Making an informed decision

Beginning your Journey

You are assured a very warm welcome from the Admissions team at Wycombe Abbey.

Currently, due to Covid-19, this cannot be in person, but we hope to be able to welcome visitors on site soon. We are holding an Online Open Morning on Saturday 8 May and you are very welcome to join us. Please see below for further details.

Our entry points are at age 11, 13 and 16 and we offer bursaries and scholarships at each of these stages. We are looking for potential rather than prior attainment and welcome girls whatever their background and education. We want bright, motivated, engaged girls with an enthusiasm for boarding – girls who will enjoy contributing to all areas of School life. We also offer a limited number of day places each year for candidates living within a 15 mile radius of the School.

We understand the importance of choosing the right school. Our Admissions Team are here to answer your questions and guide you throughout this process.

We hope you enjoy browsing our website and if you have any further questions our Director of Admissions, Mrs Catriona Sutherland-Hawes and the Admissions Team are ready to help. They can be reached on (+44) (0) 1494 897008 or by emailing admissions@wycombeabbey.com.

 

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Entry Points

Enter your child’s date of birth below to find out when she can join Wycombe Abbey. The age checker will give you a personalised timeline and an overview of our Admissions process.

Your child may enter at any of the following entry points

Unfortunately your child is not eligible to apply

Please note that the registration point for starting this school year has passed.

Your child would join Wycombe Abbey in September [YEAR]


STEP 1

Attend an Open Morning or Coffee Morning
Open Mornings are held in the Autumn and Summer terms. Coffee Mornings are held every term.

Upcoming Open Mornings:
Saturday 8 May, 2021

 Book your Open Morning

A limited number of individual tours are available for families who are unable attend these dates.


STEP 2

Registration Deadline: 1 June [YEAR-1]

 Registration Form


STEP 3

Assessments: November [YEAR-1]
All registered candidates sit an online CAT4 test followed by an Assessment Day at Wycombe Abbey


STEP 4

Offers: December [YEAR-1]
Firm offers and waiting list offers are made in December


STEP 5
(where appropriate)

Scholarship Examination (by invitation): January [YEAR]


STEP 6

Firm Acceptance and Deposit Deadline: March [YEAR] (date to be advised)


STEP 7

Start of Term: September [YEAR]

Please note that the registration point for starting this school year has passed.

Your child would join Wycombe Abbey in September [YEAR]


STEP 1

Attend an Open Morning or Coffee Morning
Open Mornings are held in the Autumn and Summer terms. Coffee Mornings are held every term.

Upcoming open mornings:
Saturday 8 May, 2021

 Book your Open Morning

A limited number of individual tours are available for families who are unable attend these dates.


STEP 2

Registration Deadline: 1 June [YEAR-1]

 Registration Form


STEP 3

Assessments: November [YEAR-1]
All registered candidates sit an online CAT4 test.


STEP 4

January [YEAR]
Selected candidates attend an Assessment Day at Wycombe Abbey (choice of Wycombe Abbey standard papers or Wycombe Abbey Scholarship papers)


STEP 5

Offers: January [YEAR]
Firm offers and waiting list offers are made in January.  Scholarships awarded following Assessment.


STEP 6

Firm Acceptance and Deposit Deadline: March [YEAR] (date to be advised)


STEP 7

Start of Term: September [YEAR]

Please note that the registration point for starting this school year has passed.

Your child would join Wycombe Abbey in September [YEAR]


STEP 1

Attend an Open Morning or Coffee Morning
Open Mornings are held in the Autumn and Summer terms. Coffee Mornings are held every term.

Upcoming open mornings:
Saturday 8 May, 2021

 Book your Open Morning

A limited number of individual tours are available for families who are unable attend these dates.


STEP 2

Registration Deadline: 1 June [YEAR-1]

 Registration Form


STEP 3

Register (at this stage there is no fee)
All registered candidates must sit a UKiset assessment and submit a Summer Term report between January and July [YEAR-1]


STEP 4

UKiset scores and school report will be reviewed by the Headmistress Deputy Head (Academic) and Director of Admissions and all applicants will be notified in August / September [YEAR-1] whether or not they are through to the next stage.


STEP 5

Selected candidates attend an Assessment Day at Wycombe Abbey and sit Entrance Examinations


STEP 6

Firm offers are made in early December


STEP 7

Start of Term: September [YEAR]

Visit, meet and discover

Visit Us

Visiting Wycombe Abbey (virtually or in-person) will give you a sense of our culture, community and environment. You are welcome to visit us on either a virtual Open Morning, Coffee Morning or on an individual in-person tour. You and your daughter will have the opportunity to meet the Headmistress, gain a flavour of our academic, pastoral and co-curricular provision, and discover what stimulates and inspires life and work at Wycombe Abbey.

 

Open Mornings 2021

As a result of the Covid-19 restrictions we moved our Open Mornings online; due to the success of these events and the ability to host large numbers of interested families from around the world, we will continue to deliver our Open Morning events virtually going forward.

Our next Open Morning will be on Saturday 8 May 2021 and you can book your place below.

This event will give you an opportunity to hear from key personnel, including the Headmistress and our Head Girl Team. You will also be able to take part in our live Q&A sessions and virtually explore our School.

 Book your Open Morning

 

Coffee Mornings 2021

We hope to hold these events onsite, once Covid-19 restrictions have eased sufficiently to allow that.  Until that time they will be virtual events via Zoom.

The planned dates for our forthcoming Coffee Mornings in the Summer Term are:
Wednesday 12 May | Thursday 27 May | Wednesday 16 June

*Times will be published closer to the event

Please complete an Enquiry Form to express your interest in attending a Coffee Morning in the Summer Term, and ensure you provide a preferred date when you complete the form. We will do our best to accommodate this.

Please note, our Coffee Mornings are limited to 20 families and booking will be prioritised to those registered for 2022 entry.

Click here to express your interest in attending one of our upcoming Coffee Mornings

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In the meantime, please do take a look around Wycombe Abbey using our 360 Virtual Tour.

Virtual Tour

Taking the next steps

How to Apply

To be considered for a place at Wycombe Abbey, you will need to register your daughter by completing the online registration form (see link below).

The registration deadline for 11+ and 13+ is 1 June in the calendar year prior to entry. Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £250.

For 16+ entry the registration deadline is 1 June in the calendar year prior to entry. No registration fee is required at this stage.

If you have any questions our Admissions Team are on hand and ready to help. They can be reached on (+44) (0) 1494 897008 or by emailing admissions@wycombeabbey.com.

 

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Please note the deadline of 1 June 2021 for 2022 entry.

Potential and suitability

Assessments

Our Assessment process is designed to be as straightforward as possible for the girls, and to allow us to find out as much as we can about each girl using our own bespoke materials, assessing their academic potential and suitability whilst giving them a taste of life at Wycombe Abbey.

Wycombe Abbey offers a genuinely holistic education and we are committed to identifying girls who will be able to thrive in this environment.

If you have any questions our Admissions team are on hand and ready to help. They can be reached on (+44) (0) 1494 897008 or by emailing admissions@wycombeabbey.com.

To be considered for a place at Wycombe Abbey, your daughter must be registered by 1 June in the year prior to entry (Year 5).

The assessment has three stages:

Stage 1: Online CAT4

The first stage is an online Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4).  Candidates will need to make arrangements to sit this test at their current school, a recognised test centre in the UK, or at local British Council Office, during a ten-day window in November. The Admissions department at Wycombe Abbey will provide the appropriate access codes to enable your daughter to sit the test and results will automatically be sent to us.

Stage 2: Assessment Day

The second stage is an Assessment Day, which provides your daughter with a taste of life at Wycombe Abbey, whilst enabling us to assess their academic ability and suitability for life at the School.

The Assessment Day takes place at Wycombe Abbey in the November prior to the proposed year of entry (when your daughter is in Year 6).

Candidates will have an individual interview with a senior member of staff and will take part in a small group activity.

Your daughter will also sit entrance examinations in English (1 hour) and Mathematics (1 hour). Specimen papers are not available for these examinations and no preparation is necessary. A reference from your daughter’s current school will also be required.

Following the Assessment Day, firm offers will be made in December preceding the year of entry. Firm offers are made on the basis of performance in the entrance examinations, interview and group activity during the Assessment Day.

All places must be accepted, and a deposit paid by early March (date will be confirmed).

Stage 3: Scholarship Examinations

Following the 11+ Assessment Day, selected candidates in receipt of a firm offer, will be invited to take the Wycombe Abbey Scholarship Examinations in January in the year of proposed entry. Candidates will sit papers* in English, Mathematics and Science as well as a Language Aptitude Test.

 

*Specimen papers are available for the Scholarship examinations on request from the Admissions team (after candidates have been invited to sit). Please email admissions@wycombeabbey.com

 

To be considered for a place at Wycombe Abbey, your daughter must be registered by 1 June in the year prior to entry (when your daughter is in Year 7).

Stage 1: Online CAT4

The first stage is an online Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4). Candidates will need to make arrangements to sit this test at their current school, a recognised test centre in the UK, or at local British Council Office, in early October. Wycombe Abbey Admissions will provide the appropriate access codes to enable your daughter to sit the test, and results will automatically be sent to the Admissions department at Wycombe Abbey. A reference from your daughter’s current school will also be requested prior to the CAT4 test.

The CAT4 scores and school reference will be reviewed by the Headmistress, Deputy Head (Academic) and Director of Admissions. Selected applicants will be invited to go forward to the second stage of Assessment.

Stage 2: Assessment Day – selected candidates

The second stage is an Assessment Day for selected candidates, which provides your daughter with a taste of life at Wycombe Abbey, whilst enabling us to assess her academic ability and suitability for life at the School.

The Assessment Day takes place at Wycombe Abbey, in the January of the proposed year of entry (when your daughter is in Year 8). Your daughter will have an individual interview with a senior member of staff and will sit entrance examinations.

All candidates will take Entrance Examinations. Candidates will choose to sit a) Wycombe Abbey papers or b) Wycombe Abbey Scholarship papers.

Candidates will sit papers* in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, and a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese). There are also optional papers in Latin and Greek.

Following the entrance examinations, firm offers and waiting list offers will be made in January. Scholarships will also be awarded at this point.

Firm offers are made on the basis of performance in the entrance exams and Assessment Day.

 

All places must be accepted, and a deposit paid by early March (date will be confirmed).

 

*Specimen papers are available on request from the Admissions team after candidates have been invited to stage two. Please email admissions@wycombeabbey.com

A limited number of places are open to girls wishing to join Wycombe Abbey in the Sixth Form.

To be considered for a place at Wycombe Abbey, a pupil must be registered by 1 June in the calendar year prior to entry (end of Year 10, or equivalent). At this stage there is no fee to register.

General Guidance

The Sixth Form course options can be viewed here.

Entry to our Sixth Form is highly competitive. Candidates should expect to achieve the equivalent of at least six GCSE/IGCSE/GCE (or their equivalent) passes at grade A*/A/9/8/7 and A*/9/8 in each of her chosen A level subjects. Most candidates will achieve in excess of this.

Stage 1

Once registered, all candidates, home and international, should arrange to sit a UKiset assessment for Wycombe Abbey. The UK Independent Schools’ Entry Test is an adaptive cognitive online test taken in English and assesses a pupil’s underlying academic ability through Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Tests along with a creative writing exercise and an English Placement Test. The test takes two and a half hours. For more information or to register for the test, please visit the UKiset website.

A valid test should be submitted between January and July (in Year 10, or equivalent). The deadline for receipt of UKiset test results is 12:00 on 31 July. UKiset results received after 31 July cannot be considered.

Once you have registered for the test, the UKiset team will be in touch to arrange the assessment. The UKiset tests can be sat at one of the approved test centres in the UK and only at British Council Offices internationally.

Stage 2

The candidate’s Summer Term report and a summary of co-curricular interests must be submitted by 31 July.

The UKiset scores and school report will be reviewed by the Headmistress, Deputy Head (Academic) and Director of Admissions and all applicants will be notified in September whether they are through to Stage 3.

Candidates wishing to proceed will now be charged a registration fee.

Stage 3

Girls who have met our required standard will be invited to take our Sixth Form Entrance examinations at Wycombe Abbey in the November* prior to entry (Year 11, or equivalent). A confidential reference and a request for predicted GCSE/IGCSE/GCE grades from the candidate’s current school will also be requested at this stage.

During the day, applicants will also have an interview with a senior member of staff, lasting 20 minutes.

Girls will sit papers in the four subjects they are proposing to study at A level and the examinations are based on the GCSE/ IGCSE/GCE level syllabuses. Maths and Further Maths counts as one subject, with one paper. Candidates wishing to take Further Maths at A level will be required to choose an additional subject as their fourth paper. The Art exam will be a practical assessment and candidates will be asked to bring their portfolio.

Candidates choosing a subject they have not studied at GCSE/IGCSE/GCE (or equivalent) will still be required to sit the relevant paper. The papers are designed to test a candidate’s aptitude for the subject and will be marked accordingly.

Specimen papers are not available.

Conditional offers are made on the basis of performance in the Entrance examinations in early December. Acceptance forms and the deposit are due by the second week in December.

Process summary:

  1. Complete and return a registration form by 1 June (Year 10) – do not pay the registration fee
  2. Submit a UKiset (between 1 January and 31 July)
  3. Submit Summer Term report and summary of co-curricular interests by 31 July (Year 10)
  4. Wycombe Abbey reviews UKiset scores and Summer Term report in August / September
  5. Candidates accepted for Stage 3 and who wish to proceed, now pay a registration fee
  6. Entrance exams and interview at Wycombe Abbey in November (Year 11)
  7. Conditional Offers made in first week in December (Year 11)
  8. Acceptance form to be returned and deposit to be paid by second week in December (Year 11)

If you have any questions please email admissions@wycombeabbey.com

The following publications may also be useful:

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Deadline for 2022 entry 11+, 13+ and 16+ registrations: 1 June 2021

Online Open Mornings
(Reservations are required)

  • Saturday 8 May 2021 | 09:00 – 13:15
  • Saturday 18 September 2021 | 09:00 – 13:15

Coffee Mornings
(Reservations are required)

  • Online – Wednesday 12 May, Thursday 27 May, Wednesday 16 June (to be confirmed – may be onsite)
  • Onsite – Wednesday 29 September, Wednesday 10 November, Wednesday 8 December

11+ Assessments

  • Online CAT4 Test: 8 to 18 November 2021**
  • Assessment Day: 29 November 2021
  • Scholarship Exams: 2 February 2022*
  • Music Scholarship: 3 February 2022
  • Firm Offers made by 15 December 2021

13+ Assessments

  • Online CAT4 Test: 1 to 11 October 2021**
  • Assessment Day: 19 January 2022
  • Music Scholarship: 20 January 2022
  • Firm Offers made by 28 January 2022

16+ (Sixth Form) Assessments

  • Submission of UKiset: 1 January 2021 – 31 July 2021
  • Entrance Exams and Interview: 17 November 2021
  • Music Scholarship: 18 November 2021

All sessions must take place at Wycombe Abbey, apart from:

  • *Choice of Wycombe Abbey or local British Council Office
  • **CAT4 test sat at your current school, recognised test centre in the UK, or local British Council Office.

Fees

Fees cover the many costs associated with running the School and include tuition, board, lodging, laundry, personal accident insurance, some educational materials and educational visits, and the cost of the weekend activities programme. Individual tuition is charged as an extra.

A non-refundable registration fee of £250 is paid on application.

The deposit is paid on the acceptance of your daughter’s place and is returned with your final invoice. For UK residents, the deposit is £2,500. For non-UK residents or those who require a Child Student Visa, the deposit is £13,500.

Fees

Boarding fees include tuition, lodging, laundry, personal accident insurance, the cost of most games activities, the majority of educational materials and many curriculum trips. Fees also include the provision of pastoral care, meals and snacks, and many activities as part of the co-curricular and Weekend Activities programme.

Day fees include the above apart from lodging and laundry. Day Boarders can occasionally stay overnight if a need arises, for instance special events in House or if they are on a school trip which either departs very early in the morning or returns to school very late in the evening and will be charged per night.

There will be further charges for external exams and Paid Extras, such as additional music, dance and drama lessons, specialist sport coaching, some curriculum trips and optional insurances. Paid Extras are billed in arrears and the level of charges varies depending on the activities a pupil chooses. A full list of charges is sent to parents at the start of the academic year.

Fees are charged in advance at the start of each term and are reviewed annually. Fees may be subject to change at the discretion of the Governing Body.

For the academic year 2020/21, fees are:

£13,450 Boarding per term

£10,090 Day per term

Registration Fee

£250

 Acceptance Deposit

UK resident applicants: £2,500

Non-UK resident applicants or those requiring a Child Student Visa applicants: £13,500

The Acceptance Deposit will be refunded when a girl leaves the School, subject to settlement of her final fees and other charges.

Investing in talent

Bursaries

Wycombe Abbey aims to be as accessible as possible to girls whose parents could not otherwise afford to meet the full cost of fees by offering means-tested Bursaries.

Our Bursary application forms are available from the Admissions Team, and must be completed and returned to the Director of Admissions no later than 1 September in the calendar year preceding entry.

If you would like to find out more about bursaries, please call the Director of Admissions, Mrs Catriona Sutherland-Hawes on (+44) (0) 1494 897008. When applying for a place at Wycombe Abbey, a registration fee of £250 is normally payable. If you are applying for a full bursary and the registration fee presents a difficulty Mrs Sutherland-Hawes will be happy to discuss this with you.

Bursaries Information

Recognising excellence and achievement

Scholarships

Wycombe Abbey Scholarships and Exhibition Awards carry considerable prestige both inside and outside of the School but are of limited financial value. They are awarded in recognition of excellence, achievement and potential in academia and the arts.

Music Scholarship forms available on request.

Wycombe Abbey Academic Scholarship and Exhibition Awards carry prestige but are of limited financial value.

The following awards are available for 2022/2023:
• Academic Scholarships worth up to 5% of the fees per annum
• Academic Exhibitions of £600 per annum

Process
No application is required for a Scholarship or Exhibition Award. Following the 11+ Assessment Day, a small selection of candidates will be invited to take the Wycombe Abbey Scholarship papers. They will sit examination papers in English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities, as well as a Language Aptitude test. The Scholarship examinations are sat at Wycombe Abbey in late January/early February prior to entry, while your child is in Year 6.

Specimen papers are not available.

Wycombe Abbey Academic Scholarship and Exhibition Awards carry prestige but are of limited financial value.

The following awards are available for entry in 2022/2023:
• Academic Scholarships worth up to 5% of the fees per annum
• Academic Exhibitions of £600 per annum

The Award will normally be for your child’s entire career at Wycombe Abbey but it is subject to regular review and is conditional upon satisfactory progress.

Process
If you would like your daughter to be considered for an Academic Scholarship she will need to choose the 13+ Scholarship Examination papers instead of Wycombe Abbey Standard papers during the 13+ entry assessments in January.

Candidates will sit papers in English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies and a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese (simplified or traditional)). There are also optional papers in Latin and Greek.

Specimen papers are available on request from the Admissions team. Please email registrar@wycombeabbey.com.

Wycombe Abbey Music Scholarship and Exhibition Awards carry prestige, but are of limited financial value. The following awards are available at 11+ entry:

• Music Scholarships providing free tuition on two instruments or one instrument and voice
• Music Exhibitions providing free tuition on one instrument (not voice)
• Choral Awards providing free voice tuition

It is essential that candidates should love music and show an unusual flair at whatever level they have reached. As a guide, they should have reached at least ABRSM Grade 4 standard, or equivalent, on their first instrument to be considered for an instrumental award. Those applying for a Choral Award should have a strong background of choral singing in parts. They may have received individual tuition in singing, working towards ABRSM exam grades or RSCM singing awards.

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Music Scholarships 11+

Wycombe Abbey Music Scholarship and Exhibition Awards carry prestige, but are of limited financial value. The following awards are available at 13+ entry:

• Music Scholarships providing free tuition on two instruments or one instrument and voice
• Music Exhibitions providing free tuition on one instrument (not voice)
• Choral Awards providing free voice tuition

It is essential that candidates should love music and show an unusual flair at whatever level they have reached. As a guide, they should have reached at least ABRSM Grade 5 standard, or equivalent, on their first instrument to be considered for an instrumental award. Those pupils applying for a Choral Award should have a strong background of choral singing in parts. They may have received individual tuition in singing, working towards ABRSM exam grades or RSCM singing awards.

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Music Scholarships 13+

The following Music Awards (open to both external and internal candidates) are offered annually to candidates entering the Sixth Form who have satisfied the academic criteria for entry.
The following awards are available at 16+ entry:

• Music Scholarships providing free tuition on two instruments or one instrument and voice
• Music Exhibitions providing free tuition on one instrument (not voice)
• Choral Awards providing free voice tuition

Girls should have reached approximately Grade 8 standard on their first instrument to be considered for an instrumental award. At Sixth Form level, candidates are expected to have achieved a high level of technical and expressive mastery at least on their first instrument, and to have proven their commitment to musical endeavour through involvement with suitable ensembles.

Those girls applying for a Choral Award should have a strong background of choral singing in parts. They may have received individual tuition in singing, working towards ABRSM examination grades (Grade 7 or above) or RSCM singing awards. Successful applicants will demonstrate excellence in vocal ability, aural perception and sight-reading. They may already have experience of leadership roles in choirs, or will demonstrate potential in this area.

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Music Scholarships 16+

Frequently Asked Questions

Your daughter does not need to prepare for the assessments – the assessment is not something you pass or fail and it should not be a source of anxiety for your daughter.

Yes, Visa Sponsorship is available for Candidates with an unconditional offer. Those Candidates who are not British or Irish citizens will need to apply for a Child Student Visa. Further information may be obtained from the UK Government Visas and Home Office website. https://www.gov.uk/child-study-visa

We offer a limited number of day places each year for candidates living within a 15 mile radius. All day boarders are members of a Senior House and are fully involved in activities throughout the week and at weekends. With the size of the School now at capacity, we cannot guarantee an automatic switch to full boarding but we will try to accommodate those who wish to convert as they progress through the school as long as we have beds available.

Girls entering Wycombe Abbey at 11+ go into Junior House for their first year and are allocated their Senior House during their first year. From LIV they join one of the nine Senior Houses. Girls entering at 13+ and 16+ will be allocated a Senior House during the admissions process. Girls move from their Senior House into Clarence for their final year of Sixth Form.

Parents who live abroad or who spend long periods of time outside the United Kingdom must appoint an official guardian for their daughter. The guardian must be prepared to take full responsibility for her, i.e., must be available to act in loco parentis if parents are not available, including during Short and Long Leaves and any other period of enforced school closure when girls may not remain in the School.

Wycombe Abbey has a modern and sympathetic approach to boarding reflecting the needs and preferences of today’s families. Girls go home regularly and parents are actively involved in the numerous school events.

Most weekends, girls are involved in sports fixtures, performing arts activities or attending one of the many organised outings, such as trips to theme parks, museums, the cinema or theatre. A lot happens here at School too: creative weekend workshops, cooking demonstrations, spas and DVD evenings. Parents and guardians are welcome to visit the School during the weekend to support events or meet your daughter for a drink in our atrium café, The Courtyard.

The ‘House Mother/Daughter’ tradition means that every girl in a Senior House is part of a ‘family tree’ of girls who feel connected, look out for each other, and offer advice and a listening ear.

Girls with specific learning needs are well supported at Wycombe Abbey and flourish here. Every girl learns in her own way and 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.

We are looking for engaged, motivated girls with potential – young women who will enjoy contributing to all areas of Wycombe Abbey life.