Wycliffe College, Gloucestershire

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Wycliffe College
Bath Road

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GL10 2JQ

TypePrivate School
Independent school
MottoBold and Loyal
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
FounderG. W. Sibly
Chairman of GovernorsBrigadier (Rtd) Robin Bacon
HeadmasterNick Gregory (Senior), Adrian Palmer (Preparatory)
Age2 to 18+
Enrolmentca. 800
HousesSenior School-
Ivy Grove
Loosley Halls

Preparatory School-
Colour(s)Red, Black (Traditional)
Purple, Grey (Contemporary)
PublicationWycliffe Times
The Wycliffian
Former pupilsOld Wycliffians (OWs)
AffiliationsHeadmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference

Wycliffe College is a co-educational, independent, private day and boarding school located in the town of Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, England. The school was founded in 1882 by G. W. Sibly,[1] and comprises a Nursery School for ages 2–4, a Preparatory School for ages 4–13, and a Senior School catering for ages 13–18. In total, there are approximately 800 pupils enrolled at the school. The college is set in 60 acres of land[2] distributed among three separate campuses and offsite facilities. In 2018, The Duchess of Gloucester officially opened a new £6 million boarding house named Ward's-Ivy Grove, an award-winning facility.[3]

Wycliffe is a member school of The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC).[4] The Good Schools Guide stated that Wycliffe is "A school which offers a way of life as much as an education...A real gem of a school."[5] The Independent Schools Inspectorate rated Wycliffe as either Excellent or Good in all areas in its most recent inspection (March 2016).[6]

For the academic year 2018/2019, Wycliffe charges up to £36,570 pa for boarders and £20,985 pa for day pupils in the senior school. Fees in the prep school are up to £28,260 pa for boarders and £15,795 pa for day pupils.[7]

Nursery School[edit]

The Nursery, which first opened in 1983 at the Grove, and was originally located within the same grounds as the Preparatory School boarding houses and sports fields. The Grove, a house built of Cotswold stone, was destroyed by fire in 1994. In 2012 the nursery school split into the nursery and pre-prep departments, the latter being moved to join with the Preparatory school.

Wycliffe Preparatory School[edit]

The Prep School has extensive sports grounds separated by a main road from the main campus. The pupils use a specially built bridge to cross over the road safely. The Prep School has two boarding houses: Pennwood housing the male boarders and Windrush housing the female boarders. The school amenities include an indoor swimming pool, performing arts centre, tennis courts and extensive sports fields.[citation needed]

The Senior School[edit]

The main school house building on the senior school campus at Wycliffe College.
Haywardsend, a girls’ boarding house at the Wycliffe Senior School.
The Wycliffe Chapel.

The Senior School is located a short walk away from the Preparatory School. With over 400 students, the Senior School is the largest campus of the three. The main reception is located in School House – the principal building in the College. The school fields teams in the following sports: equestrian, rugby, rowing, cricket, fencing, shooting, squash, tennis, football, netball, hockey and swimming.

Students are separated into eight different houses; this is where both their prep rooms and common rooms are located. With the exceptions of Collingwood House, a mixed house for day pupils, and Loosley, a mixed sixth form boarding house, the houses are single gender boarding houses. All of the houses have common rooms for the juniors and seniors; some houses are equipped with saunas and pool tables and table tennis tables. The school holds inter-house competitions, the most significant of which is the annual House Music Competition. Other inter-house activities include drama, debating, public speaking, football, netball, hockey, and rugby.


The school is the first independent school in the country to have achieved recognition with National Academy for Able Children in Education (NACE). The school has also achieved 'CReSTeD' accreditation for teaching dyslexic pupils. A 2010 Ofsted inspection report on the School's capability to help children to achieve well and enjoy what they do rated the provision as outstanding, noting the "extensive support networks for all boarders within the school".[8]


Wycliffe is a major squash-playing school, due to their continuous success in the squash court. The school currently holds many national squash titles, and it is also the first[citation needed] school to hold both the U15 and U19 National titles at the same time. Old Wycliffians have also gone on to represent their home nations in international events such as the Commonwealth Games.[9] Among other options, pupils may choose squash as either a games option or an extra-curricular activity.[10] Other sports played at Wycliffe include riding, fencing, shooting, rugby, polo, rowing, tennis, hockey, cricket, rowing, football, volleyball, gym, cross country, badminton, hockey, netball, tennis, rounders, and athletics.

Since 1935, Wycliffe's Boat Club has had a boathouse of its own, located on the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal with around 30 km of still training water.[11]

Within the college grounds are some of town's oldest trees.


The academic structure targets exams of both standard English curriculum GCSE and the International GCSE, and A-level subjects at the standard English curriculum. The school currently offers 21 subject choices at GCSE, and 27 at Sixth Form level.[12] Other activities include a Combined Cadet Force and a Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Extracurricular activities include: Horse riding club, Fencing club, Cryptology club, Science club, Beekeeping, Shooting, Model United Nations among many others.[13]

Head Teachers (Senior)[edit]

  • G. W. Sibly (1882–1912)
  • W. A. Sibly (1912–1947)
  • S. G. H. Loosley (1947–1967)
  • R. D. H. Roberts (1967–1980)
  • Richard Poulton (1980–6)
  • Tony Millard (1987–1993)
  • David Prichard (1994–1998)
  • Tony Collins (1998–2005)
  • Margie E Burnet Ward (2005-2015)
  • Nick Gregory (2015–Present)

Notable alumni[edit]

Former pupils of the school are known as Old Wycliffians or OWs. Alumni become life members of the Society when they leave the school. The principal aim of the Society is to keep members of the worldwide Wycliffian family in touch with each other.

Notable Old Wycliffians include:


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Coordinates: 51°44′37″N 2°16′47″W / 51.74361°N 2.27972°W / 51.74361; -2.27972