Shropshire, United Kingdom
About Oswestry School
Oswestry School is an independent, co-educational day & boarding school, with an 11-18 senior school of c.350 pupils and a 4-11 junior school (Bellan House) of c.110 pupils. The strong ethos of the school is reflected in its strength of pastoral care and sense of community. The School recently underwent inspection, with a very good report. As well as providing a fantastic learning and living environment for young people, Oswestry School offers an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding working environment.
Located in the ancient town of Oswestry in the county of Shropshire, the school was founded in 1407 and, as such, lays claim to being one of the oldest truly independent schools in the country. It is located in a beautiful corner of Shropshire close to the Welsh border and enjoys a campus setting and extensive playing fields. Just 30 minutes from the market town of Shrewsbury and an hour from major cities Liverpool and Manchester, the school is well located and draws pupils from all over the county and beyond through its extensive bus routes. A dynamic boarding community with pupils coming from over 30 countries provides vibrancy and exciting diversity to the school; internationalism and diversity are celebrated and championed.
As a relatively small independent school, Oswestry School is able to offer smaller class sizes as well as a close academic relationship between staff and students. A recent ISI report described pupils as “energetic, articulate and responsible throughout the school.” Deliberately non-selective, the school strives to nurture and develop the talents and abilities of each and every pupil both inside and outside the classroom. Recent facility development at the school includes a floodlit astroturf, the Momentum Sports hall and a new Refectory.
Values and vision
As a relatively small independent school, Oswestry School is able to offer smaller class sizes as well as a close academic relationship between staff and students. The school adopts a traditional approach to pastoral care, uniform and behaviour. Staff have high expectations of the ability of pupils to police their own behaviour and approach their education in a mature and adult way. The school invests heavily in extra-curricular activities, with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme just one of the major activities on offer.
“Pupils are energetic, articulate and responsible throughout the school. Relationships amongst pupils and between pupils and staff are excellent. This enhances the pupils’ personal development. In the senior school, where a third of pupils come from a wide range of countries, tolerance and mutual respect are firmly established, and this has a profound influence on the school as a whole.”