St. Swithun's School
St Swithun’s is an ‘appropriately academic’ school which means that we celebrate intellectual curiosity and the life of the mind, but not to the exclusion of all else. We expect our pupils to develop individual passions and through them to acquire a range of skills and characteristics. These characteristics will include a willingness to take risks, to question and debate, and to persevere in the face of difficulty. In the words of Samuel Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” If a girl can immediately excel at everything we ask of her, we as educators must set the bar higher.
We want all girls to learn about life beyond the school gates, to appreciate the rich variety of our world, to develop an understanding of compassion and to value justice. We encourage all pupils to become involved in fundraising and community work. They should appreciate how their decisions and their actions can affect those around them.
St Swithun’s was founded by Anna Bramston, daughter of the Dean of Winchester, and Christian values underpin our approach to education. We provide a civilised and caring environment in which all girls and staff are valued for their individual gifts and encouraged to develop a sense of spirituality and of kindness. We believe that kindness and tolerance are at the heart of any fully functioning community.
In 2016, girls at St Swithun’s once again celebrated successful A level results this year with over half (54%) of girls achieved three A grades or above and in 10 subjects, including physics, further maths, history and Spanish, 100% of candidates achieved an A*-B grade. 23% of candidates were awarded an A* grade and 66% of entries awarded grades of A* or A. Leavers will now go on to study degree subjects including biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, economics, English, geography, law, mechanical engineering, medicine, music, neuroscience, physics and politics at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, UCL, Exeter, York, Warwick, Edinburgh and Imperial College.
At GCSE, 57.5% of all entries were awarded an A*, the school’s highest since 2012. 85% of all entries were awarded an A* or A, an increase on last year. 1 in 6 girls achieved A* in all of their subjects, and 45% of St Swithun’s pupils were awarded all A* or A grades.
The school’s aims are as follows:
To prepare girls for public examinations and higher education in a stimulating and scholarly environment in which the girls develop intellectual curiosity, independence of mind and the ability to take responsibility for their own learning. They are encouraged to achieve their personal best.
To provide a happy, safe and supportive community based on Christian values in which all girls are given the space to develop their spirituality and are encouraged to understand and celebrate difference, and to be kind to others.
To provide a wide range of opportunities beyond the classroom so that girls can discover individual passions and develop a range of characteristics such as resilience, initiative, creativity, perseverance, self-confidence, the ability to work in a team and to honour one’s commitments. To encourage habits to ensure good physical and mental health both at school and in the future such as exercise, healthy eating and the art of relaxation.
Beyond the school gates
To teach the girls compassion, an understanding of the wider world and their role in it, a sense of duty and a desire for justice.
Looking towards the future
To provide high-quality higher education and careers advice and a supportive old girls network.
Keeping in touch
To communicate in a timely and constructive fashion with parents and other members of the St Swithun’s family in order to develop relationships conducive to offering the best possible education.
By the time a girl leaves St Swithun’s she will be well-educated, courageous, compassionate, committed and self-confident with a love of learning, a moral compass and a sense of humour.
To find out more about St Swithun’s School, please visit our website: www.stswithuns.com.
Fees: £6,721 - £10,770 per term (senior school)
Registration: 1 year prior to entry
Entry Pass Mark (%): 55-70
% to Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary Science: 10-20
% who go on to Art, Music, Drama, Performance colleges: Less than 5
Pupils sent to universities outside the UK: A few in the last 5 years
Ms Jane Gandee