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Michele Chilcott - SWGS Head Teacher

Frances (Fran) Stratton, former Head of SWGS from 2003 – 2011, has sadly passed away. Her contribution to education was longstanding and her legacy lives on. She was Vice Principal at Luton College, before moving to Corfe Hills School in Dorset, as Deputy Head and later as Head teacher. She then joined South Wilts in September 2003 as Headteacher and under her leadership the school flourished and moved from good to outstanding.  Ofsted in 2007 recognised the contribution that her leadership had made

‘The headteacher’s outstanding leadership underpins much of the success of the school. The students are reaping the benefits of her passionately held belief that high-quality teaching and learning lie at the heart of school improvement’

‘Second best’ is not in the lexicon of this school, where excellence pervades all aspects of its work’

Fran was vibrantly passionate about the contribution that education could bring to the opportunities for students and she had true empathy for the challenges that young people faced.  She was an outstanding class room practitioner; geology was her joy and she inspired it in others. She was loved by the students she taught, with many going on to study this at higher education. She was actively involved at a national level in her subject, leading on and influencing curriculum development.  She was an advocate for the importance of science and particularly girls in science. She wanted to provide the opportunities for girls to flourish in the traditionally male dominated subjects.

She was a far-sighted, strategic thinker, who saw and grasped opportunities to turn ideas into reality. Under her leadership the school moved to become an academy. She understood the importance of collaboration and how schools could learn from each other, this can be seen in the pivotal role she played in formalising collaboration between schools in the south west.

Humane and empathic, Fran was such a stalwart supporter of her staff, trusting colleagues to give of their best, and always there to contribute and direct when called upon. She went well beyond expectations of her leadership role, guiding and nurturing colleagues through the ups and down of their professional lives.

A key element of Fran’s legacy for the professional life of the school was to empower her colleagues to think hard about their teaching, about how they can make girls’ lives and educational experiences better, and how we must strive to improve.

Ultimately, perhaps what Fran should most be remembered for is how she made such a positive difference to the lives of those she worked with and for, adults and young people alike. Her enthusiasm, her conviction that education matters, her humility and daily kindnesses always without self-regard are the key facets of what we admire and will miss about Fran.


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Welcome to South Wilts Grammar School for Girls

South Wilts provides high quality education and is one of the top schools in the country. Academic achievement at South Wilts is excellent with outstanding examination results across all key stages. The school has over 1000 students, including over 376 students in the sixth form.

We not only focus on academic excellence but help the girls to become independent learners and young leaders. Our aim is to develop self-discipline, a feeling of self-worth, confidence in expressing themselves and a sense of responsibility towards our local community and wider society. We encourage participation in a wide range of activities outside the classroom with many enrichment opportunities across all subject areas, including international links.

The Ofsted inspection in October 2007 summarises the best aspects of the school. “This is an outstanding school in all respects. It is held in high regard by the vast majority of its students and their parents and rightly so. One parent accurately commented, “South Wilts is a wonderful school. The children are happy, hardworking and respectful. The staff certainly want the best from the children and will not accept second best”. “Second best” is not in the lexicon of this school, where excellence pervades all aspects of its work”.

The school became a New Academy in January 2011 and is also a member of the South West Academic Trust, which includes seven other selective schools in the South West and the University of Exeter.

This is a forward thinking school and has benefited from a number of building programmes in recent years providing first class facilities including outstanding ICT provision. The school's focus is always on teaching and learning and staff work hard to ensure that all students fulfil their potential in a supportive and friendly environment.

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