St Swithun’s Prep School

At St Swithun’s Prep School we believe a child’s education should be about discovery, a sense of adventure and a spirit of excitement and fun; that good academic success and a great deal more is achieved as a result of this ethos.

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    St Swithun’s Prep School

    St Swithun’s Prep is a non-selective school  and its academic success is achieved through good teaching in small groups, excellent resources and facilities, supportive parents and motivated children who enjoy coming to school. It is the children that we are most proud of and we spend a lot of time building their self-esteem. All children have different talents and skills and we are committed to finding and developing these. Success in one area leads to a boost in confidence elsewhere and this helps our pupils feel secure enough to explore and take risks.

    Category: Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Day

    Religious Affiliation: Church of England

    Roll: 4 Boys / / 180 Girls

    Age Range: Girls aged 4-11 Years with a coeducational pre-school

    Founded: 1884

    Location Description

    St Swithun’s Prep is set within 45 acres of grounds on the outskirts of Winchester, overlooking the Hampshire Downs.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr Jonathan Brough

    Contact for enquiries:Mrs Sara Mathieson, Registrar

    Alresford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HA

    Tel: 01962 835750



    Pupils and staff are enjoying the outstanding facilities of their purpose built building at St Swithun’s Prep School, Winchester which opened in 2015. The Performing Arts space and gym, which is exclusively for the use of prep school children, opened in 2016.

    The new school replaces the existing school buildings and, among many other things, enables the Prep School to have smaller class sizes. The development includes specialist teaching rooms, a science laboratory, an art studio, a media/computing room and, in the next phase, a new performing arts space and gym. The new prep school is a light, bright, modern space; it is a wonderful environment for both children and staff. The building is flooded with natural light and the huge expanses of glass looking out over trees and fields. Internally the building has been designed with light wood finishes, oak floors and white walls giving a feeling of light and space and modern furniture compliments the space. The furnishings are age appropriate to help learning to be a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
    The library which is in the heart of the school is particularly inspiring; the bespoke curved shelving and soft seating will allow the children to access the books easily. The calm atmosphere pervades the whole school.

    Outdoors the school is surrounded by beautiful naturalistic planting; floor to ceiling glass look out onto grasses and verbena blowing in the wind and the scent of the lavender and rosemary comes into the school through the open windows. New sports courts and the playing fields can be seen beyond. Pupils also benefit from our splendid indoor swimming pool. There are extensive and well-equipped grounds for sport and play. Music pulsates throughout the school. Thriving ensembles include the string and chamber orchestras, wind band and quintet, senior and chamber choir as well as two steel bands. Individual tuition is offered in a wide range of instruments. Sport is enjoyed during the day and after school. Netball, Hockey, Football, Pop-Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Games’ Skills and Tag Rugby are played in the winter and Rounders, Short Tennis, Kwik Cricket and Athletics in the summer. Swimming, Gymnastics and Dance are taught throughout the year.

    A variety of clubs is offered for both core sports as well as Golf, Judo, Football, Science, ICT, Watercolour Painting, Calligraphy, Touch Typing, Music Theatre Workshop, Steel Band and Chess.

    For children who may have need of extra support we have a specialist Learning Support teacher who gives additional help, on an individual basis or in groups. A range of educational and cultural visits are arranged, both day and residential. Both Before and After School Care is available.

    Entrance Requirements




    Years 4, 5 and 6: £6,354 per term.

    Year 3: £6,264 per term.

    Reception, Years 1 and 2: £4,679 per term.

    Pre-School: (all day, including lunch) £4,679 per term.

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    For details, please contact Mrs Sara Mathieson on 01962 835792 or email


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