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The Shrubbery School, Sutton Coldfield
School will remain closed today, Tuesday 12th December. Deteriorating conditions and in view of local roads and site paths freezing over, we will be closed today. Apologies for the late decision.
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Welcome to our new website,

We hope that you enjoy looking around the site and seeing our happy and active school environment.

As a caring school with traditional values, The Shrubbery School provides positive learning experiences which will help your child develop a capacity for learning and aid their personal growth. We aim to instil confidence and a sense of achievement and worth in each of our pupils. At the same time we work for a community atmosphere of mutual respect and concern for others. We hold a set of values, each beginning with the letter ‘R’ known as the ‘Six Rs’ which promote both social and learning behaviours. We also respect the United Nations Rights of the Child and learn about the world far beyond the classroom.

Literacy and Numeracy are seen as the vital building blocks for the rest of our school curriculum and there is always something interesting and exciting going on in school, within our creative curriculum and in sporting and extra-curricular subjects. We want to inspire our children with a love of life and learning allowing them to explore, discover and have fun!  We encourage leadership and working together in our school in a huge range of areas both in and out of the classroom.

The health and wellbeing of our pupils is of paramount importance, please look around our website to see the wealth of activities that contribute to this; a happy child is a learning child.

If you are thinking of applying for your child to join our s chool or would like further information, please look at the   ‘Contact us’ section of the website.


Hilary Atkins

Head Teacher

Our History

The Shrubbery School is the oldest co-educational independent school in Sutton Coldfield.

The School house itself dates back to 1857 originally one house built on land previously owned by Penns Hall , in 1881 two wings were added and the house was converted to two semi-detached homes, ‘The Ferns’ and ‘The Shrubbery’. 

The Walker family lived at ‘The Shrubbery’ until the Rankin family moved in during 1914 when Walmley was a very small village consisting of a few houses and ‘The Fox Inn’.

In the 1920’s a small school was run by Mrs L J Moore from ‘The Ferns’ and this gave Janice Rankin the inspiration to become a teacher.  When Mrs Moore’s school closed next door in 1930, The Rankin family opened their school at ‘The Shrubbery’ beginning with one pupil Eileen King.

The School originally consisted of a classroom in the now listed school house.  Initially with the help of her mother, Miss Rankin built up the school remaining in charge until the late 1990’s.  As the school grew, the Rankin family bought ‘The Ferns’ next door and the school house remained the home of the Rankin family, we have a fantastic picture of a young Miss Rankin and her brother playing croquet on lawns that are now the Junior playground!

As the school grew, Miss Rankin added more buildings and the land behind the house changed dramatically.  Further classrooms and a playing field lie behind the house now playing host to the education of nearly 250 children between the ages of three and eleven.

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Latest News

6th Dec 2017
Year 2 have been learning to estimate and measure in both centimetres and metres...
23rd Nov 2017
Thank you! We raised £651.00 for Children in Need.  Many thanks for your...
23rd Nov 2017
Year 4 have had a Viking day.  We have played a trading game and held a meeting...
23rd Nov 2017
Year 2 have been hard researching facts  on Christopher Columbus.  They...
23rd Nov 2017
Year 3 enjoyed coming to school in a variety of spots to support Children in Need...
21st Nov 2017
Y5 and Y6 entered The Primary Mathematics Challenge this week.  This is a nationwide...

Upcoming Events...

Tuesday, 12th December 2017
Junior Christmas Production (1.45pm)
Infant Christmas Production (9.30am)
Last Dance Lesson for 2017
Last Mad Science Club
Wednesday, 13th December 2017
Juniors visit to Old Rep Y5 and Y6 (am)
Last Chess Lesson for 2017
Nursery Nativity (9.30am)
Infant Christmas Production (2pm)
Junior Christmas Production (7pm)
Thursday, 14th December 2017
Nursery Nativity 9.30am
Juniors visit to the Old Rep Y3 and Y4 (am)
Junior Christmas Production (7pm)
Friday, 15th December 2017
Nursery visit to Lichfield Garrick
Monday, 18th December 2017
Nursery/Infant Christmas Party (1.45pm)
Tuesday, 19th December 2017
Junior Christmas Disco (4pm-7pm)
Wednesday, 20th December 2017
Christmas School Dinner
Break up

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