All Shrewsbury students benefit from an engrained commitment to specialist study. While connected to the thematic programme, lessons on Chinese language, Music, Performing Arts, Physical Education and Aquatics lessons are all supported by specialist teaching staff.
The Chinese language department engages with every student every day as part of an ambitious three tiered programme of linguistic and cultural study.
Chinese language lessons utilise the Mandarin dialect and introduce new content in simplified form. They focus upon the development of communicative skills, intercultural understanding and global mindedness - they are purposeful, meaningful, contextualised and fun.
Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced level classes support the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening at an appropriate pace and level.
MUSIC and performing arts
The Music and Performing Arts department benefits from access to an Auditorium, a Recital Hall, a Drama Studio, six individual practice rooms and two whole class teaching spaces.
Music lessons support the development of listening, composing, improvising and appraisal skills through the study of classroom instruments including recorders, ukuleles, guitars, keyboards and pitched percussion instruments.
Choral lessons support broader study and deeper engagement with the construction of musical pieces - they link directly to a Performing Arts programme that provides students with a broad range of opportunities to engage others.
The Physical Education department benefits from access to an Aquatics Centre, a Sports Hall, a Gymnastics Centre, a Dance Studio and a rooftop Football Pitch.
Physical education lessons support the development of teamwork, strength, strategy and resilience. Our broad programme of study supports the specific development of fundamental skills for younger learners, athletics, gymnastics, dance and games. Students are encouraged to showcase their learning at regular tournaments, meets, galas, open lessons, competitions and shows.
Aquatics lessons are taught by a team of specialist Eliteswim coaches in small, ability based groups. A focus upon water confidence, technique and good form allows students to make exceptional progress within a programme that also explores water safety and personal survival.