Wycliffe Preparatory School


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • Roll: 162 (Boys) 140 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 2 - 13 years
  • Founded: 1882

General Information

At Wycliffe, we believe that when children are happy they will give of their best. We encourage humour and confidence, kindness and pride. Our emphasis is on effort. If the effort is right, the achievement takes care of itself. All children are encouraged to do their best, whether inside or outside the classroom”. We aim to foster a love of learning that will last into adult life. Our teaching encourages imaginative thinkers who are eager for new challenges. Wycliffe was awarded the NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) Challenge Award in February. We are 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 Preparatory School is situated 400 metres away from the senior school. Here there are small classes in a caring environment where children are treated as individuals and developing talents nurtured. The nursery offers brightly decorated, spacious classrooms, with a safe outdoor play area attached. Pupils in the Preparatory School are able to enjoy the facilities of the Senior School as well as the purpose built Performing Arts Centre, ICT suites, swimming pool, adventure playground, new all weather pitch, outdoor teaching area, tennis courts and extensive playing fields. From Year 1 pupils are taught Music, Drama, Art and French with subject specialists.

After school clubs include football, country dancing, bookworms, recorders and choir. There is also a creche for before and after school and holiday activity courses, available for the Prep-preparatory, cover all but two weeks of the year. We place a high emphasis on teamwork and team building. Off-site visits include an action-packed sailing experience weekend for Year 6 pupils in the Isle of Wight, a Year 7 school exchange to Sarasota, Florida and a Year 8 week in the Black Mountains in Wales.

Open Days

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 contact Briony Armstrong on +44 (0) 1453 820471 or email Briony.Armstrong@wycliffe.co.uk


2018/2019. Nursery: £7.50 per hour (min charge applies), 20% discount for full time attendance per term. Reception-Year 5. Day: £ £3225 - £4000 per term. Years 6, 7 & 8: £5265 per term. Boarding (from Year 3): £6875 - £8885 per term.

Occasional boarding: £47.50 per night. Flexi Boarding: (1 night - 4 nights per week): £460 - £1840 per term.


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School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr A Palmer

Contact for enquiries: Ms Briony Armstrong, Admissions Manager

Wycliffe Preparatory School
Bath Road
GL10 2JQ

[t]: 01453 820471
[f]: 01453 825604
[w]: www.wycliffe.co.uk

Location Description

Set in 27 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 Prep independent day and boarding preparatory school Gloucestershire

This year a STEM club was started in the summer term aimed at those pupils who love problem solving and building things.

A special emphasis was

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placed on getting pupils past the preconceived notion that this is a boys activity and lots of girls signed up.

Pupils were tasked with various activities including building a cardboard marble run, a gear driven Lego buggy and the our most challenging task – to build a working cardboard house! As part of this activity pupils from Year 5 upwards had to build a parallel circuits for the lights, a ceiling fan and working doorbell. The content was well beyond what pupils from Year 5-6 would be doing in electricity normally, but also required resilience by the bucket load, especially when your entire roof and porch falls off part way through!

Overall this was a great success and we had some outstanding entries. The children were tremendously proud of their work!

Tom Holroyde, Head of Science

Wycliffe College independent day and boarding school Gloucestershire

The trip started off by looking at some original Banksy’s down Park Street if only to fill time as we were early. Once inside Bristol

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Museum Art Gallery the girls looked at a variety of works both past and present but were particularly engaged by the Art on show in particular work by Frank Auerbach and Damian Hirst.

The girls then visited the Royal Academy to see an exhibition called “Drawn” which was an open exhibition of drawings by artists across the country. They enjoyed this show more as “there was a greater variety of artist work on show and it was also more contemporary” .They particularly enjoyed the “drawing lab” where they got to create drawings using a variety of techniques and media which included an old Olivetti typewriter which was great fun for the girls to use.

As part of the exhibition there was also on display a selection of drawings from the Royal Collection and Nikol especially enjoyed the story of Antony Blunt the spy who was the Royal Art Historian and whose name was stamped on some of the frames.

All in all a very enlightening morning of culture.

Mr Stopforth

Learning about science proved an egg-traordinary experience for pupils at Wycliffe.

80 children from Years 3, 4, and 5 took part in the activity day to

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promote a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) day.

It was run with the support of six Engineering PhD students from Cambridge, Oxford & Loughborough Universities, who organised the day in association with Rolls Royce as part of their education outreach.

The most popular activity of the day was to create and build a rocket complete with a parachute and send it into space.

Each rocket had an egg astronaut and the objective of the project was to ensure the egg didn’t break during the flight – or the landing.

“I called my rocket Egg-tastic and the astronaut is Egg-bert. I love science,” said Takara.

“We have to make sure that the parachute will work or our egg won’t survive the flight,” said Charlie.

“It’s vital to get children interested in STEM subjects from an early age so that they develop a lifelong love of STEM related activities,” said Ross Irwin, Middle Prep Director of Studies.

“We spent the day off time table in order to enrich pupil learning about the very practical – and exciting side – of STEM,” he said.

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