St Swithun's School in Winchester, Hampshire, UK is a boarding school for girls only!
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. In the words of Samuel Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” 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. We encourage all pupils to become involved in fundraising and community work. They should appreciate how their decisions and their actions can affect those around them.
St Swithun’s was founded by Anna Bramston, daughter of the Dean of Winchester, and Christian values underpin our approach to education. We provide a civilised and caring environment in which all girls and staff are valued for their individual gifts and encouraged to develop a sense of spirituality and of kindness. We believe that kindness and tolerance are at the heart of any fully functioning community.
The school today
St Swithun’s is a modern and flourishing educational organisation. The school is set on an impressive and attractive campus of 45 acres overlooking the Hampshire Downs on the outskirts of Winchester, yet only a 50 minute train journey from central London. It offers girls excellent teaching, sporting and recreational facilities.
The school offers day, weekly boarding and full boarding options for girls aged 11-18. There is an adjoining Junior School for girls aged three -11 and boys up to the age of seven years.
St Swithun’s is a registered charity and is governed by the school council. The senior school has approximately 510 girls from age 11 - 18. Entry to the senior school is primarily at 11+, 12+ or 13+ and 16+ (sixth form).
The senior school has six boarding houses for its 225 full and weekly boarders, with separate houses for those in their first and second years and those in the upper sixth. The school buildings are modern and well equipped. As well as the normal academic classrooms and science laboratories, there is a magnificent performing arts centre with a 600-seat auditorium, a music school, an art and technology block, a sports hall and a full-size swimming pool. There is an impressive library, higher education and student guidance department and ICT facility. The grounds are spacious and encompass sports fields, tennis courts and gardens.