The Abbey School – Shaftesbury
The Abbey School is a Church of England primary school in Shaftesbury in Dorset in the south of England. It has about 200 pupils between 4 and 11 years old, on a site with extensive grounds and amazing views.
Shaftesbury is a small town of about 7,000 people perched on an unusual hilly promontory. There was a very important Benedictine monastery in the town which owned the town and dominated town life until 1539 when it it was demolished as part of the dissolution of the monasteries. The town was sold off when the abbey was dissolved, eventually becoming the property of the Grosvenor family, (the Dukes of Westminster) for several hundred years. They then sold it off to the public by auction in 1918. Today it is an agricultural market town, but it is easy to see where the Abbey School gets its name from!
Please click on the class name below to see the animals that the school’s pupils have sent to be cared for at the Bowdleflodes’ zoo.