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Abbotsholme School is a co-educational independent boarding and day school near the village of Rocester in Staffordshire, England. The school is situated on a 140-acre campus on the banks of the River Dove in Derbyshire, near the county border. It is a member of the SHHIS (Society of Headmasters & Headmistresses of Independent Schools) and is a Round Square school.

Abbotsholme School
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Coordinates52°56′40″N 1°49′32″W / 52.944374°N 1.82542°W / 52.944374; -1.82542Coordinates: 52°56′40″N 1°49′32″W / 52.944374°N 1.82542°W / 52.944374; -1.82542
TypeIndependent day and boarding school
MottoGlad Day Love and Duty
Religious affiliation(s)Christian
FounderCecil Reddie
Department for Education URN113003 Tables
HeadmasterRobert Barnes
Age2 to 18
Colour(s)Green, Gold         
Former pupilsOld Abbotsholmians



Abbotsholme was founded by Scottish academic and educationist Cecil Reddie[1] as an experiment for his progressive educational philosophies and theories.[2][3] The school, then known "The New School", opened to boys aged 10 to 19 in 1889. From the very beginning, the school departed from the structure of the traditional public school in favour of a less rigid environment and more liberal education. Top hats and "Eton collars" were discarded in favour of a more comfortable and practical uniform, and English, French and German were taught in place of Classics (Latin and Greek). The fine arts were introduced as core subjects, considered unusual at that time, since music and art were mostly taught at cathedral schools or specialist art institutes. Practical skills such as animal husbandry and carpentry were integrated into the curriculum.[4] It has been coeducational since 1969; girls now make up over one third of overall pupil numbers.

"Culture of fear"Edit

In February 2014, the headmaster of Abbotsholme was quoted as saying that head teachers should instil a "culture of fear" in their schools through the introduction of performance-related pay for teachers.[5]

Notable former pupilsEdit


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  2. ^ "Inspection Report" (PDF). INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS INSPECTORATE. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  3. ^ Burns, R.W. (2000). The Life and Times of Alan Dower Blumlein. IET. p. 19.
  4. ^ "Our History". Archived from the original on 2012-08-26. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  5. ^ "'Culture of fear is good' says headteacher of independent school". Archived from the original on 2018-02-16. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  6. ^ "REDDIE OF ABBOTSHOLME. - ProQuest". Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  7. ^ "'If not duffers won't drown'". Archived from the original on 2016-11-21. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  8. ^ "Wellcome Library Western Manuscripts and Archives catalogue".

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