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Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls A Specialist Language College
Shottery Manor Shottery, CV37 9HA Stratford-upon-Avon
01789 293759


Stratford Grammar School for Girls is one of the best state schools in the country, and is recognised nationally as a centre of academic excellence. Our recent Ofsted report describes the standards that the girls achieve as "exceptionally high" at every level, and comments that teachers "inspire and motivate pupils".

We believe that there is more to education than exam results, however: we believe in a holistic approach, developing the whole person - and there is a real sense of enjoyment here in the business of learning together. We were delighted, therefore, when Ofsted recognised this, rating girls’ personal development as "outstanding", and concluding that "pupils are very happy". The school is described as "a stable and happy community" where "pupils flourish", and the care, guidance and support they receive is classed as "outstanding". Parents are supportive of the school, too: "My daughter loves school; she is happy and so are we" was one comment reported by the Ofsted inspectors; another was "My daughter came home from her first day smiling".

This is a small and very friendly school, the sense of community is strong, and the staff know individual pupils well. Something of the spirit of Shottery can perhaps be gained from checking out some of the photos elsewhere on this website: the decorated classrooms at Christmas, for instance, or the World Book Day costumes – when staff as well as girls dress up as literary characters for the day. We know how to have fun learning together! All kinds of opportunities are made available to girls through a wide range of extra-curricular activities, too – and the take-up is impressive. Girls are encouraged to use their initiative – and do, to excellent effect. One good example of this has been the transformation of an overgrown piece of waste-land to a tranquil cottage garden – the result of the imagination (and hard labour) of a group of sixth-form girls. The school is set in beautiful grounds around the fifteenth century Shottery Manor, which itself forms part of the school buildings. Tradition has it that the betrothal ceremony of Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway took place in the room that is now the Geography Room, and which for many years was used as a chapel. Our environment is truly inspiring!

You should not simply take my word for any of this. Explore the website for yourself and check out the details. Much of it has been put together by the girls themselves – and, as always, they are the school’s best ambassadors. Best of all, come and visit us in person. You will be made most welcome.

Kate Barnett

The Curriculum


Preparation for life

To enhance knowledge and develop skills and to provide experience to meet the changing demands of an increasingly technological society.
To develop in the girls' social awareness, self-confidence and a positive attitude to responsibilities and future roles in society.
To encourage each girl to develop a sense of enjoyment and continuing interest in learning.
To develop in each girl an understanding of and respect for the religious and ethical values of her own culture and for those of other races and cultures.

Individual development

To provide opportunities for individual development so that the girls become independent, assertive and positive.
To develop each girl’s full individual potential in order to achieve high personal standards and encourage an awareness of her own strengths and weaknesses.
To foster the ability to work individually and also to contribute effectively to groupwork.
To encourage extra-curricular activities.


To develop intellectual, interpersonal, physical and practical skills and aesthetic appreciation.
To develop the communication skills of writing, speaking, and listening.
To encourage girls to see the curriculum as a whole and to appreciate cross-curricular links between subject areas and to integrate skills achieved in those different areas.



I am delighted to be chairman of the excellent Governing Body for Stratford- upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls, whose expertise and enthusiasm, working together as a team, provides support and direction to the Headteacher and her staff. Our aim is to provide excellence in academic standards, but there’s more to education that that. It’s all about developing the person, the personality, the attitude and ability: the qualities that make us what we are.

Together we promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school policies. We make decisions concerning staffing, curriculum, property and finance, whilst being responsible for setting the school’s aims and objectives.

For our pupils "the sky is the limit", as we aim to provide opportunities for all the girls to achieve academic excellence through their education and the provision of ever increasing extracurricular activities. Both of these enable our pupils to challenge their abilities in order for them to achieve their best personal potential.

Our emphasis is on every pupil as an individual, whether she joins us at the age of eleven years or at sixth form entry. Your daughter will become part of a lively, happy, small community, where each individual is known. We listen to young people’s opinions and acknowledge with great pride all of their achievements in any area of their life. We hope when they come to school they will believe in themselves, consider nothing is unattainable and that their aspirations for the future can be fulfilled.

Jeff Downes

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