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St Swithuns School

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Rigorous teaching gets super results. A STEM leaning: biology and chemistry the biggest A levels with maths, geography and psychology right up there too. Results reflect the slightly broader intake: lots of A*s and lots of As; enough Bs that it’s not too big a deal if you get one; handful of Cs. Top three per cent in the country for value added at GCSE: your daughter needs to be motivated and curious, but not a genius. Lots of chat about sports: mad for netball and lacrosse. A bit of a social currency here, and the girls we met were…

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What the school says...

St Swithuns School, Winchester is set on an impressive and attractive campus of over 45 acres overlooking open countryside, and offers girls excellent teaching, sporting and recreational facilities. The school offers day, weekly boarding and full boarding options. There is an adjoining Prep School for girls aged 4-11 with a co-ed preschool.

St Swithuns has a long-standing reputation for academic rigour and success, but this is only a part of what we offer. We think of ourselves as appropriately academic which means that we expect girls to give their full attention to classwork and to homework before taking advantage of the wide range of co-curricular activities on offer. We encourage girls to develop individual passions and we celebrate each of their achievements. In addition, we expect intellectual curiosity, courage, perseverance, compassion, humility, respect and a sense of fun - we are rarely disappointed.
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Since 2010, Jane Gandee MA. French and Spanish at Girton College, Cambridge. Two years in accountancy before teaching: Lord Wandsworth College, Oakham, Queenswood (head of languages) and then City of London School for Girls as director of studies.

What’s changed since she took the helm? ‘We’re more pastorally aware’, ‘better at a bigger range of sports’, offer ‘greater range of subjects’ at GCSE and A level. School caters, then, for a wider range of girls than St Swithun’s of old, with a slightly softer, more rounded approach. ‘We are a pro-smiling school, I was determined about that,’ she says (practises what she preaches). Parents say ‘she is warm and cosy with the girls’; very comfortable chatting to them in a low-key way. ‘At match days she’s on the sidelines catching...

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Special Education Needs

St. Swithun’s Learning Support Department provides academic and personal support for students with: mild/moderate dyslexia, dyspraxia and other specific learning difficulties. Appropriately qualified staff support students individually or in small groups, in weekly tutorials. Programmes are tailored to the individual’s need and may include support for language, organisation and study skills. Learning support, curriculum and pastoral staff work closely to ensure good communication in relation to students’ needs. Parent partnership is encouraged.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
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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