Shrewsbury High School GDST 什鲁斯伯里中学, 32 Town
Walls, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1TN
Tel: 01743 362872 Fax: 01743 364942
• GIRLS, 2–18 Day, Boys 2–4 only
• Pupils 647, Upper sixth 45
• Termly fees £1383–£2310
• GSA, GDST
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded in 1885, it transferred to its present site in 1897.
Pleasant grounds slope down to the River Severn. Over the years it
has expanded steadily, the most recent buildings being a performing
arts centre, library, sixth-form house, IT suite and
(co-educational) nursery. The junior department is 10 minutes away
from the senior school. A broad general education is provided and
examination results are very good. It has a large orchestra and
choir, and over half the pupils learn a musical instrument. Drama
and art well supported. A range of sports and games is offered and
high standards are achieved. Girls regularly play at county and
regional level, particularly in tennis, badminton and hockey. A wide
range of extra-curricular activities include the Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award and a variety of overseas trips.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 2_–18; 647 day girls. Senior department
11–18, 415 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 2_, 9, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used
(English and maths). No special skills or religious requirements.
Own junior department provides approximately 60% of senior intake.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras GDST scholarships and means-tested
bursaries. Parents not expected to buy textbooks or pay public exam
Parents Wide range of parents, who are interested and supportive.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Marilyn Cass, in post since 2000. Educated at
universities of Exeter (geography) and Bath (educational
management). Previously Deputy Head of Redland High and Head of
Modern Studies at Royal School, Bath.
Teaching staff: 36 full time, 26 part time.
GCSE: In 2003, 48 pupils in fifth, 100% gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects. Average GCSE score 65 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 45 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by
upper sixth formers 397.
University & college entrance 96% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (17% after a gap year, 4% after an art foundation
course), 4% to Oxbridge. 13% took courses in medicine and veterinary
science, 13% in science & engineering, 25% in humanities & social
sciences, 21% in arts and languages, 21% in vocational courses eg
law, business management, physiotherapy. Others typically go on to
HND courses, drama school or work in eg leisure, accountancy,
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 18 examination subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (some
complementary, some contrasting), 3 at A-level; A-level general
studies additional option. Key skills: all pupils take ICT
qualifications. 25% take science A-levels; 50% arts/humanities; 25%
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE and A-level.
60+% take GCSE in more than 1 language. Regular exchanges. Some work
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1–2 lessons a week in Years
7–11) and across the curriculum (eg spreadsheets and charts in
science, graphics in art, databases in maths). Many pupils take
Cambridge IT qualification. 85 computers for pupil use (8+ hours a
day); all networked and many with e-mail and internet access. Also
85% of pupils have computers at home.
Music: Over 60% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental
exams can be taken. Musical groups include an orchestra and 2
Drama & dance: Both offered. LAMDA exams may be taken. Majority of
pupils are involved in school productions and house/other
productions. Students have been in National and Northern Youth
Theatres and accepted by RADA.
Art & design: On average, 30 take GCSE, 10 A-level. Design, pottery,
textiles and photography also offered. Recent pupils accepted by eg
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, volleyball, tennis, athletics, rounders,
gym, dance, badminton compulsory. Optional: table tennis. Sixth form
only: rowing, multi-gym, swimming. BAGA exams may be taken. Tennis,
pupils competing at all levels; badminton and hockey at national
level; cross-country and netball at county level.
Activities: Community work optional at age 16. Many charity
fund-raising events; each form organises an event each term. Up to
10 clubs, eg debating, chess, keep fit, badminton, Amnesty
International, aerobics, art, drama, gardening, Young Enterprise.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. No prefects; head girl –
elected by staff and sixth form. House captains elected by school.
Religion: Regular non-denominational morning assembly.
Social: Drama, music, debating with local schools; organised trips
abroad, eg skiing (Europe, Canada), classical (Greece, Italy),
school exchanges. Pupils allowed to bring own bike to school.
Discipline Minor misdemeanours dealt with according to the
circumstances. No regular detentions necessary; emphasis on positive
self-discipline and co-operation.