A Co-educational Independent School in Suffolk for ages 4 to 18

Woodbridge School's preparatory school - The Abbey

Chess at The Abbey

34Chess is one of the most popular extra-curricular activities at The Abbey, which offers pupils their very own dedicated chess classroom, private lessons and the chance to participate in a whole host of internal competitions. Lessons work in a similar way to those at the senior school, with a choice between individual or shared lessons which are rotated from week to week. Students are encouraged at an early age to play with clocks and to record their games, and we follow loosely the Dutch ‘Step by Step’ teaching syllabus to provide structure, along with the English Chess Federation Certificate of Excellence scheme. All our lessons take place in the Chess classroom and are designed to stimulate young learners’ minds, which in turn helps them succeed with their academic studies.

Chess is on offer to students from Year 2 onwards. There is also a weekly session at Queen’s House, along with 4 club sessions at The Abbey. One is for girls only, two are invitation based, and one is open to all, including children from primary schools in the local area. We run a house chess competition and have an individual winner at each age group who is awarded their trophy at the end of year prize-giving. Our teams also compete in the National Primary Schools chess championships at Under 9 and Under 11 level, with an annual trip to Pontins at Camber Sands in June. This year we had 7 students represent Suffolk at Under 11 level, and our top student received a bursary for chess at the Senior School.

Click here to download application form for chess lessons