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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 2004 Stroud High School won the Giving Nation Award for raising money to help build a school in the Philippines.
  • 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.

Sixth Form Education

Stroud High Sixth Form is an outstanding co-educational Sixth Form that welcomes boys and girls from over 20 different schools from across the county and beyond.

We have exceptional academic results – this year 80% of all A-Level entries were graded A*-B with The Times newspaper ranking us as one of the 30 highest performing state schools in the country. But what we are particularly proud of is that our students are part of a dynamic and forward thinking community. 

We don’t have a one size fits all approach – whatever your ambitions, we will help you get there. We teach our students to be the best they can by providing them with the skills, support and confidence to go out into the world and make it a better place.

Our students follow an A level programme of 3 or 4 subjects alongside an Additional Qualification.

You will also have the opportunity to get involved in a vast array of enrichment activities ranging from foreign language exchanges with work experience, Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, STEM Gold Crest Award, Gold Arts Award and the BioChemistry club. Each year one in four of our students speak at the United Nations in Geneva or New York. Not to mention our excellent sports, drama, arts and music activities.

Our curriculum is broad and vibrant. Our community is outward-looking and progressive. Both are built on our values of respect, courtesy, honour and a desire to help others.


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.

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