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?
Yes, we offer a number of a day places each year based on performance in the entrance examinations. Most girls convert from a day place to a boarding place in due course (provided a bed is available). All day boarders are members of a Senior House.
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 cafe, 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.