Following a Focused Compliance and Educational Quality inspection in November 2022, the ISI has given Shrewsbury High School the highest rating obtainable with the key findings that the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements, and the quality of pupils’ personal development are excellent.
Headteacher Jo Sharrock is delighted with the findings of the inspectors who spent three days across the whole school from Reception to Sixth Form, observing lessons, assemblies, breaktimes and clubs, interviewed teachers and students, surveyed parents, students and staff and examined samples of students’ work: “At the heart of our mission is a promise to deliver excellence consistently and reliably for all our pupils. We hold this promise very dear and so we are absolutely thrilled that the ISI, having intensely scrutinised and observed our school at every level, and in every aspect of the education we provide from Reception to Year 13, concluded emphatically that we deliver on that promise.
The report highlights just how successful we are in delivering our aims and living our values”.
Head of Juniors Kate Millichamp echoed the pride in the school felt by staff on reading the report: “While many comments from the report stand out, we are particularly proud that our pupils demonstrate a deep respect and great empathy for one another and pride in their inclusive community. We were also chuffed to see the excellent quality of teaching and learning recognised with numerous comments about high levels of ambition and engagement, facilitated by excellent relationships between pupils and staff. Our achievement is a result of the dedication and hard work of the whole staff body, the courage and brilliance of our pupils and the incredible support and loyalty of our parents. We are so proud of the whole school community”
Jo Sharrock adds “Of course, this glowing report does not mean we are perfect, nor are we complacent. The hallmark of an excellent school is that it does not rest on its laurels and remains committed to listening to feedback and continuous improvement. It meant a great deal to us to receive such positive results from our pupil, parent and staff questionnaires. We believe that at the heart of our success lies a very productive relationship of trust and empathy between pupils, staff and parents. A relationship sustained by careful communication and partnership and one which we will never take for granted”.
Key Report Findings:
The quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent.
Pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding are notably strong and they are willing to take risks with their learning.
Pupils are enthusiastic, ambitious, self-motivated and take responsibility for their own learning.
Pupils have highly developed learning skills which they employ confidently.
The quality of pupils’ personal development is excellent.
Pupils demonstrate excellent social development and collaborate productively.
Pupils develop an excellent understanding of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and know how to take responsibility for their own wellbeing.
Pupils are empathetic and tolerant with a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
Our achievement is a result of the dedication and hard work of our whole staff body, the courage and brilliance of our pupils and the incredible support and loyalty of our parents. We are so proud of the whole school community.
To read the full report, please click here Shrewsbury High School GDST EQI Report 2023-01-19 or visit https://shrewsburyhigh.gdst.net/key-information/inspection-reports/