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  • South Wilts Grammar School for Girls
    Stratford Road
    Salisbury
    Wiltshire
    SP1 3JJ
  • Head: Mrs M Chilcott
  • T 01722 323326
  • F 01722 320703
  • E head@swgs.wilts.sch.uk
  • W www.swgs.wilts.sch.uk
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wiltshire
  • Pupils: 1,042; sixth formers: 329
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 11th October 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Fearsome reputation for academic rigour borne out by a sense of intellectual endeavour we could almost smell: ‘I was bullied for being clever at my last school,’ one girl admitted, ‘so I wanted to come to South Wilts because everyone would be a boffin’. An outstandingly academic school and makes no bones about it. Preparation for such stellar performance starts early: these girls work hard from day 1, with an amount of homework which is sometimes baulked at, even by parents. Girls unpretentious, bright and not…

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What the school says...

Entrance examinations for entry into Years 7 - 10. Please contact school for details.
Sixth Form entry - Minimum of 6 A*-Cs with B+ in subjects to be pursued.

Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since 2011, Michele Chilcott BSc PGCE NPQH (40s). An environmental geographer with a degree from Wye College (now Imperial) and a PGCE from Oxford, Mrs Chilcott taught in a range of secondary schools in southern England before coming to South Wilts as assistant head in 2004. Clearly still enthusiastic about her subject, she teaches all of year 7, partly as a means to get to know them all, lives on the coast (well away from school) and is a keen and adventurous traveller: ‘I don’t want to visit the same place twice’, she says. She’s also very pro single sex education: ‘Coming here means girls can still be girls at 11’, she says, ‘before going on to excel in traditionally male subjects like maths and sciences’. Highly regarded by her girls and their parents,...

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