With a population of around 75,000 Shrewsbury is the county town for Shropshire. Set amidst glorious countryside near to the Welsh borders, it is one of England’s finest medieval market towns. The stunning town centre is packed with timber-framed black and white buildings, steep narrow streets and alleyways all home to independent shops, high street retailers, bars and cafes – making it a beautiful yet lively and social town.
The River Severn forms a loop around the town centre offering riverside walks or pleasure boat trips. Renowned as the ‘town of flowers’ Shrewsbury was awarded Gold in the 2016 Heart of England in Bloom competition highlighting the beauty of Quarry Park, location for the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show.
If you are new to the county you will quickly see that Shrewsbury is easily accessible by road as it is connected to the M6 and motorway network via the M54. Sweetlake Meadow is also ideally located to take advantage of the county’s rail network with direct routes running north to Chester, Manchester, Crewe and Wrexham, south to Hereford and Cardiff, west to Aberystwyth, and east to Birmingham, plus a direct rail service to London Euston taking just over 2 1/2 hours.
Two of Shropshire’s top rated state-funded secondary schools – the Priory and Meole Brace – are located within walking distance of Sweetlake Meadow. The county also offers a first class range of Independent schools.
The Priory School, rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted (last inspection 2013) is a Business and Enterprise Academy for 11 to 16 year olds. Its 850 pupils consistently achieve results well above the national average, with 73% achieving 5 A* – C GCSEs (or equivalents) including English and Maths.
Meole Brace School, rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted (last inspected 2015) is a Science College for 11 to 16 year olds with over 1200 pupils. In its latest Ofsted report 72% of parents strongly agreed with the statement ‘my child is happy at this school’, set against the national average of 42% it clearly demonstrates the school’s principal aim to enable its pupils to lead happy and successful lives, both at school and when they leave. The school also achieves good academic results with 64% of its pupils achieving 5 A* – C GCSEs (or equivalents).