When joining St Swithun’s in L4, I found myself being welcomed to a community which encouraged a love of learning, intellectual curiosity and most importantly to have fun in the right moments. This mindset has allowed me to persevere towards my academic goals, pushing me to work hard and use all the resources the school offers, but it also reminds me to take advantage of the school’s other strengths outside academics with a large range of departments each able to support a student’s passion.
I feel I can follow any interest I have here, with our vast number of extracurricular activities that ensure there is a space for everyone to bond with others over their hobbies, creating an inclusive environment. For me, the large sports department has enabled me to become a keen sportswoman, playing a high standard of lacrosse, netball and tennis, as well as trying new sports like water polo and cricket. Our school plays are extremely popular, where students frequently direct the plays as well as act, sing and do the stage and lighting for them, and through this we learn key skills and work as a team.
Pastorally, I know I can trust and rely on my teachers if I have a problem and they will endeavour to help me. The support system is extremely strong at St Swithun’s, with many places to go if you ever need help for whatever problem you have from university applications to talking about mental health. Throughout my time here I have felt safe and looked after whenever I’m on the school grounds which then allows me to focus completely on making the most of my time at school.
The small classes and close contact with teachers at St Swithun’s are extremely rewarding as you build a strong bond with others over your shared academic interests, and you get to know your teachers on a close level. Furthermore, we have an academic enrichment programme with weekly reading groups, guest speakers for academic lunches and other talks after school, covering a multitude of topics and disciplines. Through this I have seen how I can extend my knowledge of history, as well as know what careers are potentially available for me when I leave university.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I can’t wait to see what opportunities and challenges this final year will bring!
Head of School