Wycombe Abbey is a full boarding school for girls aged 11-18 years old. Established in 1896 as one of the first schools for girls, it remains committed to providing young women with the knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve and excel in their chosen field. A world leader in girls’ boarding education, the school has an impressive record of academic success and is consistently one of the top performers in public examination league tables.
Mrs Rhiannon Wilkinson (Head Mistress)
Religious affiliation: Church of England
Day/boarding type: Day and Full boarding
Gender profile: Girls only
Wycombe Abbey fees:
Boarding fees per term:
Day fees per term:
Scholarships & bursaries:
ISC reference number:
DfE reference number:
825 / 6018
Girls - age range & pupil numbers:
Day: 11 to 18 (58)
Boarding: 11 to 18 (569)
Sixth form: (191)
Our Learning Enhancement Department helps girls by giving the specific support required to assist with the demands of everyday living and learning, sometimes with specific one-to-one lessons or via drop-in sessions.
The Department works closely with academic and pastoral support staff as well as parents to provide one-to-one lessons which take each pupil's whole wellbeing into account. Girls also benefit from drop-in sessions where they seek advice on work from subjects across the academic curriculum.
English suppport is given to girls for whom English is not their first language; this includes IELTS and IGCSE teaching for pupils who join the Sixth Form without a GCSE qualification in English.
Scholarships and Exhibitions
Wycombe Abbey Scholarships and Exhibition Awards carry considerable prestige both inside and outside of the School. They are of limited financial value and they are awarded in recognition of excellence, achievement and potential in academia and music. The School offers academic scholarships at Year 7 (11+) and Year 9 (13+), as well as music scholarships at Year 7 (11+), Year 9 (13+) and Year 12 (16+). 12% of pupils currently receive some form of Scholarship.
Year 7 (11+) & Year 9 (13+) Academic Scholarships: worth up to 5% of the fees per annum.
Year 7 (11+) & Year 9 (13+) Academic Exhibitions: worth £500 per annum.
Year 7 (11+), Year 9 (13+) & Year 12 (16+) Music Scholarships: free tuition on two instruments or one instrument and voice.
Year 7 (11+), Year 9 (13+) & Year 12 (16+) Music Exhibitions: free tuition on one instrument (not voice).
Choral Awards: free voice tuition.
Assessment dates for 2020 intake
. Closing date for Year 7 (11+) and Year 9 (13+) entries: 1 June 2019
· Closing date for Sixth Form (16+) entries: 31 July 2019
· Year 7 (11+) Common Entrance: 20 and 21 January 2020
· Year 7 (11+) Music Scholarship: 12 February 2020
· Year 7 (11+) Scholarship Exams: 13 February 2020
· Year 9 (13+) Music Scholarship: 9 January 2020
· Year 9 (13+) Scholarship Exams: 10 and 11 January 2020
· Sixth Form (16+) Entrance Exams: 12 November 2019
· Sixth Form (16+) Music Scholarship: 13 November 2019
Useful Contact Details and Links
Telephone: (+44) (0) 1494 897008
Bursary support with school fees
Wycombe Abbey is committed to providing academically gifted girls from all backgrounds with the very best education, which includes enabling those girls whose parents may not otherwise be able to meet the full cost of fees with the opportunity to attend the School. The parents/guardians of girls who would require financial assistance to attend the School are actively encouraged to apply for a means-tested Bursary. Wycombe Abbey is proud to offer Bursaries to ensure that all those worthy of a place at the School have the same opportunities regardless of their personal circumstances.
Assistance, in the form of a bursary, may represent up to 120% of the fees and is dependent on assessment of the parental financial circumstances. The bursary is reviewed annually and may increase or reduce in accordance with changes to parental circumstances. The financial assessment takes into account the value of assets held, including the family home, savings, investments, pension provision and other realisable assets, as well as income, the size of the family, and any other dependents. In general, a family with a combined disposable income of less than £30,000 may be eligible for an award of up to 120%. Alternatively, a family with a combined gross income of over £120,000 may not qualify for any support. Bursaries are normally only given to children of parents permanently resident in the UK.
The number of bursary awards made by the School is dependent on the funds available at the time. 5% of pupils at the School currently are given some form of financial support. Talented pupils can hold a Scholarship or Exhibition and a Music Scholarship or Exhibition and also a bursary at the same time.
Bursaries may be made available to parents of all new girls joining at the School’s main entry points: Year 7, Year 9 or Year 12. There may occasionally be places available in Years 8 and 10 and bursary applications will also be considered. The School makes temporary provision annually, where possible, for cases of sudden, unforeseen need or where applications meriting bursary assistance are received out of the normal calendar cycle. Parents with a daughter at the School who unexpectedly fall into financial difficulty may apply for a bursary to the Headmistress. Such awards are subject to the availability of funding and cannot be guaranteed.
Bursary applicants should contact the Admissions team directly regarding the cost of the registration fee. To apply for a means-tested bursary for new entrants, the bursary application form must be completed and returned by 1 September in the year preceding entry. Please contact the Admissions Team to request the application form: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the initial admission process the Director of Admissions and the Headmistress will review the bursary applicants based on their assessment reports. A home visit will be made by an external company appointed by the School to review the necessary supporting documentary evidence, to ensure the information has been correctly interpreted and the basis of the financial assessment has been fair. Consultants from Bursary Administration Limited will then submit a confidential financial report to the School. Girls are interviewed by the Headmistress and two members of the Seniors’ Committee. The applications are then put forward to the Bursary Committee for approval. The parents/guardians are advised whether their daughter is to be offered a place at the School and whether they have been successful with their application for a bursary. Depending on the funds available it may be that not all successful candidates will be offered a bursary. Parents/guardians are then required to sign a letter accepting the place at the School and an acknowledgement agreeing to any conditions relating to the bursary. Please note that payment of the School deposit will be reduced by the level of bursary awarded. For example, a 50% award would reduce the deposit payable by 50%.
For more information on bursaries, please click the following link: Bursaries
Scholarships & Bursaries offered
- Academic scholarships
- Choral scholarships
- Music scholarships
- Sixth Form scholarships
- Bursaries for new entrants
- Hardship awards for existing pupils
Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies