School days are some of the most important and memorable days for a child, and as such, daily life at Shrewsbury High Prep is built around exploration, adventure and fun.

Our commitment to ensuring that every day is filled with opportunity, excitement and most importantly, ‘something new’, is unswerving.

Following a distinctive and broad curriculum allows our pupils’ creativity to flourish and their curiosities to be explored; they have a genuine love of learning and the right attitudes, values and disciplines that are central to success both now and also in preparation for the future.

Our ultimate ambition is to nurture every child’s potential and individuality; enabling them to shine both intellectually and physically as they grow in self-awareness, confidence and maturity.

Whether this is your first experience of our school community or you have visited us before, the warmth and ethos of the school is clear to see from our wonderful pupils and staff as soon as you walk through the gate. I hope that our website gives you a flavour of what to expect at Prep, including the extensive range of opportunities available for pupils both inside and outside of the classroom.

However, nothing can match the experience of actually visiting, seeing and feeling for yourself the nurturing atmosphere and enthusiasm for learning that I believe pervades from the moment your child joins us.

I look forward to welcoming you to Shrewsbury High Prep School,

Mrs Kate Millichamp, Headteacher

Want to learn more about our Prep School? Navigate through the Prep pages on our website or consider visiting us on one of our open days to see the school for yourself and meet our teachers.

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Independent Primary School in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury High Prep School is an independent, private primary school in Shrewsbury. We are based in the heart of Shrewsbury, on the banks of the river Severn, but welcome pupils from the wider areas around Shropshire including Telford, Whitchurch, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Market Drayton and other towns.

We are an independent school, often known as a private school, which means that we provide an enriched curriculum for our students with some of the highest quality teaching in the region. We also have smaller class sizes to allow our teachers to give your child more attention and support. State-of-the-art facilities, classrooms and outdoor spaces provide a stimulating place for your child to learn and develop.

The term ‘Prep School’ describes an independent primary school that is tailored to prepare your child for the next stages of his or her life. While this does include preparation for admissions exams into Senior School and for our boys Common Entrance preparation in Years 7 & 8, it goes far beyond that. We want to develop inquisitive and curious minds, to help children pursue the questions that interest them. We believe this is the best way to prepare them for a successful future in which they’ll strive to succeed and take joy in learning.


Academic Success & Personal Development

Academic success is important, but this only happens by prioritising a child’s wellbeing and developmental progress. At our Prep School, while we teach children a rich and varied curriculum, our primary focus is on encouraging children to develop the right values, attitudes and disciplines to set them up for the future.

This means that while a traditional curriculum is part of our school days, where children learn reading, writing and a large number of other subjects, our curriculum as a whole is formed through skill-based teaching, rather than content delivery. It means that creativity is an essential part of the school day. We encourage children to develop creative problem-solving skills and the ability to look at a question from multiple angles.

Find out more about our Prep School curriculum.

We also recognise that interacting with the outdoors is an essential way to encourage a child’s curiosity and learning. We take our learning outside as much as possible and also make the most of the woodland areas in the school grounds, as well as travelling further afield into the Shropshire countryside. From digging and using tools to navigating and studying the flora and fauna, the outdoors provides a space for your child to test hypotheses, work as a team, experiment and get a little muddy!

School days at Shrewsbury High Prep School are varied, interesting and never dull. Our teachers always have a new challenge prepared, an experiment for the pupils to try or a fresh problem to solve. There’s never a boring day so your child can enjoy every minute of their primary school life.

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Open Days

Register now for our Senior, Prep and Sixth Form Virtual Open Days.  Once you have registered, we will contact you to arrange a private tour.
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