St Swithun’s

About St Swithun’s

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 to debate, and to persevere in the face of difficulty. 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.

A St Swithun’s girl learns to seize each school day for what it offers, both in and outside the classroom, while looking for opportunities to contribute to the life of the school. We expect great things from our girls, and we are rarely disappointed.

Type of School All girls independent school
Number of Pupils 508
Number of Boarders 213
Age Range 11 to 18 years
Distance from Airports

Southampton – 12 miles; Heathrow – 54 miles; Gatwick – 70 miles

Distance from London

67 miles

School Links

Prep chool on site, ages 3 to11 with boys from 3 to 7 years.

Educational Programmes

IGCSE, GCSE, A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Co-Curricular Programmes

Girls enjoy an extensive co-curricular programme including activities as diverse as street dancing, golf, cookery, judo, photography, debating, fencing, art, cross-country running, textiles, dressmaking and home furnishing, touch rugby, pottery, philosophy, public speaking, exploring nature, technology, gardening, self-protection and ballroom dancing.

These, together with participation in musical ensembles, rehearsals for dramatic productions and individual lessons for instruments and communication and performance, give every girl the opportunity to try something new or develop existing interests. We create an environment which encourages all girls to opt in.