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St Swithun's School

Alresford Road
SO21 1HA

T: +44 (0)1962 835700

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ISC ID: 30535


Ms Jane Gandee (Headmistress)

Girls - age range:

Day: 11 to 18

Boarding: 11 to 18


516 pupils

St Swithun's School case studies (19)

Impact of partnership work done in 2021 (ISC annual Census 2022)

  • 10 state schools involved
  • 201-500 state school pupils involved
  • 150 staff hours given

Impact Statement

Widening access
Bursaries have been awarded over the past year at a cost of £1,182,105 (7.6% of fee income) to some 61 pupils, of which 30 were between 75% and 100% of fees. In order to truly widen access, bursaries are available to cover both fees and other necessary expenses appropriate for a pupil at the school. We also provide 23 scholarships for girls to St Katherine’s School, Lira, Uganda. To learn how you can support us, read about our Bramston Bursary Fund.

State school and educational partnerships
We have a partnership with Oliver’s Battery Primary School for which we cover all tuition and transport costs. This activity benefits 100 pupils from Oliver’s Battery each year
“Education is all about partnerships and we are really pleased to be working with St Swithun’s School. We visit their school on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Tuesdays involves an academic enrichment working with their specialist teachers and Thursdays we will be using their swimming facilities, including swimming coaches, this will be for Year 3. St. Swithun’s are not only providing the facilities, they are also providing the transport. On Friday afternoons a group of pupils will visit our school and listen to readers in Year 1 and 2. We are really excited about this opportunity and know that this will add to the rich curriculum that we already offer here at school.” Miss F Wood, Headteacher
Activities include:
Over 30 pupils from Oliver’s Battery visit St Swithun’s each week for academic enrichment sessions (maths, French, art and drama), led by St Swithun’s staff and pupils
Pupils from St Swithun’s to visit Oliver’s Battery to deliver weekly individual reading support to 40 pupils
60 Pupils from Oliver’s Battery visit St Swithun’s for weekly swimming lessons - all tuition and facility costs are covered by St Swithun’s

• We have a partnership with Sun Hill Primary School for which we cover all tuition and transport costs. This activity benefits over 100 pupils from Oliver’s Battery each year.
“The children have loved their sessions with you and have learned a lot about the processes that were being studied. The practical sessions have enabled them to explore the concepts more fully gaining first-hand experience that has been hugely beneficial and an experience that we could not have provided.” Sun Hill Headteacher.

Activities include:
Over 30 pupils from Sun Hill visit St Swithun’s each week for academic enrichment sessions (science and maths), led by St Swithun’s staff and pupils
60 Pupils from Sun Hill visit St Swithun’s for weekly swimming lessons – all tuition and facility costs are covered by St Swithun’s

• We also have a partnership with Winnall Primary School which involves weekly reading to 20 primary school pupils, delivered by our pupils.

• St Swithun’s has developed a reputation as a hub for mathematical activities within the region, giving access to the subject to children from local state and independent schools in addition to CPD opportunities for staff: St Swithun’s regularly hosts teachers from schools to discuss mathematical and ICT-related topics.
Biennially we run the Regional Final of the Team Maths Challenge, hosting 24 state and independent schools. We also host the 2-day UKMT Maths Circle for 60-70 gifted and talented Year 10 students from local state/independent schools.
St Swithun's hosts an annual Maths Inspiration day of mathematical lectures which attracts hundreds of young mathematicians from local state schools and colleges.
Our head of mathematics is committed to supporting UKMT, the non-profit organisation which runs UKMT Maths Challenges, Team Maths Challenges and Olympiads. He writes questions for various UKMT competitions and is in charge of the marking of the Year 9 Olympiad nationally.

• Four local primary schools continue to have free use of our swimming pool and tuition on a weekly basis and we host swimming school galas for a local state primary school. We also provide transport to allow these sessions to take place.

• Members of St Swithun’s staff undertake the following volunteer work:
Trustee of the Royal Society of Biology, organising events at St Swithun’s for state and independent school pupils
Teaching science in a local primary school
Delivering critical thinking skills workshops for two local primary schools
Acting as a governor for two local state schools
Acting as an educator for the Holocaust Educational Trust, undertaking both outreach programmes in state schools and taking groups of students to Auschwitz.
Organising a biennial GAP Fair and Careers Fair which is open to pupils from the local community
Running a series of lectures throughout the year featuring high profile visiting speakers which are attended by local schools and organisations free of charge.
We organise and host events and an annual festival involving over 300 pupils and visitors from local state schools and organisations.
We organise a biennial GAP Fair and Careers Fair which is open to pupils from the local community.
We host Oxbridge talks for pupils from local state schools which run twice a year.
Fellowship of the RSA, widening access to philosophy in local state schools
Share sciences resources on TES website (over 100,000 downloads)
Provide mentoring for PGCE undergraduates and NQTs
Regularly provide work experience/observation days for students from Winchester University
Organise a debating collaboration with local state schools

• We organise and host a classics, languages and philosophy conference and a philosothon competition for a number of local state schools.

• We run holiday activity and swimming days for children from the local community. These are free of charge.


St Swithun's offers means-tested bursaries of between 75% and 110% of tuition fees for girls who meet the school's entrance criteria. All awards are at the discretion of the awards committee.

In addition to direct applications, the school works with the Royal National Children's Springboard Foundation (the UK's largest boarding school bursary charity) to identify girls whose lives would be transformed by the chance to study at St Swithun's.

St Swithun's offers a number of 20% boarding bursaries to HM Armed Forces families joining the school. There is also a sibling discount for families with three or more daughters.

Candidates for an assisted place follow the same entrance procedure as all other applicants but the standard school registration form should be completed at the earliest opportunity. For further information and guidance please contact the school office on 01962 835700 or visit


St Swithun's offers academic, music and sports scholarships of between 5% and 20% of the fees to students who fulfil the school's academic entrance requirements and demonstrate aptitude in the relevant area. Candidates need to be registered with the school by the application deadlines. For dates and full details please visit

Academic scholarships

Academic scholarships are awarded at 11+, 13+ and 16+.

11+ candidates are selected and invited to interview based on the results of their Common Entrance examinations.

13+ candidates may be put forward by their current school to sit the Common Academic Scholarship papers or (for late-entry and overseas-based applicants) may sit the school's own entrance papers.

16+ candidates are invited for interview and sit academic papers and a cognitive ability test (or UKiset for overseas based).

Music scholarships and exhibitions

Music scholarships and exhibitions of up to 20% of fees and tuition in up to two instruments are awarded at 11+, 13+ and 16+. For key dates and criteria please visit

Sports scholarships

Sports scholarships are awarded at the end of year 9 when all students, whether they have joined the school at year 7 or year 9, will have had the opportunity to develop skills in all of the sports that St Swithun's offers.

  • Academic scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • H M Forces discounts
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils