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.
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!
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!
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.'
What an achievement for Leehurst Swan pupils! A staggering fifteen swimmers qualified to represent the south west region at the ISA national swimming championships at the iconic London Aquatic Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Leehurst Swan swimmers competed in 40 events in both individual races and for the regional relay teams.
Special mentions should go to Ethan Hemming in Year 6 who swam an incredible 50m Breaststroke to land himself a silver medal and a PB, and to James Lee in Year 8 who earned a Bronze medal and a PB, in the Year 8 Boys 50m Breaststroke!
ISA hosted a top day of competition and gave pupils a day to remember.
Not all the new arrivals at Leehurst Swan were pupils this year. After the sad passing of Stuart Morgan Nash, new Headmaster, Mr Terence Ayres, takes over the reins.
In Terence, we have found an inspiring leader who brings enthusiasm, energy, vision and a commitment to a holistic approach to teaching and learning. Mr Ayres will uphold and develop Leehurst Swan’s ethos and reputation for excellence, ensuring that all pupils and staff achieve their full potential.
With a background in English, Religious Studies and Sport, he is passionate about ensuring that every child will ‘find their voice’ at Leehurst Swan.
On his appointment, Terence said: 'I am very excited about leading Leehurst Swan into the next decade and added that he was ‘attracted by the school's warmth and commitment to each individual it educates.’ He is a visible and child-centred Headmaster so Leehurst Swan's ethos is very much in-line with his own. Terence said that he is ‘looking forward to building on the strong foundations laid by Stuart Morgan-Nash and interim headmaster Philip Oldroyd and driving the school forward so that it fulfils its great potential.'
Last Wednesday, four Leehurst Swan pupils competed for the south west region in the national ISA athletics finals.
Ellie juggled between javelin and shot put as her two events ran concurrently. She threw personal bests in both events and came 4th in javelin.
Ben had a similar double event clash coming 7th in the 800m before launching straight into the high jump.
Libby placed 6th in a race of 12 runners in the 600m. She was the calmest looking runner on the track, aged only 9.
Immy ran like a gazelle as usual and earned a silver medal in the Y10/11 girls' 1500m and 4th in the 300m. In the 1500m, Immy set off leading the pack and quickly established a strong lead with only one other runner in contact with her. At 1000m it was clear that one of these two runners would be the ultimate winner. With 350m to go the second placed girl started to close on Immy and at 300m to go just squeezed past her. Immy, despite working hard to keep with her, saw the gap increase until the 100m point where, although Immy kicked hard and clearly was gaining ground, ultimately had to settle for second. In the 300m race, run only one hour later, Immy, with very tired legs, finished 5th soundly beating the 1500m winner who finished in 6th. Afterwards Immy said: 'I enjoyed both races very much. I should have stuck to the 1500m winner when she passed me at the 300m point, but nevertheless I am very pleased with my result and pleased that I was able to beat her in the later 300m race.'