South Wilts is an 11 – 18 girls' grammar school, granted Specialist School Status in Mathematics and Computing from September 2003. South Wilts has been awarded three School Achievement Awards
The Old Building was built in 1927 and the New Building in the 1960s. These have been added to in recent years, with new science and food technology blocks. DfES and LEA funding, because of Specialist School status, has enabled a new Mathematics and Computing block and a Sixth Form Centre to be built.
There are currently eight ICT rooms equipped with 186 computers, running Windows XP.
The sports facilities consist of an all weather running track, a gym, netball and tennis courts. There is also a Drama Studio, a well-stocked Library and a Careers centre
The Senior Management Team comprises the Headteacher, Deputy Head, Two Assistant Heads and the Bursar. The subject areas within the school each have a Head of Department.
The Deputy Head is in overall charge of the pastoral system, aided by Heads of Lower School, Upper School and Sixth Form as well as form tutors, who have regular meetings. Commendations and detentions are used to uphold the discipline policy. The Form Tutor is the first point of contact for parents and consultation evenings are held during the year when parents can discuss their daughter's progress with subject teachers.
Parents and Governors are particularly supportive and involved in the life of the school. Students do much for local causes through community activities and charity work. Local businesses are involved in school life in various ways e.g. mock interviews for Year 11 students, Industry days, where Year 9 girls solve problems for local businesses and Scientists in School Day, where local people give hands-on activities showing the application of science in the workplace.
The school has a strong staff commitment to sustaining extra-curricular activities. Music, drama and sport figure prominently but there are also a wide range of trips and visits, including French and German exchanges and visits, geography field trips to Iceland and Swanage, History trip to World War One battlefields, skiing trips, Classics trip to Greece and many theatre visits. There is wide participation in sports clubs and competitive teams, assisting our most talented students to represent County and Country. We have regular concerts and the A Cappella choir sings in Salisbury Cathedral.
Staff Welfare and Development
The school's most important resource is its staff, both teaching and support and we believe that the measure of a school's success must be that all staff feel respected and cared for.
We maintain good avenues of communication, keeping staff informed with a weekly briefing and we provide opportunities to contribute to policy making, listening to and using good ideas. We maintain positive professional relationships with teacher associations.
I am proud to be the Headteacher of South Wilts, which provides high quality education and is one of the top schools in the country. The Ofsted Inspection in September 2003 said, “This is a very good school with some excellent features”.
South Wilts opened in 1927 with 207 girls. Since then it has been providing high quality grammar school education for the girls of Salisbury and the surrounding area.
Today the school has grown to 990, all of whom have met the entrance requirements. They expect to remain at South Wilts for seven years before going on to higher education. Many girls join the school later to enjoy the benefits of a large sixth form of about 370 students.
The school has been refurbished and extended, with building projects planned to improve facilities further. There are now five computer rooms with 350 computers. We have refurbished and updated science laboratories, design & technology rooms, art and drama rooms and created a lecture theatre. There is a recently built Sixth Form Centre, Music block and Maths block. Sports facilities include a gym, tennis and netball courts, hockey pitches and an all-weather running track. Plans are currently being drawn up for a new Library and Resource Centre.