Our family atmosphere, small class sizes and individual attention means that we know, and have time for, each individual child. We support and encourage our pupils in the classroom and celebrate their achievements outside of school. Children may find their voice in maths, in art, on the sports field or in any number of ways. Finding their strengths and giving pupils the opportunity to fly will boost their self-esteem. Self-confidence opens doors and encourages pupils to take risks, express their creativity in class assignments and invest in the work they produce at school. Confidence plays a crucial role in pupils’ learning outcomes.

LEEHURST SWAN BY NUMBERS

6

Acres

57

Extra Curricular Clubs Per Week

585

Sessions per week

29

Specialised Teachers

HEADTEACHER'S WELCOME

At Leehurst Swan, we have the highest aspirations for all our pupils to 'Find their Voice' within a community that promotes the importance of shared values, as we seek to encourage a real enthusiasm for learning and a spirit of enquiry. The Leehurst Swan education is one based on Christian values, high academic standards, breadth of curriculum, exceptional pastoral care and Fundamental British Values. It is designed to celebrate the individual and foster the unique interests and talents of each pupil from Reception to GCSE. Everything we do is carefully sculpted to create a community of learners in small classes, who are supported in pursuit of their passions and talents and well equipped to meet the challenges of the present and the future so they can truly ‘find their voice’.

At Leehurst Swan, we believe that each pupil has the potential to be a leader of tomorrow and make a positive difference to the lives of others and we aim for them to be compassionate, curious and courageous individuals.

Please do come and see for yourself what makes Leehurst Swan such a unique and special place to learn and I look forward to welcoming you and your family.

Mrs Mandy I Bateman BA(Hons), MA, PGCE
Headteacher

WHY CHOOSE LEEHURST SWAN

For over a century, we have been a beacon of inspiration and education, proudly standing as Salisbury's only co-educational independent day school. We extend a warm welcome to girls and boys, guiding them seamlessly from Reception to GCSE (4–16 years). Embrace the benefits of an all-through education, where the challenges of transitioning between educational stages are effortlessly eliminated. Our commitment to your child’s education fosters excellent social skills, creating a supportive and nurturing environment. We may be small in size, but we are grand in our aspirations for our pupils.

Our History

Leehurst Convent Opens
Leehurst Convent Opens

On the 14th May 1914, Leehurst Convent opened its doors for the first time with the purpose of educating Catholic girls in the tenets of their faith.

A New Era
A New Era

1953 brought a new era for the school when the Sisters of La Retraite arrived and it was no longer known as Leehurst Convent. For the pupils, the change brought continuity to their education, however the new sisters were more strict and they introduced different rules to the school.

Pleated Skirts
Pleated Skirts

In the 1960s a brown gym slip was introduced for the first 2 years of Senior School. Pleated skirts had to be worn from the 3rd year upwards.

Secular Dress
Secular Dress

By 1975, the nuns were allowed to venture out of the school grounds and were able to wear secular dress.

Boys Arrived!
Boys Arrived!

In 1996, another big change occurred for the all girls school- the boys arrived!  114 boys and 18 staff members from the Swan boys school, merged with La Retraite.

Leehurst Swan is named
Leehurst Swan is named

In 2007, Leehurst Swan became the school's final name. Two years earlier, the Order of La Retraite had sold the freehold to the land and buildings to the school, severing the last connection with the nuns. The condition of the purchase was the name La Retraite was no longer used,…
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Walker Hall Opening
Walker Hall Opening

2010 marked the opening of the Walker Hall which was a great addition to the facilities. It is used every day for many different purposes.

Centenary Building Opens
Centenary Building Opens

In 2014, the Centenary Building was finally opened. Our new Prep building added 12 modern classrooms to the school, making room for its thriving class numbers.

Mandy Bateman Joins
Mandy Bateman Joins

Our current Headteacher, Mandy Bateman, joined the school as a history teacher. She took over the position in 2022.

Today
Today

Today, Leehurst Swan's rich history still lives on through our staff, pupils and our grounds. If you are a former staff member or pupil and would like to join our Alumni Association, please email us (registrar@leehurstswan.org.uk) along with your memories of your time here.

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