OS, Abbie Scott (R09-11) was appointed captain of the England Women’s rugby team for their recent win over the USA. 

Abbie scored a try in the comprehensive 57-5 victory, which saw her become the school’s first international rugby captain since Will Carling.

Abbie attended Sedbergh’s Sixth Form in 2009-2011, having studied in her earlier years at Keswick School. She later went on to study History and Politics at university.

During her time at Sedbergh, Abbie became deputy head of Robertson House and represented the school’s first VII at netball. She trained with local rugby clubs, but also completed strength and conditioning work at the school, as well as joining in training sessions with the Sedbergh boys’ rugby teams. She comes back to Sedbergh regularly.

Abbie suffered a serious knee injury in 2013 and had to take a year out for recovery from reconstruction surgery, but has since gone from strength to strength, gathering 30 international caps.

The Robertson Housemistress and former head of girls’ sport at Sedbergh, Hayley Christy, noted that Abbie was a highly focused student, both academically and in her sporting endeavours.

Mrs Christy said, ‘To have been selected as a Deputy Head of House, as a new pupil, was particularly impressive – she was an excellent role model and had formidable presence, very self-assured.

‘These roles are crucial to each House for guidance, motivation and support of the younger pupils and encouraging them to do their best in all spheres.

‘Abbie’s contribution was immense. She was also a school prefect and in her Upper Sixth she grasped the chance for adventure, taking part in an environmental research expedition in the jungle of Indonesia.”

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