Sir William Perkins’s School

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At Sir William Perkins’s School our aim is to build confidence, integrity and excellence in a caring, innovative and happy community so that each student leaves with the best possible chance of achieving their full potential and ready to take on the world.

As shown by our regular excellent exam results, academic success is a priority of ours, but we feel strongly that education is about more than just achieving top grades. We believe in educating the whole person and equipping our students to make their mark on the world. We encourage them to get involved in the many co-curricular activities we have on offer and to take every opportunity they can to develop their interests and creativity, their interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills, whilst also reaching into the wider community.

The only way to really get the full picture is to come and visit the School. We invite you to attend one of our Information Mornings where we look forward to welcoming you, giving you a tour of the School, as well as answering any questions you may have about us here at SWPS.


The school makes every effort to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate pupils with disabilities and to make them feel welcome in the SWPS Community. We take our responsibilities to comply with the Equality Act 2010 very seriously.

Our Learning Support Co-ordinator works with students who have reached the required academic standard in the entrance examination but need help with general or specific learning difficulties in order to reach their full potential, including those who might have English as an additional language.

Parents are requested to contact the school to discuss their child’s special needs prior to application. Extra time will be given in the entrance examination (special need must be verified by an educational psychologist’s report) if this is the applicant’s normal way of working in their current school.

Bursaries & Scholarships

SWPS offers financial and honorary Academic scholarships, and candidates can apply for Art, Drama and Music scholarships, with an additional application for Physical Education scholarships available upon entry to the Sixth Form.

All scholarships may be worth up to 25% of academic tuition fees and are awarded at the Governors’ discretion. Scholars are expected to apply themselves fully, making a positive contribution to school life.

The Governors of SWPS are committed to broadening access to the School by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support with the payment of school fees. Such support is known as a Bursary and these may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on tuition fees payable, depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of applicants.

These can take the form of either Foundation Bursaries (means-tested Bursaries awarded at the beginning of a student’s school career) or Hardship Bursaries (Bursaries awarded if there is a change in financial circumstance and could result in a pupil being withdrawn part way through a critical stage in their education).

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