Expectation & Excellence
established 1546

South West Academic Trust

All of the SWAT schools are committed to collaborative working for the development of education to support the needs of able students in South West selective schools and have formed a company to continue our vision to work together to raise achievement and aspiration within our schools and across the region.

Each school will seek to continue and extend existing partnerships with community schools, sharing and embedding good practice and innovation in order to contribute to raising standards and achievement.

The involvement of the University of Exeter as a research-intensive university creates opportunities for research and practice to come together to inform further developments in teaching and learning. The University will also support the Trust schools and the partner community schools in their efforts to prepare students for transition to higher education. The Trust will seek to build upon and extend links with partners from business and the wider community in the South West.

In particular, the Trust is collaborating in several areas that we hope will have a direct impact on the way our schools work:

  1. Subject Department links: our Heads of Department have been meeting together to explore links within their subjects, to share good practice and plan further collaborative work. Other departmental staff will become involved as the networks develop.
  2. Gifted and Talented Research: one of the themes for the Trust is ‘How to challenge the exceptionally able student’. Gifted & Talented coordinators meet together to compare G&T policies and practices and to plan further collaboration to best support this group of students.
  3. Continuing Professional Development of our staff: to investigate ways in which the Trust schools can work together to support, develop and retain talented staff.
  4. Activities with students: projects and events that support and engage students across the partnership.

Links with community schools: we are also working collaboratively with our local community schools and are sharing our expertise and learning from them in equal measure. Links are being made between teachers and with the students both at primary and secondary levels.

The current members of the Trust are:

Bishop Wordsworth's School
Bournemouth School for Girls
Churston Ferrers Grammar School
Colyton Grammar School
Devonport High School for Boys
Parkstone Grammar School
Plymouth High School for Girls
Poole Grammar School
South Wilts Grammar School for Girls
Torquay Boys' Grammar School
Torquay Girls' Grammar School

Here is the link to the homepage of the official SWAT website.