Godstowe Preparatory School,  High Wycomb,  Buckinghamshire, UK

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Godstowe Preparatory School, High Wycomb, Buckinghamshire, UK

Price Range ₤ 20,000-30,000 per annum


Since its foundation in 1900, Godstowe Preparatory Boarding School has been at the forefront of education. It has a distinguished tradition as the first British boarding preparatory school for girls, in a foundation that includes Wycombe Abbey, Benenden and St Leonards. Today, Godstowe is a flourishingboarding and day school with more than 400 pupils, enjoying an unparalleled academic reputation. It has a pre-prep department for boys and girls aged between 3 and 7, and a preparatory school for girls from 7 to 13 years old. Girls prepare for 13+ Common Entrance to independent senior schools and for 11+ entry to grammar schools. The latest ISI inspection (summer 2012) report, which covered boarding and early years as well as main school, gave Godstowe ‘Excellent’ (the highest available) in all categories and sub-categories.

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 71 0 71
Day School: 360 0 360
Year of foundation: 1900
Some history:

1900 when the land was bought and building work began on what is still known as “School House”. Godstowe became England's first all-girls Prep Boarding School. The School name was taken from Godstow Abbey near Oxford. The site of the present School was purchased for £1,100 in 1900, but has been enlarged by the addition of boarding houses and a Pre-Prep department over the years. The first year saw 12 pupils on roll. 1963 saw the opening of Lodge as a Pre-Prep department, instead of its previous incarnation as a boarding house. This was followed by other changes in the 70s that allowed for more space and more facilities for the growing school, the Jasper Knight Hall and the new swimming pool to name but a few. It also saw a change in the uniform from traditional gymslip to the skirt and blouse, with the cheerful red jumpers similar to those worn today. By the summer of 1980, new buildings were in place including science labs and classrooms, and the continued expansion of the facilities for pupils. Design Technology was introduced reinforcing the School's strong tradition of practical subjects, such as carpentry and needlework. In 1994 the school opened its Nursery, and began nurturing its pupils from the tender age of three. 1996 saw the opening of a brand new Music School and Recital Hall along with the new Turner boarding house. Since the 1990s, this best girls boarding school has continued to thrive and develop its curriculum with more after school activities than ever before

Campus size and facilities:

Godstowe resides in 12 acres of parkland overlooking High Wycombe. In September 2015, Godstowe opened its doors to a brand new Early Years building. Situated next to the Nursery, the new building features two new, bright and airy classrooms, cloakrooms and a kitchen for the Reception classes. This additional space allowed for a significant rearrangement of the facilities already in Pre-Prep, which now include a new art room and refurbished classrooms, library and offices. 

Accreditations: Independant School Inspectorate, The Good Schools Guide 

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Website: http://www.godstowe.org/

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: 7,825 per term

About the school

Dorm Facilities:

Highlands, Walker  and Turner House are each home to around 36 girls aged between 7 and 13. All girls have personal lockers, underbed storage and a noticeboard for their special photos and messages. They have their own tennis courts, gardens and swings, plus lots of other exciting outdoor equipment. Girls can roller skate or ride scooters, play badminton and table tennis.

Highlands House is a dedicated Junior House for girls aged from 6 to 11. It is family run, and staff are specially trained to care for our youngest pupils. Highlands is a real home from home with three well-equipped common rooms. The largest is all about fun and relaxation, with its large-screen TV, DVD player, stereo system and PlayStation. There are stacks of movies, games and music to suit every taste, as well as books and traditional board games. The next-door common room has a piano for music practice and computers for recreational or research use. The third common room is for quiet study and homework. Highlands has seven dormitories each sleeping between two and eight girls. One of the smaller rooms has an en-suite bathroom that is always very popular!

Walker House has eight dormitories for up to nine girls aged 12 and 13. As the girls mature and progress through the School, they enjoy greater privacy and share with fewer girls. Walker also has a music room with keyboards, two pianos and a karaoke machine. The larger common room boasts computers, a PlayStation and dance mats, along with TV, DVD player and hi-fi. The quiet room has a library, and is the ideal place to relax in peace or catch up on some prep.

Turner House is also home to our 12 and 13 year old girls. It is a modern purpose built house, with dormitories that sleep fewer girls affording a greater sense of privacy during their final years. As with the other houses, Turner's three common rooms are very well-equipped, comfortable and versatile. The largest has a stereo, TV and DVD player, along with computers, a piano and electric keyboard. A second room has computers, a wide selection of reference books and a piano for music practice. The smallest room is used as a quiet study area.

All houses have a well-stocked kitchen for late weekend breakfasts, or for making that all-important after-school snack.

Academic life

What we offer?

Godstowe enjoys an unparalleled academic reputation amongst British independent schools despite its non-selective entry policy. 100% of girls consistently achieve their first-choice senior school and, in 2016, more than 50 scholarships were won. Children move from the Pre-Prep to Main School at the age of seven.  From seven to nine years old they are taught mainly by their Form Tutor with specialists being used for Languages, Music, Design Technology, ICT and Sport, pupils are taught by specialists in 16 subjects across the curriculum.

From 9 to 11 years of age, children are taught by specialists in every subject. Some transparent streaming is implemented from the age of ten to ensure that lessons proceed at the pace most appropriate to the individual child. Mathematics is divided into sets from age eight to ensure that the needs of the child are exactly matched.

Many academic scholarships are successfully achieved to senior schools at 13 each year and our success rate for 11+ entry to local grammar schools is renowned. Up to the end of Year 6 our schemes of work reflect the National Curriculum. As children move into Years 7 and 8 the Common Entrance and relevant Scholarship syllabus requirements are followed.

Social life & attractions


School Trips at this top girls only boarding school are an integral and very important aspect of our personal development programme.

The girls in the main school will have numerous opportunities to take part in exciting trips and outings, some intigrated into the curriculum, others not.  Some are merely recreational.

The list of annual trips is varied and regularly changes.  Here are just some examples

USA Lacrosse Tour: Every two years for a selected squad, playing up to six competetive matches and involving training clinics.  Girls stay in Hotels in Washington and NYC as well as spending time hosted by local families in Boston and Baltimore. UIII + IV girls only.

France:  Every year, as part of the IVs (Year 8) leavers' programme.  Outdoor activity and multiple challenges for a week.

Cranedale:  Every year, for the Year 7 girls.  A week in North Yorkshire on a Science and Geography field trip.

Ski Trip: Every year for girls in Years 6 - 8.  Holiday time trip to Lake Tahoe!

Skern Lodge: Year 6, residential week during summer 1/2 term holiday.  North Devon multi-activity programme.

Boulogne:  French day trip for Year 6

Normandy: (Every 2/3 years) Five educational days away in France, experiencing the culture and food!

Music Tour to Prague:  (From time to time) Year 7, selected musicians and choristers.

Examples of Regular Activity Days: The Natural History Museum, Highclere Castle, Tower of London, Verulamium, College Lake Environment Centre, Hazard Alley, The National Gallery, Fieldtrip to the New Forest, Warwick Castle, Houses of Parliament, London Theatreland and many, many others.

Student organizations:

The Enrichment Curriculum consists of around 50 lunchtime and after-school activities scheduled each week.

Art, Athletics, Badminton, Ball Games, Ballet, Brownies, Chess, Chinese Mandarin, Cookery, Construction, Craft, Cricket, Current Affairs, Dance, Debating, Dress Making, DT, First Aid, French, Gardening, Gymnastics, Hockey, Horrible Histories, Horse Riding, ICT, Judo, Knitting, Lacrosse, Latin, LAMDA, Maths, Manga High, Music Theory, Netball, Orchestra, Poetry, Politics, Productions, Recorder (Lodge only), Rounders, Science, Sewing, Sketching, Spanish, Swimming, Tennis, Theatre Skills, Verbal Reasoning, Wind Band, Zumba (Boarders)

Sport and culture

Sport Facilities: In October 2013, the Jubilee Sports Hall was officially opened . The full sized, multi-purpose, indoor sports hall allows for tennis, four badminton courts, netball, basketball and indoor hockey. It is also used for gymnastics, indoor lacrosse, indoor high jump and Lodge gym, to name a few. Upstairs there is a dance/ballet studio, a function room, kitchen facilities and a double balcony looking in and out to the lacrosse field.
Culture and arts:

Music plays an important role in Life at this top girls only boarding school . All pupils receive one or two class music lessons each week and everyone can join the wide-ranging musical activities that take place outside class each day. In addition, there are many opportunities for pupils to receive individual vocal or instrumental lessons. Individual tuition is available from our experienced team of specialist teachers on the following instruments: violin, viola, 'cello, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, French horn, guitar, piano and voice.

The Music Departments purpose-built Music School has fifteen practice rooms, each with a piano. In addition, there are two large classrooms - one fully-equipped with keyboards and computers, the other housing a wide range of percussion and ethnic musical instruments.

Drama is incorporated within the English Schemes of Work, with opportunities for speaking and listening arising in at least one English lesson each week. Weekly LAMDA Drama lessons are also undertaken by a large number of children as part of the enrichment curriculum (after-school programme). In addition, Godstowe has a very good commitment to Drama, with a major termly production taking place each term. Periodic visits to professional theatre productions form part of the learning experience.

In September 2013, Godstowe opened it's brand new, state-of-the-art theatre - the JK Theatre. With multi-purpose staging and spectacular lighting, each performance can go off with a bang. The large theatre is also used for concerts, after-school clubs, assemblies and parents' evenings.  

concerts, after-school clubs, art exhibitions, assemblies and parents' evenings.



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