Information for Parents
The School Bursar, Mrs Sue Bonell, handles all transport enquiries. She can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org. The school can provide airport and railway transports to Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and the Eurotunnel stations at Ashford and EbbsFleet International. We have a fleet of mini buses that can be used to take groups of students to different transport hubs. Wherever possible we try to group students together and take them by minibus to reduce costs to parents. We have both male and female drivers and we are able to accompany minors to check in where required. Our drivers are very experienced and include driving instructors and an experienced chauffeur. We also supplement our vehicles and drivers with a very experienced and professional local taxi firm. We can also arrange transport for weekend leave and for any other events that arise throughout the term. Requests for school transport needs to come via e-mail from parents or guardian rather than from the student and need to include, date, time, destination e.g airport terminal number.
Battle Abbey School provides a pocket money service. We strongly recommend that students keep no more than £10 in their rooms for security reasons. Mrs Perry [Assistant Head of boarding] organises the boarders’ pocket money. We recommend that Years 7-11 have no more than £15 a week and 6th form £30. Pocket money is given out on a Thursday at signing in after school in ‘Matron’s sit.’ If a student misses the pocket money slot due to a school commitment Mrs Perry can give it them at another time as she is in contact with the boarders every day and lives with the Head of boarding in a flat in the Abbey. If students need more money for a more expensive item eg. sports shoes, then we can give them more once we receive a request from parents or guardian by e-mail. Trips to the cinema can be added to the school bill so boarders do not need access to large sums of money.
If you want to spend the weekend at home/your friend’s house, you will need to see the house parent by Thursday evening. They will need to know where you are going; what time you are leaving and coming back; how you are travelling there and with whom. They will need the contact details of the adult you are staying with. All this information should be communicated by e-mails or phone calls from your parents/guardians and the host family to Mr Perry (email@example.com). You need to return before supper on Sunday. We can arrange transport if we are given enough notice. Often the cost of this can be added to the school bill. The arrangements we have for exeats are designed to ensure the safety of our students.
Boarding Clubs and Trips
On the notice board in matron’s sit there will be a list of clubs that are available for the week. These range from Kick boxing to Chinese club. There are different clubs after school every day of the school week. We would like you to sign up for several of these. On the weekend there will often be a cinema trip to Eastbourne. Boarders are expected to sign up for a certain number of activities in the week and over the course of the weekend. 6th formers have more freedom of choice but we want an active boarding house where boarders have opportunities to participate in sport, and other social activities. This helps develop confidence, health, integration and friendships.
Weekend trips are advertised on the board in the matrons sit. If you would like to go on a trip just sign your name up and if there is a cost it will be added to your bill unless otherwise stated. You need to sign up for trips before the deadline so we can ascertain numbers. Any spare places will be offered to day students to aid mixing between the different component parts of the school. We take trips to ice skating, shopping, paintballing, cycling, and cultural trips. If you have an interest see a member of the boarding staff and we will try to arrange something for you. If you would like to play on the astro after prep then you need to have a 6th former in your group. Please sign out and take a walkie talkie with you so that you may communicate with the duty staff. On a Sunday we can take boarders swimming and to play basketball and badminton in the sports hall.
Who do I turn to?
There will always be staff you can turn to if you are feeling unhappy or uncertain about anything. Yours Heads of House and Heads of boarding are also there to help you. Please refer to the notice boards in Matron’s sit in particular if you want to discuss anything with a responsible person. Please note in particular that you can contact our Independent Listener, Brian Flint.
All Heads of Boarding are eager to help you sort out any problems that you have. If you have any suggestions please see any member of the boarding team or the Heads of boarding and they will raise your issue. The points can be related to anything from cleaning to the food or even the purchase of items that will improve Boarding at Battle Abbey School. Remember, this is your school. A suggestions box will be kept in the boarding area. Also boarders can join various whole school committees to represent fellow students and there are opportunities to represent their forms in Year group and house meetings.
Battle – where to stay and where to visit
The attractive town of Battle gets its name from the Battle of Hastings, which was fought between Harold, the Saxon King and William the Conqueror in 1066. This battle was so significant it changed the course of English history.
The town grew up around the Abbey of St Martin which was built by William the Conqueror after the battle. It is said that William vowed that should he win the battle he would build such an abbey. The abbey was built between 1070 and 1094, and the high altar is believed to have been placed on the spot where Harold fell. Today the Abbey ruins and the battlefield are cared for by English Heritage and are well worth a visit. The imposing Abbey Gatehouse built circa 1338, can be seen as you look down the length of the High Street. Battle has some notable Georgian buildings along its High Street. The cottages and houses near the Abbey date from around 1700.
The Parish church of St Mary was built in Norman times and for the most part is 12th century in construction. It offers the visitor rare 14th century wall paintings and a Norman font amongst other things. At the Northern end of the High Street can be found the Almonry which was built in 1090 and now houses the Town Council and the Battle Museum of Local History.
There are a number of local Hotels both on the High Street and surrounding area.
There are a number of local attractions in Battle with the picturesque medieval town of Rye, Hastings, with its beautiful and historic Old Town, and the popular seaside resort of Eastbourne all worth visiting and a short drive away.