Leehurst Swan School

Salisbury

Independent Co-Educational Day School

Tel: 01722 333094

Senior School General Information

'Personal development is excellent' - ISI 2017

Senior School General Information

School Times

07.00 - 08.00 Breakfast club and Before School Club
08.00 - 08.30 School drop-off time
08.30 – 08.45  Registration
08.45 – 09.20  Period 1 
09.20 – 09.55  Period 2 
09.55 – 10.20  Break 
10.20 – 10.55  Period 3 
10.55 – 11.30  Period 4 
11.30 – 12.05  Period 5 
12.05 – 12.40  Period 6 
12.40 - 13.35 Lunch
13.35 - 14.10 Period 7
14.10 - 14.45 Period 8
14.45 - 15.20 Period 9
15.20 - 15.55 Period 10
15.55 - 16.00 Registration and phone return
16.00 - 16.20 Supervised break (for those staying for Homework Club and/or After-School Care
  • Breakfast Club and Before School Care:  charged at £5.50
  • Homework Club:  16.20-17.00 - no charge
  • After-School Care:  17.00-18.00 - charged at £2.50 per half hour

Supervision before and after School

The school provides a Breakfast Club as a service from 07.00 to 08.00 (There is an additional charge of £2.50 per half hour).  Pupils can arrive at school any time after 08.00.

There is a supervised break between 16.00 and 16.20 for those pupils remaining in school for homework club or after-school care.  There is a homework club for senior pupils that runs from 16.20 until 17.00 each day, supervised by the teaching staff for which there is no charge. Further care is available from 17.00 to 18.00 for an additional charge.

Curriculum

Years 7 – 9 (Key Stage 3)

All pupils follow a broad curriculum consisting of English, Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Art, Design Technology, Performing Arts, Spanish, Geography, History, RS, IT, PE & Games. A second modern foreign language is introduced in Year 8 (French) and pupils pursue either French or Spanish from Year 9.  In addition the pupils follow a course in Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education.  Each pupil also has a period with their academic vertical tutor. 

Year 7 pupils all learn Spanish as their first foreign language. Spanish is increasingly popular in schools as the first foreign language, reflecting the number of people across the world who speak Spanish. Subsequently French will be introduced as the second MFL in Year 8. At that point, if needed, some pupils may be offered the opportunity to attend Core Booster sessions instead of learning two languages.

Pupils are examined in ICT Functional Skills at the end of Year 9 which is equivalent to half a GCSE.

Year 10 & 11 (Key Stage 4)

For the core curriculum, all pupils normally study full course (I)GCSE in: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Geography or History, one Modern Foreign Language, and Biology, Chemistry and Physics (or Combined Science).  In addition, all pupils continue to study a short course GCSE (half a GCSE Full Course) in Religious Studies which will be examined at the end of Year 10. All pupils also participate in Games (Sport) and PSHCE. Careers are covered in dedicated periods throughout the year.

Pupils then choose further two full (I)GCSE subjects from: Art or Photography - not both, Drama, Design and Technology, History, Music, Physical Education and Computer Science. Details of the courses offered are contained in this booklet.

Excellence extends beyond the purely academic; our pupils’ commitment to music, art, drama, sports, the environment and to helping others through community and charity fundraising are a credit to them.  Pupils are expected to demonstrate care for each other and value the contributions each can make. They celebrate the achievements of others and are keen to show their work in displays around the school.

Lunch

Hot lunches are available in school for an additional charge of £3.50.  These lunches are brought into school using fresh local ingredients alternatively children have packed lunches.  Pupils may have a snack at break-time.

Caring

We pride ourselves on the high standard of pastoral care we provide. We want our pupils to develop into confident, independent young people who share our Christian values of respect and care for the individual and awareness of the needs of others. The school encourages involvement in community service and the pupils participate in various fund-raising activities to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

Our values are summarised in the School motto: Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est’.‘Where there is charity and love you will find God’.

GCSE Results Summer 2019

GCSE Results 2019 - 90% of pupils passed in 5 subjects or more

GCSE Results 2018 - 100% of pupils achieved A*-C in 5 subjects or more.

Homework

Homework is put online on Schoolbase and should also be recorded in the homework diary.  In an emergency, if it is impossible to do homework on a particular night, a letter from a parent must be sent to the relevant teacher (one letter will be sufficient).

The homework timetable can be accessed on the secure Parents' section of the website.

Length of Homework

Years 7 and 8 have 15 minutes per subject per week.

Year 9 have 20 to 30 minutes per subject per week.

In Year 10 and 11, homework is 40-60 minutes per (I)GCSE subject.

Applications for Entry into the Senior School

Acceptance for entry into the Senior School is dependent on performance in the Entrance Examination, a report from the candidate’s previous school and an interview.

Parents wishing their children to be considered for entry should complete a Registration Form and return it, together with the Registration Fee of £50, to the School.

The Entrance Examination will take place on a Saturday in January and consists of a Science paper, a Mathematics paper, and an English Paper.

All candidates will be called for interview within two weeks of the Examination.