Community service

Caritas

Love your neighbour as you love yourself – The Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you – Compassion

An important part of life at St Swithun’s is learning to relate to, regard and treat other people as equals, whoever they are and whatever their circumstances. It is our desire to inspire and encourage all girls to acts and attitudes of compassion.

We very much value our links with the local and wider community.

The school’s current public benefit activity is outlined below.

Widening access        

  • Bursaries and scholarships have been awarded over the past year at a cost of £927,809. Of this £705,521 (4.75% of fee income) was committed to means tested awards to some 34 pupils, of which 14 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.

State school and educational partnerships

  • Maths Hub
    • 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 both near and far do discuss matters mathematical and ICT-related.
      • Biennially we run the regional final of the Team Maths Challenge, hosting 24 state and independent schools
      • Annually, we host the 2-day UKMT Maths Circle for 60-70 gift and talented Year 10 students from local state/independent schools
    • Our head of mathematics is committed to supporting UKMT, the non-profit organisation which runs UKMT Maths Challenges, Team Maths Challenges and Olympiads.  This member of staff is a member of the UKMT Challenges Subtrust, the committee which organises annual mathematics competitions entered by over 600 000 students nationally, as well as being on the UKMT Enrichment Subtrust, which runs enrichment event for mathematics teachers and summer schools for gifted and talented students from state and independent schools alike. In addition, he is in charge of the marking of the Year 9 Olympiad nationally.
    • St Swithun's hosts an annual Maths Inspiration day of mathematical lectures which attracts over 120 young mathematicians from state schools.
  • Our classics department run a biennial Classics Inspiration Day which is free of charge for local schools and organisations.
  • We organise and host events and an annual festival involving over 300 pupils and visitors from local state schools and organisations (2016 - MESTival (maths, engineering, science and technology), 2017 HistoryLive!)
  • Two 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 organise a biennial GAP Fair and Careers Fair which is open to pupils from the local community.
  • We run a series of lectures throughout the year featuring high profile visiting speakers (John Humphrys, Germaine Greer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes) which are attended by local schools and organisations free of charge.
  • We host an event for the Royal Society of Biology for local A-level biology students from state and independent schools.
  • 15 pupils provide classroom support at Winnall primary school for one hour a week in term time
  • Teachers at St Swithun’s undertake the following:
    • Provide science outreach work at Sun Hill Infant School
    • Act as an educator for the Holocaust Educational Trust, undertaking both outreach programmes in state schools and taking groups of students to Auschwitz
    • Governorships at local primary schools
    • Fellowship of the RSA, widening access to philosophy in local state schools
    • Implemented a Thinking Skills Workshop for staff of local state schools
    • Audit and construct the RPE curricula and best practice across the county as a member of the Hampshire SACRE
    • Contribute to research and teacher CPD at the Maths and Science Centre in Southampton
    • Share sciences resources on TES website (over 100,000 downloads)
    • Provide mentoring for PGCE undergraduates and NQTs
    • Regularly providing work experience/observation days for students from Winchester University
    • Organising a debating collaboration with local state schools

Fundraising

  • Overall, the school community raised a total amount of £18000 for charitable organisations during the year
  • We provide 23 fully funded scholarships for girls to St Katherine’s School, Lira, Uganda
  • The school community supports three charities each year. Speakers of these charities visit and speak to the pupils in assembly and then all fundraising events throughout the year supports these causes. This includes a whole school ‘Fundraising Friday’ event and a number of other fundraising activities. In total, we annually raise in excess of £13000 for our school charities. Last year the school charities were Young Minds, the Medical Detection Dogs and the George Pantziarkos Trust.
  • In addition, our staff have supported the Women’s Refuge, Naomi House and Endometriosis UK through a range of fundraising activities
  • In the last year, pupils and staff at St Swithun’s Junior School pupils have supported Children In Need, Jeans for Genes Day, McMillan Cancer Support, The Joe Glover Trust, Let the Children Live, the World Wildlife Fund, the East Africa Crisis Fund and Comic Relief, raising over £1,000 for these causes.
  • All Year 9 pupils embark on The Big Give – a philanthropy five week course which raised £2500 for a range of charities.
  • The school responds to international emergencies with collections of supplies and essential items. This year, projects have included the East Africa Crisis appeal and the World Wildlife Fund.

Community service

  • All Year 10 pupils visit local nursing homes each week for one term each year
    Our sixth form pupils and staff host an annual afternoon tea party for a group from Contact the Elderly.
  • Every year, the whole school participates in a Harvest festival collection for the Basics Bank and Nightshelter charities.
  • A group of our Year 13 pupils are involved in Global Student Forum community leader events, raising awareness of issues affecting young women globally
    Pupils are actively involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and are consequently involved in community service.  Beneficiaries include Riding for the Disabled, Winchester Nightshelter, Oxfam, Abbeygate Care Home and the EdClub Movement.
  • A new Community Action group has been formed, aiming to organise a range of events for the local community. The first of these was held towards the end of the summer term where girls organised and hosted a picnic for families form the local refuge.
  • Our Performing Arts Centre manager provides technical advice, guidance and support to the Chesil Theatre, Winchester

Sharing facilities

  • Each year we share our facilities at a discounted charity rate with a number of local organisations and charities, including: Hampshire County Youth Band, a local historic churches group, Butterfly Conservation Group, Hampshire Music Service, Alresford Community Choir, England Lacrosse, Cerebral Palsy swimming gala, Winchester City Penguins Club, Hampshire County Council Playbus.