St Swithun’s is a modern and flourishing school set on an impressive and attractive campus of 45 acres overlooking the Hampshire Downs on the outskirts of Winchester, only one hour from London and 30 minutes from the South Coast. It offers girls exceptional teaching, sporting and recreational facilities as well as excellent value for money for parents. The school offers day, weekly boarding and full boarding options for girls aged 11-18. There is an adjoining Junior School for girls aged 3-11 and boys up to the age of 7 years. 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. Academic success is undeniably important, but it is only one facet of the rounded education that young people today need to equip them for a successful and fulfilled adult life.  A parent, quoted in The Good Schools Guide said, “Girls go in here and with no particular song and dance seem to come out with incredible A-level results.” The school features strongly in the league tables and almost all girls continue to University, including Oxford and Cambridge, and all continue to some form of Higher Education and training.  A talented teaching staff provides considerable added value to each girl’s education

The school has a strong musical tradition, with two choirs and numerous orchestras, ensembles and chamber groups; tuition is available on 20 instruments.  A Performing Arts Centre with a 600 seat auditorium was opened in 2003.  St Swithun's also boasts excellent sporting facilities that enable girls to participate in a wide range of team, individual and minority sports. There are extensive playing fields:  the school plays lacrosse, netball and tennis and there is a spacious sports hall plus a 25 metre swimming pool.  Technology is very active; members of the Engineers' Club regularly win national competitions with their designs and inventions.  There is an extensive range of extra-curricular activities and an organised programme of visits and activities at the week-end.
The School grows and flourishes in a way appropriate to the present day, but it is very firmly rooted in its traditions and the fine things of its past including a very vibrant Old Girls Association.  Within a framework of sensible discipline, there really is a remarkably friendly and caring atmosphere in the School.

Alumni - Baroness Warnock; Vivienne Parry; Emma Chambers; Fiona Glover; Tiffany Darke.


Town: Winchester.
County: Hampshire.
Area: South East.
Location: City Outskirts/Rural.
Type: Girls, Senior, Sixth Form, Full Boarding, Weekly/Flexible Boarding and Day.
Age Range: 11 to 18.
Religious Affiliation: Church of England.
Special Diets:
Scholarships and Bursaries: Available. Bursaries of up to 100% of fees available

Facilities: 600-seater Performing Arts Centre, Athletics Track, CDT Centre, Chapel, Conference Facilities, First Class Boarding Facilities, Floodlit Tennis Courts, Gymnasium, IT Suite and Careers Centre, Sixth Form Centre, Sports Hall, State-of-the-art Library, Swimming Pool, Theatre.

Activities: Ballet/Dance, Chess, Choir, Community Service, Computing/IT, Debating/Public Speaking, Drama/Theatre Studies, Duke of Edinburgh, Environmental/Green Club, Film/Video Club, Full Boarding Programme at Weekends, Orchestra/Band, Orienteering, Outdoor Pursuits, Over 20 Sixth Form Societies, Photography, Pottery, Riding, Skiing, Theatre Trips, Yoga, Young Enterprise.

Sports: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Fitness Training, Football, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Netball, Rounders, Sailing, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleybal.

"St Swithun's has a reputation for high academic achievement, but this is only one facet of the outstanding all-round education that the girls receive here."

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