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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
HeadmasterSimon Ruscoe-Price [1]
Age2 to 18
Colour(s)Green, Gold   
Former pupilsOld Abbotsholmians

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


Exchange student and classmates at Abbotsholme School in 2012

Abbotsholme was founded by Scottish academic and educationist Cecil Reddie[2] as an experiment for his progressive educational philosophies and theories.[3][4] 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.[5]

It has been coeducational since 1969; girls now make up over one third of overall pupil numbers.[citation needed]

In 2017 the school was bought by Chinese company Achieve Education Ltd, proprietor Mrs Tong Zhou.[6]

Notable former pupils[edit]


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  2. ^ "Encyclopædia Britannica". Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Inspection Report" (PDF). INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS INSPECTORATE. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2008.
  4. ^ Burns, R.W. (2000). The Life and Times of Alan Dower Blumlein. IET. p. 19. ISBN 9780852967737.
  5. ^ "Our History". Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Achieve Education Limited - Abbotsholme School".
  7. ^ "'If not duffers won't drown'". Archived from the original on 21 November 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Wellcome Library Western Manuscripts and Archives catalogue". archives.wellcome.ac.uk.
  9. ^ "Scott e Newsletter" (PDF). Retrieved 5 October 2008.
  10. ^ Crossley, Robert, Olaf Stapledon: Speaking for the Future, Liverpool University Press, 1994
  11. ^ "REDDIE OF ABBOTSHOLME. - ProQuest". search.proquest.com. Retrieved 25 October 2018.

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