LEEHURST SWAN School is the new name for La Retraite Swan which took effect from September 2007.
The name Leehurst was the name of the school on the Campbell Road site which was established in 1911. Leehurst was taken over in 1953 by the Sisters of La Retraite and merged with The Swan School for Boys in 1996, becoming La Retraite Swan.
The school is set in five acres of lovely woodland on a hill overlooking Salisbury city centre. It also has a pavilion and playing fields in the city’s Cathedral Close.
The School recently bought the freehold and it was a requirement of the sale that the school changed its name. Several private schools in the south of England have recently had to close due to the expiry and non-renewal of their leases. Leehurst Swan can face the future with certainty owning their buildings and land.
Headmaster Roger Leake says: “I would like to reassure parents that academic and extra-curricular standards, class sizes, ethos and values of the school continue. The school is our own and the governors have the confidence to invest substantially in it”.
Plans are already afoot to extend the tremendously popular purpose-built pre-school which will incorporate the Reception Class. This will allow the school to open up another Year 5 class in the Prep-School to accommodate the growing waiting list of Year 5 places required for September.
Leehurst Swan School is the only school in Salisbury which offers co-educational schooling from the age of 2 to 16 years – the full range of compulsory education.
“Our results are outstanding at every level and we are one of the top four schools in Wiltshire.”
Leehurst Swan School will continue to offer south Wiltshire children a first-class education for many years to come.