Catrin Woodend, the Head teacher of The Abbey School is retiring after 12 years in charge.

DSC 3580 2Mrs Woodend, 59, became Head at the Abbey in September 2006, turning it into a thriving and successful community school that has been consistently rated good by Ofsted since 2009.

She said the high quality appointments of teachers and support staff has been key to the success of The Abbey. 

“I have the best, most committed teaching and support staff at The Abbey School that I could wish for,” said Mrs Woodend.

“Strong teaching and good pastoral care has helped our pupils achieve our school motto which is ‘be the best you can be’.”

Mrs Woodend has been the driving force behind the school receiving multiple awards, most recently International Baccalaureate (IB) World School Status in 2017.

Due to the hard work of staff it also holds the British Council’s gold International Schools Award, granted in 2011 and reaccredited three times since. It’s the highest standard for schools promoting an international dimension and pupils have benefitted from funded trips to Europe and Tahiti.

Mrs Woodend was invited to meet the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street with MP Helen Whately in June for her services to education and the Faversham community.

Abbey School Art Exhibition Fleur de Lis 2018 



Year 7 Girls District Rounders Success 

Rounders team year 7Another splendid achievement again by the year 7 girls, this time it was their end of year District rounders tournament.

In the Districts they came 2nd out of eight teams, narrowly just being beat to first position by Simon Langton Girls School.

The team showed excellent performances in batting and fielding, with some amazing hits and catches.




Year 7 Super 8 Athletics

The Abbey school year 7 boys and girls, represented the school at the Super 8’s District athletics event yesterday afternoon. Each team consisted of our top 8 athletes in year seven, to compete against all the other schools in the district. Both girls and boys performed in each event to an extremely high standard with outstanding results in many of the athletic activities.

The year 7 girls came second overall and will now go onto represent East Kent in the Kent school finals.

A big well done to all these students.

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Dance Showcase 2018

img1A huge well done to all students who performed in the dance showcase on Thursday 14 June. The showcase was a celebration of students’ hard work throughout the year and an opportunity for pupils to showcase all they had learnt to both family and friends.



GCSE year 10 students developed a choreography each in small groups based on various stimuli and have been rehearsing in their own time to perfect their ideas. In addition to this, Year 9 GCSE students performed several group dances as a class which had been choreographed and developed by both students and teacher. Students also contributed to the running order through developing dances as homework tasks in which some where selected for the show. Finally, students who attend Dance club which runs every Wednesday, participated in the event dancing to ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Hairspray’.

Former Football Academy Player Returns 

Football Player Returns

Former Football Academy player and now professional footballer for Norwich City Sean Raggett returned to the Abbey School on Wednesday to talk to students and take the Academies final training session of the season. 


Sean spoke to a selected number of year 7-10 students about his progression from the academy and how hard he has had to work to now be living the dream. 


Sean said “I can’t believe it was nearly 5 years ago I left the Academy and school it doesn’t seem like yesterday. As soon as I came back into the school some great memories come back to me. The Academy helped me on my journey to now being a professional footballer” 


Sean took the Academy through a training session that he would regularly do with Norwich City which they really enjoyed. 

Year 7 Abbey School Athletes Success

Year 7 Abbey School Athletes came an impressive 2nd Overall of 10 local schools at the Year 7 Festival this afternoon.

There were some very impressive individual results as well excellent displays in both the boys and girls relay teams.

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Year 7 girls Athletics Finalists at the Kent School Games

Huge congratulations to our year 7 girls Athletics Finalists at the Kent school games.


Joanna Webber Brodkorb is Kent’s highest high jumper

Chloe Link is the second fastest 100 meter runner in Kent.

Superb performances.

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