School History

Wycombe High School first opened in September 1901 when there were only 18 fee paying students and three staff.

Miss Mary Christie, MA, was the first headteacher. The school was originally housed in a building known today as Clock House in Frogmoor, High Wycombe. The building still stands today.

The school moved to Benjamin Road in 1906 where it remained for 50 years, except for a time during the First World War when it was evacuated to the old grammar school so that Benjamin Road buildings could be used as a military hospital.

By 1922 the school had 300 pupils and was rapidly expanding. Wycombe High acquired its status as a Voluntary Controlled Girl’s Grammar School in 1944. By 1956 the number of girls wishing to attend the school was so great that the school moved again to new premises that were built at the present site on Marlow Hill.

In 1993, new buildings were added to allow for the extra 300 pupils and staff that arrived when Lady Verney High School joined with Wycombe High in 1993, with new Technology, Sport and Drama blocks. The Wainwright Learning Centre was opened in 2006 and houses our well-resourced library, conference facilities and the school archive.  The Music Centre was opened in 2015.  This specially designed building has expanded and modernised the school’s Music resources.  The most recent addition is the All-Weather Pitch, which was opened in 2018 providing a state-of-the-art sports facility for the school and local community.

1901 was the year that Wycombe High School was founded.

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