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Schools / Colleges


There is a wide choice of education providers in close proximity to Abingdon with over 24 primary schools, three secondary comprehensive schools, three independent schools, a number of further education institutes, a European School and a selection of independent and community special schools.

Abingdon School and Abingdon Preparatory School are one of the oldest independent day and boarding boys’ schools in the UK, taking 4-18 year olds and are within walking distance of the Old Gaol. Our Lady's Abingdon is a Catholic, co-educational day school for boys and girls aged 3-18 within walking distance of Abingdon town centre. The School of St Helen and St Katharine is an independent day school for girls.

The UK's only European school is less than three miles from The Old Gaol. It teaches a European primary and secondary curriculum in German, French and English to 800+ 4-18 year olds. For the last three years the school has achieved an impressive 100% pass rate in the European Baccalaureate.

Abingdon and Witney College offers full and part-time further education for UK and oversees pupils and boasts accreditation as a Centre for Vocational Excellence for Tourism, IT systems support and Engineering. It also provides training to adults and businesses. The college recently achieved its best ever A-levels results with a 100% pass rate in 27 of its 30 A-Level subjects.