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Leehurst Swan School

Coordinates: 51°04′36″N 1°47′22″W / 51.0766°N 1.7895°W / 51.0766; -1.7895
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Leehurst Swan School
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Coordinates51°04′36″N 1°47′22″W / 51.0766°N 1.7895°W / 51.0766; -1.7895
Former nameLa Retraite Swan
School typeIndependent School (UK)
FounderSisters of La Retraite
HeadmistressMandy Bateman
Age4 to 16
Websitewww.leehurstswan.org.uk Edit this at Wikidata

Leehurst Swan School is a co-educational independent day school in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, for children between the ages of four and sixteen. Its site is near the city centre, about 34 mile (1.2 km) northeast of Salisbury Cathedral.


The school was founded in 1914 under the name Leehurst Convent School. 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 the 1930s by a Miss Swanton.[1]

The main building, originally a 19th-century family house, occupies a 6-acre (24,000 m2) site. It is surrounded by buildings of various dates, the most recent additions being a performing arts centre and a 12-classroom prep school. The school also has access to a pavilion and playing fields in Salisbury Cathedral Close. All together the school and grounds cover 8 acres.

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.


Leehurst Swan achieved the highest grade of Excellent in all areas at their most recent ISI inspection in 2017.[2]


  1. ^ "History". Leehurst Swan website. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  2. ^ Preedy, Patricia (March 2017). "Educational Quality Inspection, Leehurst Swan School" (PDF). Independent Schools Inspectorate. Retrieved 24 July 2020.

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