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Our History

Wychwood School has a long and rich history of educating girls. From the beginning our founders had a clear vision of what a small girl’s school should be and what Wychwood girls could achieve.

Along the way the school has remained committed to that ethos, celebrated in 2017 with a 120th birthday party attended by 500 alumnae, students and parents. Our history is what makes our future so bright.

1897

Wychwood School Opened

Miss Batty and Miss Lee open school at 41 Banbury Road with one pupil, Margaret Gay.

1898

The School Moves

School moves to 77 Banbury Road due to growing student numbers (7 pupils).

1912

The First Boarders

The school moves to 3 Bradmore Road and admits boarders for the first time under housemistress Miss Rendall (16 pupils).

1918

School Council

The school moves to 74 Banbury Road. It is named Wychwood School and adopts a forest green uniform. The Wychwood constitution is drawn up and School Council is formed. The system of Housemothers is documented for the first time.

1922

Old Girls’

Old Girls’ Association is formed.

1923

Magazine

The first school magazine is published.

1925

The Hut

‘The Hut’ is built allowing girls to do gym in the curriculum and drama plays.

1926

The Climbing Tree

The Climbing Tree is documented for the first time.

1928

Still Growing

The school purchases 2 Bardwell Road (66 pupils).

1929

Honours

The first Honours list is drawn up.

1938

Expansion Continues

The school purchases 4 Bardwell Road.

1941

Miss Snodgrass

Miss Snodgrass becomes Headmistress and introduces the Dalton System of learning and subject rooms replace classrooms.

1946

Form Plays

The first Form Plays are performed.

1952

Educational Trust

The school becomes an Educational Trust and the first Board of Management is formed.

1964

School Ball

The first School Ball is held.

1971

New Library

The new library opens.

1973

Mrs Schuller

Mrs Schuller becomes Headmistress.

1978

New Hut

A new Hut is built.

1981

Mrs Duffill

Mrs Duffill becomes Headmistress.

1982

First Computer

The school buys its first computer – a Commodore PET. Careers evenings are introduced for the Upper School twice a term.

1985

Weekly boarders

Weekly boarding is introduced.

1986

Work Experience

Wychwood girls start working toward their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Shell girls also undertake Work Experience for the first time.

1991

New Dining Area

A sparkling new dining area is fitted heralding the introduction of self-service dining for pupils and staff.

1993

Friends

The Friends of Wychwood is established.

1996

Young Enterprise

Study girls take part in Young Enterprise for the first time.

1999

Mrs Wingfield Digby

Mrs Wingfield Digby becomes Headmistress.

2006

New Hall

The new Hall (Hut) is opened.

2012

Mrs Johnson

Mrs Johnson becomes Headmistress.

2015

Dame Honor Fell

Plaque commemorating Dame Honor Fell, Wychwood Old Girl, unveiled at school by Society of Biologists.

2017

120 Years

The school celebrates its 120th year. 400 Old Girls, pupils, members of staff and friends come together for a summer birthday party.