Packwood Haugh School
Ruyton XI Towns, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 1HX
Coeducational Day & Boarding
|Date Appointed||September 2012|
|Co-ed Age Range||4-13|
|Number of pupils||216|
|Number of boys||154|
|Number of girls||62|
|Number of boarders||92|
|Day fees per annum||£8,505 - £17,685|
|Boarding fees per annum||£22,635|
|Average Class Size||13|
Founded in 1892, Packwood Haugh celebrates its 125th anniversary during the 2017-18 academic year. Over its long and illustrious history this co-educational, independent day and boarding prep school has earned a reputation for excellence in all areas - academic, sporting and in the arts. Success is reflected on the school’s Honours Boards that list no fewer than 25 scholarship awards for the 2017 cohort alone, and by its proud record of 100% pass rate in Common Entrance every year in living memory. This year's scholarships include top academic awards to Winchester, Shrewsbury, Repton and Rugby as well as awards for music, sport and drama to many of the country’s best independent senior schools.
Packwood is about more than academic success alone. Set in 65 acres of glorious Shropshire countryside in the heart of the country, the school’s outstanding facilities and grounds enable the provision of a truly all-round education. With a focus on educating the whole child, the ethos at Packwood is to develop characteristics of grit, determination and endeavour that prepare pupils for future challenges at senior school and beyond. Pupils are encouraged to aim high and to work hard to fulfil their potential in everything they do. There is a strong sporting tradition and Packwood enjoys great success in a variety of team and individual sports at county, regional and national level. Furthermore, after their recent visit, the Independent Schools Inspectorate reported on 'particularly high standards in Music, Art and Drama' with many pupils enjoying extra clubs and one-to-one tuition, in addition to class lessons.
Alongside the wide-ranging, academically rigorous curriculum that inspires and challenges, Packwood offers countless opportunities and experiences to extend, enrich and broaden the children's development. As well as an excellent programme of extra-curricular activities, educational visits and trips both at home and overseas, and regular workshops and speakers at school, the school fields, gardens, woods and ponds provide the perfect environment for learning in the outdoors. In their time outside the classroom, the children develop a connection to and curiosity about the natural world and the awe and wonder it inspires.
Boarding at Packwood remains an enduringly popular option and was greatly praised by the ISI inspectors who reported that ‘the quality of boarding provision and care is excellent’. Boarders thrive in the happy, supportive environment of their boarding houses where they 'develop key qualities such as tolerance, confidence and independence'. The boarders' weekends are full and busy with activities ranging from clay pigeon shooting and gymnastics to drama workshops and cupcake baking or even an impromptu go-kart race. The children themselves are unfailingly enthusiastic about everything available to them, and most importantly of all, about building friendships for life.
Headmaster, Clive Smith-Langridge, says, "Our 125th anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate past successes but also to look forward to future developments. Packwood is thriving and continues to go from strength to strength. We are committed to providing the best possible education for our pupils in every way we can. The success we enjoy every year is testament to not only the dedication and professionalism of members of staff, but above all to the diligence and enthusiasm of the children. They flourish in the happy and positive environment at Packwood and invariably meet - and exceed - the high expectations we have of them."