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St Swithuns Prep School

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Academic progress taken seriously, though girls pleasingly unaware of it. Every parent we spoke to mentioned academics as a reason for choosing the school. Maximum of 18 in a class, 16 at key stage one. Teachers seem to strike the right balance: ‘she’s basically Miss Honey’, one mum tells us. Around 100 girls learn an instrument; lots of chances to perform. It’s about giving it a try. ‘Fancing having a go in a steel band?’, read one poster, ‘come and explore the sunny world of the Caribbean steel drums!’

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What the school says...

If you were to ask a St Swithuns parent why they chose us for their child, I hope they would tell you that it is because we believe a childs education should be about discovery, a sense of adventure and a spirit of excitement and fun; that good academic success and a great deal more is achieved as a result of this ethos.

We are a non-selective school and, as such, our academic success is achieved through good teaching in small groups, excellent resources and facilities, supportive parents and motivated children who enjoy coming to school.

It is the children that we are most proud of and we spend a lot of time building their self esteem. All children have different talents and skills and my teaching staff and I are committed to finding and developing these. Success in one area leads to a boost in confidence elsewhere and this helps our pupils feel secure enough to explore and take risks.

When searching for a school, I believe parents look for a number of qualities confident and engaging pupils; staff who are dedicated to ensuring that the pupils are successful and happy; an understanding that every child is different; exceptional facilities. You will find these at St Swithuns.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2023, Liz Norris, previously interim head of prep at St Helen's School. Prior to this she was head of junior school at St Margaret’s School in Bushey, Hertfordshire. She was also responsible for pastoral care as phase leader and senior management team member at Bancroft’s Prep School.

In the past she has worked as a private education consultant, supporting reviews on curriculum design and assessment protocols while also undertaking a master’s in education. Away from the classroom, she plays the piano, flute and cello and has been a youth leader at her local church.


Entry into preschool or reception by date of registration. Places further up the school allocated based on taster day and cognitive ability test. School is nearing capacity, ‘comfortable’ on numbers, and higher up the school will only...

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Special Education Needs

At St Swithun’s we aim to help every child fulfil their potential. Teachers constantly monitor the progress and achievements of the children and any concerns are promptly discussed with parents and our head of learning support. A specific learning difficulty may be identified via in-house screening or by referral to a specialist, if necessary. A package of support is then devised, delivered and regularly reviewed. Parents are always kept fully informed and involved in the process. There is no charge for learning support, although the cost of external assessments is met by the parents. We operate a very open, positive attitude to each child’s needs. Everyone is encouraged to recognise, accept and celebrate their individuality, and to respect the differences they see in others.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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