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Wycombe Abbey School
Abbey Way, HP11 1PE, UK High Wycombe
+44 01494 897008

Message from the Headmistress   

Welcome to Wycombe Abbey's website. I hope that it will give you a flavour of life here and provide a snapshot of some of the many and varied activities that take place in school.  Inevitably, a website can only partially reflect the reality of school life, so I would urge you to visit the school, meet the girls and staff, and experience the warmth and vitality of our boarding community.

Wycombe has an outstanding academic reputation.  We achieved our best ever A Level results last summer with a 100% pass rate, 98.5% A and B grades achieved and every student meeting her university offer.  But Wycombe is about so much more than academic results: music, sport, art, drama and a vast array of extra-curricular activities which we have tried to reflect on the website.

I am tremendously proud of the girls and staff; the results we achieve are a real testimony to everyone’s hard work. What made last summer’s results particularly pleasing is that this year group were such a nice, purposeful group of girls, and the first group that I have had the privilege of seeing right through the School. They emerged as wonderfully entertaining, articulate and confident young women, who found time in such a busy year not only for study, but also for involvement in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and for service to the wider community in High Wycombe. We shall miss them a great deal and wish them well as they go on to take up their university places, either straightaway or after exciting GAP years. 

Mrs Pauline Davies


Please note that lists are closed for both 11+ and 13+ entry in 2008. There may be some movement in 11+ lists later in the Autumn. 

Lists are also closed for all overseas candidates for 13+ entry in 2009. I.e We are unable to accept any more applications from candidates based overseas for this entry point.

Choosing a school is an important decision and the main purpose of the Registrar's Office at Wycombe is to try to provide you with adequate information and guidance to help in that decision.

I hope that you find the Admissions section helpful, but if it fails to address your specific query or you wish to discuss any aspect of your daughter's application further, please do not hestitate to contact us and we will endeavour to help you.

Visiting the School

Prospective parents and their daughters are very welcome to visit the school . The two types of visit are Group Meetings, held twice termly on a Saturday, and individual appointments on weekday afternoons.

The next three Group Meetings will be held on Saturday 22 September 2007 (now fully booked), Saturday 3 November 2007and Saturday 2 February 2008.  Please telephone the Registrar's Office on 01494 897 008 if you would like to make an appointment to attend one of these meetings.


Entry at 11+ and 13+

Please note that lists are closed for both 11+ and 13+ entry in 2008. There may be some movement in 11+ lists later in the Autumn. 

Lists are also closed for all overseas candidates for 13+ entry in 2009. I.e We are unable to accept any more applications from candidates based overseas for this entry point.

Applications should be made at least eighteen months prior to proposed entry for 11+ and 2 years before entry for 13+ as lists may be closed and no further registrations accepted whenever a sufficient number of applications for any particular year have been received.


Parents may register their daughter by completing a registration form and returning it, with the (non-returnable) registration fee. Registration means that a girl will be invited to come for an interview in the year preceding her proposed entry. The interview is an essential part of the application process and at both 11+ and 13+ level it is integrated into a morning or afternoon of group activities with other applicants in the same age group.



The fees for the Academic Year 2007/8 are £8,600 per term. For day boarders the fees are £6,450 per term. The Council hopes that the fees will remain unchanged for the entire Academic Year. Any parent wishing to know about the Composition Fees' Scheme or with any other queries regarding fees should contact the Bursar,  Mr J Luke.

Telephone: 01494 445552


A term's notice must be given before a girl is withdrawn from the school.


Music is an integral part of the life of the School.  Nearly three quarters of the pupils play at least one musical instrument and many study two.   Each year girls enter for the Associated Board examinations and many achieve Merit or Distinction at Grade 8. Many are successful in open competitions, in gaining Advanced Certificates and in winning Choral Scholarships at Cambridge, and in gaining selection for the National Youth Orchestra.  Pupils may also study Music to A level as part of the academic curriculum. 


The School’s strong tradition of singing is reflected in annual choral concerts, often with other schools such as Eton, and in frequent musical productions.  The Chapel Choir undertakes a bi-annual overseas tour; it has recently given concerts in Prague, Budapest, Italy and Paris.


The School has two orchestras, string, wind and vocal ensembles, a choral society and three choirs.  Professional musicians are regularly invited to perform and give master classes.


The Archer Recital Hall and the Music School give the musicians exceptionally good facilities in which to work and there are many opportunities for individual performances in frequent recitals and informal concerts


Drama, Art and Design are important in the lives of the girls.  There is enormous enthusiasm for these subjects and high standards are achieved at all levels. Facilities are continually expanding to enable pupils to gain an increasingly rich variety of experience and the opportunities to develop not only their own skills in performance, creativity and craftsmanship, but also their critical and appreciative faculties as members of an audience or as observers. 


The Lancaster Arts Centre offers equally splendid facilities to the many girls who enjoy Drama. They have the opportunity to work in a fully equipped modern theatre, performing in and/or helping to direct the frequent plays and entertainments.  They can also learn the technical aspects of theatre: stage management, costume, stage design, sound and lighting, instructed and supervised by a full time professionally qualified stage manager.


Drama forms part of the basic curriculum of the first two years, and is becoming an increasingly popular subject at GCSE, A/S and A level.  In addition over half the girls take private Speech and Drama lessons and are prepared for LAMDA examinations in which many achieve the highest grades. Girls have often distinguished themselves in the National Youth Theatre.


    Art & Design


The curriculum for the first three years at Wycombe Abbey is:


   English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Latin,Geography, History, Religious Studies, Information Technology, Design Technology, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).


      Cookery, Singing and Spanish form part of the eleven years olds' curriculum.  Cookery continues for a further year, while Textiles and Singing are offered as hobbies.


      The twelve year old girls either continue with Spanish or take up German or Classical Greek. 


      Girls entering the School at 12+ who have not studied Latin before they come to Wycombe Abbey are not required to start it.


The Wycombe Abbey core curriculum for Fifth Form girls who are working towards their GCSE examinations comprises:


      English, English Literature, Mathematics, a modern foreign language and the three Sciences - Physics, Chemistry and Biology - studied either as three separate Sciences or as a combined course leading to the Double Science Award.


      The subjects from which students currently select their GCSE options include Religious Studies, History, Geography, French, German, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Business and Communication Systems, Design Technology, Art, Drama, Music and Physical Education.


      Every student, in addition, attends Physical Education lessons and a general course that covers a variety of areas, including careers education and citizenship.



Students in the Sixth Form currently select their AS and A2 subjects from the following:


      Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Design Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, German, Government and Political Studies, Greek, History, History of Art, Latin, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Studies and Spanish.


     All Sixth Formers pursue a sport, undertake a community service placement, and attend the Sixth Form lecture programme.  Most follow an IT course which enables them to take the European Computer Driving Licence.  All are taught Critical Thinking in the Lower Sixth.


Boarding at Wycombe

At Wycombe Abbey learning and living together are fundamental to our community life. We believe that the strong sense of community, created through our vibrant full boarding ethos, enables us to provide an exceptionally rich and exciting education in its broadest sense, for the benefit of each girl in our care. Day girls are called 'Day Boarders' - to reinforce everyone's commitment to the boarding ethos.

The Grounds and Buildings

Although we are located on the edge of the large town of High Wycombe we are very fortunate to have beautiful and spacious grounds: these grounds of 160 acres rise to 500 feet above sea-level, including woods, gardens and a lake.

Why Boarding?

 'You're always with your friends'

'Less time commuting to school and more time doing something more interesting!'

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The medical team

Being healthy is a key part of boarding life and Wycombe has it's own team of residential nurses as well as visiting doctors.


List of Current Clubs and Societies

There are a large number of clubs and societies at Wycombe catering for most tastes from debating to dance.

Although many of these societies have a long tradition, the range of activities is by no means static: all you have to do is find a few like-minded girls and a willing member of staff and start your own!

Computer Club

The Junior House Computer Club is bursting with life and enthusiasm for ICT and technology.  All of the girls are extremely competent with computers (many much more so than myself!) and will eagerly try out new software or new pieces of machinery for use in fun activities.  We recently made a music video to many of the girls’ favourite song from Disney’s ‘High School Musical’; “Get’cha Head in the Game” and it was lovely to see everyone with different talents come together in a shared love of technology to contribute to its making; the choreographer, the camerawoman, the musician.  Junior Computer Club is also an opportunity to use ICT in fun and interesting ways, such as playing games on the smart boards, and we are planning on using a design programme to make a T-shirt which we can then get printed as a memory of their time in Junior House and, of course, Junior Computer Club!

Florence Lawrie UIV


The Sir Adrian Swire flying scholarship is for current pupils at Wycombe and offers 15 hours of flying instruction with the aim to going solo in a light aircraft.

International Cinema Club

The International Cinema Club (run by Min-Yee Tseu - L6) is open to all ages but we do have films which are suitable for Sixth form only.  We show films every Monday at 6.45pm in L8.  This term's programme includes: Banlieue 13 (15 January), Diarios de Motocicleta (22 January), Chik Yuen Tin si (29 January), La Haine (5 February), Wo She Shui (19 February), A Very Long Engagement (26 February), Cinema Paradiso (5 March), El Talento de Mr Ripley (12 March).  Each film is introduced by the Club's chairperson and each member is provided with a comment slip in order to feedback their opinions.

Miss Landsmann


A very prestigious society with an increasingly high profile: Wycombe girls love a good argument! We meet every Monday evening and either have informative and informal training for all the different styles of debating competition which we enter, or we have spontaneous debates or ones which the speakers have prepared beforehand. Our Resident Tutors (who are with us for one year and have just come down from University) usually take a leading role in helping as they are often expert and experienced debaters themselves.  We compete annually in the Oxford, Cambridge and English Speaking Unions Schools Debating competitions and any others which we can fit in.  We regularly have black tie debates with other boys’ schools – most recently with RGS and Abingdon.

Mrs Best

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