Commonweal School

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The Commonweal School
Commonweal School, the Mall, Swindon - - 597946.jpg
School Photographed in October 2007
Motto Salubritas et Industria
Established September 1927
Type Academy
Religion Church of England
Head Teacher Mr. Keith A. Defter
Deputy Head Teacher Mr. Robert E. Linnegar
Chairwoman of Governors Dr. Jokie Bakker
Location The Mall
Coordinates: 51°32′57″N 1°47′16″W / 51.54911°N 1.78785°W / 51.54911; -1.78785
DfE URN 137190 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,089
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Colours Blue      and Black     

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, 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 1998.

School houses[edit]

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.

  •      Ridgeway
  •      Sarum
  •      Stonehenge
  •      Whitehorse

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.

Sixth Form (C6)[edit]

In December 2012, it was proudly announced by the Head that the Department for Education had accepted the school's bid for a sixth form. The Sixth Form opened in September 2014 with places for up to 300 students. The Sixth Form (C6) is situated within brand new, purpose built facilities, funded by the Department for Education. The sixth form runs a range of academic courses, alongside a varied enrichment programme. The Commonweal Sixth Form website is live at

Academic performance[edit]

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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