Shrewsbury High School is one of the leading independent schools in Shropshire with a fully co-educational Prep School. The High School is in the heart of Shrewsbury town centre while the Prep is set in 14 acres, five minutes away.
Shrewsbury High Prep is a lively, ambitious and very happy school with it's own woodland so that all children benefit from regular Forest School sessions. Each child receives stimulating and individualised education that prepares them for the world beyond school with specialist teachers across the curriculum from languages to music. The Senior School is renowned for consistently strong academic achievement, a wide variety of extracurricular activities, and a strong sense of community.
Prep pupils benefit from sharing the facilities on offer at the school's senior department so that when girls leave Year 6 and head up to the Senior School, the transition for them is as seamless as possible.
The school was once again recognised in the highly prestigious Times Education Supplement's Independent School Awards, the only school in the country to receive multiple nominations. Shrewsbury High School post-16 category, for the breadth and high quality of its educational provision. The Sixth Form Tripos, as it is known, allows girls to study varying numbers of A-levels, supervised Extended Projects Qualifications and a range diplomas in Languages for Business and the Arts, for example. The selection panel praised the range of opportunity as well as the emphasis o quality, which Headmaster Michael Getty acknowledged as a tremendous compliment to the work of the teachers.
Furthermore, the school's Bio-Med Programme, which won an award at the Education Business Awards in July and which is led by Professor Shaughn O'Brien for Keele University and Darren Payne, Assistant Head at SHS, has also been shortlisted. The programme prepares would-be medics and dentists for university from as early as Year 10. The school hosts an annual Biomedical Conference for pupils across the region.
Shrewsbury High School was the first school in Shropshire to win an Independent School Award 2014 when its Prep school sports provision, and collaboration with with local schools, was praised. The Prep hosts several sporting tournaments throughout the year, welcoming hundreds of local pupils.
In 2015 the Senior school's sports provision, such as its Boat Club and Elite Athletes Programme, was recognised at the Education Business Awards where it won the Sports Award.
Scholarships for Boys
Boys stay at the Prep until the age of 13 and the school works closely with parents to help them choose the best future school for their son, whether it be locally or further afield. Shrewsbury High Prep teamed up with Hatfields Jaguar and Land Rover to offer boys entering Year 7 Hatfields Scholarships. They are available for academic, music, sports and all-round excellence and recognise the potential, and invest in the futures, of talented and creative boys.
School trips abroad
Trips include pre-season football and hockey training in Holland for Prep pupils at the end of the summer holidays, a Sixth Form Art and Business trip to New York; a Classics and Geography trip to Pompei, Capri and the Amalfi coast; a Senior sports tour to South Africa, a Senior boys overseas trip and Modern Foreign Languages trip to France, Spain and Germany.
Academic studies are complemented by extracurricular opportunities that contribute to the school's vibrant community, pupil confidence and help to forge strong bonds of friendship. Children can choose from over 90 extracurricular clubs ranging from Electric Car Club, Russian, dodgeball, choir and debating to film production, LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts), football, orchestra and Greek. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is popular at SHS and girls are often to be found heading into the hills with rucksacks on their backs.
House spirit at Shrewsbury High and Prep is a huge part of life. Everyone competes in House sporting events across all years. Pupils are incredibly loyal to their House and cheer housemates on passionately whether it be at rounders, football, on sports days or even Tug of War - which leaves a smile on everyone's face! House drama and music competitions are fiercely contested and whilst the support is loud, the rivalry is always friendly. That House pride remains well beyond school years.
Over a third of puils are actively involved in performing at all levels, and the range of opportunities is vast, from choirs to orchestra, from jazz and wind bands to string ensembles. Pupil Lily Atkin won the title of Shropshire Young Musician of the Year, and at Prep the saxophone quartet and string trio both made the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Finals in consecutive years, named one of only five chamber champions in the country - the only pupils from Shropshire and some of the youngest competitors.
What do pupils enjoy most?
At Prep, the woodland and Forest School always get a huge thumbs up, with hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows in the woods proving popular. Pupils also love the Prep's open spaces, "amazing DT room", the wide variety of activities and the "lovely teachers", as well as "the chicken pie and delicious puddings".
At Senior School, the teachers get another mention from many of the girls. Comments included: "the teachers make everything fun", "great atmosphere", "lots of things to do", "everyone looks after everyone else" and "being with our friends".
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Famous alumni include actor Christopher Timothy, Professor Mary Beard, plus news presenters Nick Owen and Bob Warman who recently visited the school 60 years on from their schooldays.
At Prep the school has taken on several new sports coaches to further push its sports provision across the whole school. At Seniors, the school opened its new state-of-the-art dining hall, a bright new space that provides an inspiring environment for pupils and staff to enjoy food throughout the day. Part of it can be used as a lecture theatre, with quiet areas for teachers to hold meetings with pupils. A new Dance Academy has been launched on Saturdays for children form four to 18 in ballet, tap and contemporary dance. Outreach programmes at the school now include an annual Oxbridge Lecturefest, Biomedical Conference, Lego Robotics and several careers events.
Shrewsbury High School has its own fleet of minibuses which bring children to both schools from around Shropshire and Wolverhampton.
Pupils: 408, all girls
Age range: 11-18
Head: Michael Getty
Prep School pupils: 202 - co-ed
Age range: Boys 3-13, girls 3-11
Head: Mrs Katie Millichamp
Fees per annum:
From £7,428 for Kindergarten
£13,992 for Sixth Form
Shrewsbury High School,
Shrewsbury High Prep School
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