Welcome to Shelburne
Located at the top of the Wycombe Abbey site, Cloister, Shelburne and Wendover make up Daws Hill, originally an 18th Century hunting lodge, home to the Carrington family when they sold the main Abbey building to the School. Within the collection of buildings making up Daws Hill, we have a number of music practice rooms, a large dining room, kitchen areas and communal living rooms. There is a path that joins the Main School to Daws Hill, and when it snows, staff have been known to ski down on occasions or we have been snowed in at the top!
Daws Hill is a very special community and I am delighted to be welcoming you to our home. As much as the walk can sometimes seem a little tiring at the end of the day, it also means that there is a sense of going home in the evening, and it definitely wakes you up in the morning! The three Houses plan activities together and support one another as we have a lot of communal areas so you can be in and out of each other’s Houses frequently. House staff all live within the buildings too so they are never far away when you need them.
Shelburne receives its name from Lord Shelburne who owned the site that is now Wycombe Abbey from 1700 until 1798 and our colour is royal blue. You will see this throughout the site because of the House ties. We have around 46 pupils in the House; from ages 12 to 17. The youngest four year groups share dorms and have their own year group studies, and the oldest pupils have study bedrooms and their own sitting room. Some of the Sixth Form girls have their own room, while others share.
In addition to the shared communal areas and work spaces, we have created a ‘Shelburne Snug’ which can be used as a quiet reading or reflective space when you feel like having some time out. Shelburne is a very caring community where each pupil is valued as an individual. From our House Mother/House Daughter and Buddy schemes to provide peer-to-peer support, to our weekly Toastie Thursday evenings and Treats with ‘Granny Pen’ where we come together informally as a House community. We pride ourselves on being a warm, friendly and encouraging environment where girls are resilient, positive, kind, and supportive of one another,
With best wishes
Miss Georgie Taylor and the Shelburne House team