Packwood Haugh School

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Packwood Haugh
Packwood Haugh School Logo.jpg
Motto Discas Dum Discere Possis (Latin: "Learn while you are able to learn")
Established 1892
Type Independent day and boarding Preparatory school
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Mr Clive Smith-Langridge
Chairman of Governors Mrs Liz Lewis
Location Ruyton-XI-Towns
near Shrewsbury
Coordinates: 52°48′04″N 2°54′11″W / 52.801°N 2.903°W / 52.801; -2.903
DfE number 893/6006
Students 215
Gender Co-educational
Ages 4–13
Publication The Packwoodian[1]
Former pupils Old Packwoodians

Packwood Haugh School is a co-educational Preparatory school for pupils from the ages of 4 to 13, offering places for both day and boarding pupils.[2] It is located in Ruyton-XI-Towns, midway between Oswestry and Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England.[3]

Its overarching aim is to provide an excellent all-round education that encompasses a breadth of opportunity for all pupils.[2]

Packwood has long furnished the top public schools. Many leavers move on to Shrewsbury, others to Rugby, Malvern College, Eton, Harrow, Wycombe Abbey, Moreton Hall, Stowe, St Edward's.[4]


The school was founded in 1892 at Packwood, Warwickshire, and moved to its present site, a large Victorian country house previously called Park House, set in 66 acres (27 ha), in 1941.[5] In 1956, it became a charitable trust. Girls joined the school in 1968 and a separate boarding house, Park House, provides boarding accommodation for girls.[2] A pre-preparatory department, Packwood Acorns, was established in 1993 for day children only aged between four and seven[3] and is also located within Parkhouse.[2] The rural site of 66 acres includes many facilities, such as a floodlit all-weather surface, a sports hall, purpose-built design and technology (DT) and art studios, an indoor swimming pool, science laboratories and a modern theatre.[2]

The Happy Faces day care nursery opened in September 2013 for young children under school age.[6]


Through participation in a broad curriculum, centred on core literacy and numeracy skills that underpin all other subjects, pupils develop a good level of knowledge and understanding. Nearly all pupils stay at the school until they are 13, successfully gaining places in the senior schools of their choice, with a significant number gaining scholarships and awards.[2]

In addition to English and Maths, the curriculum includes:[7]

Chemistry Art History Greek
Physics CDT Geography Classics
Biology Music Religious Studies Latin
French Drama PE Study Skills
ICT PSHE Verbal Reasoning Current Affairs

As they progress through the school pupils may participate in national competitions including UK Mathematics Trust[8] challenges, the Townsend Warner History Prize[9] and the Satips[10] general knowledge competition.

The well-planned curriculum across the school is supported by an excellent programme of extra-curricular activities which enriches the pupils’ learning experiences. There is an extensive choice of clubs, such as pottery, cooking and debating, and external specialists offer additional opportunities such as judo and scuba diving.[2]


There is a big games playing tradition at Packwood and a wide range of sports is available,[4] with girls’ cricket, fencing, swimming, squash and riding enriching the core provision of football, rugby, hockey, netball cricket and lacrosse.[2] Many pupils participate in local and national sporting competitions, with some achieving outstanding success in their chosen sport. Recent achievements have included top national rankings for boys and girls in under 11 and under 13 fencing competitions. Girls’ and boys’ cricket teams have both enjoyed strong results in local and regional matches, with many pupils selected for county squads and the girls’ team reaching the indoor cricket national finals.[2]

Notable Old Packwoodians[edit]


  1. ^ "Information: The Packwoodian". 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Iles, D. et al., Packwood Haugh School: Independent Schools Inspectorate Report dated Oct 2015
  3. ^ a b Iles, D. et al., Packwood Haugh School: Independent Schools Inspectorate Report dated March 2006
  4. ^ a b c d e "Good Schools Guide". The Good Schools Guide. 
  5. ^ Brown, Yoland (1988). Ruyton-XI-Towns, Unusual Name, Unusual History. Brewin Books. pp. 105, 107. ISBN 0-947731-41-5. 
  6. ^ "Happy Faces". Packwood Haugh School. 
  7. ^ "The national curriculum". 
  8. ^ "UK Mathematics Trust". UK Mathematics Trust. 
  9. ^ "Townsend Warner History Prize". Townsend Warner History Prize. 
  10. ^ "SATIPS". SATIPS. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "After Packwood". Packwood Haugh School. 
  12. ^ "Conductor Fergus Macleod". Shropshire Life Magazine. 
  13. ^ Christopher Gordon Horsfall Simon, obituary in Manchester Evening News dated 26 February 2002

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