School Data

Gender Girls
Age 11 - 18
Type Boarding Day School
Size 494
Bursaries Available

We offer academic, music and sport scholarships at 11+, 13+ and 16+. We also offer means-tested awards of up to 100% of tuition fees for girls who meet the school’s entrance criteria.

Open Days & Events

Open days on:

Saturday 24th June at 9.30am

Open days include a welcome from the headmistress followed by an individual tour of the school led by a current pupil. Over tea there is the opportunity to meet and ask questions of teaching and pastoral staff, the headmistress, current parents and the admissions team.

Contact Details

St Swithun’s School

Alresford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HA

St Swithun’s School

Alresford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HA

St Swithun’s School is a renowned independent day, weekly and full-boarding school for girls set in 45 acres overlooking the Hampshire Downs on the outskirts of Winchester, yet only 50 minutes by train from central London. It offers excellent teaching, sporting and recreational facilities.


St Swithun’s School school has a long-standing reputation for academic rigour and success. Students are prepared for public examinations and higher education in a stimulating environment in which they develop intellectual curiosity, independence of mind and the ability to take responsibility for their own learning. Girls at St Swithun’s achieve almost one grade higher at GCSE than their already significant baseline ability would suggest, and approximately half a grade higher at A level.

We are an ‘appropriately academic’ school, celebrating intellectual curiosity and the life of the mind, but not to the exclusion of all else. We expect our pupils to develop individual passions and through them to acquire a range of skills and characteristics. These characteristics will include a willingness to take risks, to question and to debate, and to persevere in the face of difficulty. In the words of Samuel Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Boarders at St Swithun’s very often say that boarding is their favourite thing about school. They like being with their friends, having time to take part in our extensive co-curricular programme of over 100 weekly and 50 weekend activities, being part of a community and being able to roll out of bed into school via breakfast.

Girls are involved in several clusterevents each term, where boarders from all year groups meet in small groups for meals which they plan, cook and eat together. Friendships with other year groups are a significant feature of boarding here and the support of older and younger girls can mirror some of the dynamics of family life. We ensure that both boarding and day girls work together to create a happy and inclusive school environment and that they take every opportunity to forge supportive relationships with other girls of all ages throughout the school.

With kindness and tolerance at the heart of our community, we provide a civilised and caring environment in which all girls are valued for their individual gifts. By the time a girl leaves she will be courageous, compassionate, committed and self-confident with a love of learning, a moral compass and a sense of humour.

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