Adcote School for Girls, Little Ness, Near Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 2JY
180. Upper sixth 15
Σ1485−Σ4269 (Day), Σ5487−Σ7578 (Boarding), Σ4826−Σ6923 (Weekly)
Founded in 1907, it occupies a neo-Tudor Grade I listed building (1879) in glorious landscaped parkland with a view to the Briedden and south Shropshire hills. A small school with a friendly and family atmosphere. It provides a sound academic education; the school’s aim is that every girl should feel she has achieved all she can both academically and intellectually when she leaves. For its size, it offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities in a disciplined and caring community.
Headmaster: Gary Wright, in post from 2009. Educated at Warwick University (history), Oxford Brookes University (PGCE) and King’s College London (MA education management); also holds NPQH. Previously Deputy Headmaster at St Piran’s Prep School, Maidenhead, and has worked in independent schools in and around London and overseas. Also ISI inspector. Teaching staff: 11 full time, 30 part time.
GCSE: 13 pupils in upper fifth, 85% gaining at least grade C in 5+ subjects. A-levels: 8 in upper sixth, all usually passing in 3 subjects.
100% of sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course.
Music: Up to 80% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. Musical groups include school choir, strings group and ensemble. Drama and dance: Drama and dance (including ballet) offered in the curriculum. ESB and LAMDA exams may taken. All pupils are involved in school productions. Art and design: Textiles, food technology and art and design offered.
Some 10 sports available including netball, tennis, fencing, rowing, golf. BAGA, RLSS exams may be taken. Also bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; community service. Up to 15 clubs, eg drama, art, ICT, archery, carpentry, dance, ju-jitsu.
Sixth formers have single or twin study bedrooms, others in rooms of 3-6. Weekly boarding available. Unaccompanied visits to the local town allowed for sixth form.
Adcote Old Girls Association, contacted via the school.
Marit Allen (fashion editor and costume designer); Polly Stockton (national event riding squad); Jane Dillon (interior designer)., ,