One of best boarding schools in England! High school boarding! Concord College in Shrewsbury, Shropshire is a highly academic independent international college for day and boarding students. Girls and boys between the ages of 13 and 19 enjoy fabulous facilities on our safe 50 acre campus set in the heart of the English countryside. Concord has an ambitious programme of development that aims to ensure that a Concord education can truly be considered amongst the best in the UK and in the world.
3rd in the independent boarding schools league table based on points per candidate in data provided by the ISC; 6th in The Times school league table (co-educational schools) and 7th in the Telegraph (all schools)
85% A*/A at A Level (97% A*-B grade)
21 students into Oxford and Cambridge18 students into LSE, 22 to Imperial, 35 into UCL and 5 to KCL
26 students into medical, dental and veterinary schools
82% of Concord’s 2017 leavers are now attending UK Top 10 universities
Superb GCSE results with 60% A* & 82% A*/A
Student numbers have now reached almost 600 with record numbers of boarding and day students sharing Concord’s beautiful facilities. Results have also reached record levels with all of Concord’s top GCSE, AS level, A level and top university entry success occurring in the last five years. At the same time, this Top UK boarding school has opened new classrooms, boarding houses, a new library and greatly extended the dining room. In 2015, this leading boarding school announced its most ambitious programme of development to date, with the extension of the campus to the north by 32 acres, the building of a new boarding residence for lower school girls and the commissioning of a £12 million science block which was completed in January 2018. This prestigious boarding School in England has an ambitious programme of development that aims to ensure that a Concord education can truly be considered amongst the best in the UK and in the world. Concord is seeking to develop its classroom and laboratory facilities in the next twelve months and accommodate boarding students in single rooms and to provide all boarding students with en-suite accommodation. In the next five years it is also planned to replace the current temporary ‘Sports Hall 2’ with a permanent purpose-built second sports hall.
Concord was founded in 1949 after WW2 by Mr Paul Oertel and Miss Monica Carr-Taylor, just outside Hastings in Sussex, as a small privately-owned language school. In 1973 the college moved again to its present site at Acton Burnell and a major programme of expansion began. Student numbers rose from the 90 students who came to Acton Burnell in 1973, to 200 by the 1980s. In 1995 it was decided to open a Lower School to offer GCSE courses for students under 16. Since 2005, the College has grown very considerably both in numbers, the number of subjects offered, the number of staff employed and in the complexity of education on offer. In 2009 Concord celebrated its Diamond Jubilee and was honoured to be visited by HRH The Princess Royal.
Boarding School Accommodation
Each of 17 boarding residences differ in terms of size and layout. There are about 490 boarding places currently available and of these most are single rooms with over 210 en suite rooms available for senior students. There are some double bedrooms and these are allocated to students whose places are booked the latest. Each boarding house has at least two Boarding Parents who share the duties in terms of checking on student welfare at bedtime and waking students in the morning.
Students can apply for entry to Concord at Form 3 (Year 9), Form 4 (Year 10) or to the Sixth Form (Year 12).
At Form 3 (Year 9) students follow a broad curriculum to encourage a range of interests and to give a grounding in a wide range of subjects.
At Form 4 (Year 10) all will study Mathematics, English (and English Literature in most cases) and the sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). In addition, they are able to choose from a range of subjects including Art, Astronomy, Computer Science, Drama, Economics, French, Geography, German, History, Music, Religious Studies, Spanish and Statistics to study to GCSE or IGCSE level.
In the Sixth Form (Year 12) students can choose to study either three or four subjects to A Level plus one or two subjects to AS Level. There are a wide range of subjects to choose from including Art, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, French, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Photography, Physics and Spanish. Some students are also invited to sit for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
These include musical activities such as the choir, orchestra, jazz group and samba drums band, and sporting activities such as archery, badminton, basketball, football and netball. The students can help the community through the Outreach Society or Eco clubs. They can enjoy horse-riding, play chess, learn to cook, discuss philosophy, take part in debates, speak Japanese or write computer programs, and many activities besides these.
Art and drama both play an important role in the creative life of this Top UK boarding school. The Art School comprises a suite of rooms incorporating seven studio spaces in all. Two of these spaces are dedicated to Lower School groups, three are used primarily by sixth formers (with A Level students allocated their own work areas) and two are specifically dedicated to Photography and Printmaking / Ceramics. Those students not studying Art (at GSCE or A level) can also access these excellent facilities through clubs or socieities, to make work from a huge range of media including ceramics, painting, drawing photography, origami, jewellery paper making, puppet making, silk painting, batik, textiles and so much more!
English Summer School
accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK for students aged 10 – 17. The timetable consists of 15 hours of classroom based teaching with qualified English teachers and 6 hours of Active English lessons taught by teachers with specialisations in other subjects.
Course 1: 03.07 – 25.07.2018
Course 2: 28.07 – 19.08.2018
Age 10-11 – £3650
Age 12-17 - £3330
SME ( Science, Maths, Economics)
The Science course is made up of 21 hours of classroom based teaching per week. Students are tested on the first day of the courses to establish common factual knowledge and level of English.
Summer Camp for kids UK /Junior Science course is for students aged 10-12. The course is specifically tailored for the younger scientist with elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics included and carefully selected, safe experiments for the students to carry out.
Science course for students aged 13-17 is based on the British GCSE or Advanced level syllabus for content and level.
For GCSE and pre ‘A’ level, students choose 2 of the following subjects to study: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Economics
Course 1: 03.07 – 25.07.2018
Course 2: 28.07 – 19.08.2018
Age 10-11 – £4050
Age 12-17 - £3800
Summer Camp for teen/ University Preparation
A series of two week residential University Preparation Courses. These courses are open to any motivated student aged 16-18 who strives to be the best when it comes to university applications/interviews, and more confident in the sometimes life changing decisions they have to make at this time.
This year they have four courses . Please note that course specialisms may change year on year.
MEDICINE: 1st – 13th July
NATURAL SCIENCES: 15th – 27th July
ENGINEERING: 29th July – 10th August
PPE: 12th – 24th August
The fee for each University Preparation Course is £3650 including all meals, accommodation, tuition and academic activities for the duration of the course and airport transfers if coming from abroad
Athletic Summer Camp/ Skills Extra Activities
Skills Extra (Activities) is an optional programme for students who wish to develop in a particular activity or skill through expert tuition and is available for those student selecting either English or a Science, Maths, Economics programme, it is not available for students who select the University Preparation programmes. Tuition takes place in small groups.
The Skills Extra programme generally takes place Monday to Friday (except Wednesday) from 1530. Students will receive tuition and guidance from a coach in their chosen skill consisting of 5 x 90 minute lessons. First Aid – £125, Golf – £225, Horse Riding - £250, Mountain Biking - £225, Tennis -£225
Private Tuition is an optional programme for students who may wish to improve and complement their summer course programme. Lessons will be on an hourly basis and on a one-to-one basis.
These extra lessons will normally take place from 1530, Monday to Friday (except Wednesday). Private, hourly lessons are available in: English, Maths, Economics, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Music (please specify particular instrument )
Private Tuition lessons 1-5 cost of £55
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