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

Our Vision

Our vision is to be an outstanding school that improves life opportunities for all students.

We want each student to feel affectionate about their school and as an adult to look back fondly on their education. We want each student to leave The Swanage School enabled to progress to further and higher education and the career of their choice.

The Swanage School Charter

The Swanage School is a human scale school with an innovative, intellectually challenging curriculum where:

  • Excellence is central to teaching and learning
  • It is a pleasure to teach and learn
  • Every student’s needs are understood and catered for
  • Students are known and treated as individuals
  • Students are encouraged to take responsibility
  • All aspects of development are encouraged: Intellectual, Physical, Creative, Emotional, Moral, and Spiritual
  • All students engage in The Swanage School Challenge curriculum extension programme
  • Students’ positive experiences of school extend into their adult lives
  • Behaviour is characterised by respect for others and the environment
  • Staff are supported through continuing professional development
  • Parents and local residents are welcomed as partners in learning
  • Horizons and global awareness are broadened through national and international partnerships


Our Ambition

The Swanage School:

  • Ensures every student in our learning community fully realises their potential
  • Engages the whole of Swanage as a learning community in raising aspirations and achievement
  • Involves employers, businesses, community and volunteer groups as our partners in education, skills and training
  • Aims to enable the Swanage community to enjoy a wide range of learning opportunities in a state-of-the-art environment

The Swanage School is run on  human scale principles. Read more about this here.