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Abbeyfield School Remembers

Abbeyfield School Remembers

On Friday the 10th November, the school community came together in an Act of Remembrance to observe a two minutes silence to remember those who lost their lives serving the country.  Students from Cadets, Guides, Scouts & the St John Ambulance were invited to wear their respective uniforms for the day and proceedings were directed by Sgt. McEvoy, Head Boy Matt McEvoy and Andrew Pym (Year 10, Air Cadets).


Students and staff assembled in the main street of the school in what was a very poignant and respectful Act of Remembrance signalled by the sound of the bugle (played by Jamie Heath in Year 13) at either end of the two minute silence.


The two minute silence was a culmination of a series of events and work that ran up to the 10th November.


During the week, students had been supporting the Poppy Appeal by selling poppies in the library, and during break times and lunch times in the main school.    At lunchtime on the 10th, Mr Evans led a war poetry reflection session in the library.  Students had discussed the use of the poppy and the importance of Remembrance during tutor time supported by Mr Bryant and the Humanities Department.


The school wishes to extend its sincere thanks to Sgt. McEvoy for his time and for making this such a special and respectful occasion.

Abbeyfield School has “a culture of success that parents, pupils and staff all support.”

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Abbeyfield School has “a culture of success that parents, pupils and staff all support.”

Abbeyfield School is “flourishing.”

OfSTED March 2017.



Abbeyfield School is celebrating its recent outstanding success. Abbeyfield faced an OfSTED inspection on March 15th and 16th with two inspectors on day one and five on day two. During the inspection over 40 lessons were observed, meetings held with Senior and Middle leaders, pupils, Governors and pastoral staff. In addition, the Inspection Team took account of over 100 responses to the on-line questionnaire completed by parents. The school was graded Good with Outstanding Leadership and Management.


Abbeyfield School deserves to be justly proud of the recent OfSTED report, the key findings of the report is that Abbeyfield School is Good with Outstanding features because:


  • There is a real culture of success at this school and the significant improvements made over the last three years are both rapid and sustainable.
  • It is a school where the students are immensely proud of their appearance and they come to school looking smart.
  • They display very high standards of conduct, are friendly and polite to each other and they are proud too of their behaviour which has been described as outstanding.
  • The outstanding leadership of the school has been described as having an approach where “Governors and senior leaders make a moral commitment to helping every pupil to succeed…” Leaders “have balanced uncompromising ambition with an astute understanding of how much can be achieved at any one time.”
  • A Sixth Form where our students are making better progress with their A level and applied courses than their peers in other schools across the country.
  • Teachers expect pupils to work hard and do well. They have high expectations of them. As a result, pupils make good progress.”
  • There is a culture of “respect and tolerance” which is prevalent across the whole school community. In short, pupils experience success here “because their needs are understood”.


Headteacher, Ian Tucker is delighted by the outcome. “The quality of education delivered to the pupils we serve can only be enhanced by the quality of this report and the warm words which are used to define Abbeyfield’s ethos and outcomes. We are a flourishing school, with outstanding leadership and behaviour set by our students. We are determined to build on tremendously strong foundations and this report backs up our excellent results last summer and it reflects well on the sustained hard work of our staff and students. We have got on with building a great school here in Chippenham and we welcome every chance we can to share what we are about with those that want a school with high aspirations, outstanding learning behaviours where pupils are known as individuals and where students are proud of their identity.” Please come to one of our Open Morning events on the 13th and 14th June to see Abbeyfield for yourself.


Further information School website

OfSTED website

Survivor tells of Holocaust horror

PUPILS at Abbeyfield School in Chippenham had a sobering experience when they welcomed a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp from the Second World War.

Mala Tribich MBE talked about her experiences of the camps as part of Holocaust Survivors’ Week.

She lived in Poland until the Nazi invasion in 1939, and lost her sister, mother and father in the mass genocide that killed millions of Jews.

“It always felt so distant but having Marla here brings it home,” said Rhys Fisher, a Year 9 pupil. “She’s been through so much.”

Tamsin Smy, also a Year 9 pupil, said: “She talked a lot and didn’t speak as though she was upset, it was something that happened and something that we can get over.”

Year 9 pupils have been studying the Holocaust and looking at more recent genocides, such as that in Rwanda.

Matt Bryant, the head of humanities at Abbeyfield said: “Year 9 students in humanities study genocide, in which they do a case study on the Holocaust.

“Listening to a survivor helps students to empathise and reflect, not only on those who died as a result of persecution, but also those who have survived and had to rebuild their lives.

“The focus of the day was around the theme of how life goes on and Mala’s story helped students reflect on society today and how we treat immigrants and asylum seekers fleeing persecution.”

Two sixth form students, Izzy Humber and Lucy James, have recently returned from a visit to Auschwitz, along with other students from Wiltshire.

Izzy said: “Until you get there you don’t know how you’re going to feel. You start to take it all in but it’s not until you go home that you reflect on it.

“You were stood where so many people were kept and it just hits you how sad it was but visiting it is something that I would definitely recommend.”

MPs Encourage Local Schools to Infinity with National Rocketry Competition

At an event at the House of Commons, around 30 MPs were encouraged to engage schools in their constituency with the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKRoC) – the UK’s largest youth model rocket competition, now in its 11th year.

The MPs, including James Gray MP for North Wiltshire, and Alex Chalk MP for Cheltenham, were joined by students from Abbeyfield School and James Hornby School of Essex, who demonstrated their winning rockets from previous competitions. Both schools have been UK champions, with Abbeyfield securing second place this year in the International Rocketry competition.

Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of ADS Group said “If the UK is to succeed in tough global markets we need more young people equipped and excited by today and tomorrow’s great engineering challenges. It is fantastic to see MPs supporting the launch of the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge. Working with schools the competition is a creative way to put science, technology, engineering and maths to practical use.”

“The South West needs more entrants – this is a fantastic opportunity for young people from across the region, with the chance to win a trip to Paris to compete internationally against the USA, France and Japan.”

The aerospace and space industries collectively employ 162,000 people across the UK, at companies such as Airbus, BAE Systems, GKN, Lockheed Martin, MBDA and Rolls Royce. UKRoC is a great introduction to the skills used by many of these organisations which provide high-value careers.

“Rise of the Robots”

25 Abbeyfield students aged 13- 16 were very fortunate this week to host a World Leading Robotics Workshop, “Rise of the Robots” led by the University of the West of England.  This was the prize following our hugely successful 2016 entry to their Save the World competition, where students from Abbeyfield competed against other regional schools to identify, and potentially solve, some of the World’s most significant environmental challenges.  This workshop was an exciting chance for Abbeyfields Year 9, 10 & 11 Scientists and Geographers to take part in a 2 hour session to build, programme and then operate their own robots.

The students worked extremely hard, and at the end of the session, Harry Gee UWE and Founder of the Robotics company Agilic, was impressed with the ingenuity and determination shown by Abbeyfield students, saying it was “a pleasure to work with your students, and very impressed with their perseverance in building their robots”  Harry Gee UWE

Students more than stepped up to the challenge of constructing robots with minimal instructions, other than to ‘think’ through the task.

Miss Jones Geography Teacher said “It was a really inspiring session today, despite some setbacks, and a lot of head scratching on the role of the pipe cleaner (apparently, for decorative purposes, not to conduct electricity as, rather dangerously suggested by one student!), all were successful and we soon had our very own ‘Robot Wars’ taking place in the Learning Centre.

Students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, and hopefully have been inspired for future careers, possibly in the Robotics industry!

Beauty & The Beast Production

Please come and see the students and their amazing production. To purchase tickets drop into the main school reception. Young children are welcome to attend the earlier show on Tuesday 7th February at 5.30PM.

Paralympic Gold Medallist Stephanie Millward visit to Abbeyfield

We were lucky enough to Stephanie Millward with us this morning. She is the Paralympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medallist in Rio 2016 Olympics. She was an inspiration to students in sharing her story of never giving up! She was diagnosed with MS at 17 just as she was about to compete in the Sydney 2000 Olympics as an able bodied athlete. Her MS diagnosis manifested itself in numerous ways including causing blindness for periods of time. Since the age of 4 Stephanie had harboured dreams of being a Gold medallist but that dream was smashed when she was diagnosed with MS. A chance meeting made her consider the Paralympic route and she bounced back to huge success winning multiple medals in the 2012 London Olympics.

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