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Shrewsbury School??

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Tessagrey Sat 17-Sep-16 07:04:51

Just want some opinions in terms of academic strength, pastoral care, sport, accommodation, etc.

Bashstreetmum Sun 18-Sep-16 13:47:33

From a boys or girls perspective for the last three items

Tessagrey Sun 18-Sep-16 15:01:25

Ideally, from a girls perspective

hardtopinpoint Sun 18-Sep-16 15:17:41

There's someone on here really hates the place.

Do an advance search

Bashstreetmum Sun 18-Sep-16 17:58:19

Hardtopinpoint are you talking about Shrewsbury school or Shrewsbury high school in terms of an advanced search

Tessagrey Mon 19-Sep-16 14:15:52

So does anyone know about Shrewsbury School???

Bashstreetmum Mon 19-Sep-16 16:31:36

Hi sorry was asking a good friend who has dd there. Academics is very good and rising. As previously a boys school they are still limited in more 'girlie' subjects at GCSE and A Levels the latter seems to be moving more towards pre u as well but she is pleased with quality of teaching. Also same with sport though they offering more for girls now though due to numbers mostly field just one or two girls teams per age group so if you haven't played the sport before there are no lower teams to play for so you can miss out on the experience. Apparently when the school opened to lower school girls about a dozen girls joined fourth form at the same time but there were no teams for them and limited inter house sport and opportunity. Apparently they are all still there so it must have been fine for them. The school is now fully coed and is thriving so if your dd joins now they will be past the teething stages. I think the school is at capacity so people must be happy. The girls boarding houses are fab and in beautiful settings. There are three, one was converted from a boys sixth form house when the lower school girls came so it's not as plush but it's still lovely. They are converting another one for next September which unfortunately is just outside the grounds and many don't like the idea of girls sleeping there as many of the bedroom windows are right on the road. Whether this becomes a day house for safety reasons remains to be seen. Pastoral care is terrific by all accounts with girls experiencing a very happy and full life. It is a full boarding school with few day students. There are exeat weekends every three weeks otherwise everyone is in school 7 days a week. There is Saturday school. The girls seem to have fitted in very well and friends dd reports the boys are polite and friendly. Lots to do and lots going on. My friend is very happy with her choice and I have looked at it myself. I can ask her for more information if you need.

Tessagrey Mon 19-Sep-16 17:07:01

Thanks a lot Bashstreetmum,
My DD is currently in year 9 and will be joining year 10 next year. We live overseas and my DD has never played sports such as hockey and lacrosse but she is very keen to learn and play them. I am wondering if she will be unable to do so if there are only two teams for each sport in each age group.
Also, I was wondering if there are ability-based sets in Shrewsbury and also, what size are the classes???
Finally, do a lot of students from Shrewsbury go on to Oxbridge and other very strong universities.
Would appreciate it a lot if you asked your friend for info.

Bashstreetmum Tue 20-Sep-16 16:24:04

As its full boarding it is a good option for overseas families. Friend says class sizes are small especially in sixth form. Classes are also set according to ability. At least a dozen accepted at Oxbridge every year and they run a full programme to support applications. Many go to Russell Group universities. She also foresees that with the increase of girls that the depth of teams will also increase. Hope this helps.

Tessagrey Tue 20-Sep-16 16:45:29

Thanks Bashstreetmum,
This certainly helped.

angelnumber9 Wed 21-Sep-16 10:27:32

Pretty much agree with everything Bashstreetmum has said. We looked at it last year for our DD but unfortunately couldn't make the sums work. It's so good that once you've been there and had a tour every school you visit afterwards plays second fiddle! DD is now at Wrekin College which is also boarding and still early days but we're very pleased, but it's not Shrewsbury school! The headmaster at Shrewsbury is Mark Turner, he has been there a few years now and is excellent. It seems he has been pivotal in the move over to co ed and has done a great job. All the girls we got to talk to were lovely and very happy and there is healthy competition academically with the boys which is now helping the school's academic results to improve even more. Class sizes can even be one to one in certain specialist subjects and the subject choice is enormous. It's the pastoral side of things that really impresses. As bashstreetmum said the boarding houses are amazing and things like the music wing, swimming pool, gym, rowing club, sports halls etc can be used until late evening. Girls sport is being developed all the time, ours is a swimmer and netball so we did all the facilities. Overall it has the feel of a happy thriving community and is very transparent in everything it does (look at its exam results charts) because it has nothing bad to hide. Lovely school in a lovely town and I'm very sure your DD will be very happy and please forgive me if I'm a bit envious!

Tessagrey Wed 21-Sep-16 13:17:21

Thanks a lot, Angelnumber9
We will certainly visit Shrewsbury along with a few other schools in December. I was wondering if you know anything about what boarders do during the weekend?

angelnumber9 Wed 21-Sep-16 16:22:16

There are so many clubs which are not all to do with sport, orchestra, choral society, bee keeping, seem to recall a sub aqua society amongst others. In fact they have a booklet called the A to Z of clubs (or something like that) which lists every club they do and many letters have more than one pastime. I believe they also have some Saturday sports fixtures against other schools and they do get free time to go into town which is only a five minute walk over the Kingsland bridge and Shrewsbury is a lovely medieval town with mostly nice people. I was looking from a day girl perspective so didn't go into it much but some day girls flexi board and stay overnight occasionally, especially if there is an event or a performance and some boarders stay at day friends houses now and then. I believe that house staff also arrange excursions some weekends. Girls are also expected to study and complete prep in their free time. One things for sure, DD will not be bored!

Tessagrey Thu 22-Sep-16 10:54:35

Thanks Angel,
We've been waiting for a reply from Shrewsbury for about 2 weeks now so if they answer, we'll certainly apply there too.

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