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School Photographed in October 2007
|Motto||Salubritas et Industria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Head Teacher||Mr. Keith A. Defter|
|Deputy Head Teacher||Mr. Robert E. Linnegar|
|Chairwoman of Governors||Dr. Jokie Bakker|
|DfE URN||137190 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
The Commonweal School is a secondary school with academy status, located in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. The school became an academy in August 2011. As of January 2012[update], there were 1,089 pupils on roll. It is situated in the south-west of Swindon, south of the A4289.
The Commonweal School was founded in 1927 as a grammar school. In 1965, it became a Senior High School, taking pupils of all abilities aged 14 to 18. There was a second re-organisation in 1983 when Commonweal became a seven-form entry comprehensive school for pupils aged 11 to 16, therefore losing its sixth form. It has been awarded the title Performing Arts Academy. Its Academy Status was awarded on 1 August 2011, previously, it had been a foundation school.
Over the last eighty years, Commonwealeans have seen many Headmasters.Doctor C.E Jones was appointed Headmaster of Commonweal back in 1932, the namesake of the Shield awarded to the house that annually wins Sports Day. Keith Defter succeeded Michael Salt following his retirement in 1997.
There are four school houses within Commonweal which are each named after a historical site within Wiltshire. Each house is designated its own colour and head and deputy.
Upon arrival at the school, each student is placed within a house. This house will act as a 'Community' for the students, as students will compete in 'Interhouse Events' throughout the year. The house with the most amount of points will be awarded the interhouse shield. The house that wins sports day will be awarded the prestigious 'Dr Jones' Shield'. Whilst in their final year of Commonweal, students are able to apply to become house officials, otherwise known as Prefects.
In December 2012, it was proudly announced by the Headmaster that the Department for Education had accepted the school's bid for a sixth form. The Sixth Form will open in September 2014 and will take up to 300 students. The Commonweal Sixth will be in brand new, purpose built facilities, funded by the Department for Education. The sixth form will run a range of academic courses, alongside a varied enrichment programme. The Commonweal Sixth Form website is now live at http://www.commonwealsixth.co.uk/
It gets the joint highest GCSE results in Swindon with Highworth Warneford School. Four schools in Swindon get above average results. The GCSE results are increasing each year.
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