Making an informed decision

Beginning your Journey

You are assured a warm welcome from the Admissions team at Wycombe Abbey. Our entry points are at age 11, 13 and 16 and we offer scholarships and bursaries 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 Director of Admissions, Sophie Langdale, and her 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 Admissions team are ready to help and can be reached on (+44) (0) 1494 897008 or by emailing registrar@wycombeabbey.com.

From time to time we would like to provide information on the admissions process, invite you to Open Mornings and other events as well as send you news and other relevant updates. Are you happy to receive such information?

Boarding at Wycombe Abbey

Day Boarding at Wycombe Abbey

International Applications

 

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
They are held each Autumn and Summer term.

Upcoming Open Mornings:
Saturday 6 June, 2020

From time to time we would like to provide information on the admissions process, invite you to Open Mornings and other events as well as send you news and other relevant updates. Are you happy to receive such information?

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


STEP 2

Registration Deadline: 1 June [YEAR-1]

From time to time we would like to provide information on the admissions process, invite you to Open Mornings and other events as well as send you news and other relevant updates. Are you happy to receive such information?


STEP 3

Assessment Days: October [YEAR-1]
All registered candidates attend an Assessment Day at Wycombe Abbey prior to their proposed year of entry.


STEP 4

Conditional Offer and Acceptance: November [YEAR-1]
Conditional offers of places are made in November


STEP 5

Entrance Examinations: January [YEAR]
Firm offers of places are made on the basis of performance in Entrance Examinations.


STEP 6

Firm Offer: January [YEAR]
Firm offers of places are made by the end of January.


STEP 7

Wycombe Abbey Sleepover: February [YEAR]
An opportunity for your child to sample boarding at Wycombe Abbey.


STEP 8
(where appropriate)

Scholarship Examinations, by invitation: February [YEAR]


STEP 9

Firm Acceptance and Deposit Deadline: March [YEAR]
Following a firm offer, an acceptance deposit is payable.


STEP 10

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

Open Mornings
They are held each Autumn and Summer term.

Upcoming open mornings:
Saturday 6 June, 2020

From time to time we would like to provide information on the admissions process, invite you to Open Mornings and other events as well as send you news and other relevant updates. Are you happy to receive such information?

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


STEP 2

Registration Deadline: 1 June [YEAR-1]

From time to time we would like to provide information on the admissions process, invite you to Open Mornings and other events as well as send you news and other relevant updates. Are you happy to receive such information?


STEP 3

Assessment Days: September [YEAR-1]
All registered candidates attend an Assessment Day at Wycombe Abbey prior to their proposed year of entry.


STEP 4

Conditional Offer and Acceptance: October [YEAR-1]
Conditional offers are made, and are accepted by November.


STEP 5
(where appropriate)

Scholarship Examinations: January [YEAR]


STEP 6

Entrance Examinations: January [YEAR]
Firm offers of places are made on the basis of performance in Entrance Examinations.


STEP 7

Firm Offer: January [YEAR]
Firm offers are made by the end of January


STEP 8

Wycombe Abbey Sleepover: March [YEAR]
An opportunity for your child to sample boarding at Wycombe Abbey.


STEP 9

Firm Acceptance and Deposit Deadline: March [YEAR]
Following a firm offer, an acceptance deposit is payable.


STEP 10

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

Open Mornings
They are held each Autumn and Summer term.

Upcoming open mornings:
Saturday 6 June, 2020

From time to time we would like to provide information on the admissions process, invite you to Open Mornings and other events as well as send you news and other relevant updates. Are you happy to receive such information?

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


STEP 2

Registration Deadline: 1 June [YEAR-1]

From time to time we would like to provide information on the admissions process, invite you to Open Mornings and other events as well as send you news and other relevant updates. Are you happy to receive such information?


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 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

Wycombe Abbey Entrance Examinations: November [YEAR-1]

Firm offers of places are made on the basis of performance in the Entrance Examinations.


STEP 6

Firm Offer: December [YEAR-1]
Firm offers are made on 1 December each year.


STEP 7

Firm Acceptance and Deposit Deadline: December [YEAR-1]
Following a firm offer, an acceptance deposit is payable.


STEP 8
Start of Term: September [YEAR]

Visit, meet and discover

Open Mornings

Our Open Mornings will give you a sense of our culture, community and environment. You will have the opportunity to explore the School, boarding accommodation and our wide range of facilities. They offer you and your daughter the chance to hear from the Headmistress and to engage directly with girls and staff. You will gain a flavour of our academic, pastoral and co-curricular provision and discover what stimulates and inspires life and work at Wycombe Abbey.

 

Our Open Morning will take place on:
Saturday 6 June 2020, 9.00am
 

For directions to Wycombe Abbey click here.

From time to time we would like to provide information on the admissions process, invite you to Open Mornings and other events as well as send you news and other relevant updates. Are you happy to receive such information?

We look forward to extending a very warm welcome to you and your family.

Our Open Mornings are always very busy, often with a long waiting list. In order to allow as many families to attend as possible we request that you only attend an Open Morning once every two academic years and bring a maximum of five people.

Due to the nature of the day and the activities on offer, we ask that you do not register for an Open Morning until your daughter is at least five years old.

Individual Tours 

Families who have registered their daughter are welcome to visit the School in the year prior to assessment for an individual tour of the School and an appointment with the Headmistress and Director of Admissions, Mrs Sophie Langdale. Please contact the Admissions Office to arrange your visit.

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 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 registrar@wycombeabbey.com.

 

From time to time we would like to provide information on the admissions process, invite you to Open Mornings and other events as well as send you news and other relevant updates. Are you happy to receive such information?

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Potential and suitability

Assessments

Once your daughter is registered with us, she will be invited to attend an Assessment Day. Our Assessment Day is designed to provide her with a taste of life at the School, whilst enabling us to assess her academic potential and suitability. Following the Assessment Day, conditional offers will be made, subject to success in the Entrance Examinations.

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 registrar@wycombeabbey.com.

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 and those who require a Tier 4 visa, the deposit is the equivalent of a full term’s boarding fee.

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.

For the academic year 2018/19, fees are:

£12,980 Boarding per term

£9,735 Day per term

Registration Fee

£250

 Acceptance Deposit

UK applicants: £2,500

Overseas applicants: £13,000

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

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.

Scholarship application forms are available upon request.

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 information our Admissions team are here to help. The Admissions team can be reached on (+44) (0) 1494 897008 or by emailing registrar@wycombeabbey.com.

Bursaries Information

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How should my daughter be prepared for the entrance assessments?


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.

 

Is Visa Sponsorship available?


Yes. Candidates who are citizens outside the European Economic Area who wish to study at Wycombe Abbey for a period of more than six months will need to follow a points-based system in applying for a Tier 4 visa. Further information may be obtained from the UK Government Visas and Home Office website.

 

What is the induction process for new girls?


We offer a number of induction events to candidates in the year preceding entry from Open Mornings to our ‘Wycombe Abbey Sleepover’.

 

Do you offer day places?

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.

 

How are boarding houses allocated?

Girls entering Wycombe Abbey at 11+ go into Junior House for their first year and are allocated their Senior House towards the end of their first term. 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.

 

Does my daughter need an educational guardian? 


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.

 

How often can I see my daughter?

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.

 

What happens at weekends?

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.

 

What are the advantages of mixed-aged bedrooms?


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.

 

What provision is there for learning needs?

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.

 

What sort of girl is Wycombe Abbey looking for?


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