The aim of our teaching at Shrewsbury is to inspire: to stimulate curiosity and interest, and to give pupils an understanding of what they are really good at and what they enjoy. We want our pupils to amaze themselves – and you, their parents – by not only meeting their potential, but by exceeding it.
"The school provides an outstanding range of subjects in the curriculum and an extraordinary range of activities in the extra-curricular programme, in accordance with its aims. The academic curriculum is broad and balanced, and is suited to all levels of ability." ISI Inspection Report 2011.
"Teachers have excellent subject knowledge, are enthusiastic about injecting interest into topics, have high expectations, and are clear in their planning and the targets they set for pupils." ISI Inspection Report 2011.
First Year: The Third Form
Head of Third Form: Mr Jeremy Lucas
Pupils follow a common curriculum, consisting of: English, Mathematics, French, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Philosophy and Theology (RS), Classics, Information Technology, Art and Design, Music, and Physical Education, plus German and Spanish or Greek. Different subjects are taught in sets based on ability. For example, it will be possible for a pupil to be in a high set for English and French, yet in a low set for Mathematics if they find the subject harder.
Each pupil is allocated a Tutor, who is linked to the pupil's house. The Tutor supervises and takes a personal interest in a pupil’s work. There is a tutorial period within the timetable for the close monitoring of academic progress and for the discussion in small groups of general issues, including matters of personal and social education.
Early in the Summer Term, there is a Third Form Parents’ Meeting, where general progress is reviewed and there is also scope for discussion of suitable choices of GCSE subjects to be studied in the Fourth and Fifth Forms. Parents will receive a document outlining the Fourth Form Curriculum in advance of the Parents’ Meeting.
Full details are in the Third Form Curriculum document which is updated annually in June.
The Fourth Form
Head of Middle School: Mr Toby Percival
The work follows on from that in the Third Form. All pupils take English, Mathematics, French, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology to GCSE. They are required to take at least one Modern Foreign Language, chosen from French, German and Spanish. Study of a second (or third) modern language can be undertaken in the option blocks, where the other choices are Latin or Ancient History, Greek, German, Spanish, History, Geography, Art, Design, Philosophy & Theology (RS), Music, Astronomy and PE.
All examination courses embarked upon at the beginning of the Fourth Form year are normally continued through the two years to the GCSE or IGCSE examination. As well as the subjects studied for exams, pupils will also follow courses in PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and ICT.
A meeting of parents and staff will be arranged during the year, so that progress can be reviewed and any academic problems can be discussed.
Full details can be found in the Fourth Form Curriculum document which is updated annually in February.
The Fifth Form
Head of Middle School: Mr Toby Percival
Pupils continue with the two-year course started in the Fourth Form.
The Fifth Form Parents’ Meeting takes place in March, and at this meeting parents and pupils can discuss the choice of Sixth Form subjects with teaching staff. In advance of the meeting all parents are sent a copy of The Sixth Form and Beyond, a document that outlines the Sixth Form curriculum, as well as describing the careers guidance available through the school. During the Fifth Form year, all pupils will have received preliminary careers guidance through Careers Profiling Tests, so that the subjects they choose for their A level and Pre-U courses suitably reflect their interests, their capabilities and their future.
The Sixth Form
Head of Sixth Form: Mr Dimitri Portier
At the conclusion of the Fifth Form year, pupils enter the Sixth Form and begin the first year of the two-year courses they have chosen to pursue to A Level. Advice on careers and on entry into establishments of Further Education (universities, etc) is constantly available to pupils and parents, and meetings with the Staff are arranged for the parents of each year group.
Each pupil chooses a Sixth Form Tutor, who will advise on university choices as well as providing support in academic and pastoral matters.
Full details can be found in The Sixth Form and Beyond which is updated each December.
Deputy Head (Academic)