Wycombe Abbey School
Abbey Way High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP11 1PE
Wycombe Abbey was rated Excellent in its most recently available ISI Educational Quality report (2014). In terms of pure league table performance, Wycombe Abbey is, unarguably, the best all-girl boarding school in the UK. Pupils are provided with bespoke timetables for extracurriculars – over 1,400 lessons are scheduled for activities ranging from building.
Wycombe Abbey offers a significant choice of 26 subjects at GCSE and 24 subjects at A level.
Wycombe has a “Learning Enhancement Department” with a single full-time member of staff who teaches elsewhere in the school. A significant number of fully qualified but part-time specialists can be called upon to support pupils with gaps in their learning (this focused on international students) and those with learning difficulties in the areas of, inter alia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and dyscalculia.
The curriculum is highly traditional, and Latin and Ancient Greek are compulsory (along with two further modern languages in Year 7).
Outside the academic syllabus, Wycombe Abbey offers a Performing Arts Centre with a theatre and a recital hall, and a stunning 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.
Candidates should be registered at least 15 months prior to entry and have an “excellent” command of written and spoken English. There is a high international pupil attendance and, although one-to-one English as an Additional Language is available (£36.10 per 35 minute lesson), those not highly proficient in English are unlikely to secure a place on application.
The school has an exemplary Oxbridge slipstream, with 1 in 3 girls being offered places at Oxford or Cambridge. 90.4% of children score A or A* at A Level (2014). Wycombe Abbey compares better as an all-girl equivalent to a male-counterpart Winchester, rather than Eton; many parents view the more liberal Cheltenham Ladies College as a better choice for gifted children unsuited to a traditional and archetypal selective hothouse, academics-focused education.
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