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Old Girls and Former Staff

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The St Swithun’s Old Girls’ Association supports lifelong friendships and opportunities for its members worldwide through events, reunions and professional networks. If you are a former student you are already a member of the Old Girls’ Association, of which there are over 5,000 based all around the globe.

St Swithun’s Community Hub

The St Swithun’s Community Hub started life as a networking tool for our alumnae, but it has now evolved into an exciting web hub for our whole school community. All alumnae, students, parents and staff (current and former) are encouraged to join to gain full access to all the site has to offer.

Join the St Swithun's Community Hub.

Meet our Alumnae

We invite you to read a number of really interesting Old Girl profiles. Just click on a picture to find out more. Meet our alumnae here

Our History

Take a fascinating journey through our school timeline.

Click here to visit our timeline

Click here to watch a historical video tour of St Swithun’s presented by our school archivist.

Life After St Swithun’s

Many Old Girls generously offer their time and professional expertise to help guide our current students and recent leavers on the first steps of their higher education and career pathways.

If you could like to help support our professional guidance programme of activities, there are many different ways you can get involved:

  • Talk to students about what you read at University and what life was like on campus
  • Help with student interview practice
  • Talk to students about what you did on your gap year
  • Offer professional guidance and advice to groups of students who might like to follow in your footsteps
  • Offer advice about how to stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market
  • Act as a mentor to an individual student
  • Become an official Career Champion
  • Open up possible work experience opportunities at your company
  • Address a large audience of our school community about your life journey

Our Career Champions can be found here.

Please contact Head of Student Guidance, Tim Dixon on [email protected] to find out more, thank you.


Every year we welcome Old Girls and former members of staff back to St Swithun’s for an annual reunion. There are also many other opportunities to meet up with old friends and to network.

Events include university reunions, professional sector events, informal social gatherings and a whole host of school concerts, plays and lectures at St Swithun’s that you are welcome to attend.

Click to see What’s On.

Photo Galleries can be viewed here and event videos here.


There are many ways in which Old Girls and former staff can stay in touch and remain part of the St Swithun’s supportive community.

You can choose to receive the annual printed publication: OGA Chain and our monthly e-bulletin: OGA e-news. Read online versions of OGA Chain here.

For a whole host of regularly updated news items and event information, please visit the St Swithun’s Community Hub.

If you want to find an old school friend, you can use the Hub’s search engine and direct messaging facility. Or, you can email [email protected] and we will try to put you in touch.

Supporting of St Swithun’s Business Community

Our St Swithun’s Community Hub Business Directory provides a free platform to promote your business within our St Swithun's community of current and former parents, Old Girls, staff and friends of the school.

There is no obligation, but if you wish to offer discounted services/products to members of our community and/or a donation to the Bramston Bursary Foundation - your support would be deeply appreciated.

We invite you to upload content, which will become live once approved.

St Swithun’s School cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions, does not endorse any products or services and reserves the right to reject business listing requests.


It is a common misconception that St Swithun’s is a wealthy school. In reality, it does not have a large endowment and relies on fee income for its annual running costs.

It is only through a combination of the school’s financial resources and philanthropic support therefore, that it will be able to continue providing its girls with the top-class teaching facilities in which they can excel in traditional subjects and also keep up with the pace of innovation.

In addition, voluntary contributions are essential in enabling the school to offer life changing bursary places.

Old Girls who wish to give another girl the chance to benefit from all St Swithun’s has to offer are invited to support our Bramston Bursary Foundation.

The Bramston Bursary Foundation is dedicated to helping young girls who are at risk of going into care, who may already be trying to cope with the instability of a life in care, or who are dealing with other multiple challenging issues in their critically under-resourced communities.

With your help, we can provide fully funded boarding places at St Swithun’s School: stability, security, opportunity, and a family of inspiring positive role models - simply life changing. 

Donate Today

1884 CLUB

Members of the 1884 CLUB all donate £18.84 every month, every quarter or just once a year - the frequency is up to you.

We are also pleased to announce the launch of the 1884 GOLD CLUB, for members who donate a one-off gift of £1,884 or through their regular gifts to the 1884 CLUB, reach a cumulative total of £1,884.

All members of the 1884 CLUB and 1884 GOLD CLUB receive a membership badge and are invited to the Bramston Bursary Foundation's annual Thank You Drinks Party (COVID permitting).

Join the 1884 CLUB here

Join the 1884 GOLD CLUB here

St Swithun's was founded in 1884 by Anna Bramston.

Legacy Society

If you would like to help future generations of St Swithun’s girls, you may like to consider leaving a legacy to the school.

As a charitable legacy, it will be deducted from your estate before the amount of inheritance tax is calculated.

If you decide you would like to leave a legacy, we would be very grateful if you would let us know.

You do not need to provide the details of the legacy if you do not wish to, nor is the pledge in any way binding. It is simply a statement of your present intention - and we would just like to say thank you.

All those who decide to make a legacy pledge, will be invited to join our new St Swithun’s Legacy Society and will be invited for an annual social gathering, which will provide an opportunity for guests to hear from the headmistress, Jane Gandee about the school’s progress.

If you would like to discuss further, please email [email protected], thank you.

Remembered with Affection

Welcome to our ‘Remembered with Affection’ memorial page.

Although we publish Old Girls’ obituaries in our OGA Chain annual printed publication, we felt we also wanted an online lasting tribute to those we have lost from our school community.

This also provides us with an opportunity to remember parents or students we have also tragically lost.

If you are a family member who would like to discuss this with us, please do get in touch: [email protected]


Stay in touch

Twitter: @StSwithunsOGA@StSwithunsGirls@StSwithunsBBF
Instagram: @bramstonbursaryfoundation
Post: Development and Alumnae Office, St Swithun's School, Alresford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HA
Telephone: 01962 835734

 Meet some of our Old Girls

Chibundu Onuzo, 2009 leaver
Captain Rosanna Baker, 2007 Leaver
Vivienne Parry, 1974 Leaver
Baroness Celia Thomas of Winchester, 1962 Leaver
Celia Fisher, 1968 Leaver
Eva Eisenschimmel, 1980 Leaver
Professor Martha Clokie, 1992 leaver
St Swithun's women in history
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