International Baccalaureate World School Status – June 2017

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As a school, we are extremely proud of achieving the IB World School Status after 4 years of work from its initial inception to today.

We will be the only school in Swale and Canterbury Coastal with the IB World Status offering the IB Careers Programme and we are well placed in the longer term to benefit from the unique position this gives to the 6th form.


The success of the programme is reflected in the ever improving results…. The students outperforming the average outcome in the 6th form. This year’s results have just been received and the results are very strong.


Miss Haran, Mr Clarke and I will be presenting at half-term in The Hague to other schools who are interested in introducing the qualification.


Mrs C Woodend


The Abbey School Art Exhibition 2017

The Abbey School Art Exhibition 2017 will be on show at the Fleur de Lis in Faversham Town Centre. The Fleur de Lis gallery is free to enter and open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm and Sunday 10am - 1pm.


This year's exhibition includes a variety of work from year 7 through to 6th Form and will be on show until 27th June.


We are very proud of our students and their achievements.


Our new ‘Rewards Words’

In line with the changes to our ‘Values and Ethos’ of RESPECT, the school community has adopted new ‘Rewards Words’. The 5 words are known as LORIC and are:

e.g. time management, problem-solving
e.g. showing commitment, working under pressure
e.g. making decisions, acting responsibly, collaborating
e.g. creativity and seeing the value in being of service to others
e.g. editing, presenting, matching form and content to the audience


These will be used by staff to reward students for academic performance, effort, community work, work in tutor activities, events and visits, and coaching and mentoring.

Form Time activities and PSHE

Pixl Edge LogoAs of September 2017, we will be introducing The PiXL Edge to further enhance the excellent pastoral and PSHE programme we currently offer.

We have achieved an Outstanding Ofsted thematic inspection and we want to further develop what we offer our students.

Students will now be able to qualify for certificates for the work they undertake in form and community work. There are 3 levels:


Level 1
Y7 to Y9
Level 2
Y10 to Y11
Level 3
Y12 to Y13


At each level, there are a variety of approved activities that students can undertake for each of the key attributes. We anticipate that each level will take between one and three years to complete. Level 3 will allow students to claim UCAS points for their university applications.


Exciting opportunities!


Mrs C Woodend

Stand Up To Bullying Day - 21st June 2017

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Stand up to Bullying Day returns on Wednesday 21 June 2017. On this day, our school will be showing how they are standing up to bullying. Staff and students will look at our anti-bullying policy and the Peer Mentors will be engaging in anti-bullying activities. Form groups will be invited to join in this national day of action.


Important! Make sure, whatever you do on Wednesday 21 June 2017, you share it with the nation using #StandUpToBullying. We look forward to seeing what you get up to. 


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30th June 2017 By Richard Harvey

Coach Mike Sandmann’s Dover Academy swept all before them as they won the KOMM MIT international football tournament, the Copa Cataluna, on Thursday evening.


Sandmann’s youngsters did it in style too, going through the tournament undefeated after winning four of their five games and drawing the other 0-0.


They also did it without conceding a goal.


The Academy lifted the trophy after beating the Spanish defending champions 3-0 in the final with Jack Smith, Jack Cussen and Joshua Spence scoring the goals.


To cap off a memorable week, Ben Cardwell was named Player of the Tournament.


Cardwell finished Dover’s leading scorer with four goals to his name.


Not surprisingly, Sandmann was thrilled the performance of his young squad.


He said: “They adapted to the new conditions they were playing in and it was a real credit to them for the way they performed.“


To go through a tournament, let alone a game, without conceding a goal is a fantastic effort.


“This result bodes extremely well for our future too as most of the players are in their first year with us.”


Well done to each and everyone of you!!


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Ofsted Inspection 2017

Following our recent Ofsted inspection I am delighted to share with you their findings, attached. We received a one-day Section 8 inspection on 21 February 2017 when two Ofsted inspectors concluded that ‘This school continues to be good’.


They praised the strong leadership of the school and stated that we continue ‘to provide the best possible education for each pupil. ‘You are well supported by the staff and a dedicated and strong governing body in your drive to achieve this.’ They witnessed the ‘high levels of aspiration among the pupils and students in a strongly supportive environment. They also observed that ‘this creates an atmosphere where pupils and students develop as individuals and are well-prepared for life as responsible members of the community.


We were pleased that, amongst many things, they acknowledged:

  • ‘an obvious sense of trust and mutual respect between pupils and adults.’
  • ‘a strong culture of safeguarding that runs throughout the school supported by an effective safeguarding system that makes sure all pupils are secure.’
  • ‘existing teachers benefit from high-quality training and you have appointed strong teachers to the school’
  • ‘strong leadership of the Sixth Form.’
  • ‘Pupils say that they feel very safe in school and this is overwhelmingly supported by the views of parents.’

In the last inspection in 2013, inspectors noted several strengths, including: ‘strong leadership, quality of teaching, improving exam results, a vibrant sixth form, good behaviour, and excellent level of care and safety’. It is pleasing that they agreed that this is still the case at The Abbey School.


We hope that you, as parents and carers, will be as equally pleased with the report and are reassured that the school continues to provide a good education for our children and continues to improve.


Catrin Woodend

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1Year 10 Enterprise Day

This year’s enterprise day for Year 10 is an innovative idea, designed to better prepare our students for the challenges of the academic year ahead. The inspiration behind the day comes from Kent’s most popular attraction ‘The Panic Room’ in Gravesend which champions the ethos behind ‘mindset’ and the belief of what we are capable of achieving.


We aim to help students develop their understanding of their own approach to thinking and learning by helping them understand the differences between fixed and growth mindsets.



Friday 30th June: Please note should Sports day be cancelled due to bad weather then the Year 10 Enterprise Day will also need to be postponed.



24th March 2017 By Richard Harvey

Dover Athletic Academy starlet Christopher Barnard has signed a deal keeping him at Crabble until May 2018

The midfielder has played twice this season for boss Chris Kinnear’s side in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup wins against Herne Bay and VCD Athletic.

Welcome to our new Peer Mentors

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"We are very proud of the work of the Peer Mentors and it is great to see so many young students who want to undertake the training and take their role very seriously. They support new and existing students to settle into our community and feel part of the school very quickly."

Catrin Woodend

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