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Wycombe Abbey

School Name: Wycombe Abbey
Location: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1PE, United Kingdom
Founded Year: 1896
Religion: Church of England
Type: Girls
Boarding Age: 11-18
Year Group: Year 6 - Year 13
No. of Students: 540
No. of Boarders: 528
School Facilities:
  • 160 acres (650,000 m²) of ground High Wycombe, includes woods, gardens and a lake.
  • It offers its pupils a country lifestyle, spacious outdoors and the peace and quiet of country life, and yet, shops, cinemas and other leisure facilities are a short walk away in High Wycombe.
  • Modern, state-of-the-art facilities. a purpose built Sports Centre encompassing a 25 metre indoor heated swimming pool, sports hall and dance studio, fitness studio, climbing walls and four glass backed squash courts.
  • A Performing Arts Centre with a theatre and a recital hall.
  •  A technology focused Modern Foreign Languages Centre.
Entry Requirement:

Entrance examination

Sixth Form Entry Requirement:
Six A/A* grades at GCSE or its equivalent
Extracurricular Activities:

Art, Bell Ringing, Combined Cadet Force, Publication, Book Binding,Christian Union, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Design and Technology, Duke of Edinburgh's Award Programme, Expeditions, Fishing, Fitness Training, Instrumental ensembles, Rifle Club, Sub Aqua

Contact Details
Director of Admissions:
Mrs D Bellenger
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1PE, United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1494 897 008

The School

  • Wycombe Abbey is academically one of the top girls' boarding school.
  • A girls' boarding school today topped an A-level league table for the fifth year in a row.
  • Wycombe Abbey in Buckinghamshire took the first spot again after pupils racked up a string of A* and A grades. Each student gained an average combined A and AS-level UCAS point score of 540. This is equivalent to almost four A* A-level grades each. In total, 85 sixth-formers achieved 284 A* and A grades between them.
  • The Good Schools Guide (UK) described the school as "Well-known, well respected, traditional girls' boarding school which suits self-starters and undoubtedly does well by them."


  • Candidates in age groups 11+ and 13+ enter the School through the Common Entrance Examination organised by the Independent Schools Examinations Board.
  • 11+ candidates take Common Entrance Examinations in January in English, Mathematics and Science .
  • 13+ candidates take Common Entrance Examinations in English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography and Religious Studies in either January (candidates from overseas or in UK senior schools) or June (candidates in UK preparatory schools).
  • Wycombe Abbey will also request a report directly from the Head of her current school for every candidate.

Boarding Houses

  • Girls at 11+ have their own Junior House.
  • 12 - 17 the girls live in one of nine mixed age.
  • Senior Houses which accommodate around 45 pupils. These Houses provide a secure framework.
  • Each House is run by a Housemistress who is also a member of the teaching staff.
  • UVI girls move into Clarence House, a study bedroom complex run on student lines.
  • The girls benefi t from specialist support and preparation for the next stage in their lives.

GCSE Subjects

  • Art, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classic, Design and Technology, Economics, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern languages, Physics, Science school, Music, Theology

GCE AL Subject Choice

  • Art, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, Greek, History, Latin, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Philosophy & Theology, Physics, Russian, Spanish

2012/13 Boarding Fees# (GBP£) Per Term (3 Terms Per Year)


Remark: #Inclusive of tuition fees but exclusive of miscellaneous fees, such as uniform, extracurricular activities

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