St Swithun's School

St Swithun’s 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 for girls aged 11-18. There is an adjoining Prep School for girls aged 4-11 with a co-ed preschool.

Alresford Road
SO21 1HA

+44 (0)1962 835700

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ISC associations: GSA, AGBIS, ISBA, HMC

Religious affiliation: Anglican

Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly/Flexible Boarding and Full Boarding

Gender profile: Girls only

Size: 522

St Swithun's School fees:

Boarding fees per term:

Day fees per term:

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
850 / 6038

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 11 to 18 (294)

Boarding: 11 to 18 (228)

Sixth Form: (145)

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Additional Information


St Swithun’s is an 'appropriately academic' school which means that we celebrate 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." If a girl can immediately excel at everything we ask of her, we as educators must set the bar higher.

We want all girls to learn about life beyond the school gates, to appreciate the rich variety of our world, to develop an understanding of compassion and to value justice. We encourage all pupils to become involved in fundraising and community work. They should appreciate how their decisions and their actions can affect those around them.

St Swithun’s was founded by Anna Bramston, daughter of the Dean of Winchester, and Christian values underpin our approach to education. We provide a civilised and caring environment in which all girls and staff are valued for their individual gifts and encouraged to develop a sense of spirituality and of kindness. We believe that kindness and tolerance are at the heart of any fully functioning community.


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.

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

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

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies