- The Priory School (Shrewsbury)
Infobox UK school
name = The Priory School, a Business and Enterprise College
size = 70px
latitude = 52.69591
longitude = -2.76818
dms = dms
motto = "In pursuit of excellence - together we can make it happen"
head_label = Headteacher
head = Ms Candy Garbett
Business and Enterprise College
street = Longden Road
postcode = SY3 9EE
ofsted = 123562
enrollment = 810
lower_age = 11
upper_age = 16
houses = Acton, Baxter, Clive, Darwin, Housman, Webb
colours = Green & Gold
website = http://www.priory.shropshire.sch.uk/
The Priory School is a
secondary schoolin the Shropshire market town of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. The school became a Business and Enterprise Collegein 2003, with the addition of Applied GCSE courses to the curriculum. The headmistress is Ms Candy Garbett and the Chairman of Governors is Mr John Hodges. The Priory was formerly a girls' grammar school, but has since become a mixed comprehensive school.
The Business and Enterprise training centre was opened in September 2004, equipping the school with conference and meeting facilities, often hired out by local groups and businesses. The school became an Enterprise Hub in April 2006, and was awarded High Performing Specialist School status at the start of the academic year 2007-2008. The school has also recently received 'Leading Edge' status.
The school has no sixth form, but is in partnership with the two main local 16+ colleges (
Shrewsbury Sixth Form Collegeand Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology), which many of the students go on to attend.
Each of the school's six houses, named after famous people from Shropshire, battle it out for the 'House Cup', received by the house with the most points at the end of the house year. This runs from the start of the summer term to the end of the following spring term, so students in year 11 are always still at school when the cup is awarded. Points are gained for receiving "learning credits" (for students in KS3), "commendations" (for students in KS4) and for participating in sports or drama activities.
Every year the school holds a variety concert organised and presented by Year 11 Drama and Music Officials, with support from the School Improvement Facilitators (formerly Heads of Department) of Drama and Music. The event showcases dancing, singing, drama sketches and even stand-up comedy, all performed by students. The acts earn house points for enduring the rigorous audition process and further points if they are accepted into the school and public performances. Additionally, the school holds many events every year to try and raise money for charity.
Since introducing Drama GCSE into the curriculum, the school has produced and casted many theatre productions, which are performed to a public audience. In 2003 there was a production of Grease, 2004
Oliver!, 2005 Our Day Out, 2006 The Crucibleand most recently Les Misérables in November 2007. There are plans for a production of Jesus Christ Superstarin autumn 2008.
Kevin Seabury, footballer
Adam Shantry, cricketer
* [http://www.priory.shropshire.sch.uk Priory School Website]
* [http://priory.shropshire.digitalbrain.com Digitalbrain Website]
* [http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/cgi-bin/performancetables/school_06.pl?Mode=Z&No=8934368&Type=LA&Num=893&Phase=1&Year=06&Base=b 2006 Performance Tables]
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