The Swedish School

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82 Lonsdale Road
SW13 9JS
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The Swedish School is a non-selective independent school that provides Swedish education with a considerable proportion of lessons in English. The school is one of a number of Swedish schools abroad. It opened in 1907 to provide education to the children of the representatives of Swedish organisations and companies Inspection report: The Swedish School, 12–14 February 2019 Page 11 of 14 located in Britain. This was to ensure that the children could continue their schooling within the Swedish education system while living in London. The school moved in 1976 to its current site in Barnes, in the Royal Borough of Richmond, which now houses the pre-school, primary and secondary schools. The sixth form is located in Richmond at the American International University, which is a drive of 30 minutes from the main school. The school admits boys and girls from age 3 to 19 years. Around three -quarters of sixth-form students board locally with host families. These are exchange students who spend six months to one year in the sixth form. Very few sixthform students stay for more than one year. There are no pupils who are disadvantaged, or pupils who have an education, health and care plan. There are small numbers of pupils with SEND. The school aims to ‘produce sociable, independent, responsible and academically motivated students in a safe and secure learning environment’. The school follows the Swedish curriculum and the Swedish grading criteria in accordance with the requirements of The Swedish National Agency for Education. The school is registered for a maximum of 330 pupils but currently has 277 pupils on roll. The headteacher and the deputy headteacher, who is also the sixth-form leader, form the senior leadership team. At its previous standard inspection in March 2016, the school’s overall effectiveness was judged as outstanding. At this inspection, the school’s request to increase the number of pupils on roll to 330 pupils was considered and later granted by the Department for Education in April 2018. The school has boarding arrangements for post-16 students. At the time of the previous boarding inspection in October 2016, not all of the national minimum standards were met. The school’s proposed action plan to address the unmet boarding standards was evaluated and found to be acceptable in March 2018. The school does not use any off-site provision. The school has no religious affiliation. The school is a charitable organisation run by the Swedish School Society in London Ltd.

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