Leehurst Swan is an IAPS school for boys and girls aged 4 to 16 in Wiltshire.
About the school
We are a very successful school, with excellent examination results. We do not, however, achieve these impressive results by being highly selective. Rather our success lies in nurturing the individual qualities of every single pupil and providing an ethos in which personal achievement and success is normal. Our pupils are motivated, hard working and challenged to achieve. A programme of personal and social education complements their academic studies. Leehurst Swan has the calm and purposeful atmosphere of happy pupils at work.
This week, Leehurst Swan’s Chamber Choir joined over 25,000 children around the world in wanting to put their voices at the heart of the G7 2021 Summit in Cornwall.
11th June 2021 — Pupils recorded their version of the Tim Rice and Peter Hobbs song to sing out their powerful message to the world and make the Summit relevant to their young lives and make the world leaders listen.
Leehurst Swan Success in ISA Regional Art Competition!
Leehurst Swan pupils have come first in two categories, and runners up in another two, in the ISA south west regional art competition!
1st February 2021 — Maddy (Year 11) won the Key Stage 3 and 4 sketchbook category with an array of colourful and intricate drawings exploring the theme of contrast. The competition judge commented, 'This is a wonderful collection of artwork, cuttings, and notes – it shows a strong sense of drawing ability and I love the fact that every time you look at it, your eye finds something new to explore. Well done Maddy!'
Maddy is a Leehurst Swan art scholar and consistently creates exceptional pieces of work. Mrs Gimenez, GCSE art teacher at Leehurst Swan remarked, ‘Maddy is a very talented artist and success in the ISA art competition is a wonderful way to celebrate the work she has been producing.’
Amelia (Year 8) topped the Key Stage 3, 3D art category with her ceramic piece entitled ‘The Art Cupboard Comes to Life!’ The competition judge commented, 'I really like the sense of humour and fun in this piece of artwork. It shows great skill and imagination and brought a smile to my face. Well done!' Mr Liversage, Head of Art at Leehurst Swan said, ‘This is fully deserved. Amelia works so well in art and in this piece, she has really found her voice.’
Luke (Year 9) and Lois (last year’s Year 11) took second spot in their categories, Key Stage 3 2D art and Key Stage 4 textiles, respectively. Luke’s 2D piece is a print, entitled Creative Hands, which shows how we can use our hands creatively, in this case using hand-bells. Lois’ large textile piece was inspired by ripples on the surface of water. It is made from fabric using batik, hand painting and machine embroidery techniques.
GCSE Choice is Pivotal to Pupils Finding Their Voice
Choosing GCSE options should be an exciting stage in a teenager’s life: a time when they get to, perhaps for the first time, make decisions about their future.
7th January 2021 — Yet, if teenagers are to be given genuine choice, shouldn’t it mean more than selecting from a narrow list of options? With many schools insisting that their pupils take two or three sciences, a language and a humanity at GCSE, they are often left with a choice of only two or three subjects which are not always guaranteed with inflexible blocking of subjects.
That is why at Leehurst Swan, we have taken a fresh approach; maximising choice and creating GCSE pathways, alongside the compulsory core subjects of English language, English literature and mathematics. At Leehurst Swan uniqueness matters and we believe that education is not about forcing pupils to fit a pre-determined mould. As a school, we encourage all pupils to explore their passions, develop their potential and ‘find their voice’ in an ever-changing world.
Research has shown that motivation and well-being in young people is related to whether or not they have opportunities to be autonomous and have a say in the direction their life is taking when making important academic choices. Having genuine choices allows young people to feel empowered and to have ownership over their own learning which boosts their drive, ambition and achievement. This being the case, it would seem counterproductive to push pupils into studying GCSE subjects in which they have little aptitude or, most importantly, simply do not enjoy!
At Leehurst Swan, we are determined that young people should choose subjects in which they are emotionally invested and, most importantly, that inspire them! Students can select seven from seventeen optional GCSE subjects that are not limited by option blocks and allow them to choose any combination from four sciences (computer science, physics, biology and chemistry); four creatives (music, drama, photography and art); three modern foreign languages (German, French and Spanish); three humanities (history, geography and religious studies); alongside additional choices of business studies, design & technology and PE.
We believe that our bespoke, ‘find your voice’ approach to GCSE empowers pupils to take ownership of their education and control of their future, increasing their chances of success and enabling them to realise their potential and fulfil their dreams.
Leehust Swan Lands a Square on Salisbury Monopoly!
Leehurst Swan School gets to star on the brand new MONOPOLY game for Salisbury, which is now available in the shops.
14th October 2020 — Leehurst Swan School gets to star on the brand new MONOPOLY game for Salisbury, which is now available in the shops. Today’s ‘Big Reveal’ of the official game – the MONOPOLY: Salisbury Edition - sees:
* Leehurst Swan featuring on their very own MONOPOLY space. The school gets to appear on the top green square, which is Bond Street in the classic game’s original.
* Salisbury Cathedral named on the highest ranking piece of MONOPOLY prime estate, Mayfair.
* Other landmarks that get to star on the board include Stonehenge, The Guildhall, Old Sarum, Salisbury Museum, Arundells and Charter Market.
* The four train stations from the original board take on a ‘travel’ theme.
* Three leading Salisbury charities each get to land on the game’s three Community Chest squares.
The board has been produced by Winning Moves UK, under official license from the MONOPOLY brand, owned by Hasbro. George Shrimpton, Custom Games Executive at Winning Moves UK, says: “The game features the great and good of the city. It’s in effect .. A Love Letter to Salisbury!”
As well as ALL of the squares like Mayfair and Park Lane being exclusively Salisbury landmarks and addresses, most of the Chance and Community Chest cards are themed too. One card even sends players to the famous MONOPOLY jail for spilling coffee over Salisbury Cathedral’s priceless original copy of the Magna Carta.
Head Terence Ayres remarked, "We are incredibly proud to be included on the Salisbury Monopoly board. Leehurst Swan School is often described as Salisbury’s ‘best kept secret’ and we thrilled that our outstanding history of educating boys and girls from 4 to 16 over the last 100 years has been recognised by Winning Moves."
Lucy Earns Place in England Hockey Performance Centre
Congratulations to Lucy who, after trials last week, has earned a place in the U17 squad at the England Hockey Performance Centre in Southampton!
17th March 2020 — Lucy started playing hockey at primary school before joining Salisbury Hockey Club and, subsequently, playing for Wiltshire.
This is an outstanding achievement and everybody at Leehurst Swan is thrilled for Lucy and very proud of her. Mrs Pearce, Head of PE, remarked that 'Lucy is a great advert for trying hard and always giving everything.'
Congratulations to Leehurst Swan Year 11 pupil Ben Erickson who achieved an A* in Geography after sitting the IGCSE exam back in October half term!
27th January 2020 — Mrs Wright, Head of Teaching and Learning at Leehurst Swan, remarked that 'He worked with great commitment and tenacity, displaying tremendous independence and determination. Ben really pushed himself to get his coursework in in record time and to cover the topics that Year 11 hadn’t yet covered in Geography lessons. Ben will be able to take this qualification with him when the family relocates back to America later in the year.'