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Wycombe Abbey

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.

Abbey Way
High Wycombe
HP11 1PE

+44 (0)1494 520381

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ISC associations: GSA, AGBIS, ISBA, HMC

Religious affiliation: Church of England

Day/boarding type: Day and Full boarding

Gender profile: Girls only

Size: 611

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 (51)

Boarding: 11 to 18 (560)

Sixth form: (185)

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Additional Information

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 offered

Academic Scholarships 11+ & 13+
Worth up to 5% of the fees per annum

Academic Exhibitions 11+ & 13+
£600 per annum

Music scholarship 11+ & 13+ & 16+
Providing free tuition on two instruments or one instrument and voice

Music Exhibitions 11+, 13+ & 16+
Providing free tuition on one instrument (not voice)

Also Choral Awards providing free voice tuition

Dates of entrance examinations and scholarship examinations

Academic Scholarships and Exhibitions 11+
14 February 2019

Academic Scholarships and Exhibitions 13+
11 & 12 January 2019

Music scholarship 11+
Pre-audition 17 October 2018 and Audition 13 February 2019

Music scholarship 13+
Pre-audition 27 or 28  September 2018 and Audition 10 January 2019

Music Scholarship 16+
6 November 2018


Wycombe Abbey is committed to providing academically gifted girls from all backgrounds with the very best start in life, 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.

Bursary application forms are available from the Admissions Office and must be submitted to the Director of Admissions no later than 1 September in the academic year in which your daughter is to sit the entrance examinations.

Financial Assistance with Fees
Assistance, in the form of a bursary, may represent up to 100% 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 £25,000 may be eligible for an award of up to 100%. Alternatively a family with a combined gross income of more than £120,000 would be unlikely to qualify for any support. The School also offers additional assistance to recipients of full fee bursaries to cover the cost of co-curricular activities, uniform costs and educational trips. The number of awards made by the School is dependent on the funds available at the time.

Bursaries are normally only given to children of parents resident in the UK.

Full details of the School’s Scholarship and Bursary offer are available on the website: www.wycombeabbey.com


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