Shrewsbury High School GDST

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Shrewsbury High School is a vibrant, independent day school, situated in the heart of Shrewsbury, on the banks of the river Severn, educating girls from 3 – 18 and boys from 3 – 13.

At Shrewsbury High School (SHS) we place our pupils at the heart of everything we do and with fewer than 600 pupils we can truly say that we know every child. Individuals matter at SHS. Each pupil is supported and challenged to aim high within the safety of our collaborative and close knit community. We encourage our pupils to be curious, adventurous and kind. We want them to develop self-respect and respect for others. We value strong relationships with our parents, local community and alumnae.

We believe that your child’s time at school should be an adventure. We will help them to discover their passions, develop confidence in their own ability and teach them self-awareness. We have a dedicated and talented team of staff who provide a remarkable environment in which to learn. They encourage each pupil to do their best, be creative, to meet challenges head on and develop the skills to cope with setbacks. We believe that school should be somewhere that your child feels happy, valued and safe to take risks with their learning and, above all, it should be somewhere they can have fun as they grow up.

At Prep level we offer coeducation on our wonderful 14 acre site with state of the art facilities, playing fields and our own woodland. Our goal is to nurture every child’s potential through an innovative and creative curriculum both in and beyond the classroom, underpinned by expert pastoral care.

At Senior level we offer girls’ only education because, as part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, we believe it offers the best environment for girls to excel. Our girls are at the heart of everything we do. At this crucial stage in their development we understand that they learn differently from boys and we are experts in understanding their pastoral needs. We seek to foster intellectual risk taking and build resilience so that our girls will develop into self-confident, forward thinking young women ready to make a difference to the world in which they live.

Gifted & Talented

All our students are encouraged to fulfil their potential in all aspects of School life. Anyone who particularly excels in a field will be fully supported in pursuing and achieving the highest levels possible.

SEN

Pupils with SEN/disabilities are integrated as fully as possible into the life of the school and offered full access to a broad, balanced and relevant education, including an appropriate curriculum;

Additional needs are identified as early as possible and procedures are in place to ensure these are met;

Communication systems are effective and all staff are supported in meeting additional needs;

Pupils with SEN/disabilities feel valued members of the school community;

Appropriate resources are available and are used in the school;

The views of the child are sought and taken into account;

Parents play a role in supporting their child’s education;

Full use is made of support agencies outside the school where appropriate.

Bursaries & Scholarships

Academic Scholarships are awarded on academic merit. We also provide a wide range of Scholarships in Art, Drama, Music and Sport to complement our Academic Scholarship awards.

11+ Scholarships
All candidates who sit the 11+ entrance examination are considered for an Academic Scholarship which is awarded on performance in that examination. This Scholarship will remain in place throughout your daughter’s time at Shrewsbury High School. Specialist Scholarships are available in Art, Drama, Music and Sport and are awarded on the basis of a separate assessment depending on the subject. Specialist Scholarships will remain tenable for five years until then end of Year 11.

13+ Scholarships
All candidates who sit the 13+ entrance examination are considered for an Academic Scholarship which is awarded on performance in that examination. This Scholarship will remain in place throughout your daughter’s time at Shrewsbury High School. Specialist Scholarships are available in Music and Sport and are awarded on the basis of a separate assessment depending on the subject. Specialist Scholarships will remain tenable for five years until then end of Sixth Form.

Sixth Form Scholarships
The Sixth Form Academic Scholarships process at Shrewsbury High School requires candidates to sit two one-hour scholarship papers.

A General Paper which is multiple choice to test general ability; this paper will require no specific preparation and is designed to be accessible for all.

A Subject Paper in the GCSE subject of a candidate’s choice. It is normally expected that candidates would do a subject paper in a subject that they are considering taking to A-level.

In addition, specialist Scholarships are available in Art, Drama, Music and Sport and are awarded on the basis of a separate assessment depending on the subject.

All applicants for Specialist Scholarships will need to sit the General Paper mentioned above.

Sixth Form Scholarships will remain tenable for two years, until then end of Sixth Form.

Bursaries

Bursaries are very different and another way to access financial support at Shrewsbury High School. It is a means tested system and is designed to maximise access to what Shrewsbury High School has to offer to all girls, regardless of family circumstances.

All bursaries are means-tested and their value is related to the income and financial resources of the pupil’s family.

Further details of Scholarships and bursaries, and bursary application forms are available from the Admissions Officer.

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