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St Swithun's 2018

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toughgetsgoing Wed 06-Dec-17 03:13:02

Have read mixed reviews on the school on here but they seem a bit old some of the threads, after more up-to-date info about the school and the environment. Looking for September 2018 we're expats coming from HK for 13+ and we used to live in Alresford. Thanks!

toughgetsgoing Wed 06-Dec-17 03:14:32

DD also applied to Godolphin and Downe House. She's fairly academic and plays the flute and harp and netball and lacrosse at her international school.

toughgetsgoing Wed 06-Dec-17 07:47:36


Mondrian Mon 08-Jan-18 08:09:03

St Swithuns is more academic than either Godolphin or Downe House but not as much as KES in southampton. They are pretty big on netball and lacrosse (2+ hrs/week) & encourage co-curricular activities. There is also a lot of positive behaviour guidance.

BubblesBuddy Mon 08-Jan-18 13:52:37

Heathfield at Ascot is on the up academically and plays lacrosse. CLC play lacrosse. St Swithuns is about the same as DH and CLC really. Academics vary year on year and depend how you measure them! It where a girl is happy that counts for a lot more. Presumably you need a harp teacher? This may be more of a problem one would have thought.

MargaritaHoshimiya Wed 18-Apr-18 13:50:34

I mean I go to this school (came in 14+) and I can say the admissions is very not selective. Really easy entry test. The headmistress like to broaden the types of students we are taking in, so I guess that's why the criteria went down. Good school if you're not reasonably academic, the teachers go in a plodding pace, so people don't struggle. They try their best to help those who are not confident in what they're doing, but I'd say putting any of those children into state school won't get them a glimpse of what grade they're getting here. Happy environment, lots of lax training, sporty school.

Coroico97 Thu 19-Apr-18 12:50:55

My daughter started recently and is very happy boarding there. She came from a pretty pushy and academic London school and finds the pace fine. It is well set up for boarders, weekly and full I would say. Headmistress - in my experience - is very good. Do PM me if you want more up to date info. Very sporty and musical. There must be a harp teacher as I went to a concert at Christmas which was amazing - and at least one, if you two, girls playing the harp!

jugglingexpat Wed 25-Apr-18 08:02:18

We have been living overseas for some time and our children have travelled with us, attending international schools. We're due to return to the UK when the elder two (girls) are at the end of Year 12 and the end of Year 10. Clearly this would not be ideal so we're looking at sending them to boarding school to avoid difficult mid-GCSE and mid-A Level moves. Both are doing fine academically and love sport, music, art etc. We're looking in the Hampshire area as have family links there and would be grateful for advice on Godolphin, St Swithuns, Hampshire Collegiate, Bedales and any other schools within reasonable striking distance of Winchester. Thank you!

toughgetsgoing Thu 26-Apr-18 03:50:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

toughgetsgoing Thu 26-Apr-18 04:09:39

We do not need a harp teacher.

user1496003897 Mon 17-Sep-18 10:12:52

it all depends how academic are the girls. St Swithuns is not very pushy or academic. the overseas boarding girls (lots of asians) are very competitive and get into oxbridge, etc.. good sport and music. best is to visit the school and see if the feeling is the right one. stronger on humanities than STEM.

MargaritaHoshimiya Mon 17-Sep-18 10:45:28

I agree with this. German, geo, rs, and bio is quite strong in this school, the rest really depends on a single teacher. Increase in taking international especially Mainland chinses in. I mean I am not enjoying life here cause of the ethos duh...

user1496003897 Mon 17-Sep-18 11:52:38

Margarita if you are not happy you should change school. Sure you can find a school where you fit. I heard lots of girls left in L6 and even U6. no point of being unhappy.

Happysummer Wed 07-Nov-18 22:28:41

Anymore feedback on St Swithun's please? We are interested in applying next year and interested to know what it's like, which type of girl is a good fit.

Namenic Wed 07-Nov-18 23:42:52

Went to DH from international school 15-20years ago - had a good time. St Swithun’s had a good lacrosse team - probably our main local rivals.

I started age 11 so i liked boarding and made good friends. If I joined at 16 having been at a mixed urban day school though - I think I personally would have found it harder to adjust to the rural isolated single-sex setting.

user1496003897 Thu 08-Nov-18 13:25:24

you should visit the school and see if you like the girls as your DD will become like them. It is not very academic. results seem to be driven by high achievers from asia and day girls on tutoring when off school. but sport is good and also music. so it depends what you are looking for. for very academic girls may be not the right environment and it is really a day girls school more than boarding. would also check teachers' turnover, size of 6th form and how many girls leave after GCSEs. chemistry dept had a disaster with girls not making the grades and having to set for insurance options at univ.

Happysummer Thu 08-Nov-18 13:32:55

Thank you. We are booked on the open day next spring. I'm not looking for a pushy academic school, as my daughter's passion is sport. She would be a day girl. I'm aware the school will show the best version of themselves so any personal experiences are welcome.

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