|Battle Abbey School|
|Type||Independent day and boarding school|
|Motto||Foy est tout|
(Faith is all)
|Religious affiliation(s)||C of E / Inter-denominational|
|Department for Education URN||114622 Tables|
|Age||3 months to 18 years|
Battle Abbey School is a private coeducational day and boarding school in the small town of Battle, East Sussex, England. The senior school occupies part of the town's ruined abbey complex, and it is from here that the school derives its name. Originally formed as St. Etheldreda's, in 1989 Glengorse and Hydneye was merged into the school.
The abbey was initially constructed at the behest of the Norman invader William the Conqueror to commemorate his victory at the site over the Anglo-Saxon King of England, Harold Godwinson in 1066. Subsequently, the abbey was partially destroyed during the dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII. During this period some of the abbey buildings were destroyed. The 13th-century Abbot’s house was preserved and passed into private hands, and numerous additional structures also survived including the 14th-century gatehouse (which now serves as the main school gate) as well as a ruined monks' dorter (dormitory).
The school was founded in 1912, as St. Etheldreda's, Bexhill, by May Jacoby and her sister Helen Sheehan-Dare. It moved into the Abbey in 1922, with an enrolment of 33 girls. Within a year there were 100 girls and the Board of Education officially recognised the school in 1926. There was a major fire in 1931 which caused extensive damage, notably to the Abbot's Hall; restoration was carried out by the architect Harold Brakspear.
The Abbot's Hall now contains the (extremely) large painting of the Battle of Hastings by Francis Wilkin.
The Abbot's house now forms the centrepiece of the senior school, with the preparatory school and nursery situated in the nearby town of Bexhill-on-Sea.
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