Our School

Our Ethos And Values

We believe children learn best when they feel happy at school, the well-being of our pupils is of paramount importance. Small class sizes and a family environment mean our pupils are nurtured and feel confident in everything they do.

Our education incorporates values, ethics, emotional maturity and a sense of responsibility so our pupils have the confidence to take their place in life. We have one aim, to give each pupil an education which enables them to flourish. We aim to develop a love of learning within our pupils, for them to be curious and ambitious so that they leave us confident and excited about the future. 

British Values

At The Shrubbery School we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously. We ensure that the fundamental British Values of mutual respect, understanding and tolerance for those with different cultures, faiths or beliefs; democracy, rule of law and respect for self and others are introduced, discussed and lived out through our ethos which underpins the work of the school.

Our pupils embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application in their own lives. The school strives to provide opportunities such as sporting events, assemblies, trips, speaker visits and diverse celebrations to strengthen their understanding of these fundamental British Values. We feel confident that we give our pupils the foundations for living a life of tolerance, understanding and the enthusiasm to celebrate diversity.

Our Aims

Provide a safe, happy, and stimulating environment.

Provide an education, combining the best of traditional and modern teaching.

Provide equal opportunities for all children.

Provide a curriculum that stimulates individual progress through differentiation.

Build self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-esteem.

Provide positive links between home and school.

Our History

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 schoolhouse. 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 schoolhouse remained the home of the Rankin family. As the school grew, Miss Rankin added more buildings and the land behind the house changed dramatically.