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Geography is central to our understanding of the physical landscape, its human inhabitants and the interactions between the two. Through studying the subject, girls are equipped to understand and thrive in the modern world.
Department staff focus on real events and current issues, sharing from a range of specialisms from plate tectonics to the representation of place and space, and global development. Geographers take part in activities with the Geography Society, and girls attend lectures at Wycombe Abbey and Eton College.
In the past, guest speakers have given talks on humanitarian aid, expeditions and mapping census data. The Department also provides subscriptions to magazines such as The Geographical and the Geography Review and girls of all ages are encouraged to follow their own lines of enquiry.
A wide variety of trips take place throughout the year including a Sixth Form visit to study urban landscapes in London, a field trip to learn about coastal features at Westward Ho! In addition, international trips are run to experience differing landscapes in Western USA and glacial features in Iceland. In UIII we delve deeply into important global issues and explore maps and our local area, as well as fundamental physical processes such as rivers, flooding and plate tectonics.
Pupils consider the effects of changes in the climate and to what extent tourism is a force for good. During this Key Stage, girls also focus on current world politics and issues such as natural disasters and population growth.
The Edexcel IGCSE course focuses on a broad mix of physical and human geography, including fieldwork investigations and creating enquiries into hazardous environments and changing urban environments.
Economic activity becomes especially important and the development of human welfare is explored from all angles.
We also run a residential fieldtrip, where we explore the landscapes we have been learning about through observation and analysis. The A level course is a chance to look at the bigger picture of both the physical and human geographies we have been learning about over the years, seeing how large-scale cycles affect our physical world, and how space and place are central concepts to the study of human geography. We also focus on key geographical themes, including glacial landscapes, and the geography of disease.
A central part of A level Geography is the personal independent investigation, where pupils focus on a part of Geography that most interests them, setting hypotheses, carrying out primary and secondary research and, through detailed analysis, drawing original conclusions. Find the current A level syllabus here. Studying German opens opportunities to the language, culture and marketplace of three leading European nations at the very forefront of science, technology and business.
Around a quarter of the people in the EU speak German as their native language. The Department organises debating competitions and enters girls into poetry, short story and film competitions as well as the Oxford German Olympiad.
This is a fast-track course to lay the foundations of German vocabulary and grammar with the aim of promoting confidence in both speaking and writing. Classes include a weekly session in a Language Laboratory and girls are encouraged take an interest in aspects of German culture.
In the Edexcel IGCSE course, girls study a range of topics related to their own lifestyle and choices and that of other people, especially those in German speaking countries. They learn to cope with increasingly spontaneous language, to discuss issues and to express their opinions creatively.
Classes are supported by weekly conversation lessons in small groups to promote oral fluency. Topics in the A level course are based on a broad range of topical issues and current affairs related to German speaking countries. Oral skills become increasingly refined and the ability to conduct detailed independent research is a key requirement throughout. Girls become self-motivated in their study and develop a unique level of creativity and precision. Find the current syllabus here. The study of British political systems and political ideologies develops analytical ability and communication skills.
Girls gain a critical awareness of the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes as well as an informed understanding of contemporary political structures and issues in their historical context. Politics lessons generally involve much lively debate and individual opinions, both of which are very much encouraged. Girls learn to listen carefully to alternative views and incorporate these ideas into their own arguments.
The A level course focuses on government and politics in the UK and on global political ideologies. Girls explore the ideas of key political thinkers and focus on core philosophies such as Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism. The course instils pupils with the ability to interpret and evaluate political information critically and to form rounded arguments and mature judgements.
The broad History curriculum challenges girls through a variety of British, European, and world history. Girls learn to think, write, and articulate opinions analytically, and develop critical skills in evaluating texts and evidence. Work is often tackled collaboratively and through examining fascinating content from the past, pupils gain valuable wisdom about the world. Aspiring historians join the junior and senior History Societies where they take part in on-site treasure hunts and re-enact historical events.
Girls contribute towards the three different school journals and magazines and the Department provides access to a variety of additional academic journals and light-hearted publications such as The Plague. Previous speakers have included the renowned historian Andrew Roberts. Trips also take place every year to the Imperial War Museum, Warwick Castle and sites of historical interest such as the First World War battlefields and memorials in Belgium and France. Courses balance enquiry driven learning about important periods and events with developing a sense of chronology and an understanding of British history.
Pupils are equipped with an understanding of the crucial events, developments, and ideas of the 20th century, an ideal preparation for being informed citizens of the 21st century. In the AQA course, girls study fascinating and diverse courses on Stuart Britain , revolutionary and Stalinist Russia , and a centre-designed coursework programme on British relations with India By the end of Upper Sixth, girls will have developed sophisticated source interpretation skills and the ability to write persuasive and original lines of argument.
Studying History of Art provides a unique insight into the history, ideas and culture of different societies across the globe, spanning from the ancient world to the present day.
An array of specific paintings, sculptures and buildings are studied in great depth so that all pupils know a Monet from a Michelangelo and the Renaissance from the Rococo. The Department offers a wide range of enrichment activities and opportunities for pupils to see art and architecture at first-hand. The History of Art Society holds termly lectures from invited speakers. Girls are encouraged to enter national competitions including the prestigious Roche Court ARTiculation public speaking competition and the SPoKe art history video competition.
There is a bi-annual trip to Florence and Rome which looks at a large number of works studied in the A level course including visiting the Uffizi Gallery and Vatican Museums alongside hidden gems such as the Brancacci Chapel and Villa Borghese.
Each year a number of girls choose to pursue History of Art at university and recent leavers have gained offers from a range of illustrious institutions including Oxford University, University of Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute of Art. The LVI course begins by developing the core skills of visual analysis, allowing girls to use technical terminology and identify the formal features of any painting, sculpture or building they encounter.
The first considers how art and architecture have been used to express identity, be it status, character, gender, nationality or ethnicity. The second theme looks at how nature has provided a source of inspiration in art and architecture and how natural materials have been used across time and place.
Artists studied include J. In the UVI pupils explore two key art historical periods in depth, developing their own research skills and using critical texts.
Mathematics is brought to life with illustrations, examples and practical demonstrations of mathematical concepts. This essential subject is taught to a high level in all year groups with the opportunity to continue at A level and enjoy the challenge of Further Mathematics.
Pupils develop the ability to think logically, solve problems and work collaboratively with their peers. The Department consists of highly qualified teachers covering a full range of specialist mathematical areas including statistics, mechanics and pure mathematics. The staff are supported by four one-to-one tutors. Girls have the opportunity to become involved in various competitions such as the Maths Olympiad for Girls, the Bristol Mathematical engineering challenge and competitions with the UK Maths Trust.
Individual mathematics challenges are also held for the junior, intermediate and senior categories, and girls have achieved success at a national level. The Department supports the pupil-led Maths Society which hosts treasure hunts and film nights for the younger girls. Lectures on applied mathematics are also organised with speakers from Queen Mary University of London and celebrations are held for Pi Day.
Initially, girls are taught in mixed ability classes allowing them to settle in, before they are separated into divisions according to ability.
This allows us to direct the most appropriate type and level of support to each individual. By the end of UIV girls will have all the skills necessary to succeed not only in Mathematics, but in all of the many subjects that demand a good level of mathematical ability. New subjects such as differentiation are introduced and the content is taught in a variety of ways including investigative tasks, problem solving, group work and using ICT. At this stage, our most able pupils go beyond the normal curriculum to study Additional Mathematics, an ambitious course which requires an exceptional level of understanding.
Within these options we offer a wide choice of applied modules to create courses that best suit each individual and their choice of subjects. Intriguing new mathematical concepts are introduced and explored, with the pupils encouraged to question, to think deeply and to challenge themselves, developing their powers of logical reasoning and increasing their confidence in working with complex ideas.
The ability to speak, read, listen and write in a foreign language has never been of greater value than it is today. A knowledge of culture and the means to communicate with people around the world is an essential part of twenty-first century life. Across all of the languages offered at Wycombe Abbey, girls are equipped to de-construct news stories, appreciate national bias and get under the skin of a country to truly understand its people.
The Department runs an annual Language Day which inspires interest in a range of modern languages. For girls who are keen to develop their range of languages and cultural knowledge, we have a dedicated team of experienced and qualified teachers who teach languages not delivered through our main curriculum. All teachers are native speakers who focus on cultural elements in every lesson to make sure that pupils have a linguistic competence that goes beyond grammatical accuracy. The languages currently delivered through private tuition are: The academic study of Music develops analytical skills, involves historical research, aural perception and creativity.
The girls learn through listening and appraising, the scrutiny of musical scores, individual and group performance and composing. The academic Music team has extensive experience in historical study and analysis, composition, performance evaluation and harmony. The Department runs regular masterclasses and workshops with expert musicians as well as talks in conjunction with the Music Society. We offer support and mentoring to elite musicians who play at an advanced level to help the girls balance their academic, practice and performance commitments.
Many girls are also successful in open competitions, winning Choral Scholarships at Cambridge, and in gaining selection for the National Youth Orchestra. There is also a wide range of opportunities to play in small groups, sing in choirs and play in orchestras, with performance opportunities at School, locally, nationally and internationally.
Girls are introduced to significant figures, works and musical movements in the history of music from 16th to the 20th century. They develop the skills to understand and interpret musical scores, to discern aurally and describe interesting musical features using the appropriate terminology.
The girls also undertake pastiche composition exercises, use specialist ICT-based notation software and develop keyboard skills. Our approach starts with sound and aims to foster an interest in and love for music of all styles, to encourage further study.
Alongside the study of a wide range of Western Classical genres and world music, including set works, pupils learn how to compose complete pieces, and develop their understanding of performance with interpretative insight. The three core skills of appraising, performing and composing form the basis of study in the Edexcel A level course.
Girls deepen their appreciation of how composers in a wide range of genres manipulate the elements of music to achieve their goals, through detailed scrutiny of scores and recordings.
In composition, they learn sophisticated ways of developing melodic and harmonic material within complex structures, and they prepare a recital for performance. In PE, girls enjoy a diverse and dynamic range of team games, individual sports and aesthetic activities. All pupils develop physical potential, experience challenges and learn how to take personal responsibility and be a team player. At this stage, pupils are introduced to a variety of new activities.
These include a health-related fitness programme utilising our well-equipped fitness suite, along with sports such as Football, Tag Rugby, Badminton and Volleyball. A carefully supervised options programme is undertaken by UV pupils. Pupils also have the option of using the fitness suite. Following the course syllabus, pupils choosing to study GCSE Physical Education learn about the holistic benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle and the impact that exercise has on the body and mind.
In the practical element of the course, analysis of performance in a variety of activities will develop their ability as a performer, coach and official. For exams in and beyond, we will be using the new syllabus found here. We appreciate that by this stage, girls often have developed particular interests in certain activities, and they are given a wide range of choice to help them gain maximum benefits from this time. Externally run workshops are offered throughout the term to expose girls to the many options for physical activities available to them when they leave school.
The AQA syllabus for Physical Education at A level allows pupils to develop their knowledge across key areas underpinning sports science; these include exercise physiology, skills acquisition, sport psychology, historical developments in sport and contemporary issues that impact modern day sports performance. This is a broad and challenging course with strong scientific content as well as discursive elements requiring personal investigation of different cultures and organisations.
The domain of Physics ranges from subatomic particles to the movement of galaxies. Girls gain an understanding of how the world works and discover the laws and principles that govern how the universe behaves. Through learning to identify the complex causes of seemingly simple events, pupils develop resilience, perseverance and academic rigour.
The Department consists of six specialist teachers, with a wide range of experience, from engineering to astrophysics. All lessons are taught by subject specialists in one of our three Physics-specific laboratories. Pupils have the option of joining the Junior Engineering Society which experiments with spaghetti bridge building, balloon helicopters and 3D printing. Pupils learn about essential physical concepts and how to carry out investigations in order to explore hypotheses.
The value of applied Physics is demonstrated as girls consider the implications of nuclear power and design a pan made from paper to boil water in developing countries. They learn how mathematics may be used as a tool to make predictions and to understand observed effects. Practical work continues to be important and in a free-fall experiment, methods for taking accurate measurements are explored. By this stage, their practical skills have developed such that they are able to plan and carry out an investigation, including research, selection of apparatus and safety.
There is a strong problem solving component to their learning, and pupils build the resilience required to tackle new applications of theory. Combining creativity with a solid scientific basis, Psychology offers Sixth Formers the opportunity to become confident, articulate and analytical scientific writers.
The staff bring a variety of specialisms in subjects such as gender, memory and biology and teach in well-resourced, conference-style classrooms.
Pupils have the opportunity to join the Psychology Society which runs socials with partnering schools and leads discussions on films and current topics. A level Psychology works as well with other traditional sciences as it does with languages or the Arts.
Topics such as conformity, gender, attachment, stress and research methods are approached from a cross-curricular perspective. Religious Studies is a dynamic academic discipline which encourages curiosity, independent thought and analysis through the evaluation of religious and philosophical traditions.
The Department introduces girls to the precepts of six major faiths before considering the ethical and social implications of belief and non-belief in the modern world.
The teaching staff have a broad variety of specialisms, ranging from theology and world religions to the philosophy, psychology and sociology of religion. There is also a pupil-led Philosophy Society which discusses topics including the media and censorship. It has been fortunate to welcome prestigious speakers such as Simon Blackburn to the School.
A foundation in the study of six major religious traditions Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism , fosters a curious and reflective approach towards issues of religion, ethics and culture. The relationship between belief and practice is considered alongside ethical dilemmas and girls are encouraged to develop empathy for those who share different values.
The OCR course teaches an analysis and evaluation of core beliefs and teachings in Christianity and Islam. Theological arguments for the existence of God, eschatology and scriptural authority are assessed as well as issues surrounding marriage, medicine, charity and censorship.
The course considers the philosophical and ethical implications of faith in the modern world and the tensions encountered between secular and sacred worldviews. Through the A level course, girls develop a passion for the rigorous and critical study of related themes in theology, philosophy and ethics. New fields are introduced such as metaethics and Kantian ethics and the role of moral law in business and sexual practices is examined. Critiques of religion from Marxist and Freudian perspectives are studied and girls become familiar with the ideas that have shaped religious and philosophical thought for centuries.
Learning the second most spoken language in the world opens young minds to rich, diverse cultures and offers professional opportunities across the globe. The Department comprises of six linguists, two of whom are Hispanic specialists and four teach additional languages. Spanish lessons are taught in one of the two Language Laboratories. Learning at all levels is very collaborative and the Spanish Club sees older pupils mentor younger girls, building up confidence and providing advice.
As with other language subjects, the News Club allows pupils to discuss current events and political ideas. All girls benefit from the essay and debating competitions available. A level Study Days are held in London and pupils have the opportunity to attend debating competitions at a national level. Trips are also taken to destinations such as Granada and Salamanca. Pupils acquire the essential vocabulary enabling them to use Spanish in speech and writing.
Insights into Spanish and Latin American culture foster interest and curiosity. They will consolidate all they have learned previously and become increasingly fluent in their use and understanding of Spanish.
A greater emphasis is placed on current affairs. The AQA course helps pupils to acquire a deeper understanding of contemporary Hispanic societies by exploring cultural heritage through discussion, presentations, and the debating of controversial ideas.
A great emphasis is placed on exploring current affairs from Castilian and Latin American points of view, providing a distinctive perspective on world events. Pupils learn to use Spanish in a variety of contexts and enhance their knowledge through an exploration of Hispanic literature and art.
Girls with specific learning needs are well supported at Wycombe Abbey and flourish here. Every girl learns in her own way and our Learning Enhancement Department helps girls by giving the specific support required to assist with the demands of everyday living and learning, sometimes with specific one-to-one lessons or via drop-in sessions.
Girls also benefit from drop-in sessions where they seek advice on work from subjects across the academic spectrum. The School provides pupils with all the support they need to manage a successful transition to university and independent living.
We aim to ensure that every girl is equipped with 21st-century skills, ready to take her place in a globalised and rapidly changing world. Increasingly girls are choosing to apply to universities around the world — US universities are proving particularly popular with offers coming from Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale. Girls benefit from a range of support in their higher education applications. A team of Specialist Sixth Form tutors is on hand to assist in all aspects of the application process, from choosing a degree subject to reviewing personal statements and writing references.
The LVI receive a presentation from the Director of Admissions at the University of Birmingham on the UCAS system, and are introduced to traditional and non-traditional routes to universities during three university preparation days. These include presentations from universities in Europe as well as the UK. Academic departments run regular university preparation lessons where applicants are introduced to material far beyond the A level syllabus and undertake admissions test preparation.
A comprehensive mock interview schedule gives girls confidence and experience before being called to interview by universities. Applicants to US universities have unrivalled support. Careers Guidance aims to inspire, inform and support girls at Wycombe Abbey in preparing them for their future career.
Recognising that we live in a rapidly changing world where young people are likely to enjoy a series of careers in their lifetime some of which in areas yet to be invented , we focus on empowering girls to take control of their own career path and equip them with the necessary skills, confidence and resilience.
Throughout the year all girls have the opportunity to hear a variety of speakers at various careers events. Every pupil at Wycombe Abbey is a member of Futurewise, which offers an array of courses spanning career areas from law and medicine through to journalism and media.
Girls engage with local businesses and hear talks from a range of different speakers such as entrepreneurs, engineers and authors. In LV, girls have careers-related sessions as part of the Wellbeing programme and are encouraged to explore areas of interest. Everyone takes the Morrisby Online Assessment which helps to explore different career and education options.
The annual Careers Seminar brings together 25 speakers from a range of occupations and industries. Girls in UV have the opportunity to choose which two areas they would like to attend informal talks on and explore. This is an excellent opportunity to start their career networking.
Girls in the Sixth Form attend The Careers Seminar every year as well as smaller scale targeted events looking at specific career areas such as investment banking, law, medicine, marketing and entrepreneurship. Girls also have access to practical workshops designed to support CV writing and preparation for work experience.
The Careers Library is an excellent source of information, and is placed alongside the Higher Education resources. While work experience is a necessity for some careers, such as medicine and veterinary medicine, all the girls are encouraged to take part; many will be looking for internships whilst at university and work experience is excellent preparation for this.
Girls are encouraged to be proactive in securing their own work experience placements, although the School is fortunate to have parents, alumnae and other contacts who are able to offer work experience or work shadowing opportunities. The Sixth Form at Wycombe Abbey provides a supportive environment for girls to reach their academic potential, nurture their individual passions and navigate the range of opportunities available to them after they leave school.
Whilst important, we want girls to leave Wycombe Abbey with more than just a set of excellent academic qualifications. We want them to be independent, self-motivated learners, intellectually curious and informed global citizens, and confident, caring role models. In short, we want them to be Future Ready. Whether a girl is an aspiring aerospace engineer, actor or anthropologist, there are many activities and resources available to help her pursue her passions beyond the core curriculum.
Without the pressure of examinations, girls are able to take intellectual risks and build resilience. A flavour of the opportunities available beyond the classroom is below. Nearly all the subjects on the curriculum have their own academic society, which complement and enhance the learning that goes on in the classroom. These societies, many of which are pupil-led, organise visiting speakers, conferences and trips. Download list of societies. A number of Activities Days see the girls taken off timetable for a fully immersive experience.
Such activities allow for extended projects that would not be possible during normal lessons. For example, highlights from the biennial Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM Day include an exhibition of a 9-metre-high rocket at School and a design-and-make-your-own-trebuchet workshop.
We also organise a biennial Language Day, where pupils can sample a variety of languages, including Hebrew and Ancient Greek. Most recently, we introduced a Healthy Lifestyles Day, involving sessions on nutrition, relaxation techniques, physical activity and mental health awareness to highlight the need for a balanced lifestyle. Cross-Curricular Projects are a way for pupils to put to use the skills they are learning in academic classes, towards a bigger, broader project.
Mentors guided pupils through the process to meet the tight deadline of three days to submit presentations. Writing challenges are an excellent way to demonstrate initiative, passion and engagement with a chosen subject. Girls take advantage of the considerable resources in the library as well as the academic support available at the School.
These opportunities for scholarship cultivate independent learning habits as well as skills of critical thought and enquiry. Some girls choose to enter essays into national competitions and often achieve success.
Girls enjoy lectures from distinguished guests on a variety of cultural, social, political, ethical and economic matters. Pupils also enjoy the opportunity to network with influential people from a variety of industries. Academic scholars are expected to produce a piece of original research or reflection over the Summer holidays.
Topics in recent years have included: School Trips and expeditions are an integral part of the academic curriculum and a powerful tool to consolidate learning. We offer a huge selection of trips around the world and closer to home, which are designed to enable the girls to experience the world and gain a global worldview.
We develop interdisciplinary awareness and give girls the skills and ability to adapt in a range of fields including the Sciences, Design Technology, Computing, Careers and Art. A full programme of STEM activities and projects are available to pupils of all ages. A selection of some recent highlights are outlined below. The annual two-day UIII STEM project involves an extended team challenge, offering the opportunity for the girls to flex their technical and scientific wings, draw on their creative and artistic skills as well as their technical and scientific knowledge.
GSK provides recent graduate engineer mentors who supervise and guide the teams, giving them a great insight into the life of an engineer, including site visits. The Engineering Education Scheme is on offer to LVI girls and is a six-month engineering project sponsored by a company, who also provides a mentor. This has given the girls a unique opportunity to design a rig to be used on the Diamond Light Source facility.
The greenpower car project is open to all ages within the school and provides a unique range of opportunities from designing and building the car to driving it at venues such as Dunsfold Rise and Rockingham. Pupils use CAD software to design and test different car shapes in a virtual wind tunnel, get involved in the manufacture and development of the cars and stretch their troubleshooting abilities when things do not go quite to plan!
STEM Day is a biennial event in which all pupils are taken off timetabled lessons to participate in workshops, activities, shows and lectures. The Thinkery is our Friday night club for girls in Years ages where they can explore and debate a wide range of topics and interests. There have been fun and literally explosive science experiments, author visits, the opportunity to learn how to conduct, taught by a professional conductor, talks on Money and Power in US politics and Fractals: Beauty and Application, to name just a few of the activities for this group.
Girls at Wycombe Abbey enjoy a wide variety of interests and opportunities in the arts. The positive effects of their pursuits are felt in all areas of school life. Art is a vibrant subject at Wycombe Abbey, offering a wide range of activities beyond the formal curriculum. The girls are exposed to artistic techniques and skills, and are involved in artistic projects and discussions about the role of art in society.
Led by a specialist in black and white photography, digital media and painting, the opportunity to get involved with photography as an extra-curricular activity is offered to Sixth Form pupils. Using Pentax SLR Cameras girls explore different creative and experimental techniques as well as process and print methods. Photographers have the use of a custom-built dark room which is fully equipped for black and white photography. Whole school competitions also encourage younger girls to get actively involved in taking pictures.
Our annual publication, Perspective Magazine , showcases photography highlights from all age groups. The Artist in Residence encourages an enthusiasm for art and design, while teaching the lower school and providing the girls with first-hand experience of how a professional artist works.
Our current Artist in Residence, Claudia Phipps, is a glass artist whose work spans the spectrum of architectural glass from stained glass, engraved and fused glass, through to installation and sculpture. Claudia teaches master classes in glass etching, painting, batik and silk painting. Girls have the opportunity to take part in a range of creative workshops, broadening their knowledge and appreciation of art and design.
Weekend workshops are run by visiting artists with skills and expertise in specialist fields. Subjects include silversmithing, glasswork, 3D textiles, wood carving, mosaic, paper art, fashion upcycling and screen printing.
Dance is very popular amongst pupils at Wycombe Abbey. We have an extensive extra-curricular provision including Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Street Dance and dance specialists lead several weekly Dance Companies. Within our purpose-built Sports Centre, girls have access to an impressive dance studio and smaller practice areas. The annual House Dance Competition displays pieces choreographed by each House around a given theme.
A Junior and Senior Choreography Competition invites girls to produce their own solo or group piece. Our annual dance show, Highlights , is an opportunity for girls to perform the work that they have choreographed in Dance Companies, as well as pieces worked on with a member of the dance department. The production demonstrates talent across age groups through a multitude of dance genres.
Tap, Modern, Ballet and pointe are offered in individual or group settings. Workshops with visiting performers from the Rambert Dance Company provide further expertise.
Girls are encouraged to attend summer schools and day courses outside school to extend their knowledge of their chosen dance genre. A group of intermediate level dancers focusing on technique improvement and development with a view to progress to Advanced Dance.
Girls at Wycombe Abbey develop a wide range of skills in the area of the dramatic arts as performers, writers, directors, stage managers or costume designers. Our Lancaster Arts Centre has a seat theatre. The theatre is fully equipped with sound and lighting facilities. There is also a green room and a generously stocked wardrobe. All girls are encouraged to get involved and develop confidence through performing.
Each year the UIII and LIV take part in a joint production and the LV enjoy an inter-house play competition, during which the girls write, design, direct and market a play arising from a stimulus set by the Head of Drama.
The Sixth Form play is produced annually and is directed by the Head of Drama. We also stage a Drama Society Production which is written, directed and performed by girls of all ages. Speech and Drama is taught in small groups, pairs and as solo lessons for girls working towards LAMDA examinations, it emphasises the value of teamwork, co-operation and creativity.
We encourage an understanding and enjoyment of poetry, prose, published and improvised drama, and other theatrical arts through performance.
Girls develop an awareness of the stage space and the skills needed in communication as they perform a variety of pieces. There is a rich and frequent programme of workshops and masterclass opportunities. We regularly invite professional actors to give talks and lectures. As the School is located close to London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and the local theatre in High Wycombe, pupils have the opportunity to attend theatre productions on a regular basis. Music is an important part of life at Wycombe Abbey.
We believe all girls, whatever their level of skill, should be able to experience music making, both individually and collaboratively. Nearly three-quarters of the girls play at least one musical instrument and many study two or even three.
We have three orchestras Symphony, Sinfonia and String Chamber , string, wind and vocal ensembles, a choral society and four choirs. Professional musicians are regularly invited to perform and give masterclasses. The Performing Arts Centre is a modern complex with a seat auditorium that is equipped with the latest technology and acoustics.
There are 30 individual music practice rooms available throughout the site. Girls play in small groups, sing in choirs and play in the orchestras, with opportunities to perform at School, locally, nationally and internationally. The House Music Competition, adjudicated by external judges, has three stages, divided into a musical ensemble round, a House singing round and a solo round.
Informal concerts are held each week, providing an opportunity for girls to perform in front of a small, supportive audience. We are active locally and perform three community concerts and several carol singing events each year. Our 40 full-time and visiting music staff deliver lessons to two-thirds of the girls. Some girls take Trinity and Rock School examinations at local centres. A wide range of masterclasses and workshops are led by notable musicians, singers, composers and academics.
There are a variety of competitions on offer to help stretch and develop musicians. Our biennial music essay competition is open to all pupils. Themes have included music in response to war and conflict zones and music that inspires. The Annabel Choy Competitive Composition Concert allows girls to compose a piece of music which is then performed by pupils throughout the School.
The Music Society exists to organise trips to concerts. For performers who are Grade 8 and above. It tackles full orchestral repertoire as well as concerto movements featuring soloists. For string players who are Grade 8 and above, with guest woodwind and brass when necessary. The orchestra performs string orchestra repertoire and Classical symphonies as well as concerto movements featuring soloists. Senior ensembles for advanced woodwind players. They perform their own challenging arrangements as well as combining together and with rhythm section for large-scale performances.
Membership is by audition. This choir is auditioned from members of the Chapel Choir. It is an elite voice a cappella ensemble, singing complex sacred choral music, secular close-harmony and barbershop-style pieces in concerts throughout the year. We have three school rock bands which perform at social events throughout the year hosted at Wycombe Abbey and Harrow School. Wycombe Abbey has an impressive sporting reputation. Our extensive sporting facilities and the dedication, experience and high calibre of our coaches support each girl to follow her sporting ambition.
We have exceptional outdoor and indoor facilities including five lacrosse pitches, a grass athletics track, three rounders pitches, a floodlit astroturf pitch, a full-sized football pitch, indoor and outdoor netball courts, par three holes around the grounds and 20 tennis courts. The Davies Sports Centre includes a metre six-lane indoor swimming pool with touchpad timing and water polo scoring facilities, multi-use sports hall, dance studio, fitness suite, four glass-backed squash courts, fencing piste and climbing wall.
Inter-house competitions are organised throughout the academic year with a varied programme of indoor and outdoor activities. House Sports Captains lead the training and trials, followed by competitive matches and House finals at the end of each term. Girls have the opportunity to participate in both competitive and leisure activities. Those who are members of competitive teams are involved in weekly fixtures against local schools and within national leagues, hosted both on site and at external locations.
Additional coaching for specialist activities is available to broaden sporting experiences from martial arts, water sports and equestrian activities, to golf, fencing and Pilates. Teams and individuals gain national and international titles across a range of sporting disciplines. Girls with advanced ability and potential in their sporting talent are invited to join our mentor scheme, the Elite Athlete Support Programme.
Selection is sport-specific, and based on the standards associated with county, regional or national level participation. We provide girls with the support needed to pursue sporting excellence in an educational environment. The mentor will advise on goal setting, time management, nutrition, injury prevention and relaxation techniques. They meet regularly to discuss progress of training programmes and management of academic commitments. Effective leadership is a key element of sport and influential in developing confident and independent young women.
The Sports Leaders qualification develops enhanced organisational and communication skills, heightened self-esteem and motivation, as well as an appreciation of challenges faced by others. The programme is designed to inspire the girls to have an active role in our School and community life. For the Level 2 Certificate, girls volunteer to support the smooth running of school fixtures and in small groups, lead a sports event for community members and pupils from local schools.
The course is designed to develop leadership qualities through theoretical and practical experiences and girls are taught the key skills of communication, organisation and safety and risk assessment. The Level 3 course takes two years to complete and begins during Lower Sixth games lessons.
Girls are required to understand the needs of a range of community groups, such as children, disabled people, community groups and the elderly. Tours abroad are available to girls to build upon their sporting achievements and team spirit. Trips consist of tactical workshops, strength and conditioning, team training and an opportunity to participate in competition at the most advanced level.
Athletics forms part of the Summer Term curriculum, with clubs and competitions regularly taking place. Our competitive team trains throughout the year with Marlow Athletics Club, gaining additional professional coaching. Basketball is a popular team sport as part of the curriculum and is an extra-curricular club through the winter. Our excellent climbing wall gives the School the opportunity to run an extra-curricular activity and club which provides training for all levels of climbing.
Through developing relevant rope and knot skills, girls learn to take responsibility for one another on the wall. All dances encourage the girls to develop their own choreography skills.
Two international coaches offer coaching for girls from novice to international competition standard. Girls are able to take part in local, regional and national events with many competing in the Public Schools Championships. Training sessions run throughout the year, building on skills learnt in curricular lessons. Girls compete in the Independent Schools Cup at both and 7-a-side events, with some selected for the U18 Independent Schools Football Association team.
Girls have gone on to achieve contracts from local football clubs. In addition to a curriculum option for senior girls, extra lessons take place at Wycombe Heights Golf Club. Girls experience competitive golf from pre-handicap competitions to the Independent Schools Challenge Bowl. We have developed par three holes around the School grounds to enable girls to practise at their leisure. In addition to the curricular gymnastics, we have a popular club which runs year round. This training environment gives girls the opportunity to further develop skills, enabling them to perform at school and national competitions.
Hockey is played in the Autumn and Spring Terms, both in lessons and through squad training. Teams compete regularly against local opposition, and girls wishing to play regularly are linked to Wycombe Hockey Club, with many progressing to county and regional squads.
Throughout the year there are weekly on-site karate sessions and additional training opportunities at the Elkai Karate School, London.
Official grades are undertaken by girls of all abilities, with kickboxing beginners working through to black belt level during their time at School. Lacrosse is thriving at Wycombe Abbey.
Girls are coached from beginner through to international level with players being selected for county, regional and the national U19 programme. Lacrosse is played during the Autumn and Spring Terms and we compete annually in regional competitions and the National Schools Tournament.
Netball takes place throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms across all age groups through curricular and extra-curricular time. Many of our coaches continue to compete themselves and are able to share a wealth of training and competitive experience. We play matches as part of local, regional and national leagues and have regular success in national competitions.
Pilates is offered throughout the year and is particularly popular with senior girls as a safe, effective form of body conditioning. Riders with any level of experience can attend weekly sessions throughout the year with coach JJ Spark at Greenpoint Polo. Coaching is available for all abilities, from beginners to those wishing to develop their skills for competition.
We use the Snow Dome, Milton Keynes, facilities and the girls have two training days in the Alps prior to each competition. National level coaches lead our squash programme with many girls choosing additional private coaching. Our professional coaches continue to compete nationally and internationally providing girls with sporting role models.
Squash is part of our curricular and extra-curricular programmes and we hold a weekly recreational club for girls wishing to play for leisure, fitness or competitively. Our Aquatics programme covers swimming technique, life-saving, synchronised swimming and water polo. Additional clubs and squads are offered throughout the year with recreational pool time available for leisure or personal training use.
Weekly galas take place against local schools, as well as entry into regional and national leagues. Tennis is a year-round sport for beginners and more advanced players at Wycombe Abbey. School Academy and Junior Academy. In addition to lessons, many girls enjoy participating in the trampolining club and developing their skills for competitions.
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