Wycliffe College

Gloucestershire

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • Roll: 240 (Boys) 132 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1882

General Information

The school’s ethos offers individual development to each pupil in the academic, personal and extra-curricular spheres of their lives. Pupils are valued for their individuality and challenged to be original in their thinking and learning styles. Wycliffe was awarded the NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) Challenge Award in February. It was the only independent school in the UK to win the prestigious award across every one of the six stages of education- from pre-school to A level.

Facilities

The newly refurbished School House combines innovative design and rich resources to provide students with IT, multi-media tools and library. We also boast excellent facilities for drama, music, art, DT, science and Modern Languages. The thriving sixth form offers a wide range of A Level subjects with over 93% of the pupils going on to higher education.

There are facilities for a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports, from our floodlit astroturf hockey pitches and tennis courts to our Sports Centre with a double-sized sports hall, gymnasium, squash courts and rowing suite.

We have more than 60 activities and clubs including orchestras, choirs, ensembles, horse riding, chess, car mechanics, shooting, photography, fencing, golf, rowing, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Young Enterprise and Combined Cadet Force.

A brand new state-of-the art Boarding House has opened new for 2017 which provides hotel style facilities including contemporary en-suite shower room for every pupil.

Entrance Requirements

For students following the UK curriculum, based in the UK, interview and most recent school report. CAT test/UKISET and skype for anyone not following the UK curriculum.

Scholarships

13+ Scholarships for Academic Excellence, Sport, Drama, Art, ICT and Design & technology.

Open Days

2019. Sixth Form Open Evening: Wed. 25th September, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Senior School Open Morning: Sat. 5th October, 9am – 12pm

2020. Senior School Open Morning: Sat. 7th March, 9am – 12pm

For further information and to register for the Open Morning for the Senior School and Sixth Form (ages 13 – 18) please call the Admissions Manager, Fiona Lawson-Best. Tel + 44 (0)1453 820412.

Fees

2019/2020. Day: Year 9 - Year 13: £7240 per term. Boarding: Year 9 – current Year 13: £12,340 per term. New Sixth Form entrants to the College for two-year course: £12,990 per term

Occasional boarding: £60 per night. Flexi Boarding: (1 night - 4 nights per week): £600 - £2400 per term.

For International (EAL) study courses please contact the school for details.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr N Gregory

Contact for enquiries: Fiona Lawson-Best, Admissions Manager

Wycliffe College
Bath Road
Stonehouse
Gloucestershire
GL10 2JQ

[t]: 01453 822432
[f]: 01453 827634
[w]: www.wycliffe.co.uk

Location Description

Set in 52 acres of grounds in the heart of the Cotswolds, on A419 Wycliffe is five minutes’ drive from Junction 13 of the M5, within easy reach of major airports and just under two hours by train from London.

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School News

The highlight of the Autumn Term for the Modern Languages Department is English is Not Enough, an event that brings together the whole of Year 9 to

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focus on the importance of studying a foreign language.

The morning started with a presentation and quiz about languages worldwide, featuring famous national and international stars who speak languages other than English. Miss Wisbey and Mr Lester (the new Ant & Dec) were fantastic in generating a great buzz in Chapel! The emphasis was on using languages as a tool in a whole range of career areas, some less obvious that others. There were talks from Wycliffe staff and videos by former Wycliffe pupils who today use languages in their jobs that they first studied at school.

The second half of the programme saw the pupils in small groups, attending presentations by representatives from GCHQ, Inside Japan (a tour operator) and Bath University Languages Department.

For sixth form linguists, GCHQ provided a taster lesson in Arabic, encouraging interest in a wider range of languages.

The event raised awareness that languages are not only for teachers or interpreters, and the pupils all agreed that English is most definitely not enough!

Here is some of the feedback that Wycliffe Year 9 pupils gave on the day:

“They show us a lot of benefits of studying another language, it interests me in learning another language in GCSE or maybe even university. There are actually a lot of job opportunities if I know another language”

“I have always wanted to learn other languages and I am definitely much more interested in a job to do with Japanese. I found Inside Japan very interesting and I would like to live in Japan”

“I really want to do languages up to A Levels”

“It opened my eyes about how important languages are for lots of jobs and how it can help you in the future with everything!”

“I now realise how many doors are opened if you do take a language and how much fun the settlement year (in Japan) looks”

“It has made me realise that I really want to be fluent in a language and if I am not then I would really regret it.”

“It has helped me understand that languages are very important and can be used in many jobs – not just a teacher of that language!”

“Now I think that it is really important to learn another language. I know I want to learn another language”

“I am going to do French and German at GCSE!”

“This has made me feel that languages are very important and they can take you a lot further than you think”

“It inspired me to learn a language to help me in later life”

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Despite the dire warnings in some circles, Wycliffe’s pupils are celebrating another fine set of GCSE results this morning.  In the harder, new-style GCSEs, graded

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9-1, more than 93% of results were grade 4 or above (the new pass standard) and 80% were a ‘strong’ pass (9-5).

To show just how outstanding this performance was, at the outset of their studies only just over half were predicted to achieve that standard in a cohort of truly mixed ability.  Wycliffe prides itself on its value-added performance and this year’s results really seem to justify that pride.

As a result, individual performances included many whose achievements showed progress beyond expectations whilst at the top end, Olivia Garrard’s (pictured) seven grade 9s and an 8 stands out as an astonishing achievement for the girl from Chalford.  In addition, Atolani Oyewumi from Middlesex secured two 9s, one A*, two 8s and an A in his batch of grades, Seb Clarke of Gloucester achieved two 9s, two 8s, an A* and two As, James Clements from Westfalen, Germany, scored three 9s, three 8s, and an A, and Amy Cook (pictured) from Stroud two 9s, four 8s and an A.

Wycliffe’s Head, Nick Gregory said

“Both pupils and teaching staff alike have shown commendable flexibility, optimism and resilience in adapting to the demands placed upon them by the move to the new 9-1 framework at GCSE.  For many pupils, the sheer number of different subjects that they have to stay on top of can make GCSEs even more challenging than A Levels or BTECs.  With that in mind, I am really pleased to see that, virtually across-the-board, pupils’ hard work and dedication has been rewarded with some excellent results.  At a time when, across the country, both modern languages and creative subjects seem to be under threat, I am especially pleased to report that 2/3 of all of our pupils taking Art secured a top ‘9’ grade and would also like to highlight that most of our pupils secured a good pass in at least one language (in Spanish, for example, almost ½ of pupils earned a top grade).  In our local area where expertise in engineering is so prevalent, 62% of pupils in Physics securing 7, 8 or 9 also catches the eye.”

Photo: Olivia and Amy

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Wycliffe’s pupils are celebrating an extraordinary set of results. The dazzling array of destinations for its leavers includes Oxford to read PPE, Imperial to study

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Medicine, UCL for Mechanical Engineering and Loughborough for Architecture.

And girls are leading the charge with two-thirds of the school’s A and A* grades in STEM subjects coming from its female students.

One of these, Annie Rees from Stonehouse will be heading to Imperial to study Medicine with her two A*s and two A grades in Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Further Maths.

India Duke from Wotton-under-Edge is taking up her place to read PPE at Brasenose College, Oxford following her two A*s and an A in Chemistry, Economics and Maths, while Kelly Fletcher from Faringdon, Oxfordshire, is off to the University of Manchester to study Biochemistry with an A* and two A grades in Maths, Biology and Chemistry.

Kelly had been a Boarding pupil at Wycliffe for more than a decade having joined in the Prep School, while India joined for Sixth Form from another independent school and Annie transferred from a local grammar school before her GCSEs.

In a cohort of pupils renowned for overcoming a wide array of difficulties over the years, Wycliffe’s overall A*-B grade proportion was among its best ever. Many of the pupils faced up to significant personal challenges and still produced outstanding results.

This year saw most subjects having been reformed with more content and harder assessments, and yet one in every eight of Wycliffe’s pupils achieved three or more A / A* grades, one in six achieved at least two A grades and 60% achieved 2 Bs or better. In 14 of the 28 subjects offered at Wycliffe, more than two thirds of grades were above B.

Head of Wycliffe College, Nick Gregory said,

“The sheer breadth and variety of the Wycliffe curriculum is intended to allow our leavers to study things in the Sixth Form about which they are genuinely enthusiastic and then enable them to take ‘next steps’ about which they are hugely excited.

This really is the case with this year’s seventy-six Year 13 leavers with destinations ranging from PPE (Oxford), Mechanical Engineering (UCL) and Medicine (Imperial) to degree courses as varied as Architecture, Animal Behaviour, Agriculture, Hospitality Management, Nursing, Criminology, Japanese and Urban Planning and others pursuing Degree Apprenticeships (e.g., in Finance or in Real Estate), careers in our Armed Forces, pilot training or Foundation courses elsewhere in Art or Drama, inspired by the emphasis we place here on the importance of the creative subjects.

As always, we are very proud of every single one of them, especially since we are aware of the adversity and personal challenges that several of them have had to overcome to get this far.”

Photo: India Duke

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Wycliffe’s Sixth Form Politics pupils were given a taste of Westminster politics when they were paid a visit by Dr David Drew – MP for

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Stroud.

During an extremely entertaining and revealing Q&A session, David gave honest responses to questions posed on a range of topics from education to votes at 16. Inevitably, much of the session was dominated by Brexit and David’s views on both that and the referendum which has taken us to the brink of withdrawal from the EU.

Many thanks to Dr David Drew for visiting and helping to inspire our pupils to continue to ask important questions.

On 2nd May 2018, representatives from the top boarding schools across the UK gathered in Brighton for the Boarding Schools’ Association Awards. Head of College

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Nick Gregory waited with bated breath to hear the outcome of the ‘Boarding Extension or Refurbishment Award’, for which our new Ward’s-Ivy Grove boarding house was a nominee.

The award recognises ‘design, sustainability and innovation’, and we were thrilled to hear that the Ward’s-Ivy Grove building had won amidst some other very good entries.

Wycliffe’s Head of College, Nick Gregory, puts into words his thoughts on the new building and this fabulous award for the school –

The new Ward’s-Ivy Grove building (opened in September 2017) brings together a boys’ House (Ward’s) and a girls’ House (Ivy Grove) into the one single building and is a significant ‘statement’ about the central importance into the future of Boarding as part of Wycliffe as a school. One of the most significant features of the building is that it develops and expands the possibility of greater Flexi Boarding, supporting busy families, allowing the benefits of a Boarding education/experience to be extended to Day pupils and expanding Wycliffe’s catchment area across the whole county (and indeed into surrounding counties). This very prestigious award from the Boarding Schools’ Association focused on three areas (Design; Sustainability; Innovation) and we are absolutely thrilled that, out of 500+ Boarding Schools across the land, we scored so highly in all three categories that the Ward’s-Ivy Grove building has been recognised in this way.

We hope that all of our boarders currently living in the building feel an immense sense of pride that their home has gained such fantastic recognition, and we endeavour to continue to be a boarding school that invests in the quality of life and well-being of its boarders as a priority.

A huge thank you to all those who were involved in the creation of this stunning build and once again a thank you to The Duchess of Gloucester who officially opened the building.

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On 2nd May 2018, representatives from the top boarding schools across the UK gathered in Brighton for the Boarding Schools’ Association Awards. Head

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of College Nick Gregory waited with bated breath to hear the outcome of the ‘Boarding Extension or Refurbishment Award’, for which our new Ward’s-Ivy Grove boarding house was a nominee.

The award recognises ‘design, sustainability and innovation’, and we were thrilled to hear that the Ward’s-Ivy Grove building had won amidst some other very good entries.

Wycliffe’s Head of College, Nick Gregory, puts into words his thoughts on the new building and this fabulous award for the school –

The new Ward’s-Ivy Grove building (opened in September 2017) brings together a boys’ House (Ward’s) and a girls’ House (Ivy Grove) into the one single building and is a significant ‘statement’ about the central importance into the future of Boarding as part of Wycliffe as a school. One of the most significant features of the building is that it develops and expands the possibility of greater Flexi Boarding, supporting busy families, allowing the benefits of a Boarding education/experience to be extended to Day pupils and expanding Wycliffe’s catchment area across the whole county (and indeed into surrounding counties). This very prestigious award from the Boarding Schools’ Association focused on three areas (Design; Sustainability; Innovation) and we are absolutely thrilled that, out of 500+ Boarding Schools across the land, we scored so highly in all three categories that the Ward’s-Ivy Grove building has been recognised in this way.

We hope that all of our boarders currently living in the building feel an immense sense of pride that their home has gained such fantastic recognition, and we endeavour to continue to be a boarding school that invests in the quality of life and well-being of its boarders as a priority.

A huge thank you to all those who were involved in the creation of this stunning build and once again a thank you to The Duchess of Gloucester who officially opened the building. To read more about the grand opening and the building itself, see www.wycliffe.co.uk

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When a Wycliffe College pupil penned a Haiku – a Japanese form of poetry – she never dreamt she would become a Japanese celebrity.

Gracie Starkey

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beat 18,248 entries to win the English Haiku category in a prestigious poetry competition in Japan.

The 14-year-old from Stroud is the first non-Japanese person to win in the contest which attracts almost 2 million entries in Japan.

And she had to keep it all a secret.

Ito En Ltd, which runs the competition, flew Gracie and her mum Victoria, to Tokyo for the unveiling of the winners.

“I could only tell my mum and dad and sister and my Japanese teacher at Wycliffe,” said Gracie. “I told my friends that I was going to Wales for a week and that I wouldn’t have any phone reception.”

Gracie’s winning submission was:

Freshly mown grass

clinging to my shoes

my muddled thoughts

 

Now her Haiku will be on millions of bottles of Ito En green tea drinks, complete with her name – in English and Japanese.

When she arrived at the Imperial Palace Hotel for the ceremony Gracie was swamped by press photographers and camera crews.

“Everyone was taking pictures and there were at least 20 camera crews and photographers. It was amazing,” said Gracie.

Gracie and her Wycliffe Japanese teacher, Satoko Suzui, gave a speech at the ceremony explaining the inspiration for her Haiku.

“I spoke a little in Japanese explaining who I was, my age and about my school and friends, then I spoke in English with my teacher translating,” said Gracie.

Gracie, who starts in Year 10, will next week tell of her trip to assembly at the Stonehouse school.

Nick Gregory, Head of Wycliffe College, said:  “At Wycliffe, with our emphasis on having a broader and more varied curriculum than most schools, Japanese has – for more than a decade – been one of our Modern Languages on offer to all pupils, alongside French, German and Spanish.

“Gracie’s truly exceptional achievement is a tribute to all of those who have taught Japanese here over the years and ‘wow’, what a prize !  A trip to Japan!  I am often proud of our pupils but seldom quite this envious.”

 

 

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Four Wycliffe rugby players were selected from the Gloucester DPP centres to represent the U15 Academy at the Harrow Festival. Due to a clash with

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Ten Tors training, James Clements was unable to attend. However, Ethan Goring, Will Naish and Thomas Quainton all enjoyed the opportunity to play against Academy sides from the country’s leading premiership clubs.

The players selected to represent Gloucester were split into two squads for the day. This meant that Will and Tom played matches against Wasps, Exeter and London Irish, while Ethan played against Saracens, Harlequins and Bath.

The matches were keenly contested with all the Wycliffe players enjoying game time and adjusting well to the standard and pace of the rugby.

Well done to all involved.

Friday 14th April, Good Friday, saw the Wycliffe Equestrian Team travel to Calmsden, near Cirencester, for the National Schools Equestrian Associations Independent Schools One Day

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Event. Wycliffe had a team of three girls, Rachel Hatherell (year 9 pupil), Isla Green (year 11 pupil) and Harriet Thompson (year 9 pupil) entered in the BE90cms class. All riders compete in a dressage test, a show jump course and a cross country course with all three scores being added together and the lowest score wins.

All three rode beautifully accurate dressage tests with Rachel storming into the lead in her section with a score of only 22.3. They went on to produce faultless clear rounds in what was proving to be a very tricky show jumping course meaning they all went out to cross country on their dressage scores. Once again all three girls stormed the cross country clear with just a few time faults for being a little too fast! After a cool down it was time to head for the results table. A nervous 3 hour wait was had before it was confirmed that Wycliffe had WON the BE90 class beating 14 other schools including Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies College and St Johns Academy amongst others. Not only had they won the team event Rachel and Isla were placed individually in a field of 30 other competitors in their section. Isla came 2nd and Rachel 1st. An outstanding achievement and performance. Well done!

Sunday 30th April was another Independent Schools One Day Event held at Swalcliffe Park. Josh Barker, a year 8 pupil, was entered as an individual in his first ever BE90 class. He rode brilliantly gaining a double clear, just picking up a few time faults on the cross country course, to finish on a score of 42.6. This put him just outside the rosettes on this occasion but is a fantastic result for Josh and William’s (his horse) first BE90 competition.

“The power’s off, the people are rioting and their leader is nowhere to be found. Who are we and where are we going when there’s

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nobody to take a stand, and those in authority are corrupt to the core?”

“The adults won’t act and the young aren’t trusted to act – so something has to explode. This full-length play presents the untold story of the waiting masses in Ithaca: Greek hero Odysseus has spent 16 years away from his city whilst fighting and attempting to return from the Trojan War – but what awaits his return? The play explores the trials of a city left to waste, and the choices a community faces when the structures that bind them together begin to crumble away.”

Eight years ago, I was running the Everyman Youth Theatre in Cheltenham. We got together with youth theatres from Salisbury Playhouse and Swindon 6th Sense Theatre Company and commissioned writer, David Lane, to write a play for us. We all worked together creating and devising for over six months and ‘The Forgotten Odyssey’ was the result. Last summer, while I was desperately trying to find an exciting play for a large and very talented cast, I remembered the script. After a search through boxes in the cellar and a call to David Lane, the decision was made and casting began. It proved a hit with the cast and we began rehearsing at the very start of term in September.

The fantastic cast rehearsed every Sunday afternoon and Monday evening and grew together to form a close-knit and talented company of actors, designers and technicians. Christmas came and went and our return from holiday meant we only had one more week of preparation and rehearsal. The set was built, costumes were found, bought and hired, the make-up box sorted out, the props gathered together and placed ready on the props tables. Two full day rehearsals and the dress rehearsal performed to Year 8 of the Prep School and then our three shows followed.

‘The Forgotten Odyssey’ is not an easy play and I was so proud of every member of the cast. I couldn’t single out any one actor above another as they were all completely committed to the story and their performances were full of passion and integrity.

The school play is a huge highlight in my year. I love watching the actors grow in confidence, make new friends, enjoy being together and being proud of what they create. Roll on the next one! The Forgotten Odyssey “The power’s off, the people are rioting and their leader is nowhere to be found. Who are we and where are we going when there’s nobody to take a stand, and those in authority are corrupt to the core?”

By Andrew Golightly, Head of Drama

Wycliffe College is delighted to welcome you to our exhibition ‘Out Of The Art Room’.

Featuring work from ex-pupils and current staff of the Wycliffe College

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Art Department, the exhibition will run concurrently with the nationally known Stroud Open Studios weekends.

Over the years the senior school Art Department has produced many artists who have gone on to develop successful careers in the visual arts. We are delighted to have this opportunity to welcome a select group back to Wycliffe to celebrate their work, as well as to show current students and the wider community what they are doing now.

Exhibitors

Duncan Beedie (OW 1988 – 1996)

James Bingham (OW 1986 – 1992)

Freya Gabie (OW 1995 -2002)

Colin Glen (OW 1978 -1986)

Nikki Green – Wycliffe Staff

Steven Hubbard – Wycliffe Staff

Oliver Marsden (OW 1984 – 1991)

Alexandra Merry (OW 1989 – 1997)

Katherine Merry (OW 1988 -1997)

Alex Norman-Walker – Wycliffe Staff

Asya Segalovich (OW 2008 – 2013)

Sabrina Shah Hakim (OW 2006 – 2010)

Rose Wordsworth – Wycliffe Staff

The exhibition will be in the Atrium, School House on the weekends of 7th – 8th May and 14th – 15th May from 11am until 4.00pm and is open to the general public, so please feel free to bring friends, family and guests.

We look forward to seeing you there

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