With approximately 420 pupils from Year 9 to Year 13, Wycliffe Senior School in Gloucestershire is a perfect size – small enough that all pupils are known and valued, and with superior facilities to give a diverse extra-curricular programme and deliver an academic curriculum of great choice. Pupils join the Senior School upon leaving the Prep School in Year 8. We engender in our pupils a ‘pioneering spirit’, confidence to be individual, and a global outlook so that they leave us fully prepared for an ever-changing world.

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Why Choose Wycliffe Co-ed Senior School?

We at Wycliffe believe that our robust, enhanced curriculum and excellent pastoral care, as well as extensive extracurricular activities, can help students achieve their full potential regardless of their background or initial learning stage. Pupils at Wycliffe are nurtured to develop a confident and independent skill set to thrive in an ever-changing world. We see the importance of enabling our young people to develop resilience in positively facing any future challenges.

If you’re looking for the right private secondary school for your child, get in touch to discover all that we can offer at Wycliffe.

Boarding at Wycliffe

From full to flexible boarding options, Senior School pupils at Wycliffe receive a well-rounded education in a safe and nurturing environment. All students are well-looked after with first-class facilities on campus, including:

  • Swimming pool
  • State-of-the-art theatres
  • Astro-turfs
  • and more…

Boarding at Wycliffe gives pupils a mix of culture, community, individualised learning and personalised care which enables pupils to develop and thrive in the areas they love. Every boarder is made to feel part of the Wycliffe family; our boarding houses offer a home away from home, where pupils feel safe and protected. We ensure pupils have the foundations to excel during their time at Wycliffe and beyond.

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Private Secondary School for Years 9 to 11

Wycliffe aims to help every pupil succeed in a number of ways, from specialist teachers to keeping class sizes small to providing a network of support to ensure pupils thrive in their chosen avenue. Pupils are given individual action plans, and their progress is monitored from the time they join the school up until the very end point. When a pupil leaves, Wycliffe ensure they have had every opportunity to achieve their full potential and is well supported into life’s next endeavours.

Changing Your Child’s School in Year 9

You might be looking to change your child’s school from Year 9, which we understand can feel daunting. However, finding your child the right school for them opens a greater opportunity to fulfil their future goals and be the happiest they can be. Change is an inevitable part of life and if you feel your child will benefit from moving schools at this age then it can be an exciting, positive change.

Read more on whether you should change your child’s school in year 9. Or, if you’ve made your decision, download our free guide on how to move schools successfully.

Sixth Form at Wycliffe – Years 12-13

Wycliffe Sixth Form pupils can choose between 26 different A Levels, three BTECs in Digital Production, Sport and Business, along with the Extended Project Qualification. Our subject option blocks are built around what our students pick which offers greater freedom to choose the right subjects for them. At Wycliffe, we’re also proud to offer a leading Sixth Form provision with around 200 pupils in Years 12 and 13.

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Pre-A Level Development Year

At Wycliffe we also offer a Pre-A Level Development year (DY) for international pupils between the ages of 15-17 years old. This is an ideal option for children who wish to complete their A-Levels but aren’t quite ready due to their English or subject knowledge. We currently have approximately 25 pupils from all over the world on this programme.

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‘Our community is diverse, positive, inclusive and forward-looking…’

Education is about more than just a number of academic lessons delivered in the classroom and instead involves a school being concerned about the development of the whole person.

Now, as always, a boy or girl’s time at Wycliffe must be an ‘experience’ in itself – something to be enjoyed and valued for its own intrinsic value and not just a means to an end of walking away with some exam results. Most importantly, our pupils will benefit enormously from being around each other, often without realising it. Our community is diverse, positive, inclusive and forward-looking. The friends that boys and girls make will enrich their educational and social lives not just here and now but will also be amongst their friends for life for the future.

Mr Nick Gregory

Headmaster of Wycliffe

A lot of schools talk the talk but Wycliffe really delivers.

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Wycliffe Secondary School FAQs

How old is a senior pupil in private school?

Pupils are usually aged 13+ as a Senior in an independent school.  This corresponds to Year 9, which is an important year in a child’s education where pupils embark on their GCSEs. Pupils stay in Senior School till year 11, after which they can choose post-16 education.

When to apply for secondary school?

Parents should apply for a place at state secondary schools around a year before the child is due to start. This date is usually around 31st October, however dates and criteria may vary between councils. Applications for independent secondary school places are open all year-round and may prove to be an option if your child doesn’t get a place at your first-choice school.

How to choose a secondary school?

Choosing a secondary school can be a challenge.  As a first step, identify what you’re looking for in a school and importantly what you think your child needs, whether that be specialist sports coaches or enhanced pastoral care. Make a shortlist of schools to consider and match what is offered against your must-have criteria. Other factors to consider could include location, curriculum and If you have other children, where they attend school. Always visit schools you’re considering as you’ll be able to get a far better feel of them in person to ensure you’re making the right choice.

How much is a private secondary school?

Costs can vary depending on whether you’re applying for a full / flexi boarding or day place. Schools often review fees on a yearly basis and will have variety of payment options to support parents when planning their school fee commitment. Private schools also offer scholarships and bursaries for successful applicants.  At Wycliffe, Scholarships are offered for entry at 13+ and Sixth Form.

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How to change secondary school?

Changing schools is a big decision and doesn’t come without consequences. However, there’s a variety of reasons why this may need to be considered. This includes practical reasons such as moving house or school not offering the subjects you child wants to study to emotional reasons such as your child not being happy.

Find information on how to change secondary school.

What comes after secondary school?

Sixth form is a traditional route after secondary school. Students can choose to study various qualifications such as A Levels or BTecs. Going to college may be another route, these are usually separate to a school and a less formal. Other children may decide to take a more technical route and choose a work study programme or apprenticeship. There’s a vast array of options for children post-16 so your child can make a decision on what is right for them and their future.

What is the secondary school curriculum?

Private secondary schools offer a broad and balanced curriculum that covers traditional academic subjects and extra-curricular activities for an enriching education. At Wycliffe, we give pupils plenty of opportunity to try new subjects and during years of 9-11, pupils have over 20 GCSE options to choose from.

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