Stroud High School
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|Motto||"Trouthe and Honour, Fredom and Curteisye"|
|Type||Grammar school; Academy|
|Chair||Mrs. Jacqui Phillips|
Beards Lane, Cainscross Road|
|DfE URN||136874 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Houses||Capel (C), Griffin (G), Kimmin (K) Arundel (A) and Stanley (S). All five houses are named after mills in the Stroud valleys.|
|Website||Stroud High School|
Stroud High School (SHS) is a grammar school with academy status for girls aged 11 to 18 located in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. It shares a Sixth Form with the local boys' school, Marling School.
Stroud High School was founded in 1904 as the Girls' Endowed School by a group of local citizens led by solicitor Mr. A. J. Morton Ball, who decided that the girls of Stroud and the surrounding areas deserved a secondary school to match Marling School for boys that had been founded some years earlier. As a suitable building was not available, the school was initially housed in rooms in the School of Science and Art in Lansdown, Stroud. Miss D.M. Beale, niece of Dorothea Beale the founder of St Hilda's College, Oxford and long-term headmistress of Cheltenham Ladies' College was appointed as the first headmistress.
In 1912, D.M. Beale, her staff and seventy girls moved into a new purpose built building in the Queen Anne style which still stands today at the heart of the current school complex.
In 1939, a school hall was added.
In 1964, the Stroud Secondary Technical School for Girls merged with Stroud High School.
In 2003, the school achieved the status of a Specialist School for Science and Mathematics.
The school engages in a range of charitable fund-raising activities, which are largely organised by the students themselves. In 2004 Stroud High School won the Giving Nation Award for raising money to help build a school in the Philippines.
In 2008, Tim Withers was appointed as its first male head in over 100 years.
In 2009, the school also achieved a second specialism in Modern Foreign Languages.
In 2010, Stroud High School, operating through the Afri Twin organisation, twinned with Rustenburg School for Girls and Mfuleni High School, in the greater Cape Town area of Western Cape Province, South Africa.
Although the traditional school motto is "Trouthe and Honour, Fredom and Curteisye", Stroud High School now uses the styling of "A Learning Partnership valuing Respect, Personal Best, and a Spirit of Fun".
Stroud High School has consistently achieved a GCSE Level 2 threshold (the equivalent of 5+A*-C) of 100%. The latest Ofsted Report, which graded the school as 'Outstanding' was compiled in December 2010. In 2010 the GCSE results were among the best yet, with 76% of grades awarded at A* or A
More about Stroud High School
The school can accommodate approximately 900 students. Due to the geography of Stroud and its environs, these students are drawn from a very wide geographical area of central and southern Gloucestershire, usually from over 60 different feeder primary schools.
Over the last five years, SHS has undergone an improvement programme to its accommodation. All classrooms are now either new or have been modernised and are equipped with interactive whiteboards. In addition there are six ICT suites including a multi-media facility together with a small recording studio and video conferencing equipment. In 2009, the Junior School site also had a refurbishment with the addition of a dance studio, kiln room and art room.
Historically the demand for places at Stroud High School has always exceeded its capacity. Each year prospective students sit an NFER Verbal Reasoning test and the top scoring 150 students are offered places automatically.
In the academic year 2010/11 the school has approximately 640 students in Years 7 to 11 (128 girls in each year). A joint Sixth Form, of over 500 students is organised with the neighbouring boys’ grammar Marling School. This joint Sixth Form also forms part of the Stroud District Partnership which includes Marling School, Maidenhill School, Archway School, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Rednock School and Katherine Lady Berkeley's School. The Stroud District Partnership is a grouping working to build a shared curriculum from the ages of 14 to 19.
In February 2011, Stroud High School began a consultation process with stakeholders, principally parents, staff and students which it stated might lead to the school converting to an Academy later in the year. Stroud High School then became an Academy on 1 July 2011, a month before its partner school, Marling School.
Sixth form education
Students are able to continue their education beyond the age of sixteen in the school's co-educational Sixth Form operated jointly with Marling School. The two schools also share a number of facilities on their adjoining sites. The joint Sixth Form block has recently been extended to double the size of the accommodation and to include a new one hundred and sixty seat Lecture Theatre. Students from other educational establishments are also allowed to join the Sixth Form, provided they satisfy the joint-schools' entry criteria.
Notable former pupils
- Jo Blythe, ITV weather presenter
- Elaine Holt, Chairman from 2009-11 of East Coast and Chief Executive of Directly Operated Railways
- Tina May - jazz musician and vocalist
- Emma McClarkin - politician and youngest British MEP
- Dame Margaret Weston - Director, the Science Museum, London (1973–1986)