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I hope you enjoy browsing the website and that you find this site informative. All the staff, governors and students at The Abbey are very proud of our school.


The Abbey School is a strong and vibrant special school with places for just over 100 students aged 11-16 years who have learning difficulties and additional needs. More than one in three of our students have a diagnosis of autism. We are based in Farnham and are a Surrey County Council maintained school, but we take students from a range of other areas, including; Hampshire, Berkshire and London Boroughs. 


Every student matters at The Abbey School and every decision we take is based on what is in the best interests of the individual student. We firmly believe that the students and staff at The Abbey are its most important asset, with the staff having high expectations and aspirations for our students’ health, safety, happiness, knowledge, skills and independence.  Teaching approaches, strategies and pace are always adjusted to suit the diverse abilities of the individual students. Such personalised planning of academic, therapeutic, vocational and life-skills targets enables all students to excel in all aspects of the curriculum and their daily lives. It is about making every lesson relevant and every learning journey count and ensuring that the young person, and their family, are well prepared for the next stage of their education.


The school has fit for purpose accommodation which is maintained to a high standard. Now that refurbishment is complete, the school is somewhere the students, staff and local community really can have pride in. We set high standards for our appearance as well as our outstanding provision for teaching and learning.


 At the heart of The Abbey is the welfare of our students, our staff, and our whole school community. The Abbey is about belonging, laughing, learning and valuing life and friendships, hence our mission statement "Together We Can". It is about maximising progress and developing the confidence to look forward to all our futures. The Abbey truly is a ‘can do’ school.


We had 'outstanding' Ofsted inspection accreditations in July 2009, July 2012 and most recently, July 2016. The inspectors said, "Together you have established a pupil-centred culture, which underpins the vision to 'build pupils' confidence for tomorrow.'"


The staff and governors are highly skilled and committed to ensuring we provide the very best education we can.


We have high standards of behaviour and achievement and there is a real sense of community. Our school seeks to involve parents in partnership with their children’s learning. Parents regularly help with school visits and events and we also enjoy the support of an active PTFA (The Friends of The Abbey School).


In this website we have tried to give you a broad overview of the school (please contact the school if you need a paper copy of the information provided on the website, including large print versions). We welcome visitors and comments. We are always seeking feedback on how we can improve in all areas. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and thank you for taking the time to look at this website.


David Jackson


The Abbey School

01252 725059



Vision Statement

“To be a responsible member of the community, with the skills and understanding to be a valuable and valued citizen.”

Mission Statement

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