Wycombe Abbey 125

This year we celebrate 125 years since our founding by Dame Frances Dove. We are excited to mark this anniversary with a number of events that reflect on our history and values, bring together the Wycombe Abbey community, and look forward to the next 125 years.

We will be celebrating not just our founder, but the many Wycombe Women who have moved through the halls of the School and into successful lives as barristers, actors, philanthropists, scientists and adventurers. We celebrate their legacies, and the future aspirations of our current pupils, with the traditions and innovations of being a world class boarding school for girls.

Throughout 2021-2022, Wycombe Abbey and our wider community will come together to celebrate with an exciting calendar of events that will be held in School, as well as online, to make sure everyone around the world is included.

Alongside special events, we will also be holding an Archive Exhibition, the release of Humans of Wycombe Vol. 2 and our 125 Speaker Series: Making a Difference, which will include a range of guest speakers.

We hope you enjoy the programme and look forward to seeing you at School soon.

We will update this page accordingly throughout the year to bring you the latest information.

*Please note that dates are subject to change.

 Click here for a printed version of the 125 Events Programme

Saturday 11 September | Colour Run
Pupils and staff will be blasted with colour powder as they run, jog, walk and dance their way around Wycombe’s beautiful grounds.

Open to: Pupils, Staff


Thursday 23 September | Founder’s Day
A Service in All Saints Church led by the Bishop of Buckingham to celebrate our founding on this day 125 years ago. Followed by a celebratory party for the whole school with music, cake and rides.

Open to: Pupils, Staff


Friday 8 October | 125 Speaker Series: Making a Difference | Liz Earle MBE
A global brand pioneer, Liz Earle MBE co-founded the multi-award winning Liz Earle Beauty Co. She is also Editor-in-Chief of her own magazine, a best-selling author and a passionate supporter of charities including The Prince’s Trust and LiveTwice. Liz Earle will share with us the story of her remarkable career and as well as how she gives back.

Open to: Pupils, Parents, Staff


Friday 3 December| 125 Speaker Series: Making a Difference | Sir Matthew Pinsent
Sir Matthew Pinsent is a four-times Olympic rowing champion. One of a handful of athletes in the UK who have won four or more golds. He has won ten world titles and two boat races for Oxford and now spends his professional life covering the Summer and Winter Olympic Games for BBC Sport.

Open to: Pupils, Parents, Staff

Thursday 10 February | 125 Anniversary Concert
A celebratory concert held in St Mary’s Church, Marylebone, featuring the world premiere of Becky McGlade’s Jubilate performed by the Chapel Choir, alongside pieces by the Symphony and Chamber
Orchestras, Sinfonia and Clarence pupils performing solo concerto movements.

Open to: Pupils, Staff, Parents, Seniors


Friday 25 February | 125 Speaker Series: Dame Helena Morrissey
Former CEO of Newton Investment Management and mother of nine children, Helena Morrissey has been listed by Fortune magazine as one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders. She will discuss her career and ideas from her recent book, A Good Time to be a Girl.

Open to: Pupils, Staff, Parents, Seniors


Friday 18 March | Seniors Making a Difference
Welcoming back a panel of illustrious Seniors to share their experiences of how they are ‘Making a Difference’ in fields as diverse as journalism, technology, and medicine.

Open to: Pupils, Seniors

Saturday 23 April | Wycombe 125: Live!
Take a journey through 125 years of history with a spectacular celebration of Wycombe Abbey’s existence through music, drama and dance.

Open to: Pupils, Staff, Parents


Saturday 11 June | Seniors’ Grand Reunion

Bringing Seniors together for a special reunion at Wycombe Abbey.

Open to: Seniors, Honorary Seniors


Friday 6 May | 125 Speaker Series: Ben Fogle
Award-winning presenter, author, adventurer and United Nations Patron of the Wilderness, Ben Fogle will be sharing tales from his life including climbing Mount Everest, rowing across the Atlantic and racing to the South Pole.

Open to: Pupils, Staff, Parents


Saturday 25 June | 125 Dove Day
End of year extravaganza for pupils, parents and staff.

Open to: Pupils, Staff, Parents

125 Archive Exhibition
Exhibition of archive material showcasing the last 125 years of Wycombe Abbey’s history.


125 Orchard and Tree Planting
Each boarding House will plant a fruit tree in the Wycombe Abbey orchard as a lasting legacy of our 125th year.


Humans of Wycombe Abbey Vol 2
Second edition of the popular Humans of Wycombe Abbey book with memories and stories of School from pupils, Seniors and staff.

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