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  • Old Swinford Hospital
    Heath Lane
    West Midlands
    DY8 1QX
  • Head: Mr Paul Kilbride
  • T 01384 817300
  • F 01384 441686
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Dudley
  • Pupils: 750; sixth formers: 220
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day free; Boarding £12,582, Flexi boarding £6,291 pa
  • Open days: See website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 26th January 2022
    • 2 Full inspection 6th February 2013

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 19th May 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Rugby is king, say pupils and parents, though head says he’s ‘never been convinced we’re a rugby school.’ Either way, the school is well able to hold its own with the large independent schools, with a former England player running a values-driven rugby coaching programme of humility and hard work. Drama a bit thin on the ground. Art gets good numbers at GCSE and A level. The school is highly committed to boarding. In fact, the last head did away with…

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What the school says...

Old Swinford Hospital is one of the UK's leading state boarding schools. Approximately two-thirds of the pupils are boarders who benefit from the combination of opportunity, structure and care which a boarding education offers. Pupils are expected to work hard, to acquire good study habits and to develop other useful skills that will help them in their future careers. High standards of personal presentation and behaviour are set and pupils are expected to demonstrate consideration for the needs of others within the School, in the local community and far beyond. They are encouraged to be creative and to consider the deeper questions, matching their academic attainment and physical fitness with emotional maturity. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Paul Kilbride (40s), previously deputy head at Bethany School, Kent. Has taught in just about every type of school – state and independent, day and boarding, selective and non-selective, single sex and mixed. Good grounding for this hybrid school. His own education was at a British Army school in Germany from where he went on to Magdalen College, Oxford to read modern history. Career options (he felt) were limited to police (‘I was too short sighted’), army (‘I didn’t like the rigid structure and hierarchy’) and teaching (‘I liked the idea of public service and the autonomy’). So teaching it was. Tremendously popular. Pupils say he’s the staff member they see the most of, his energy, engagement and informality clearly putting them (and us) immediately at ease. ‘It’s crazy, but he knows...

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Special Education Needs

The school aims to provide equal opportunities for all its students, including those with special educational needs (SEN), to follow a broad, balanced, and relevant curriculum; demonstrate their full potential recognising strengths as well as weaknesses; to fully participate in all school activities; and meet physical, emotional and intellectual needs.

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