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Wycombe Abbey wins Award for Pioneering Sixth Form Leadership Programme
We are pleased to announce that Wycombe Abbey has won the Creativity Award at the 2021 TES Independent School Awards. The award was given in recognition of our Sixth Form Enrichment Programme, The Carrington Award.
20th May 2021 — The Carrington Award programme (the result of a two-year research project undertaken by staff to provide a unique experience for pupils aged 16 – 18), is tailored and designed to reflect the particular needs of Wycombe Abbey pupils; their high potential and their global outlook. The programme develops skills across four strands: leadership, responsibility and global thinking; confidence and self-reliance; creativity and vision; and critical thinking and intellectual curiosity. In just two years this programme has been exceedingly well-received by pupils and parents alike. Judges were particularly impressed by the School’s use of transmedia storytelling, using a variety of media to immerse pupils in a narrative. Leadership skills are further developed through a two-day Leadership Summit with the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe and the Award also forms a part of the School’s outreach programme with three local state schools taking part in some events.
TES Independent School Awards Lead judge Simon Larter-Evans said: “Wycombe Abbey’s Carrington Award is a carefully researched programme, which aims to meet the future needs of young women, particularly in the realm of leadership. It assumes an outward-looking perspective in terms of global citizenship and is particularly impressive in acting on the need to bridge the social divide by sharing its programme with local state schools.”
Jo Duncan, Headmistress said: “Wycombe Abbey is well known for its academic achievements, but to be recognised for creativity is very special. A lot of work has gone into the Carrington Award, it’s something that helps our pupils be future focussed. We’re continuing to improve the Award and have recently introduced electives, to really use our staff expertise. This award is all about developing skills and knowledge for the future.”
The TES Independent School Awards celebrate the teachers and teams from independent schools across the UK that are raising the standards of education and making a positive impact on the personal and academic success of students and the wider community. This year’s awards highlighted the extraordinary work that schools have done in spite of a most challenging year.
Wycombe Abbey girls received their GCSE results today after an intense focus on this year’s exam grading system.
20th August 2020 — Wycombe Abbey girls received their GCSE results today after an intense focus on this year’s exam grading system over the past week and the government U-turn on the awarding of A level results.
The girls’ GCSE results, based on centre assessed grades (CAGs), reflects their hard work and are in keeping with the School’s tradition of academic excellence. An impressive 90.32% of examinations were awarded an A* grade (8/9), 98.7% of grades were A*- A (7/8/9) and 100% of grades were A*-B.
Headmistress, Mrs Jo Duncan, said “I am so pleased for our girls who have achieved these outstanding results after such a difficult few months. I know that it was a source of great disappointment that they were unable to sit their examinations in the usual way. Nonetheless, they should feel very proud of their achievements which are a fair reflection of their hard work over the past two years. I congratulate every one of them.”
The School is now looking forward to welcoming the full School back at the start of the Autumn Term.
Wycombe Abbey celebrates excellent 2020 A level results
During an extraordinary year, the Wycombe Abbey community today is celebrating another year of exceptional A level results success.
13th August 2020 — During an extraordinary year, the Wycombe Abbey community today is celebrating another year of exceptional A level results success.
In results announced today an impressive 38% of all grades received were at the highest level, A*. This year’s UVI pupils achieved a fantastic 81% of all entries graded at A*-A.
Headmistress, Jo Duncan, said “I am absolutely delighted for the girls. This has been a challenging final year at School for them. I am very proud of the girls and our inspirational teachers and dedicated staff who have supported each pupil throughout her School life. Our unique boarding community enables the girls to live and learn together and, despite the challenges brought about by school closures this year, our School community remains strong; I know that the staff and girls will be celebrating together today. Thank you to our wonderful parents for their outstanding support, I am sure they are very proud of their daughters today.”
Leavers will go on to study subjects as diverse as Architecture, Medicine and Philosophy at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities in the UK and in the US, with the School’s largest ever cohort of US college applications. 22 Wycombe Abbey pupils will be admitted to a range of world-class US universities and colleges this year with acceptances from Columbia University, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.
We are particularly delighted that all 23 of our Oxbridge offer holders will be taking up their places this year.
Wycombe Abbey has been named as the top Independent Secondary School in the South East, and fourth nationally for examination results according to the Sunday Times’ Parent Power supplement, which was published this week.
27th November 2018 — The influential education supplement annually identifies the highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their recent examination results. Parent Power is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative survey of the country’s best schools. The rankings in the secondary school league tables are determined by the percentage of examination entries gaining A* to B grades at A Level (which is given double weighting) and the percentage of entries returning 7-9 at GCSE. The tables are published several weeks ahead of the official Government tables for secondary school performance.
Headmistress Rhiannon J Wilkinson said: “Our position in the Parent Power League Tables is an accurate indication of all that makes Wycombe Abbey special. Our girls work very hard; they are extremely well taught; they enjoy the constant support of their parents. Most importantly, our boarding environment enables every girl to flourish and achieve success.”
Wycombe Abbey Headmistress Recognised as one of Tameside’s Extraordinary Women
Wycombe Abbey Headmistress, Rhiannon J Wilkinson, has been recognised as one of the extraordinary women of Tameside, Greater Manchester in a new book published as part of the community’s celebration of 100 years of votes for women.
6th November 2018 — Mrs Wilkinson, who was born and raised on Tameside, is one of 80 women to feature in the book. Other famous women featured include politicians Baroness Barbara Castle, who held a number of high-profile government appointments, and Dame Margaret Beckett (the first female Foreign Secretary), fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, and business woman and Dragon’s Den dragon Jenny Campbell.
The book also celebrates those who lived “quiet, courageous but unexceptional lives” such as Lilian Buckone, a nurse in the Spanish Civil War, and is dedicated to the millions of women who have lived in the area since the first travellers settled in Tameside.
Tameside’s Women book has been compiled by local historians Gay Oliver and Kate Booth with input from members of the Tameside Local History Forum to celebrate the partial enfranchisement of women a century ago.
Mrs Wilkinson said: “It is an enormous honour for me to be included in this book of Tameside’s women, alongside so many accomplished and pioneering women. The book is a wonderful tribute to all who live and have lived in Tameside and who have provided so many women with the tools and opportunities to take on the world.”
The Council of Wycombe Abbey is delighted to announce that the new Headmistress of Wycombe Abbey from 1 September 2019 will be Mrs Jo Duncan, currently the Headmistress of the Royal High School in Bath.
17th October 2018 — Mrs Duncan has an MA in English Literature and Biblical Studies from the University of St Andrews and did her PGCE at Cambridge.
Before taking up her current Headship at Royal High School Bath in 2015 she was for seven years Head of Princess of Helena College in Hertfordshire and before that taught at Benenden School for seven years when she was variously an academic tutor, a Deputy Housemistress and Head of Department. She began her career at the Latymer School in North London where she taught for four years.
Chairman Patrick Sherrington said: “The Council is delighted that Jo Duncan will be the next Headmistress of Wycombe Abbey. Jo is the right person to build on Rhiannon Wilkinson's achievements and take the School to the next level in the challenging and changing market we will face in the years ahead.”