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John Wycliffe was a 14th Century English philosopher, theologian and reformer. His qualities of “independence, a sturdy Protestant attitude towards life and a pioneering spirit…” reflected what our founder, G.W. Sibly, wanted to see in his staff and pupils, leading to him naming the new school Wycliffe College. Seven centuries later, it is to Wycliffe that our values of independence and ‘pioneering spirit’ can be traced.
G.W. Sibly taught all his life and brought “fresh vigour and thinking” to his classrooms. He wanted to create a school where pupils could truly be themselves, develop their own independence of thought and deed, and discover their own talents and abilities. The same ethos is true today.
Wycliffe is a Day and Boarding School for around 700 boys and girls from 3 to 18 years old. Based in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, pupils enjoy life in safe and secure countryside campuses set over 52 acres. Wycliffe is conveniently nestled within a small town, with direct rail links to London in 90 minutes. Our size makes for an environment where each pupil thrives as an individual, supported in a community where they are really known.
Sibly showed his independence of mind by selecting an English motto and not a Latin one as so many independent schools founded at a similar time did. His choice of ‘Bold and Loyal’ has served the College well ever since.