Abbeyfield School, Chippenham

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Abbeyfield School
Abbeyfields School - - 3050692.jpg
Motto Aspiration, Attitude, Achievement
Established 2001
Type Comprehensive
Headteacher Ian Tucker
Deputy Headteacher Mike Randall
Chair of Governors Michele Blain
Location Stanley Lane
SN15 3XB
Coordinates: 51°27′07″N 2°05′34″W / 51.45197°N 2.09266°W / 51.45197; -2.09266
Local authority Wiltshire
DfE number 865/4000
DfE URN 131969 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 100 (approx)
Students 880 as of January 2012
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Alfred (Blue), Brunel (Green), Neeld (Red), Talbot (Yellow)
Colours Black and Gold          
Website School homepage

Abbeyfield School is a mixed comprehensive school and sixth form in Chippenham, Wiltshire, for students aged 11 to 18.


The school was built to serve the needs of the expanding population of Chippenham and the large estates of Pewsham and Cepen Park. In 1998, while the land was being cleared, two unexploded bombs were found on the site and the British Army carried out a controlled explosion.[1] However, other delays occurred due to the nature of the Private Finance Initiative and building did not start until 2000.

The new school was officially opened in December 2001 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.[2] Abbeyfield achieved Business and Enterprise Specialist School status in September 2005. In 2008, a new building was built to accommodate the growing sixth form.

Many changes were implemented after James Fox became headteacher in 2010, including a new uniform which featured blazers. Four houses were introduced, all named after local and historical dignitaries; Alfred, Neeld, Brunel and Talbot.


The school is located on the east side of Chippenham in Stanley Lane, near the Pewsham estate, off London Road and surrounded by fields. It is set in over 27 acres of landscaped grounds, playing fields, tennis courts and playgrounds.[3]


Every year the school admits around 120 children (six tutor groups of 20 students) from local primary schools. These children come from the Chippenham area which is also served by Hardenhuish and Sheldon schools as well as from surrounding towns such as Melksham's Melksham Oak and Corsham's The Corsham School, as well as an increasing number of admissions from nearby Calne.[4]

List of Headteachers[edit]

2001 - Patricia Shubrook[5]
2010 - James Fox[6]
2011 - David Nicholson
2014 - Ian Tucker[7]


Since its first inspection in 2002 the school has been inspected several times by Ofsted. The first of these, in 2002, described the school as "a very effective school, it has the capacity to improve even further". The 2006 inspection described the school as "An effective school which provides a good quality of education for its students who enjoy their learning and achieve well".[8] In 2009 the Ofsted report was not as positive being only "satisfactory". The most recent Ofsted inspection occurred on the 27 and 28 September 2012, giving the school a "good" rating.

Link with the Gambia[edit]

Since 2006, Abbeyfield School has been twinned with Maahad School in The Gambia. It is traditional every year for Year 12 and 13 students to travel to the Gambia to visit the school, help with lessons and spend time with local people. jole rider, an education organisation and registered charity, worked with Abbeyfield to supply refurbished, donated second-hand bicycles and classroom equipment to the school, to help young Gambians gain an education as many live far from the school and need transport in order to get there.[9]

UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge[edit]

Since 2010, Abbeyfield School had taken part in the UKAYRoC competition. In the first year only one team was entered. The team passed qualification flights and proceeded to the finals, finally coming 9th overall. The following year, two teams were entered, Quantum and Enigma. Both teams made it to the final, but Enigma suffered from an engine misfire, and only came 15th. Quantum, had a successful launch, and came 5th overall.[10] In 2012, three teams were entered Enigma, Quantum and Omega. Both Omega and Enigma qualified for the UK finals with both teams managing successful launches that placed them in 3rd and 4th positions respectively.[11] All three teams made it to the 2013 finals.[12][13] In 2015 a team from the school came second, and in 2016 one team came second and one won first overall.[14]


External links[edit]