Swanbourne House is a thriving, independent, co-educational Prep School, with boarding, day and nursery departments. Our school sits in 55 acres of glorious Buckinghamshire countryside. We provide a continuous education for children aged from three to thirteen.
About the school
We believe that happiness and growing self-confidence within the Swanbourne family are the keys to a child's success. Our strengths, as highlighted by the highest grades in our recent inspection report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, include excellent academic achievements, pastoral care, creativity in art and design technology, sport and extra-curricular provision. We pride ourselves on preparing pupils for scholarships and entry to the top public schools and guide parents to help them find the school which will best suit their child. Yet, with all their skills and learning, Swanbourne pupils do not grow up too soon and they enjoy the fun and spirit of school life. Come and visit us; you can be sure of a warm welcome. Simon & Caroline Hitchings.
Swanbourne House School announces partnership with mental health charity
CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, has formed its first School partnership with Swanbourne House to raise awareness of mental health amongst children.
26th September 2019 — Swanbourne House School has announced a very special collaboration with mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) to raise awareness and promote positive mental health amongst its pupils.
CALM is responsible for many high profile campaigns to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention, especially amongst young people where early intervention is critical. ‘Project84’, ‘Don’t Bottle it up’, ‘The Best Man Project’ and ‘Torch Songs’ have all had widespread coverage in the national press and support from inspirational ambassadors such as The Duke of Cambridge, Professor Green, Loyle Carner, Ed Sheran and Rio Ferdinand. CALM also works with a number of media partners, brands and across a number of touch points such as Music, Comedy, Art and Sport to promote positive mental health amongst young people.
Swanbourne House School is CALM’s first ever School partnership and over the next year will work together on age-appropriate awareness and fundraising campaigns including ‘CALM Collectives’, an initiative to share common passions and interests across expressive outlets such as Music, Art and Sport. With the support of CALM’s successful national campaign, Swanbourne House School has today also launched its own ‘Torch Songs’ project which will encourage children to identify and ultimately perform their ‘light’ songs in a fundraising concert supported by CALM.
Jane Thorpe, Head at Swanbourne House School, commented “We are thrilled to be working with CALM to support positive mental health amongst the children at Swanbourne House. It was a pleasure and privilege to welcome Simon Gunning, CEO, to Swanbourne today to announce our collaboration and inaugural project, ‘Torch Songs’. Music can offer a much-needed psychological boost and as educators, we must take responsibility to identify key areas across our curriculum that resonate and provide expressive outlets. We are very proud to be CALM’s first School partner and look forward to educating children how to help look after their minds as well as their bodies.”
Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, commented “We are hugely grateful to Swanbourne House School for their support of CALM. We all have a part to play in opening a dialogue around mental health and encouraging help-seeking behaviour at a young age, and so we are delighted to be working with Swanbourne in creating a blue print for positive mental health amongst their pupils and staff.”
Swanbourne House children raise £862 for BBC Children in Need
Pupils and staff at Swanbourne House School raised a magnificent £862 for BBC Children in Need 2018 today.
16th November 2018 — Pupils and staff at Swanbourne House School raised a magnificent £862 for BBC Children in Need 2018 today.
Pupils came to school dressed in spots and took part in fundraising activities throughout the day, including face painting, guess the smarties in the jar, penny trail in the shape of Pudsey Bear and many more.
The children enthusiastically embraced the spirit of Children In Need and were incredibly well informed about the importance of the work they do.
Well done to everyone, including our wonderful parents and thank you for your support.
New Head at Swanbourne House, Mrs Jane Thorpe, has welcomed staff and pupils back to the School after the summer break.
6th September 2018 — The new Head at Swanbourne House School, Mrs Jane Thorpe, today welcomed pupils and their families to the School after the summer break.
Under Jane’s leadership, Swanbourne House aims to be an increasingly dynamic and forward thinking school offering an exemplary service in teaching and learning and the provision of an all-round education.
Deputy Head (Academic) Simone Mitchell said “We have already seen evidence of the enthusiasm and energy that Jane brings to Swanbourne House since her arrival during the summer break. Her plans for the School are ambitious and I have no doubt that under her leadership it will go from strength to strength.”
Jane joins the School with her family following an exceptional and diverse career. She read Law at Cambridge, and on graduation was awarded the Queen Mother’s Scholarship by the Middle Temple to study at the Inns of Court School of Law in London. Following a distinguished career as a Barrister, Jane became the youngest full-time District Judge in the country before making the transition into the world of education.
She has a keen interest in sports, having played cricket for Twickenham Ladies’, and she is now a Level 2 ECB Children's Coach. She was the school hockey captain, going on to play for Yorkshire, and she later played Blues' Rugby at Cambridge. Jane is looking forward to supporting all of the pupils in their sporting endeavours, and, particularly, to encouraging the further development of girls’ sports.
Jane is also a Trustee at Milton Keynes' Youth Choir and loves attending a variety of music concerts.
Pupils go Vegan for a Week in aid of children's hospital
Pupils at Swanbourne House raised £133 for Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity
8th August 2018 — Two of our pupils, Isabella and Hailey, were able to go vegan for an entire week in the summer term thanks to the help of the Swanbourne House School catering and boarding staff. They completed this challenge as part of ‘Give it Up’ or ‘Take it On’, a fundraising campaign put together by Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
Isabella and Hailey managed to raise a whopping £133, all of which will be going towards providing sick children with the best care available while they are in hospital.
The catering staff provided a lot of support for the girls as they are both full boarders at Swanbourne House, ensuring that had everything they needed to complete their week. This included soya or almond milk for breakfast time; the easiest meal of their day according to the girls. The hardest thing to give up for both of them was chocolate but to keep their sweet tooths happy, a special vegan boiled fruitcake was made especially for them.
Clutching their biscuit sandwiches at the end of their week, Isabella told us that the first thing she ate that was non-vegan was pizza, whilst Hayley went for a bacon sandwich.
The girls credited their success to the support and encouragement of the catering and boarding staff. Without their help to research suitable foods and the careful preparation of them, the two of them would have not been able to complete the challenge as successfully as they did.
Swanbourne House Wins National Boarding Recognition
Swanbourne House is delighted to have been nominated as top of the "Great for boarding" category in The Week's Independent Schools Guide "Best of the best preps" ratings.
16th March 2018 — This achievement is a huge credit to the work of the current Boarding Houseparents, Mr and Mrs Dewhirst, and their team as well as those who have built up the reputation of boarding at Swanbourne House over many years.
Boarding is at the heart of Swanbourne House; the boarding ethos which pervades the school reaches every pupil, including those day pupils who do not yet use the Boarding House directly but do their prep in school, have supper before being collected in the evening and benefit from the extra opportunities of Saturday morning lessons and afternoon matches. Every evening the busy round of activities and the sense of fun and family within the boarding community makes it a highly attractive environment for all children to get involved in whether as full, weekly or flexi-boarders (who commit to a regular night or nights each week for the term). As the majority of Swanbourne House pupils head off to boarding places at public schools, there is no better way to learn the habits and culture of boarding than in a Boarding House such as ours.
Swanbourne Gymnasts Attend Their First International Competition
Over the weekend, 12 members of the Swanbourne House Gymnastics Squad embarked on their first international adventure with great success.
1st February 2018 — They travelled to Amsterdam for the competition which was hosted by the British School in the Netherlands and competed across four disciplines. The standard of gymnastics was incredibly high and the two girls teams finished in 4th place overall (U10 and U13). The boys did very well finishing in second place overall (Open). Individual medals went to Luke (3rd place on set floor), Charlie and Harrison (joint 2nd place on voluntary vault) and Charlie (1st place for set vault/voluntary floor). Charlie was crowned Junior Boys International Champion, his second title in this season of gymnastics.
A big well done to our pupils for their performances and for conducting themselves so well over the weekend, acting as excellent ambassadors for Swanbourne House.