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Stroud High School is an 11-18 selective girls’ school, which became an academy on 1 July 2011.


The school was founded in 1904 as the Girls' Endowed School by a group of local citizens led by solicitor Mr. A. J. Morton Ball, who decided that the girls of Stroud and the surrounding areas deserved a secondary school to match Marling School for boys that had been founded some years earlier. As a suitable building was not available, the school was initially housed in rooms in the School of Science and Art in Lansdown, Stroud. Miss D.M. Beale, niece of Miss Dorothea Beale the founder of St. Hilda's College, Oxford and long-term headmistress of Cheltenham Ladies' College was appointed as the first Headmistress.

  • In 1912, Miss Beale, her staff and seventy girls moved into a new purpose built building in the Queen Anne style which still stands today at the heart of the current school complex.
  • In 1939, a school hall was added.
  • In early 1940, girls from Edgbaston High School in Birmingham were evacuated to Stroud High School, returning only when suitable air raid facilities had been constructed at EHS.
  • In 1964 the Stroud Secondary Technical School for Girls merged with Stroud High School.
  • In 1988 the school became a Grant-maintained school and in 1998 a Foundation school.
  • In 2003, the school achieved the status of a Specialist School for Science and Mathematics.
  • In 2004 Stroud High School won the Giving Nation Award for raising money to help build a school in the Philippines.
  • In 2009 the school also achieved a second specialism in Modern Foreign Languages.
  • In 2010, Stroud High School, operating through the Afritwin organisation, twinned with Rustenburg School for Girls and Mfuleni High School, in the greater Cape Town area of Western Province, South Africa.
  • In 2011 the school became an academy

Although the traditional school motto is "Trouthe and Honour, Fredom and Curteisye", Stroud High School now uses the styling of "A learning partnership valuing respect, personal best ... and a spirit of fun".

Academic Standards

The latest Ofsted Report, which graded the school as 'Outstanding' was compiled in December 2010.

In January 2013, an Ofsted English inspection graded the English Department as 'Outstanding' across all areas.

Our latest GCSE and A Level results can be found in the 'School Info' menu

More about Stroud High School

The school can accommodate approximately 900 students. Due to the geography of Stroud and its environs, these students are drawn from a very wide geographical area of central and southern Gloucestershire, usually from over 60 different feeder primary schools.

Over the last ten years, SHS has undergone a wide ranging improvement programme to its accommodation. All classrooms are now either new or have been modernised and all are equipped with interactive whiteboards. In addition there are six ICT suites including a multi-media facility together with a small recording studio and state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment. In 2009, the Junior School site also had a complete refurbishment with the addition of a dance studio, kiln room and large art room.

Historically the demand for places at Stroud High School has always exceeded its capacity. Each year prospective students sit an entrance test and the highest qualifying students are offered a place. For further details please refer to the Admissions Page of the school website.

The school has approximately 640 students in Years 7 to 11. A joint Sixth Form, of over 500 students is organised with the neighbouring boys’ grammar Marling School.

Sixth form education

Students are able to continue their education beyond the age of sixteen in the school's co-educational Sixth Form where the 6th Form building and teaching is shared with Marling School. The two schools also share a number of other facilities on their adjoining sites such as music, DT and science accommodation; the shared Sixth Form block includes a one hundred and sixty seat Lecture Theatre. Female students from other educational establishments are also allowed to join Stroud High School Sixth Form, provided they satisfy the joint-schools' entry criteria.


The school uniform consists of a burgundy fitted jacket (compulsory) with the SHS logo embroidered on the left hand side, a grey skirt or grey trousers, with a pink and white candy striped blouse. There is also an optional burgundy sweater for colder weather. Students may wear a scarf of any style providing it is plain burgundy, plain black or plain grey. Year 11 is currently allowed to choose to wear a black V Neck alternative.

Make-up is not allowed in Years 7, 8 and 9. However discrete make-up is allowed in Years 10 and 11. Extreme hair colours are not allowed. Boots may only be worn to and from school in the winter. Shoes must be plain and black in colour.