St Swithun’s School: Reviews Rankings, Fees and More
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Summary Of School
- Type of school: Girls
- Age range: 11-18
- Pupils: 518
- Boarders: 43%
- Fees: £34,776
- 2020 A Level Results: 82.3% A*/A
- 2020 GCSE Results: 89.8% A*/A
St Swithun’s School is known for a close-knit community of girls who constantly support and push each other. The school is located a short 15-minute walk away from Winchester town, making it an ideal location for experience and convenience. St Swithun’s currently has over 500 pupils enrolled with 40% boarders, of which 20% are weekly boarders while another 16% originate from a wide range of 17 different countries.
The motto of St Swithun’s is Caritas, Humilitas, Sinceritas which is Latin for Charity, Humility, Sincerity. St Swithun’s School vision is to develop strong, independent women based on their motto which can be seen in the attitudes of its students.
Celebrating its 135th anniversary in 2019, the history of St Swithun’s has become a story which reflects the community spirit in Winchester as St Swithun’s is known for helping young girls reach their full potential, be it academically or behaviorally.
St Swithun's School Courses / Programs
The compulsory subjects are English, Mathematics, at least two of three sciences, and a minimum of one modern foreign language. Foreign languages available are French, German and Spanish.
Students have the freedom of picking their subject combinations based on their desired choice of university, degree course and career. However, subject choices depend on the availability within the timetable.
St Swithun's School Application Deadline
St Swithun’s School Application Deadline
Before September in the entry year
By summer of the child’s year 5
Registered during child’s year 6 and pre-tested in their year 7
16+ (Sixth Form)
By the end of September of the year before the proposed entry.
St Swithun's School Ranking
Students in St Swithun’s achieve on average one grade higher at GCSE compared to their baseline ability, whereas, for A Level, pupils’ value-added score is approximately half a grade higher.
In 2019, 86% of A Levels were graded A* to B against a national backdrop of decline in top grades to the lowest level since 2007. 44% of girls obtained AAA or higher and 56% achieved AAB or better.
As for GCSE results in 2019, 30% of pupils managed to achieve the top grade 9 and 60.2% were graded 9/8/A*, which is a rise from 2018.
St Swithun's 2020 Results
St Swithun's School Fees
£2,265 (mornings), £3,723 per term (all day)
Reception, Years 1 & 2
£3,723 per term
Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
£4,843 per term
From £30 per term
Supervised prep/After school club
£5 per hour
£5 per session
*Registration fee £75 is non-refundable.
*Deposit £500 (£250 is offset against the 1st term’s fees and the remaining £250 is deducted from the final term’s fees.)
£11,592 per term
£6,992 per term
For 11+ entry deposit of £1000 is required in March
For 13+ entry deposit of £3,200is required by 31 January of the year preceding entry
*Deposit for 11+ & 13+: £500 will be offset against 1st term’s fees and the remaining will be returned after payment of final term’s fees and any extras.
*Parents of non-EU citizens are required to make payment of the first year’s fees in the spring term before entry.
Bursaries and scholarships such as music scholarships and sports scholarships are awarded to those who qualify.
St Swithun's School Entry Requirements
No formal assessment. As long as the child can access the curriculum.
Entry is at the head’s discretion based on student’s latest school report, assessment results and educational psychology report
Applicants are required to sit for CAT4
Applicants are required to pass CE before admission.
Students from St Swithun’s prep school prior to year 5 are eligible for internal transfer process
Pre-test during pupils’ year 7
Overseas candidates are required to register with UKiset.
Child’s most recent school report needs to be emailed before filling out the application.
St Swithun's School Reviews
“The school is one of the most prestigious in the country being the number two all-girls school after Wycombe Abby, so as you can expect your friend’s daughter will feel a little bit of pressure from the school especially in the older years. The teachers are lovely and some of them I would say are the best I have ever come across!”
“Academics here is rigorous, but I’ve got a lot to thank St. Swithun’s for. If I hadn’t enrolled here, I don’t know that I would be challenged to do my best the way I was here. I am also thankful for my experience as a boarder, I think in this aspect I would be ready for university. The people here are great, especially the teachers. I could not have done it without them.”
“The academic program at St. Swithuns is very good, the focus is very much on academic work from the start.”
“St Swithun’s takes in students of every background and brings out the best in them, without ever compromising what makes them unique.”
“This is where I built life-long friendships and spent some of the most memorable moments.”
St Swithun's School Accommodation
Year 7 pupils who plan to board in campus will have the benefit of St Swithun’s ‘Sevens’ program. This program ensures friendships with other year groups and also the the support of older and younger girls give boarder some sense of dynamics of family life.
St Swithun’s School offers:
Weekly boarding allows the girls to participate in an exceedingly wide selection of activities and complete their homework in school during the week, which ensures quality time spent with their families within the weekend. A bus service is provided from St Swithun’s School to London on every Friday evening and a return journey on Sunday.
There is a diverse range of activities on and off site on weekends. Facilities like the swimming pool, art studio, library and fitness suite are open for boarders to use. St Swithun’s School has a weekend program for both day girls and boarders. The weekend program consists of a co-curriculum program of 45 clubs and activities which runs on weekends. Full boarders are permitted to stay with friends or relatives on the weekends if they wish.
The boarding houses are responsible for looking after the girls and this creates a powerful sense of belonging and mutual support. There are many inter-house competitions such as lacrosse, swimming, public speaking and drama which strengthens house allegiance.
- Le Roy Junior Boarding House For L4 (Year 7)
- Senior Boarding Houses For U4 (Year 8) To L6
- Finlay Upper-Sixth Boarding House
Pastoral care is additionally provided which helps the girls to be healthy, both physically and mentally. The boarding house staff are trained to work with young people and ensure the girls have a balance between their studies, relaxation and challenges.
St Swithun's School Student Services And Extra-Curricular Activities
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and societies meetings are held regularly as part of the school’s after-school program. Pupils are expected to commit to an after-school activity of their choice for one term. This includes societies of a varied range of subjects such as biology, linguistics and debating.
For full boarders, the school offers numerous activities so that the girls can try out new experiences and learn time management. There are different activities organized each week, for example, an art workshop and golf.
Another stimulating point would be that the school has organized major overseas expeditions that last for four weeks. In the past, various expeditions have brought the team to Kenya, Tanzania, Malaysia and Uganda.
St Swithun’s create different opportunities for the girls to socialize with other school pupils. Students from St Swithun’s often co-produce music and drama performances with other schools. Bands and spectators from various schools are invited twice a year to participate in a rock concert in the performing arts center. Other socializing activities include ballroom dancing with Winchester College, roller discos with a local boys’ school and informal socials such as pizza dinner out and bowling afternoon.
Each girl is enrolled into the Team Orange Performance Program which provides guidance for each girl to reach her full potential as athletes. There are teachers who specialize in the physiological aspects of sport and coaches who will train the girls about the various technical skills involved in a sport. Visiting trainers and speakers are brought in to advice and help the girls achieve more.