Sir William Perkins School
Guildford Road, Chertsey, KT16 9BN, Surrey
Girls' Day Senior & Sixth Form
|Head||Ms D Picton|
|Date Appointed||September 2023|
|Girls Age Range||11-18 years|
|Number of pupils||600|
|Day fees per annum||£6,808 per term|
|Average Class Size||Senior School: 24, Sixth Form: 10|
|Associations||GSA, HMC, ISC|
Making your mark on the world begins on day one at Sir William Perkins School.
We are an independent day school for girls aged 11 to 18 where every student is supported to achieve great things, and where curiosity, ambition and generosity thrive. We are home to approximately 600 students who join us from independent and maintained schools, and who flourish within a diverse, vibrant, and happy community.
At SWPS, students are at our heart. We expect the best from them, and in return they can expect the best from us. We provide teaching of the highest quality, where every individual is stretched and challenged and given tailored support and attention. SWPS is a warm and friendly school: the staff know our students, their talents, hopes and aspirations, and we work with them to develop innate confidence, leadership skills and an ability to collaborate with others.
Set in 13 acres of attractive green-belt grounds in Surrey, Sir William Perkins School is a beautiful environment in which every student can flourish. With first-rate facilities equipped to the highest standard, students have space in which to study, relax, exercise and express themselves.
Academic success is consistently high at SWPS. Our students' most recent GCSE and A Level results stem from a winning formula; they are testament to students' determination and resilience, coupled with our excellent teaching resources. We are delighted that the 2023 GCSE results were 39% grade 9 and 80% grades 9-7. For A Level, 84% were grades A* - B and 51% were grades A* - A. Students consistently achieve outstanding results in STEM subjects - Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science. However, the culture is such that education is about far more than achieving top grades. Students are encouraged to become involved in many of the 150 co-curricular activities on offer, with clubs as diverse as Sewing and Dissection. Almost all our students take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, with the number taking the Gold Award among the highest in Surrey.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to pastoral care, with a fully staffed wellbeing room and even a visiting therapy dog. Music, Art and Drama permeate through the school with concerts, productions and exhibitions throughout the year. Sport is high on the agenda and students play competitive fixtures in netball, hockey, tennis, cricket and athletics. Other activities are available such as football, trampolining and dance. We are an elite rowing school - currently ranked in the top 5 girls' schools in the country and this year have achieved notable successes at, among others, the National Schools Regatta and the Henley Royal Regatta where SWPS was one of only two girls' school programmes to have qualified both a quad and an eight, meaning that thirteen of our students experienced the magic of Henley, with the global livestream, the thrill of the atmosphere, and the top-level international competition.
The school's Sixth Form Centre offers education to the highest standard, as well as welcoming spaces for students to study or relax. Sir William Perkins School's UCAS preparation programme starts mid-way through Year 12 and continues to the end of Year 13. This focused approach also includes a Higher Education Fair featuring 50 of the most prestigious learning establishments, and a UCAS conference day with specialist speakers providing advice on a wide range of subjects.
SWPS students are prepared for all aspects of life beyond school, most recently 90% of our Sixth Form students secured their first choice university place, and 75% of our students went onto Russell Group universities.