Stratford Girls' Grammar School
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|Type||Grammar school, Academy|
|Chairman of the Governors||John Millett|
|DfE URN||137235 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Houses||Orion, Cygnus, Phoenix and Ursa as of September 2014 (formerly Austen, Brontë and Eliot)|
The school has been consistently recognised as one of the top twenty state schools in England, became a Specialist Language College in 2002, and was later awarded the status of a Specialist Science College. Since 2011 the school has been awarded status as an academy school. Entry is by examination at 11, although entry may be made in later years or most commonly at sixth form level.
The school opened in 1958. Before this time, academically able girls in Stratford had no hope of an education beyond comprehensive level, unless their parents could afford to send them to the King's High School For Girls in nearby Warwick. Thanks to the sustained efforts of several women, including the first Headmistress Miss E.B. Williams, Shottery (as the school is often known) was created. The first pupils were taken from the A stream of nearby Hugh Clopton School, known today as Stratford High School. In August 2011 the school changed to Academy (Mainstream Converter) status and changed its official name from Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls to Stratford Girls' Grammar School. Today, the school admits around 120 new Year 7 pupils per year. Competition for places is high, with more than seven applicants per place.
The original school was centred on the historic Shottery Manor, parts of which date from the 14th century. The Manor still stands today, and is used as a sixth form centre. Three additional buildings were added before the school opened, in what were originally the Manor orchards and flower gardens. The Garrett Teaching block was expanded in work that was completed in 2013.
Notable former pupils
- Captain Helen Allkins, Matron-in-Chief of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service, and Director of Naval Nursing Services since July 2008
- Corrie Corfield, Radio 4 continuity announcer and news reader
- Karen Dotrice, actress