Life at SWPS

Aims & Ethos

Our Vision here at Sir William Perkins's School is to build confidence, integrity and excellence in a caring, innovative and happy community so that each pupil leaves having been given the best possible chance of achieving their full potential, taking with them sound values, a breadth of skills and knowledge, and ready to take on the world!

The School's Aims are to:

  • Inspire excellence in academic standards

  • Give students the confidence to enjoy learning, the resilience to learn from mistakes and to cultivate good habits of work

  • Help each student:

    • develop fully as an individual with integrity

    • refine creative and practical skills

    • gain the qualifications they need to embark on, and succeed in, their chosen career

    • think independently

    • be a confident, responsible and unselfish member of the community

Academic success is our priority but education should be about far more than just top grades. We believe in educating the whole person and equipping our students to have the confidence to make their mark on the world. We encourage them to get involved in the many co-curricular activities on offer, to take every opportunity to develop their interests and creativity, their interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills, to be forward-thinking and to reach into the wider community.

Our latest inspection report said of our students:

"Pupils demonstrate excellent social awareness and they grow up to be poised, confident, and articulate young women."

The School has a Christian foundation and our ethos of integrity underpins the way it operates. However, we value the fact that the SWPS community is diverse and students of all faiths, or none, and their families are warmly welcomed.

Whilst we are academically selective, we place great emphasis on our co-curricular opportunities, offering numerous lunchtime and after-school clubs and societies, which we hope will afford our students the chance to get involved in new experiences and find an activity they enjoy. Our coaches depart when these after-school clubs have finished, such is our commitment to enabling the students to participate. Alternatively, we offer supervised prep sessions so that homework can be done whilst awaiting the coach departure.


Sir William Perkins, a wealthy Chertsey merchant, founded the School in 1725 to educate the town's children. The School moved it its present site in 1819 and later became one of the first grammar schools in the country to educate girls, becoming a voluntary controlled Grammar School in 1944.

In 1978, it became fully independent as an educational foundation administered by trustees, who also form the Board of Governors. This history underpins the ethos of the School.

Today the School has over 600 pupils aged eleven to eighteen, who join us from many different independent preparatory and maintained sector schools, the balance between which is typically equal.

Situated on attractive green belt land, we are easily reached by road and public transport and students travel here from a wide area.

Timing of the School Day from September 2020
08:20 Registration/Assembly/Form Time
08:45 Period 1
09:20 Period 2
09:55 Break
10:15 Period 3
10:50 Period 4
11:25 Period 5
12:00 Period 6
Yr 7
Yr 8
Yr 9
Yr 10
Yr 11
6th Form 
12.25- 12.45
12.55 – 1.15
1.10 – 1.30
1.25 – 1.40 
Collect from 11 – 12.20
or Sit down from 1.25
13:45 Period 7
14:20 Period 8
14:55 Period 9 Friday - End of School Day
Coaches Depart at 15.10
15:30 End of School Day
15:50 Prep/Activities
17:00 School Coaches Depart