Shrewsbury School

eNewsletter: Friday 18th June 2021

Welcome to the latest eNewsletter

An Introduction from Headmaster, Leo Winkley

Monday’s announcement from the Prime Minister pushed back the move to Stage 4 of the Road Map out of lockdown in England.  This sent school leaders scuttling back to the drawing board to re-think how to do certain key end of term events.  However, most of what we had carefully planned here remains entirely doable: for example, the Summer Concert (25 June), Fame! The Musical (29, 30 June, 1 July) and the Cabaret Concert (2 July) will go ahead as limited capacity ticketed events.  Sadly, Speech Day must be significantly scaled back: unless anyone is willing to get married as part of the occasion…  Details will follow in the next few days. 

This week all Third and Fourth Form have been embracing the great outdoors.  Nick David (Director of Activities) and his team have delivered an outstanding programme of challenge, adventure, volunteering and environmental conservation work.  It has been a pleasure to see pupils and staff working alongside each other in beautiful weather.  Meanwhile, the Lower Sixth have been doing their internal exams and then taking the National Skills Challenge (18 June) and UCAS Day (19 June).

As Head of Centre, I have now signed off all the Teacher Assessed Grades for A Level, Pre-U and GCSE subjects and they have been submitted to the various Examination Boards.  This was the final step in a lengthy and painstaking process.  We now look forward to welcoming our Fifth Form and Upper Sixth back next week for a fortnight of purposeful activity and shared enjoyment.   The programme that my colleagues have put together is packed full, as the Upper Sixth enter ‘Shrewsbury U’ and take part in the Institute of Leadership and Management Award.  The Fifth Form programme aims to extend and prepare them for transition to Sixth Form life.  More broadly, we want them to enjoy the final fortnight of the academic year together.

The national media has resonated with discussion about children’s mental wellbeing; mobile phone use and the effects of digital technology; and the appalling experience of sexual harassment and misogyny.  Such issues are hugely important challenges for schools and parents, and indeed for wider society.  No community can consider itself immune to these pressing concerns.  As you would expect, we are alert to these issues and the need to address them through a combination of open, honest dialogue and expert input.  By way of example, our Lower Sixth pupils will immerse next week in a two-day programme we’ve called ‘Sixth Sense’.  They will engage with expert speakers addressing urgent contemporary issues, such as: racial prejudice; mental health; everyday sexism; environmentalism; and personal finance, to name a few. Please follow this link to read the Sixth Sense Programme.

Ms Peak, Deputy Head (Pastoral) has been skilfully leading our collaborative work on a new Pastoral Blueprint to launch in September.  This enhanced programme will help us to educate and empower pupils, staff and parents in addressing identified key issues in adolescent mental health; gender respect; equality, diversity and inclusion, amongst others.   Growing up has never been more complicated, nor more diverse in opportunity.  We remain absolutely committed to offering our pupils the best possible preparation for life.

On that note, I send greetings to all Salopian households and look forward to keeping in touch as we enter the final fortnight of this most extraordinary academic year.

Leo Winkley


Cricket Update

Three centuries and a hat-trick!

Harry C (PH), Gregor B (S) and Tom G (RB) all scored centuries on the same day - 119, 101, 124

Mr Barnard said:

“Three centuries, in our top three teams, this weekend was a first , as far as I am aware. Well done to Harry C, Gregor B and Tom G for their fine knocks.”

Tom G (RB) takes a hat-trick when bowling for the 2ndXI against Kings Chester 1st XI.


Chapel Podcast- Sunday 20th June 2021

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Notice to Parents

We are delighted to deliver and facilitate a variety of sport offerings for children age 4 to 18 this summer under our Covid safe operating procedures.

Please find details of the provision via Shrewsbury School | Holiday Courses

To book a place on one of the courses simply complete the relevant link/registration form, please note full payment is required upon booking.

All Shrewsbury school staff and approved external body coaches/instructors are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and have gone through significant training to bring your children the best coaching and support possible.

For more information about any of the courses, please contact the Sports Facilities Department on 01743 280 625 or email sport@shrewsbury.org.uk

Mr Moore, Sports Facilities Manager

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