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

Following Mr Hobson's retirement, Ms Jennifer Maraspin was appointed Headteacher of The Swanage School with effect from 20th March 2020. This page will be updated shortly but in the meantime Mr Hobson's words are still very fitting as an introduction to The Swanage School.

Welcome from Mr Hobson

Dear Parent/Carers

Welcome to The Swanage School website. The Swanage School is an exceptional school. We are intentionally a small school with a maximum of around 400 students. We believe that relationships are at the heart of the school. In reality this means that I and every member of staff knows each child as an individual, rather than a number. Good relationships mean that the children are happy here. They are respected and treat each other, staff and visitors with respect. Not because we force them to, it’s just what we do here.

As a parent, I wanted my children to be happy and confident in school and do well in their exams. As a head teacher I have the same priorities. With this in mind we encourage students to take on leadership responsibilities and encourage them to challenge themselves. And they certainly rise to that challenge, be it academic challenges like taking further maths GCSE or grade 8 music exams; physical challenges like competing in inter-school fixtures or completing the ‘Ten Tors’; or a personal challenge like presenting in assembly or leading a whole-school event.

Our school motto is 'Omnia vinces perseverando', which means 'Perseverance overcomes all things'. We have developed this into something a little more accessible that sums up our attitude: ‘we try, we fail, we learn, we succeed’. This isn’t just something that we write in our prospectus, it is a real thing. Our students are resilient and confident – and know that you don’t just give up at the first hurdle. Indeed, they know that without getting it wrong and reflecting on it, you don’t improve.

And yes they do succeed. Our GCSE results are testament to the fact that the students are not only confident, happy, well rounded people they also know how to do well in exams.

I hope the website gives you a flavour of the school, but if you’d like to find out more, do please get in touch.

With my best wishes

Tristram Hobson

Mr Hobson visiting Downing Street in May 2014