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 is the Acland Burghley Parent Teacher Association

As a parent or carer you automatically belong to the abPTA. We hope that you find it a useful and enjoyable way to meet other families and to support the education of your child as they navigate their way through secondary school.

What does the  do?

Unlike many parents’ associations fundraising is not our primary aim. The fundraising part of ABPTA is the Acland Burghley School Trust, a registered charity. See here for more details.

Fundamentally the abPTA is here to support and encourage the continued development of the school. Our objectives are to: 

  • build the ABS community
  • foster inclusion, engagement and fun
  • organise whole-school social events
  • support school events & the fundraising initiatives of the AB School Trust.

 Our key message is one of engagement: “The more engaged parents are in the education of their children – the more likely their children are to succeed in the education system”.[1]

[1] Review of best practice in parental engagement, Janet Goodall & John Vorhaus  Research report DfE-RR156, September 2011

How do I find out what is going on?

The Parent Network is co-ordinated via informal, parent-to-parent email groups on - so you can be part of the community within your child’s year group and keep up-to-date with events organised by 

  • The Parent Network is divided into year groups, each run by one or two parent reps who co-ordinate the group via and organise termly meetings. There is also an AEN (additional educational needs) group, which is open to families from all years and has its own parent rep.
  • The Parent Network is an invaluable source of information as well as a forum for asking questions, getting support for issues that you or your child are facing and sharing feedback with the school.
  • Most importantly it is an opportunity to meet and socialise with other families.


If you would like to help organise events, offer your skills or just let us know what you think then please email


The current chair and deputy are Hannah Kempton and Nicki Longfoot. 



Summer BBQ

Some pics from Friday's #CelebratingExcellence Award Evening and Art exhibition. Thank you to everyone that attended, congrats to all the winners, performers & artists & a big thank you to the abPTA for the BBQ (plus a special thanks to Mark Wallinger for presenting the awards)!

9 July 2019


Each family will receive an email invitation to join Classlist with a link to allow them to register for the system.

The ABS Classlist site allows you to contact, and receive emails from, other ABS families safely and securely. It is a UK site that has been set up by parents for parents and is completely free to use. As a school, we have checked where and how the data will be stored and are happy with the levels of security in place.

The online system requires you to enter, manage and update the personal information that you wish to share with your child's year group. It means that you have full control over which of your contact details are shared, for example, just an email address or your full contact details. You can even choose to keep your email address hidden. All requests to join Classlist will be approved by the school before they are validated – this is a secure, closed community group.

The site is fully Data Protection Registered and the school does not upload any information into the site -  all information is inputted by parents themselves.

Please note that you will still receive mailings from the school in the usual way. Classlist is purely for parent-to-parent communication.

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Please ensure you keep the school up to date with your current email address. This will not only mean that you will receive the Classlist invitation, but that you will receive all the usual emails issued by the school, including the daily updates on praises and concerns.


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