At the heart of our school is a promise that we will do everything we can to enrich the lives of our students.
We are proud of the enriching opportunities we provide to our students and these grow year on year. Below are just some of the things students will have the opporunity to take part in:
We run the Bronze and Gold programmes. The number of participants increases year on year. Expeditions, camping and map reading are regular occurrences at Abbeyfield.
We have had a number of students who have achieved their gold award:
We look forward to seeing you in Year 9 when you can enrol on the Bronze award!
Our rocket club is well known in the surrounding area (not just for the noise)! We have been area champions on multiple occasions and have challenged in national competitions. We are extremely proud of our students achievements and weather permitting if you look up very high you may see a rocket one of our students has built. This enriching club is open to all from when you join the school!
There are plenty of Sports clubs here at Abbeyfield and these change term by term depending on the weather. We are regularly running clubs during break, lunch and after school. More information will be sent about these when you join the school. Some of our clubs are run by our Sports Ambassadors, these are Year 10 or above students who have taken a particular interest in sport and represent the school both in and outside of lessons.
Introduced in the last couple of years, we now have a thriving club of students who are eager to learn the art of coding. We primarily use Scratch and Python and have students who are very adept at writing computer code. Whilst being able to program is very useful, it also improves problem solving and logical thinking!
We provide the opportunity for Year 10 and Year 12 students to undertake work experience. This is usually towards the end of the academic year and provides students with a wide range of experiences. Here are some skills students may have not developed but throughout work experience may become more confident with:
We have opportunities for students to become House Leaders, Sports Ambassadors, House Captains, and Prefects. All of which will enable them to have a seat at our student council who are the voice-piece for students. In the student council you can funnel opinions and ideas into actions and work alongside the senior team to make Abbeyfield a better place for everyone.
At Abbeyfield, we strongly believe that knowledge around finance should form the bedrock of preparation for life after school. We will ensure that financial education is an integral part of our curriculum and through cross curricular links we will endeavour to provide our students a well rounded view of finance in the modern world. As a centre of financial excellence we will look to collaborate with other providers to support the local community as well as our own students, taking an inclusive approach with all our stakeholders for the benefit of our young people is the Abbeyfield way. We are aspirant in our nature and are confident our students will use this new found financial knowledge to improve their lives and careers as they move forward in life.
As a school, we are wanting to develop this programme so we can share this financial knowledge with other schools and work closely with colleagues across the county. Now, more than ever, financial education is very important, this is why we wanted to be part of this programme, to experience the expertise that it brings, the resources we now have access to and the action plans that will allow us to provide our students with an experience that will better prepare them for life in the 21st century. We have always believed that parents play a key role in our students education so we will ensure that our financial education is extended beyond the school so we can have an input into our local community.
We are well on our way to becoming officially recognised as a Centre of Financial Excellence. We have a number of student champions who have been providing workshops to our students and we are looking to roll this out to all Year groups. The programme covers a wide range of topics, some of which can be seen below:
Statement from our financial champion, James Stewart:
“I have been at Abbeyfield School for 7 years. In that time I have seen our students grow and become successful in a multitude of careers. One thing is for sure, Financial education is at the heart of all of these Careers. i feel passionately that understanding how to manage personal finance, risks and asking for support are key elements of adulthood and something all students should leave Abbeyfield having knowledge of. This programme provides the framework and support to Abbeyfield that will allow us to work not just with our students but collaborate with other schools with the ambition to help students understand finance and money better. In this uncertain world, it is now more important than ever that we give our young people the tools they need to look after themselves.”
At Abbeyfield, we have a group of students who feel passionately about supporting the environment and actively looking at ways to minimise the waste we produce.
A huge congratulations to the team for such fantastic effort and for gaining Silver Award status in such a short time!
What is the latest?
the school now has more recycling stations
the water fountains have a new tap so that plastic bottles can be refilled
less plastic is sold in the canteen
the canteen does not use plastic cutlery
food is sold in biodegradable containers
we use less energy in the building by turning off more lights, projectors, computers etc
there is less litter around the school and grounds
we have organised another Chippenham community litter pick for June
we are in discussion with the site manager to reduce the carbon emissions of the building
On the 2nd -3rd July the members of Key Stage Three Drama Club went to the moon and back (via Mars) with their production of ‘Gordon’s Odyssey’. We are so proud of the performers, and hope to launch similar productions in the future.