Information and location
Founded in 1949, Concord College is an international day and boarding School which is open to students from all over the world. In a safe 80 acre campus surrounded by pristine English countryside, the College is located just south of Shrewsbury.
85% of students are from overseas. Parents who look closely at league tables have taken note of the excellent results in recent years, with Concord coming in the top-five co-educational schools. Over three quarters of students have gained A*/A grades at A-level. GCSE courses have seen similar success.
Boarding and pastoral care
Seventeen boarding schools, some of which are in the village on the other side of the school gates, offer boarders comfortable and roomy living spaces with huge common rooms.
Pupils from overseas are able to stay during part of the Christmas and all of the Easter holidays, as well as half term holidays, at no extra cost. This is a unique feature of Concord and up to 250 pupils do take advantage of the offer.
Academic study is unashamedly promoted as the most important aspect of the College. Such dedication can be seen in the way students in year 10 wake up every Saturday morning to sit internal tests to thoroughly prepare them for the public examinations.
In the sixth form, maths and sciences are popular, though Principal, Neil Hawkins, has been striving to make history, geography and European languages appeal more to pupils.
Activities, sport, student initiatives, art and music
Impressive facilities certainly present sporty types with the opportunity to develop themselves. Archery, water-polo, badminton, athletics, climbing and mountain biking are just several recreational sports on offer. Team games, such as football and rugby, are not quite as strong as they are at other schools, but the Principal is seeking to rectify this fate.
The art building can be found in the attractive village of Acton Burnell. Art is becoming increasingly popular and students have completed inspirational and creative work in recent years in the areas of textiles, ceramics, photography, graphics and painting.
With over 100 students taking music lessons and over 50 singing in the choir, many have begun to take advantage of being present in one of the best concert halls in the country. Over the past few years, 200+ students have engaged themselves in charitable fundraising concerts.
Owing to a Headmaster who is open to listening to students’ answers and ideas, student-led initiatives are in full swing at the College. Clubs, societies and other activities such as the hugely popular philosophy club, Scrabble, bridge, international societies and the choir are also thriving.