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The ethos here is to have fun and make mistakes, no spoon feeding – it feels a very happy school, with the kids joking and teasing confidently with the adults and each other without overstepping the mark. New uniform takes its orange from the so successful senior school lacrosse team, shorts in the summer instead of dresses are great for climbing trees. ICT grows from bugs for simple coding in nursery to podcasts for a humanities project on natural disasters. Topic-based curriculum feels exciting (war artists’ sketches, air raid shelters in DT and war poetry in English) with…

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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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Mrs Rebecca Lyons-Smith (degree from University of Northumbria; PGCE, MBA from UCL). Previously, deputy head at Stroud, King Edward VI Preparatory School.

She sits on the governing body of a local state junior school and has recently become an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Lives in the New Forest with her husband Trevor, a consultant gastroenterologist at Southampton General Hospital, and her two stepsons, aged 10.


Non-selective with a waiting list that should shrink now it has two form entry. Mostly girls (fewer than 10 boys) although officially co-ed until year 3. When The Pilgrims’ School (choir school of Winchester Cathedral) opened a pre-prep department in 2008 there was a natural single sex split between these two schools.

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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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