Student Handbook


Welcome to the Abbey School. We will do everything we can to help you achieve the very best in your education, personal development and wellbeing.
It is just as important that we ensure you are happy, feel safe and stay safe. This is so important the government has told all schools that they must do everything they can to make this happen.


Please take the time to read through this handbook and if you can, do this with a parent or carer. We hope you find it useful.


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International Dimension Projects:

Language for Future Employment:

Our project will focus on developing pupils desire to learn a foreign language by showing the opportunities for future employment that language learning can unlock. We aim to do this whilst developing the skills pupils need for learning, as well as those needed for future employment opportunities. By linking with schools so far apart, we can challenge pupil perceptions that foreign languages only have a limited scope and broaden their horizons by being bilingual in two of the most widely spoken languages.

We plan to do this by developing a number of projects and resources which require a range of defined skills, and then sharing the outcomes. Students will work in intercultural groups wherever possible. In doing so, our project leads to a better understanding of European identity. Moreover, by actively looking for the common European identity, we will promote and consolidate tolerance. Students will have a chance to get to know their European peers from across the globe and keep in touch with them through ICT and planned exchange trips.

As well as developing pupil skills, we also wish to share best practice amongst staff so that all partners can provide training and resources for the partners in their strengths and access support to help them with any areas they wish to develop. Project activities are going to include active teaching methods including new technologies, school trips and workshops. These aim at encouraging our students to participate in the project and develop their sense of citizenship, literacy, and language as well as to stimulate their interests in the cultural diversity of Europe.

Becoming Future Global Leaders:

This project focuses on staff training and seeks to establish a connection to European cultures and thus strengthen multi-cultural education for staff as well as students. Staff will be encouraged to continue to develop a range of pedagogical techniques in order to adapt to the changing educational landscape as well as exchange best practices and new teaching methods. We hope that by focusing on staff development as well as student experiences through the international dimension we will one day become an International Baccalaureate World School so that The Abbey School goes from being a local and national leader on the international dimension to a global one.

Skills Based learning:

Our project will focus on skills-based learning. In doing so, we hope to be cross-curricular which many thematic projects struggle with. We aim to develop the skills pupils need for learning, as well as those needed for future employment opportunities. As seen in the 'Seven Years On' and 'What Graduates do' reports, employers value skills related to teamwork, leadership, interpersonal communication, ICT, foreign languages, planning and willingness to learn. By being involved in this project, pupils will benefit from the constant opportunities to gain experience in these fields through practical methods.

Students will work in intercultural groups so our project leads to a better understanding of European identity. We want the students to know that their culture has had various inspirations and that intercultural doesn’t just refer to an individual’s nationality, but their skills and individual differences. Moreover, by actively looking for the common European identity, we will promote and consolidate tolerance. Students will have a chance to get to know their peers in other countries and keep in touch with them through ICT and planned exchange trips.

We also wish to share best practice amongst staff so that all partners can provide training and resources in their strengths and access support to help them with any areas they wish to develop. Project activities will include active teaching methods, new technologies, and school trips. This will encourage our students to participate and develop their sense of citizenship, literacy, language, and artistic skills as well as to stimulate their interests in the cultural diversity of Europe.

You can keep up to date with our project through our ‘Twinspace’ online workspace where all partners can contribute here:

Online Learning Resources

PiXL Student Website contains a range of revision material for Year 10/11 students including:

  • Revision checklists
  • Scoreboards
  • Walking/Talking mocks which use video tutorials
  • Papers and exam questions

It also includes links to other useful resources and revision.  To access this resource, year 10 & 11 students will need a username and password.

Contact I.T. Support if you have forgotten your username and password.




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International_PartnersInternational Partners:

We are currently working with the following schools on international projects:

Lycée Polyvalent de Taaone, Pirae, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Lycée Polyvalent de Taaone, Pirae, Tahiti, French Polynesia is a technical school with only Polynesians students. Tahiti is part of French Polynesia, and a French overseas territory. This means that they are part of the European Union despite being very far from it (about 2000 kilometres!). Because of this, students often do not have the opportunity to leave the island. We will be working on sharing our languages with each other in a project titled ‘Language for Future Employment’.


Student Voice WebWhat is Student Voice?

Student Voice is a practice that allows students to develop ideas, articulate discussions and advocate change within the school. This takes many forms within The Abbey School and we feel that it is an essential practice that empowers the student body. Student Voice promotes the idea of staff and students working together and learning from one another.


Here at The Abbey School, this involves a Student Council, made up of representatives throughout the school, who meet and discuss school-related matters and make suggestions for improvement.


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Each form nominates a House Council Rep each year. This representative attends the House Council meetings during our Student Voice day (two lessons per term) and is responsible for feeding back items to the form group, collating ideas from the form group, bringing those ideas to the meetings as well as ensuring that the tutor displays the minutes on their form board.


All the Houses have their meetings at the same time with the same agenda, set by the School Council. The different year groups work together as one House group.

Principal duties:
  • Raise issues and concerns on behalf of form group.
  • Vote on any issues.
  • Brainstorm ideas.
  • Display house activities and meeting minutes on form board.
  • Make decisions so that School Council can action them.


School Council

The School Council are elected by the House Council at the start of the academic year. They meet on our Student Voice day for four lessons per term.


Any members of the House Council that wish to nominate themselves / others for election are required to submit a written statement outlining why they want to have a position on the School Council. This statement is typed and given a number to replace the students’ name - the anonymous statements are used to allow students to make their decision on the best candidate and then voted on. This system has proved popular with students as they feel this is the fairest way to elect. Nomination numbers are high for the School Council and the standard of written statements is good. In 2010, the School Council introduced voting for anonymous candidates and a small scale election campaign to appoint members to the council.


Students are elected and then expected to attend meetings, create sub-committees (e.g. Swale Youth Forum, etc) and represent the school at a variety of events.

Principle duties:
  • Action the items as proposed by the House Council.
  • Write to / meet Senior Leadership Team or key staff when researching or reporting issues.
  • Maintain a visible profile at all times – through VLE, plasma news, newsletter, podcasting, posters etc. and take responsibility for this.
  • Provide a positive public profile for the student body especially when representing the School (e.g. media / photo opportunities, Rural Swale Cluster, interviewing new staff).
  • Work alongside staff to action key priorities which may include completing some work in their own time.
  • Be an ambassador for The Abbey School in all relevant external meetings and events (e.g. 2012 Olympics, Swale Youth Forum, Rural Swale Cluster).


Student Voice Days

Student Voice Days are arranged each term ensure effective administration of Student Voice. The impact of students missing lessons is minimised and agendas can be focussed and relevant. Students get to action their ideas and take responsibility for seeing through short, medium and long-term projects. Students work side by side, regardless of year group and work on lots of different school initiatives. 2013 included:

  • Banning energy drinks in school.
  • Reviewing school uniform.
  • Chairing the Swale Youth Forum.
  • Charity fundraising ideas (from onesie day to sponsored events) we raised over £7000 during 2012-13

The Abbey School is pleased to announce the new Microsoft Office Pro Plus Program for students and staff. This program provides free access to Office 365 Pro Plus for students enrolled at The Abbey School and staff of the school.

Any student who is currently enrolled or active staff is eligible and may download and install Office 365 Pro applications on up to 5 devices (PC, Mac, and/or mobile device).

Please note that when your child leaves the school, we will disable access to this software.


  1. Go to the following website:
  2. Enter your Abbey School Email address ( USERNAME and the password you use in school.
  3. You should see the below:
  4. Check the language you want is correct, untick the Bing and MSN Settings
  5. Click ‘Install Now’
  6. Once installation begins, the installation program will scan your computer for any previous versions of Microsoft Office.
  1. If you have Microsoft Office 2013 installed already, you will have to remove it from your system before continuing the installation.
    1. If you have to remove Office, you must complete these steps:
    2. Once prompted, select the Fix It Button at the top of the screen to uninstall the program (Office 2013/Office 365)
    3. Click Run
    4. Once complete you must reboot your computer and log in again and repeat steps 1-5
  2. If you do not have to remove Office, your installation of Office 365 ProPlus will begin.
  3. Once the application is loaded, a progress box will appear as the software downloads the final settings. Please note that the speed of your connection will determine the speed of this part of the installation.
  4. Once all loading is complete, follow the steps (wizard or online prompts) to personalise your Office 365 ProPlus and begin using your software.


This service is provided ‘as is’ and help is available via the Microsoft website, and respective help documentation within programs. We cannot accept any responsibility for any issues you have with the installation.

Your entitlement to install & use this software is limited to your time at The Abbey School as a full-time student or member of staff, and subject to the school continuing to license its software via the Microsoft Enrolment for Education Scheme/ use of the Office 365 for Education systems.

Neither The Abbey School nor Microsoft will accept any claim for loss or damage as a result of you installing this software on your home computers; you do so entirely at your own risk.

Any attempt to transfer copies of this software or the privileges associated with your school network account to anyone other than you will result in your account being suspended and disciplinary action will be taken.


Mr P Stiles
Network Manager


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Lost Property

All lost property should be handed into the School Office.  Please ensure all uniform is marked clearly with your name to enable us to return to you in the event of an item being lost.


Where an item is not labelled and is not collected, the school policy for lost property is that it will be kept for a minimum period of one month, after which it will be sent to a local charity shop.


School uniform items will, after a month, be taken into a stock of spare uniform that the school keeps.


In the event of more valuable items, the school will use its best endeavours to reunite property and owner.


A list of all lost property is sent regularly to Form Tutors to relay to their form.  Lost property is also displayed in the main foyer.




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International Dimension


Since 2009, we have worked to expand our local community projects into international networks. This area has since grown beyond all initial expectations. Since our decision to work on our delivery of the international dimension, we have been awarded over €235.000 in funding for our projects, been appointed the coordinating school of four European projects, and visited many more countries than ever before. In recognition of our hard work, in 2011, we were awarded the International Schools Award. This is the highest standard on offer to schools for their work on the international dimension. We were reaccredited in 2014 as our international ethos continues to develop and thrive.

Of course, at the heart of our international work are our pupils. We continually look for ways to offer our pupils as many enriching experiences as possible in order to fully engage them with the world around us. Most of all, we want to develop well-rounded, life-long learners and recognise that the best way to do this is to offer a multitude of ways to enrich the curriculum. The great successes of our international projects still only make up a small part of the wide variety of opportunities on offer at The Abbey School.

Our newest project that has received funding will allow us to continue our foreign language project with our partner school in Tahiti. We have been granted over €84,000, which will allow us to exchange staff and students, giving all of our students the opportunity to experience another culture. We will be applying for further funding and opportunities, as our international partnerships allow us to continue to be innovative and internationally recognised for our work.

If you are interested in learning more about our international work, have an idea for a way we could work together or have any questions please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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We are pleased to continue to partner Chartwells to deliver quality food at a competitive price to our students and staff. Our achievements as a partnership have included:


  • A varied nutritious freshly cooked menu
  • Food for Life Bronze award
  • A Cashless Catering system which has served to increase take up of school meals and speed at which they are served
  • Cashless Catering allows parent to top up school dinner accounts online and also look at what their children are eating
  • Cashless Catering has also driven up the number of pupils claiming their free school entitlement

To register for free school meal please click here to download and print the form.

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