Solihull School

Solihull School

Day West Midlands

Solihull School was founded in 1560 with the income from the chantry chapels of the parish of Solihull. The school is particularly proud of the richness and diversity of the education that it provides. The school has always been closely involved with the community, making its sporting and theatrical facilities available for local schools.

The school now provides education for approximately 1,030 day pupils aged between 7 and 18. The Junior School, which occupies its own separate building on the site and has its own Headmaster, has more than 210 pupils aged from 7 to 11. In the Senior School there are approximately 560 pupils from Year 7 to Year 11 and around 250 pupils in the Sixth Form. In 1973 girls were accepted into the Sixth Form. From September 2005 the school became fully co-educational.

Headmaster Mr David Lloyd
Year Founded 1560
Religion Christian
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Charity Commission
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Solihull School has a total of 827 pupils, with 264 pupils in the Sixth Form.

Day pupil fees are from £4000, per term.

490 Day Boys
(11- 18)
337 Day Girls
(11- 18)
 

About Solihull School

Site and Facilities.

The school moved to its present site in 1882 and the original school building, School House, survives. The site now comprises over 50 acres of buildings and playing fields, which enable all teaching, games and activities to take place on the one site. In the last decade there has been a very substantial building programme. This programme originally involved the extension of the Science Department and Design and Technology Centre, the laying of an Astroturf pitch and three squash courts, and the substantial redevelopment of School House. In 2002 a new hall/theatre, the Bushell Hall, was built, which can accommodate a theatre audience of 600 and an assembly for 1000. At the same time, the old hall was transformed into a library and IT rooms. In 2003, a new pavilion, the Alan Lee Pavilion, was completed. In September 2005 a new teaching area, the George Hill Building, was unveiled to provide 16 new classrooms and an extensive social space. The Junior School, which has grown considerably in recent years, has been extended and entirely refurbished. A new music school was unveiled in September 2009 – The David Turnbull Music School. In September 2015 a new four-floor, state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre, the Cooper Building opened. It was designed to transform the Sixth Form teaching and learning and incorporating the latest multimedia technology. Throughout the school there are excellent IT facilities for staff and pupils.


Curriculum.

At the beginning of the Senior School, all pupils take at least one year of Latin and Spanish. In the second year French and German are optional subjects. English Language and Literature, Mathematics, a Modern Foreign Language, Physics, Chemistry and Biology remain compulsory subjects to GCSE. Three other subjects are chosen from a wide range of options.
The size of the Sixth Form enables the school to offer a very wide range of subjects and combinations. These subjects are Art and Design - Fine Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Design & Technology, Drama & Theatre Studies, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Mathematics (and Further Mathematics), Music, Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) and Spanish. There is also a substantial programme of Enrichment for all pupils in the Sixth Form, ranging from Mandarin Chinese to Cookery.


Academic Success.

In 2016 we recorded another great year of A Level results with 85 per cent of all grade achieved at A* to B grades and over a third of pupils gaining three A* or A grades or more. We were named the Top Independent School in 2015 for A and AS Levels in the West Midlands by the Birmingham Post. At GCSE, a record breaking 79% per cent of pupils were awarded A* to A grades in 2016 and 70 pupils achieved an incredible 8 or more A* to A grades.


Games.

Games are an integral part of the school curriculum and all pupils in the school are involved. PE is compulsory until Year 11 and all pupils in the school have a games afternoon. The school has a very strong tradition in the major team games for both boys and girls, but also offers a very wide range of other options. The principal team games are rugby, cricket, hockey (for both boys and girls) and netball. The school also has teams in tennis, athletics, swimming, clay-pigeon shooting, cross-country, badminton, basketball and fencing to name but a few. In recent years the school has organised very extensive tours for pupils of differing ages: in 2015 our 1st XI cricket team toured Barbados, and this summer our senior rugby players are touring South Africa while our girls hockey and netball teams are visiting Singapore and Malaysia. Individual and team national success is a regular feature of Solihull sporting life.


Music and Drama.

The school has a very strong tradition in music and drama, which has been enhanced since the building of the Bushell Hall and the David Turnbull Music School. Over a third of all pupils learn a musical instrument and there are over 25 different musical groups in the Senior School. This ranges from orchestras, bands and choirs to piano, string and wind ensembles. Several of these groups are very successful in competition at local festivals. There are many opportunities for pupils to perform at concerts, both formal and informal, throughout the year. A busy programme of masterclasses is given by visiting professional musicians. There is also an excellent Chapel Choir that performs during the school week and at the chapel services each Sunday. Each term the choir sings Evensong in a cathedral (including an annual visit to St Paul’s in London) and performs on BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service. In 2015 the school joined the Steinway Initiative, purchasing three new Steinway grand pianos.
The drama and music departments come together each year for the staging of an ambitious musical, which always involves a large number of pupils. There are two major dramatic performances each year: a school musical (Phantom of the Opera 2013, Spamalot 2014, Les Misérables 2015, Carousel 2016) and a school play (Macbeth 2013, Blood Wedding 2014, His Dark Materials (Part 1) 2015). In addition, there are several smaller productions in the course of the year.


Outdoor Pursuits.

Outdoor pursuits play a major part in the school’s life. In the Third Form pupils take part in an outdoor activities programme called Terriers. In the Shell Form every pupil spends a week at the school’s mountain cottage in Snowdonia. From the Shell Form pupils are able to participate in the CCF, which has an Army and an RAF section, and from the end of the Fourth Form, they can pursue the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. There are approximately 80 pupils in the CCF and 160 are involved at different stages of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, with 20 Gold Awards achieved in 2015. The school has a popular Mountain Club and organises biennial major expeditions: Chile in 2009, Alaska in 2011, Cambodia in 2013, and Ladakh India in 2015.

Fees

Details of the Fees and Charges for the academic year 2016/2017 are available to download on our website. Pay School Fees Monthly In association with market-leading school fee finance provider School Fee Plan, you can now apply online to pay your school fees by monthly instalments*. See the attached link for further details and a payment calculator. *Credit is subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. Withdrawal All tuition fees are payable in advance on or before the first day of each term. Parents wishing to withdraw a boy or girl for any reason must give a full term's notice in writing to the Headmaster; otherwise a full term's tuition fees are payable. Every effort is made to give a full term's notice in the event of an increase in tuition fees. The Governors however reserve the right to increase the fees without prior notice.

Scholarships & Bursaries

The school offers approximately 25 academic scholarship awards at 11+ and 13+ and around 30 at Sixth Form. The number of awards and their value is at the discretion of the Headmaster. There are also Sport, Art and Music, Choral and Organ Scholarships which are awarded at 11+, 13+ and Sixth Form. These are awarded based on a musical, art or sporting assessment. Sixth Form Academic scholarships are available in all A Level subjects on the basis of examination and interview.

In addition to scholarships, means-tested Assisted Places are available to offer opportunities to able pupils with financial needs. Applicants for such assistance are considered at Senior School and Sixth Form entry.

Children of the clergy are offered a 50% fee remission.

Admissions Process

The major point of entry is at 11+ (Year 7). Places are awarded on the basis of written exams in English and Mathematics and, in some cases, an interview. Some pupils are also accepted to enter the school at 12+, 13+ and 14+. A substantial number of pupils enter the school at Sixth Form level. Offers for admission to the Sixth Form are made on the basis of an interview, predicted GCSE grades and a personal profile. Such offers are conditional on receiving a pupil’s school report which should indicate high levels of effort and attainment, excellent conduct and a positive attitude to school life plus achieving a minimum of 2 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE, normally including B grades in Mathematics and English. A or A* grades at GCSE are strongly recommended for those subjects to be studied at A Level particularly in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Modern Foreign Languages.

The dates for entrance examinations and the Sixth Form scholarship examinations are available on the school website.

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