Wycliffe closely support British Military families in every part of school and home life from Nursery all the way through to Year 13. By offering excellent pastoral care and continuous support, we ensure all pupils and families have stability, security and flexibility in a strong and caring community.
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During our Military Families Open Morning, you will have the chance to meet with some of our forces parents, ask them the questions that only a parent can answer, chat to our House Parents about our home from home boarding environment and tour the school campus.
For over 130 years, Wycliffe has supported the families and children of those serving in the British Armed Forces. Today 33% of our Boarders are from Military Families, with the youngest in Year 3 at the Prep School. As a co-educational school for 3-to-19-year olds, we can look after your sons and daughters as they progress on their educational journey.
We accept children from the age of three as a Day pupil in our Nursery Class, and from Year 3 (age of 7) onwards in our boarding school. Our military boarding school is available for pupils aged 7-19 with full and flexi-boarding options depending on your family’s needs. We aim to keep our class sizes in the Prep School at an average of 12 pupils, ensuring individual attention and focussed learning.
Progress from Year 8 at the Prep School to Year 9 in the Senior School is a seamless transition with no entrance exam required. Most of our pupils follow this route.
The Senior School (aged 13 and above) offers 20 GCSE options, including more unusual ones, such as Business Studies and Japanese. In Year 12, pupils can choose 28 options; including three BTECs (Sport, Business and Digital Production) and the Extended Project Qualification.
At Wycliffe we support Military families through their education and home life by offering flexible boarding facilities for all pupils aged 7-19. We offer a variety of options including full-time boarding, flexi-boarding for day pupils who may only need to board for a few nights a week to occasional boarding which can be ideal for families requiring boarding on a one-off basis. We also offer local boarding where MOD pupils can go home on the weekends so there is a solution to fit every family’s needs.
Our offer for Forces Families is one of the most generous amongst UK independent schools – as a parent on active service with the British Armed Services, you pay only 10% of the full fee.
Lots of Forces Boarders and a few from abroad…Weekends great fun and, though Boarders are allowed out, there tends to be an inflow of Day pupils staying for special activities rather than a general exodus.
My family has generations of Ghurkas in the British and Indian Army from both sides of my parents. [Nepal] is where my Dad grew up, walking four hours to school every day before succeeding in becoming a Ghurka. My parents constantly remind me that some people have more difficult lives and that I should always be grateful for what I have and the supportive group of people around me. The education I have received at Wycliffe has allowed me to think and help other people, whilst achieving my own goals. I volunteered in Nepal. I worked at Kathmandu Hospital to enhance my knowledge about the quality of healthcare that patients receive in less economically-developed countries. I hope to be a doctor and help aid people in crisis around the world.
Wycliffe has a private fleet of modern minibuses that can bring pupils’ to and from school from all over Gloucestershire and surrounding counties. This is a private bus service for the use of Wycliffe and will pick up and drop off Day pupils from bases that are within 45 mins of the school.
Whether you are based in the UK or posted overseas, we are very reachable by train,car or airplane. The School campuses are a short walk (approximately five minutes) from the train station which can be in central London in 90 minutes and at Heathrow in two hours.
If you are posted overseas, you can be reassured that your child will be safe, cared for and enjoying School life. And as we organise transport at the beginning and the end of the holidays to any airport.
We are within easy reach of the major Army and RAF bases across the South West including Fairford, Imjin Barracks, Buckley Barracks, MOD Abbey Wood, Brize Norton and Duke of Gloucester Barracks, with excellent road transport links (we are only one mile from M5 Junction 13) and Stonehouse Train station just a few minutes away.