths, including: ‘strong leadership, quality of teaching, improving exam results, a vibrant sixth form, good behaviour, and excellent level of care and safety’. It is pleasing that they agreed that this is still the case at The Abbey School.


We hope that you, as parents and carers, will be as equally pleased with the report and are reassured that the school continues to provide a good education for our children and continues to improve.


Catrin Woodend

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Wednesday 22nd February 



24th March 2017 By Richard Harvey

Dover Athletic Academy starlet Christopher Barnard has signed a deal keeping him at Crabble until May 2018

The midfielder has played twice this season for boss Chris Kinnear’s side in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup wins against Herne Bay and VCD Athletic.

Monday 16th January STEM Workshops

Stem WebStudents had an exhilarating morning of Science and Math activities on Monday the 16th of January.  

STEM Ambassadors from Canterbury Christ Church University came to school all dressed up for the carousel of activities. Students attended 2 out of the 6 sessions of fun and enriching Maths or Science activity

Some of the carousels of activities included Treasure hunt game with coordinates themed around Pirates, Code breaking, game theory all related to Pirate story, star war themed activity, Dr Who themed activity and being an astronaut for NASA in the astronaut academy.

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Dear Parents and Carers

On behalf of the staff and governors of The Abbey School, I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.

We will be returning to school on Thursday 5th January 2017 at the normal time of 8.50am with lessons as usual.

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with you and I look forward to another successful year. We have sent you our Xmas message in the newsletter which I hope you have received. Thank you for your support as always.

Kind regards

Catrin Woodend

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Remembrance Day 2016Remembrance Day 2016

Friday 11 November, 11am - every student and staff member joined together to honour the 2 minutes silence following a week of commemorative services and assemblies. 


The whole school lined up to listen to Rev Tracey Bateson and to reflect on the sacrifices made by previous generations. Mr Edgeworth played the last post - a fitting memorial that was executed brilliantly.  


Dan Davies, Henry Cook and a variety of student cadets delivered Remembrance assemblies throughout the week to ensure that all students were aware of the importance and relevance for the 2 minutes silence.   Dan Davies organised Rev Tracey Bateson to deliver a full service for prefects, school council, peer mentors and uniformed students which saw Mrs Woodend laying a wreath on our memorial. 

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Our U16 and U13 girls’ football teams did The Abbey proud at this recent football festival with each student displaying exceptional talent with their football.


It was an extremely memorable day for them all with both the older girls and the new year 7s excelling with outstanding skills. Congratulations also to Beth who will be starting a coaching course in refereeing this half-term.



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