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Abbotsholme School

Address:  Rocester, Uttoxeter ST14 5BS
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Description Abbotsholme School

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Location of Abbotsholme School: Rocester, Staffordshire county
  • Students age: 2 to 18 years
  • Abbotsholme School: pre-school education, KS1-3, GCSE, A-Level
  • Total number of students: 290 people
  • Type of education: mixed
  • Type of accommodation: residence (boarding house) and full-time course of studying.

Abbotsholme School is an independent private co-educational school designed for children from 2 to 18 years old, providing day education and boarding. The total number of schoolchildren reaches 290 people, and among them many foreign students (about 40%) - the school is supportive of international pupils and gladly accepts them for their educational programs.

The school is located on the border of two large counties - Derbyshire and Staffordshire, near the town of Roster on the banks of the Dove River. The distance to London is about 235 kilometers, the journey takes about three and a half hours. Not too far away there are the large, including international, airports in the cities of Birmingham (up to 49 miles), Manchester (60 miles) and the Midlands (up to just 31 miles) - this makes it easy for students to transfer in both directions.

The Abbotsholme School was founded back in 1889 by the famous educator, Dr. Cecil Reddy, a native of Scotland. In the new school, he actively used the most modern, advanced methods of teaching in boys 10-19 years old (girls began to study only since 1969), thanks to which the school quickly became known for its fairly liberal procedures, not overly stringent conditions for studying. For entry on the mandatory program such subjects as art and music are obligatory. The doctor succeeded in attracting to the teaching of the best teachers from all over the UK, thanks to which the level of academic studying of graduates quickly became a kind of standard of quality. In addition to introducing art and music into the compulsory curriculum, the school also excelled in some innovations in the field of education:

  • These are active studies, laboratory works and practical exercises in the form of which most of the classes in the natural sciences are conducted;
  • Close attention to ecology, conservation of natural resources - the educational plan includes lessons on livestock and horticulture
  • This is the only school in the territory of England that has made a really significant contribution to the development of the national agrarian sector.

The basic postulates and principles of the school's work are preserved to this day, are carefully observed and respected.

The basis of interaction between pupils and teachers is a deep mutual respect for each other, which is strengthened not only in the academic process, but also during extracurricular activities, electives and creative pursuits. The educational institution strives to maximally reveal the talents of each student, his abilities and talents, lead him to success, also to develop self-esteem and self-confidence, to learn to rejoice in one's achievements and the successes of others. A lot of time is given to the education of respect for the environment, understanding of the importance of its preservation and the enhancement of natural resources.

Here children of any faith, confession can study - the school respects the Christian traditions, but does not single out or emphasize any particular religion. On the territory there is a small church, which can be visited by especially devout students.

The institution is constantly being scrutinized (the last one took place in 2011) by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) commission - the results of the latter are:

  • "Excellent" ranking: quality and organization of the curriculum , the organization of out-of-class education, the level of educational services and development of children, work with parents.
  • Evaluation "Excellent": academic successes of schoolchildren, quality of teaching and childcare; conditions of safety and studying; the level of accommodation is in the hostel; high quality management of the school.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Abbotsholme School

Program name
from 10 995 £ / term

About the educational program: International students not only form a solid foundation of knowledge on the basic subjects of the school curriculum, but also receive useful academic skills necessary for continuing their studies at the university. Students learn to work effectively independently and in a team, work with sources, think critically and analytically, write and present scientific works, research, etc.

Subjects for study available to students at this stage:

  • English Language and Literature;
  • Chemistry;
  • Business course;
  • French;
  • Biology;
  • Physical education and sport;
  • Geography;
  • Physics;
  • Other scientific courses of choice;
  • Food production technologies;
  • Art;
  • Design and technology;
  • Spanish;
  • Theatrical and dramatic skills;
  • History;
  • Music;
  • Mathematics.

Note that some subjects are available for inclusion in the curriculum only if a certain group of students are formed.

from 12 450 £ / term

Quick overview: This is a kind of standard of British pre-university education, respected all over the world. The program is designed for 2 years: the first year international students study 4 subjects of their own choice, in the second year there are only 3. 

About the educational program: The level of education of the graduates of the program is so high that the A-level certificate is accepted by most universities as an alternative to the entrance exams - this increases the student's chances of successfully enrolling in the chosen university for priority specialization. Disciplines for study are chosen in accordance with their own interests and inclinations: students are guided by the knowledge they will need to successfully continue their studies In high school.

List of subjects:

  • Economy;
  • English literature;
  • Chemistry;
  • Business course;
  • French;
  • Biology;
  • The Art of Photography;
  • Higher Mathematics;
  • Physical education and sport;
  • Geography;
  • Physics;
  • Art;
  • German;
  • Art;
  • Theatrical and dramatic skills;
  • Spanish;
  • Mathematics;
  • Music;
  • History.

Note that some subjects are available for inclusion in the curriculum only if a certain group of students are formed.

Accommodation and food

There are 5 comfortable residences for the students in the Abbotsholme School campus: young men and women live separately, and the age parameter is taken into account when resettlement.

Junior students occupy rooms for 3-4 people, high school students - 1 -2 people. The hostel can be accommodated by young people who are in grade 6 and older, and female students are 7th grade and older.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: art, biology, business, chemistry, design and technology, Dramatic art, English, English literature, French, geography, history, maths, music, physical Culture, physics, Spanish, Theatrical art
Events list: canoe, Canoeing, rock climbing,  Mountain bike

Equipment Abbotsholme School

The total campus area reaches 57 hectares, with 28 hectares occupied by its own farm. This is one of the few English schools that have such a large homeownership: pupils are constantly watching, caring for animals and plants. Special attention is paid to horses: thanks to their love for these noble animals, the school was even marked by the "British Society of Horse Lovers".

The main building of the educational center includes everything necessary for comfortable and effective studying. There are spacious audiences with modern equipment and technology, a library with an extensive fund of printed and electronic sources, a computer class, and audio-visual and interactive equipment. The territory is equipped with comfortable and cozy lounges where students like to gather in breaks and after classes. The school has a modern, developed sports infrastructure (including a spacious swimming pool, tennis courts), its own center for practicing dramatic art, music and other areas of creativity.

Musical studies are given special attention. Schoolchildren can learn to play or sharpen their playing skills on almost any musical instrument, attend school choir or orchestra lessons (even school personnel join them here). The academic building has its own theater for 120 seats - every pupil can demonstrate his dramatic and scenic talent! Also equipped with a modern film studio with the latest equipment allows students to shoot, to direct and edit their own films with the help of powerful professional computers and programs. Among other creative activities, it is worth noting drawing, ceramics and pottery, graphic design and etc. Here there are just some of the activities that students can do in their free time:

  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Riding
  • Tennis
  • Skiing
  • Squash
  • Athletics
  • Drawing
  • Netball
  • Rugby.

Also the educational institution is a permanent and an active participant in the program of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Term dates and fees

The cost of schooling is:

  • Junior school, board = 7545 £ / trimester
  • 7-9 grades in high school, board = 8745 £ / term
  • 10-11 high school classes, board = 10005 £ / term
  • Six Form (12-13 grades), board = 10140 £ / term.

Please note that there are some additional payments and fees not included in the basic cost of the program:

  • Registration fee = 100 £
  • Deposit confirming the place for the student
  • Contribution to the development of the educational institution
  • Examination fees
  • Studying deposit = £ 1000
  • Additional lessons (if necessary)
  • Additional lessons and activities (optional)
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Medical insurance
  • Guardian services
  • Visa opening = from £ 100.

Extra fees:

  • Deposit for a course/programme 1000 GBP
  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 125 GBP

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution


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Abbotsholme School reviews


This year I finish the A-level course at the school Abbotsholme School. Once again contacting the Smapse manager, I decided to leave positive feedback, because I am very satisfied with the whole organization - both me and my parents.

At first, the arrival seemed terribly complicated and expensive, but the consultant at the first conversation solved a lot of questions. The guys take maximum work - I only collected the documents and characteristics from the school and wrote an introductory essay, passed the interview. Everything else was taken over by Smapse, even they registered us at the consulate for a visa and booked tickets. And now, being in England, I can write to them or call with any question. It's convenient, not so scary at first in a foreign country.

I was picked up by the excellent school! Such, you know, a spacious campus with old buildings and lawns - pure "Harry Potter". Despite the age-old buildings, everything is modernly equipped here: a bunch of computers, interactive whiteboards, language laboratories, electronic textbooks and manuals. Also, I like the residence: very cozy, clean, neat, the furniture is new. There are a lot of foreign students from all over the world, so we constantly gather in the common room, chatting, playing.

I am very glad that my parents dared to send me to England , again thank you Smapse!


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- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
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- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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