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The first stop on our tour was a classroom full of excitable year 10s writing all over the table, so it was with some relief that we spotted a teacher and, for that matter, a tablecloth on said table. ‘A great way of learning German tenses,’ winked the teacher. ‘As is this!’ she declared eagerly before leading the girls into a recital of a catchy German rhyme, complete with actions. By the time we left, she’d moved on to a punchy quiz using bells for game-show-like sound effects. It’s a measure not only of…

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Shrewsbury High School has been educating girls in the heart of Shrewsbury since 1885, our school is literally built into the historic Town Walls. We welcome girls aged 4 into our junior school and they move seamlessly through our Senior School and Sixth Form for an all-through education. We were created to put girls first, always. As leaders in educating girls, we offer exceptional teaching, tailored to the way girls learn, we encourage them to experiment, have a go, be brave. This is aided by small class sizes, expert pastoral care, collaboration and teamwork.

Our wonderful location, in the heart of Shrewsbury, a creative and forward-thinking town, gives our pupils unique opportunities to learn from, and contribute to, their local community. Being the town school offers our family of big sisters and little sisters a stimulating environment in which to grow and learn.

Shrewsbury High School is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the UK’s leading family of independent girls’ schools. We are the only GDST school in the local area and as such we are able to bring all the advantages of this powerful network to our girls, including an alumnae network in excess of 70,000 members ready to support and mentor our students.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.


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Since September 2023, Darren Payne, previously senior deputy head. He joined the school as head of chemistry in 2007 and before that taught at Millfield and in Bermuda.


Gently selective. Most join at 11+ via exam in VR, NVR and quantitative skills. ‘Some girls ace one area but not another – perhaps the maths, creative writing or verbal reasoning – and we can work with that,’ says head. Around eight to 10 girls join at 13+ and one or two in other year groups, often mid academic year – same exams to get in. Around 10 join in sixth form – applicants at this stage need six 6s at GCSE with at least a 6 in the subjects (or related subjects) they want to study at A level.

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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