The winds of change are sweeping through Wycliffe Preparatory School with the arrival of the new Head, Mrs Helena Grant.
Her appointment coincides with exciting new developments at the Prep School based in the Cotswolds. Wycliffe has started its new 3+ Nursery Class and has carried out a range of refurbishment work.
Underpinning the changes in and beyond the classroom is Mrs Grant's commitment to provide the very best educational foundation for children.
"My vision for the school is clear - strong academics, a range of opportunities to challenge and inspire all children and a personalised pastoral care system to support all in our community," says Mrs Grant.
She is passionate about building on Wycliffe's academic excellence which can be seen in this year's GCSE and A Level results. No fewer than 53% of all GCSE grades awarded to ex-Prep pupils were at 7-9 (A* or A). At A Level, 70% of ex-Prep pupils were awarded A*- B grades.
It can be argued that superb Early Years teaching lays the foundation to academic confidence and achievement and this is built upon even more by the Prep School experience which follows on at Wycliffe, explains Mrs Grant.
"Academic outcomes are enhanced by children who are confident, take risks, are curious and who aren’t afraid of making mistakes – character attributes developed both in and out of the classroom. Our activities programme ensures that our pupils have opportunities to try new things and develop their passions,” she said.
"Layering curiosity alongside a deep knowledge-based curriculum taught in a way to develop skills and personal attributes reaps rewards. We have our own robust curriculum for Years 7 and 8 and with our small class sizes we truly can challenge and nurture the individual – being non selective, Wycliffe is all about taking each pupil through their journey bringing out the best in each of them."
Among this year's GCSE results is a pupil who has been at Wycliffe since Year 1. He secured a full-house of ten 9 grades (A**s equivalent). A young woman who joined in Reception achieved three 9s, four 8s and three 7s.
"A school is also about community and providing the support for families. We offer care from 8am – 6pm and work hard to be there for the family when you need us. Come and visit and see for yourselves what Wycliffe can offer,” said Mrs Grant.