One of Buckinghamshire’s top schools has been named as one of the best private schools in the world.

Conducted by the Spear’s Schools Index 2021, Wycombe Abbey was named as one of the Top 20 UK Senior Schools among the top 100 schools internationally, expertly chosen by global education group Carfax Education and Spear’s, the award-winning magazine for high-net-worth individuals.

Jo Duncan, Headmistress, Wycombe Abbey, said: “We are delighted to be included in the Spear’s Schools Index as one of the Top 100 private schools in the world this year and a Top 20 UK Senior School.

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“Wycombe Abbey strives to be a world leader in girls’ boarding education and a place where academic excellence, empathy and integrity thrive.

“Our aim is to ensure that our pupils leave school as confident, articulate, independent young women and it is my privilege to lead Wycombe Abbey and be recognised in this way by Spear’s magazine.”

Fiona McKenzie, Head of Education, Carfax Education, said: “The Spear’s Schools Index lists schools that are either worth moving countries for, sending children far away for, or aiming to get into if living nearby.

“Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions a family will make for their child and that’s why we wanted to share our knowledge in an index that provides a trusted perspective on the very best schools around the world.

Jo Duncan Headmistress Wycombe Abbey (David Levenson)

Jo Duncan Headmistress Wycombe Abbey (David Levenson)

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“The impact of a child’s educational experience goes far beyond academia alone, and for that reason we looked at each school’s unique ethos and how they prepare students for the future, when determining schools that made the cut.

“Carfax Education works with parents across the world to place their children in the very best schools and universities. With an unrivalled network of education specialists across the world, we are expertly placed to provide the knowledge and insight to select the top 100 private schools in the world.

“We know that finding the right school can be a daunting experience and our work is rooted in guiding parents through the complexities of the education landscape and demystifying the process, and this comprehensive list is a great start to assisting families through what can be a confusing time.”

Edwin Smith, Editor, Spear’s Magazine, said: “Last year, when we began work on the first Spear’s Schools Index in partnership with Carfax Education, we had no idea of the success it would become.

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“The second edition of the index arrives at an interesting moment, with the impact of the pandemic still reverberating through the education sector.

The way schools responded to the crisis has been taken into consideration in this year’s index as we wait to see how the longer-term consequences will impact education as we move into the next academic year and beyond.”

For more information and to view the Index visit