Abingdon Preparatory School

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Abingdon Preparatory School
Abingdon preparatory school logo.png
Established 1956
Type Preparatory School
Religion Christian, Church of England
Headmaster Crispin Hyde-Dunn
Founders Evelyn Farrell
Location Kingston Road
OX13 5NX
Coordinates: 51°40′18″N 1°21′54″W / 51.6718°N 1.365°W / 51.6718; -1.365
Staff 41[1]
Students c. 250
Gender Boys
Ages 4–13
Houses 4
Colours Navy blue     Turquoise    
Website www.abingdonprep.org.uk
Abingdon Preparatory School main building

Abingdon Preparatory School (formerly known as Josca's until 2007,[2][3] and informally known as Abingdon Prep), is an independent preparatory school in the rural setting of Frilford, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England. It is part of the Abingdon Foundation – a collective name for both it, and Abingdon School. Abingdon Preparatory School caters for boys between 4 and 13. The school was founded in 1956 with 5 pupils;[4] it now has around 250 pupils.[5]

In 2007, development costing £3 million – bringing a new sports hall, changing rooms, class rooms, and an art room – was completed.[6] The school has a large sports field – especially large considering the size of the school. In recent years, a bridge over the busy[7][8] A415 road has been built connecting the school on one side of the road to its sports fields on the other.

The school's most recent inspection was undertaken by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) branch of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) during November 2015. The report found that: 'The pupils’ achievement both inside and outside the classroom was exceptional'.

Crispin Hyde-Dunn, previously Deputy Head at King's College School, Cambridge, took up the position of Headmaster in April 2011. The headmistress of Abingdon School is Felicity Lusk.


  1. ^ "Abingdon Preparatory School – Staff Directory". Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Oxford Mail – Prep school changes its name". 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2008-04-18. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "The Oxford Times – Prep School Changes Its name". 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  4. ^ "Abingdon Preparatory School – Our History". Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  5. ^ "The Independent Schools Directory – Abingdon Prep". 2007-06-18. Archived from the original on 29 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  6. ^ "SFS Group – School changes name as part of £3 development". 2007-07-03. Archived from the original on 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  7. ^ "Oxford Villages – Frilford, Garford and Lyford". Archived from the original on September 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  8. ^ "Oxford Mail – We don't want new bridge". 2006-06-01. Retrieved 2008-04-19. [dead link]

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