Message from the Headmistress

I am delighted to welcome you to our website. If you are a current member of the Wycombe Abbey community I trust the website will be a helpful source of information as well as affirmation of the vibrancy and success of the School. If you are a first time visitor, I very much hope it will inspire you to come and visit Wycombe Abbey for yourself. I know you will receive a very warm welcome from everyone you meet.

My journey to Wycombe Abbey has been an exciting and varied one. I have worked in both maintained and independent schools, in day and boarding schools, in England and in South East Asia. Consequently, I have a broad and detailed knowledge of many aspects of the educational world. I joined Wycombe Abbey from Harrogate Ladies' College, where I was Principal for four years.

I regard it as an enormous privilege to lead one of the country's most successful girls' boarding schools. Wycombe Abbey has a long and distinguished history and it remains true to the guiding values of the founding Headmistress, Dame Frances Dove: the pursuit of excellence, the development of each pupil's talents, the fostering of an awareness of God and an understanding of the needs of others.

The School has an impressive record of academic success and is consistently one of the top performers in public examination league tables. Wycombe Abbey girls gain admission to competitive courses at leading universities throughout the world. However, pastoral care lies at its heart. As a boarding school, it is home to the vast majority of its pupils. They are all cherished and nurtured to the best of our ability. Everything in the School is done in their interests. Each and every individual matters. We want the best for all our girls.

We provide our pupils with a rich variety of co-curricular activities. Music, Sport, Drama and Dance and many other pursuits are available. These are enjoyable in themselves, but they also help girls to develop the plethora of skills they will require to be successful and happy in the demanding world of the twenty-first century.

Wycombe Abbey is already an outstanding school according to whatever criteria are used to judge educational institutions. My vision is that in the next few years the School will become more widely and even more highly regarded as a world leader in girls' boarding education.

If you would like to find out more about Wycombe Abbey School, my colleagues and I would be delighted to meet you and your daughter to share our hopes and ambitions for her future.

Mrs Rhiannon Wilkinson