Leehurst Swan School
The School was founded in 1914 under the name Leehurst. The main building used to be the original birth house for nuns. In 1953 it was taken over by the Sisters of La Retraite and took their name. In 1988, the school became a charitable trust, and in 1996 it merged with The Swan School, an independent preparatory school for boys founded in 1933 by Miss Swanton, sister of the celebrated cricketer E. W. Swanton.
The main building, originally a 19th-century farm, occupies a 6-acre (24,000 m2) stretch of land. It has been added to and expanded at various times up until the present day, the newest additions range from a purpose built performing arts centre "The Walker Hall" to a new 12 classroom Prep Building and a large area of land, containing an underground reservoir. The school also has access to a pavilion and playing fields in Salisbury Cathedral Close. Altogether the school and grounds cover an 8 acre piece of land.
The most recent addition to the faculty is Mr Roger Leake, Headmaster, who took over the position on the retirement of Mrs Rosemary Simmons in 2006.
In 2007 the school changed its name from La Retraite Swan to Leehurst Swan School to signify the end of the association with the Sisters of La Retraite.
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