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  • Stroud High School
    Beards Lane
    Cainscross Road
    Stroud
    Gloucestershire
    GL5 4HF
  • Head: Mark McShane
  • T 01453 764441
  • F 01453 756304
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.stroudhigh.gloucs.sch.uk
  • 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

Headteacher

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 2018, 76 per cent of GCSE grades at A*-A/9-7. At A level, 42 per cent A*/A and 76 per cent A*-B grades, all up on last year. Everyone takes a science subject and...

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Special Education Needs

Stroud High School recognises that all pupils may have special educational needs at some stage in their school career. At Stroud High School we ensure that all pupils have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, irrespective of ability, disability, cognitive development or other perceived differences. The SENCO works alongside all members of staff to identify and meet individual needs in order for all students to fulfill their potential.

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The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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