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St Swithuns School Winchester

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Sch00lUK Tue 06-May-14 09:04:46

Anyone knows abt this school? My friend's daughter will be joining this school in the upcoming September? Can anyone tell me how the school works? Are teachers and students nice? Thank you!

H0pelesslydevoted Wed 17-Sep-14 22:20:16

Ok so im aware this is a little late given that she will have already started her school by now but maybe to help ease the nerves a little bit i can give you a bit of information about St. swithuns anyway.
My daughter goes there so I can just explain somethings for you.
The school is one of the most prestigeous in the country being number the two all girls school after wycombe abby, so as you can expect your friend's daughter will feel a little bit of pressure fomr the shcool especially in the older years. the teachers are lovely and some of them i would say are the best i have ever come across! the students are also very nice and most of the older girls will always be willing to help out someone who is lost or maybe just confused!
there are some things to look out for though, becuase like all schools st swithuns isnt perfect. Yes there was a drugs bust in what is now the current U5 and the main girl invloved was expelled and her two friends helping her were suspended, but i am happy to day that is the first i have ever heard about drugs in st swithuns and from what ive heard that is just a bad year group! My daughter is in middle 5 now and i can safely say her whole year group is absolutely charming.
HOpe this helped a bit, if you want any other information feel free to ask.

MillyMollyMama Thu 18-Sep-14 20:29:27

Hmmmm. I think St Paul 's Girls' School might contest top spot!

goinggetstough Thu 18-Sep-14 20:47:54

I did wonder too milly as the word prestigious was used.... I would therefore think of a number of girls schools which are known internationally and St Swithuns would not be near the top of the list.
Having said that I have friends who have had DDs at St Swithuns and they were very happy with the school and it gets great results.

Ehhn Thu 18-Sep-14 20:53:49

I left 10 years ago and my life began the day I walked out of those gates. If you'd like details of the issues that were rife back then, please pm me, but if you feel that enough time has passed, then don't worry about it.

sophiesiobhan Sat 11-Feb-17 21:24:21

Hello - also following this as I'm considering moving to Winchester and this is the only all girls school? Wonder I what the demographic is like?

Wink1e Thu 02-Nov-17 08:57:58

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BubblesBuddy Thu 02-Nov-17 11:22:44

New Headmistress? Jane Gandee has been there since 2010. She appears not to have left, so what new Head?

I think people who write about independent boarding schools, need to understand the culture of schools in this sector. They all have pretty large numbers of overseas girls who board and a good number of whom will do STEM subjects. What is wrong with that? Any girl could do well at the same subjects if they chose to do them. Many boarding schools would have closed if there were not overseas pupils. Their money is vital so it's a bit rich to complain about them doing well.

St Swithuns is not overly selective. Boarding schools offer a wide experience of education and RG and Oxbridge is not everything. If the overseas girls do well, what is to stop any other girl doing well? It just may be that the brightest girls are not in a particular year group but that will vary year on year. Where my DD's wsent to school, plenty of bright girls did not get an offer from Oxbridge. Some did not see the "value" of RG either and chose to do specialist courses elsewhere. If you do not know the girls, it is hard to say if they should have done another course or not.

Bullying should be dealt with, of course, but show me a private school where there is not some degree of favouritism? In schools I know it tends to be about parental donations and involvement with the school. The daughters of old girls, for example, tend to be looked upon favourably. You just have to get over it and do not expect it to be better anywhere else. They probably have an inner circle of larger donors who get invited to special dinners etc. and this will include current parents.

I am sure you will remove your child if you do not like it. I guess maybe you already have?

user1496003897 Mon 17-Sep-18 09:43:25

Not an academic school. good grades in 6th form from new overseas joiners (check the subjects that get the A*...). but great for sports (although recently sport teachers left... plus many other teachers including the stellar english teacher and chem teachers). nice community school with local day-girl parents supportive (and donors..). had huge issues with drama, geography and chemistry. may be now resolved?

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