Where relationships are at the heart of the school and
the school is at the heart of the community

Small is beautiful

The Swanage School has been created on human scale principles, which means that strong and genuine relationships – within school, with the local community and with the wider world – are at its heart. The school combines local learning with a global outlook.

Our school plan has been developed with help from experts in human scale schools and advisors from Ofsted and the Department for Education, and we are developing links with human scale and cooperative schools. The Swanage School is a small local school but part of a big international network.

As a small school we take full advantage of the benefits a human scale approach can bring. We believe an effective way to drive up standards and students’ ambition is to create a small, local learning community where teachers can build relationships with each and every child, parent and family. This can only be achieved if children are educated close to where they live, with a school at the heart of their community.

Does size matter?

Outstanding small schools around the country show that size does not matter when it comes to the breadth of curriculum or high achievement.

The quality of teaching and individual support of students is key. And with fewer layers of management and less bureaucracy, small schools can more easily adapt to the evolving needs of their students and the rapid changes in national education policy.