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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.


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.


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

Open Days

2018. Open Morning: Sat. 3rd March

Every day is Open Day at Wycliffe as we encourage prospective parents and pupils to come and visit us on normal working days. For further information please call Fiona Lawson-Best on +44 (0) 153 820412 or email Fiona.lawson-best@wycliffe.co.uk


2017/2018. Day: Year 9 - Year 13: £5995 - £6495. Boarding: Year 9 – Year 13: £10990 - £11440. All per term.

Occasional boarding: £55 per night. Flexi Boarding: (1 night - 4 nights per week): £550 - £2200 per term.


ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr N Gregory

Contact for enquiries: Fiona Lawson-Best, Admissions Manager

Wycliffe College
Bath Road
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

Wycliffe College independent day and boarding school Gloucestershire

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.”



Wycliffe College independent day and boarding school Gloucestershire

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.


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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