About St Swithun's School
From the Headmistress:
St Swithun’s is an all girls' school and many of our parents choose us because they believe in the benefits that this brings. As you may well be aware, St. Swithun's has a reputation as a school with a high level of academic achievement. This is true, but it can also give the false impression that we select only the most academic girls and focus on the academic to the exclusion of all else. While our pupils are all of above average intelligence, they are by no means an academic elite and we aim to help every girl to achieve her full potential across the board in a sensible and sensitive manner. Academic success is undeniably important, but it is only one facet of the rounded education that young people need to equip them for a successful and fulfilled adult life. A parent in a Good School's Guide said: "Girls go in here and with no particular song and dance seem to come out with incredible A-level results". They also, I believe, emerge as well-balanced, rounded individuals, confident in their own strengths and talents and ready to contribute to society in their adult lives.
Should you wish to visit St Swithun’s, please either e-mail us or telephone my PA, Mrs Rachel Nicholls, on 01962 835701. I should be delighted to meet you and to arrange for one of our sixth form girls to show you around the School.
Alternatively, if you require any further information before arranging an appointment, please contact the registrar, Mrs Kate Cairns, on 01962 835700.
Ms J Gandee
Making an application to join the senior school is very straightforward and we look forward to speaking to you about the steps you need to take.
We suggest that you might like to start by coming to one of our open afternoons and you can make your booking for a particular date when you request a prospectus via this website. Your daughter is welcome to join you at an open afternoon and you will all get a chance to talk to current pupils, parents, teaching and house staff as well as our headmistress, Ms Jane Gandee and, of course, the admissions team.
You may then want to come on an individual visit to talk further with Ms Gandee, and be shown round the school by a senior pupil and visit a boarding house if required.
After this we ask you to complete and return the registration form which is found in the prospectus and a non-returnable registration fee of £100. (If you are applying from overseas the registration fee is £200.). From this point on our communications team will keep you updated about the school’s news and events through our termly newsletter. You are of course welcome to contact the admissions department at any time by email or telephone 01962 835703 to discuss the next stage of our entry procedure. We look forward to meeting you when you visit us.
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