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Curriculum and Learning

Our Curriculum

Shrewsbury's curriculum is based around the English National Curriculum, adapted to meet the needs of our students and international context. 

Click the link below to find our curriculum guides for different key stages throughout the school.


Key Stages

The curriculum provides a structured learning journey from the age of 3 to 18 years. The Early Years Foundation stage (age 3 years) is followed by a sequence of 5 "Key Stages", cultimating in the advanced A-level programme (Ages 16-18). By the time students graduate from our school, they are equipped with the skills, specialist knowledge and qualifications they need to earn places (and thrive) at leading universities and colleges around the world.

As students progress through the key stages, they build knowledge in a wide range of academic subjects, including core English, Mathematics and Science disciplines, and a variety humanities and linguistic programmes, including some optional courses. Traditional subjects are supplemented by a series of bespoke learning programmes, created especially for Shrewsbury students that focus on their emotional and social development, as well as academic skills.

Age-appropriate learning styles and resources are adopted throughout the school, with play-based learning in our youngest classrooms gradually progressing to more independent learning styles and complex subject matter. This journey gives students the opportunity to find their own academic strengths and interests in a variety of subjects before moving on to the more focused academic content for their selected IGCSE and A-level programmes, chosen by students with specific university and career paths in mind.

Skills Development

Alongside the demanding and rigorous academic subject content, the curriculum also provides time for students to develop and master a wide range of practical and social skills that lay the foundations for long term success both at school and beyond. Students are required to think critically and creatively. They take part in discussion and debate and develop themselves as resilient problem solvers and innovators, with equal capacity to collaborate and lead whilst always treating others with genuine empathy and care.

The Curriculum encourages all students to develop their own voice, both through what is taught and how it is taught. Whether in discussing an idea, performing in a production, presenting a research topic to a class, running a charity stall, leading a house activity or delivering their academic fascination speech in assembly, students have numerous opportunities to engage with the topics they are passionate about and work with others to develop a mature understanding of the world around them.

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