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Wycombe Abbey

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As with other high-achieving schools, everything you’d expect in the way of stunning stuff to play, perform or create is on show on a nearby pitch, platform or podium. Caters for all sorts in innumerable venues, sweet-toothed first years to Cadbury’s World, skiers to Whistler, budding sixth form medics to West Herts Hospital and female high flyers past and present regularly celebrated with events and talks. Appreciative parents accept school for what it is and don’t expect much in the way of radical change – except, that is, at Christmas, when the…

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Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Sports

Polo

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

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Headmistress

Since September 2019, Jo Duncan, previously head of the Royal High School, Bath. Studied English and theology at St Andrews, with the intention of working as a lawyer or teacher. After stints working in schools in Hungary and Romania during her university years she realised she felt ‘very at home in the classroom’ so opted to do a PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge. First teaching post was at The Latymer School, where she taught RS for four years. Then moved to Benenden, where she spent seven years and ‘fell in love with boarding and its community feel’; appointed to her first headship at Princess Helena College in Herts in her early 30s. Married to Murray, a London lawyer; they have a son and a daughter.

Academic matters

Easy to see results as inevitable consequence of admissions...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

The School is selective with entry by examination and so caters only for academically able girls. Girls with SpLD are given extra support by specialist teachers with SpLD qualifications. The Learning Support Co-ordinator works closely with staff and Housemistresses to ensure the girls are supported. Girls are given special examination provision where appropriate. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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