South Wilts is an 11 - 18 girls' grammar school, granted Specialist School Status in Mathematics and Computing from September 2003 and a second specialism in Science in April 2009. South Wilts is a High Performing School and is one of only two Wiltshire Gifted and Talented Lead Schools.
South Wilts joined the South West Academic Trust with 7 other Grammar Schools in the South West in 2009, and in January 2011 became a new Academy.
The Old Building was built in 1927 with another building in the 1960s. These have been added to in recent years, with new science laboratories, a new Mathematics and Computing block, a Sixth Form Centre, a Music block, a Technology extension, an English classroom, new reception and a new Learning Resource Centre.
There are currently eight ICT rooms each equipped with 33 computers, running Windows 7.
The sports facilities consist of an all weather running track, a gym, netball and tennis courts. There is also a Drama Studio and a Lecture Theatre.
The Senior Leadership Team comprises the Head teacher, Deputy Head, two Assistant Heads and the Business Manager. The subject areas within the school each have a Head of Department.
One of the assistant Heads is in overall charge of the pastoral system, aided by Heads of Upper School and Sixth Form as well as form tutors, who have regular meetings. Merits and detentions are used to uphold the behaviour policy. The Form Tutor and Pastoral Manager for Lower School, are the first point of contact for parents and consultation evenings are held during the year when parents can discuss their daughter's progress with subject teachers.
Parents and Governors are particularly supportive and involved in the life of the school. Students do much for local causes through community activities and charity work. Local businesses are involved in school life in various ways e.g. mock interviews for Year 11 students, Industry days, where Year 9 girls solve problems for local businesses and Scientists in School Day, where local people give hands-on activities showing the application of science in the workplace.
The school has a strong staff commitment to sustaining extra-curricular activities. Music, drama and sport figure prominently but there are also a wide range of trips and visits, including French and German exchanges and visits, geology and geography field trips, a History trip to World War One battlefields, skiing trips, Classics trip to Greece and many theatre visits. There is wide participation in sports clubs and competitive teams, assisting our most talented students to represent County and Country. We have regular concerts and the A Cappella choir sings in Salisbury Cathedral.
The school's most important resource is its staff, both teaching and support and we believe that the measure of a school's success must be that all staff feel respected and cared for.
We maintain good avenues of communication, keeping staff informed with a weekly briefing and we provide opportunities to contribute to policy making, listening to and using good ideas. We maintain positive professional relationships with teacher associations.