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  • Stroud High School
    Beards Lane
    Cainscross Road
    GL5 4HF
  • Head: Mark McShane
  • T 01453 764441
  • F 01453 756304
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  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Gloucestershire
  • Pupils: 891; sixth formers: 279 (co-ed joint sixth form)
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: September, March and July and (for the sixth form) November.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 9th December 2010
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 15th November 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Staff go to great lengths to offer flexibility. 'The more unusual the subject combinations, the better I like it,' says one pupil. 'We don't do columns of subjects here.''The school's come rocketing into the 21st century,' says one parent, and there is a real sense of a good school sharpening up still further. This shows in various ways, from a smart new uniform, introducing burgundy jackets –'not "blazers",' the girls explain – although pupils voted to keep their distinctive candy-striped shirts; to an overhaul of the way the school…

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What the school says...

Stroud High School has a joint sixth form with Marling School (our neighbouring boys' Grammar)which has over 500 students and is part of the Stroud Post 16 Consortium which means that students have access to a wide range of courses, both academic and vocational.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Mark McShane, previously deputy head of Gloucester High School for Girls. He has spent all his teaching career at grammar schools in Gloucestershire, and has also been assistant head at Pate's Grammar School. He is married to Alison, and they have a young son and twin daughters.

Academic matters

Selects bright girls at entry and does well by them. Results are excellent, despite staff's constant refrain, 'We're not an exam factory.' Pupils take 10 compulsory GCSEs from a range of some 30 subjects. Less mainstream subjects include astronomy and photography. The school has a long history of outstanding academic achievement; in 2017, 74 per cent of GCSE grades at A*-A/9-7. At A level, nearly 38 per cent A*/A and 65 per cent A*-B grades. Everyone takes a science subject and some 20 per cent...

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