Hampton Court, St Marychurch, Torquay, TQ1 4PR, Devon
|Principal||Mrs Sylvia Greinig|
|Number of pupils||78|
|Number of Nursery||66|
At the heart of St. Marychurch in Torquay is Abbey School, a happy and flourishing IAPS day school and nursery, providing a purposeful environment with challenges and appropriate academic rigour for all of our pupils. This results in confident and successful children developing self-esteem and an enjoyment for learning. Our pupils thrive and blossom in this motivating environment. Several of our pupils move on to public schools at 11 years and many choose to leave us for local Grammar Schools following success in the 11+ exams. Our average 11+ pass rate over the last 5 years is 95%, which far exceeds the national expectation for any cohort. In our 2016 key stage two statutory assessments, results saw us ranked 64th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Independent Prep Schools.
You will find us small yet dynamic. We are proud of our all of our pupils and they are each valued as individuals; the development of happy and independent learners is our focus. As they grow up, children will need to know how to adapt and how to embrace opportunities available to them in an ever-changing world, and we are aware of this. Learning must be a challenge, but fun! We offer many co-curricular activities as well as a full school curriculum. We are exponents of lifelong learning and our teachers are committed to their own professional development. We expect high standards in all we do and are committed to quality care, teaching and learning. What we do, we do well, and many of our children excel in chess, first aid, music, speech and drama, maths competitions, quizzes, team sports and much more besides with many awards and trophies being won throughout the school year.
Abbey teachers are encouraged to embrace precision teaching. When children are assessed their individual and specific errors are noted. This then informs planning for future lessons and provides individual learning routes. Parents often comment that the school develops in their children an 'I can' attitude and a sense of purpose and we encourage tenacity and resilience. We all learn from mistakes and children need to appreciate this to develop a mind-set that helps them to pursue success rather than opt out at the first hurdle. Teachers are amply aided in their task by our excellent facilities! Our grounds provide a playground and sports field in addition to a nursery play area, outdoor learning classrooms and a bio-garden, including a pond. We are a school for primary aged children and yet our indoor facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool and a multi-purpose sports hall, with theatre facilities and a climbing wall.
Our pupils love learning and relish the challenges we provide. They are our focus and with small classes and quality teaching, our high academic standards are possibly to be expected, however, our pastoral care is something for which we are justifiably proud. Abbey pupils love coming to school, they are happy and enjoy learning, they undertake many activities after school with their peers and friends and our teachers work closely with parents to recognise and applaud all areas of development, both in school and through external activities.
Many of our children play musical instruments and learn to sing or play drums with one of several peripatetic music teachers. Musicians need an audience and we provide one each half term in the form of a tea-time concert when all can join us to see how the children are progressing and enjoy the results of their hard work. It is also a way to help children focus on their music practice - if there is a concert in the offing it really is amazing how music practice can suddenly become enjoyable.
With his team, our Head of Catering helps the children learn about healthy choices when eating. He provides two main meals each day, always a vegetarian option and a popular salad bar together with delicious homemade bread. For those who prefer not to sample a favourite dessert or opt for a piece of fruit, there is always a biscuit and cheese option.
Abbey School hosts an amazing Little Free Library, introduced to us by a parent, where pupils and staff can exchange books. Pupils love reading and our older pupils are often reading buddies to younger children. Our Bookworm Club is always popular with children, motivating and encouraging them to work towards their Bookworm badge.
Our "Abbey Adventures" holiday club runs all holidays, closing only for a week at Christmas. Many of our parents are very busy and work hard, but are aware that their children are safely cared for and being offered interesting and absorbing activities in our holiday club, including swimming session, arts and crafts activities, cookery days, climbing and sports activities, theatre days and much more.
Please visit us and see how we can support your child.