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The Shrubbery School, Sutton Coldfield
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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.

Upcoming Events...

Monday, 26th February 2018
Back to school
Y4 trip to Symphony Hall (10am-12.30pm)
World Book Week 26th Feb - 2nd March
Tuesday, 27th February 2018
Mad Science Club (for Y2 starts) (3.30pm-4.30pm)
World Book Week 26th Feb - 2nd March
Wednesday, 28th February 2018
World Book Week 26th Feb - 2nd March
Thursday, 1st March 2018
World Book Week 26th Feb - 2nd March
Friday, 2nd March 2018
World Book Week 26th Feb - 2nd March

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12th Feb 2018
Here are some photos of Year 4’s Passover Meal.  The children enjoyed...
12th Feb 2018
Over the past two weeks the children have been studying Thomas Gainsborough, learning...
7th Feb 2018
Well done to our Shrubbery School swimming team for a great performance at the Inter-School...
7th Feb 2018
Year 4 have a Class Factor competition on Monday 12th February.  A chance for...
7th Feb 2018
The nursery children have enjoyed Going on a Bear Hunt!
7th Feb 2018
The year 6s have started to build their igloo ( reading nook). Thank you to all those...

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