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St Swithun's School

Alresford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, England SO21 1HA

Age Range & Fees

Age Range11 to 18
Annual Day Fees *£0 to £20976
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £34776
Annual Full Boarding Fees *£0 to £34776
* Currency: GB Pound

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
0Full Boarding119
0Weekly Boarding95

Number of Staff

Full-time: 0
Part-time: 0

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Jane Gandee

Welcome to St Swithun’s, a boarding and day school which is unashamedly academic but not academic to the exclusion of all else. I strongly believe in the concept of ‘appropriately academic’ which means working hard in class, working hard on homework, but then shutting your books and doing something else. After all, there is no point in being young if you spend all your time at your desk.
Our prevailing ethos is one of every girl striving to break her own personal best rather than competing with her classmates. We want our girls to understand that their ability is not fixed but will change over time when they receive good teaching and when they respond to feedback. They will not do everything perfectly straight away and they will make mistakes, but that is often when the best learning takes place. In the words of Samuel Beckett “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Being a pupil at St Swithun’s means being part of a vibrant community, one in which I expect girls to question, to take on responsibility, to plough their own furrow, but also to care for others and one which I hope they will seek to improve for the good of all.

What we offer

  • Classics
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Ancient Greek
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Netball
  • Polo
  • Rounders
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch rugby
  • Water sports
  • Adventure training
  • Ballet
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Horse riding and management
  • Horticulture
  • Language club
  • Orienteering
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Skiing
  • Yoga
  • Young Enterprise
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • After school club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • School bus service
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Dyslexia

Method of Entry

  • Common Entrance
  • Entry test or exam

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Academic
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Music
  • Senior school entry
  • 6th Form
  • Sport
  • Means tested bursaries

Curriculum and Exams:

  • AQA
    Assessments and Qualifications Alliance
  • Edexcel Foundation
  • OCR
    Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations

Religious Affiliation:

  • Church of England

Teaching Languages:

  • English
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