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Haberdashers’Adams is a selective state grammar school for day pupils and boarders, located in the rural market town of Newport in Shropshire. Newport is approximately 20 minutes from Telford, an hour away from Birmingham and one and a half hours from London by train.

We welcome boys aged 11-18 as day boys or boarders, and girls aged 16-18 as day girls in our Sixth Form. There is no charge for education and boarders pay only for the provision associated with boarding.

Over 900 pupils attend the school, including 360 in our thriving co-educational Sixth Form (90 of them girls). Around 100 of our pupils are boarders; we are extremely proud of our boarding facilities and boarding is an integral part of school life and contributes much to the ethos of our school.

Traditional Values

Haberdashers’ Adams has been educating the young boys of Newport for approaching 400 years. While most aspects of school life have changed beyond recognition during that time there are important features which remain the same. The part of the building known as Big School is where the school was founded in 1656 with the original schoolroom now the library. A number of buildings have been added as the school has expanded.

We expect pupils to wear their uniform with pride and maintain a smart appearance as well as being aware that they are representing the school at all times when wearing our uniform. Pupils are expected to be courteous to each other, members of staff, and to the wider public. We expect very high standards of behaviour both inside and outside of school.

Teachers know students exceptionally well as individuals. They ensure that teaching fuels students’ interests and encourages them to be active and independent learners. 


Pupils are required to work hard both within their lessons and with their homework. Teaching staff provide a lot of support to pupils but in return expect pupils to demonstrate commitment to their studies and be engaged with their subject. The school provides an extensive range of extra-curricular activities and pupils are expected to take part in these either in quality or quantity but preferably both. To gain the most from their time here pupils need to be prepared to try new things and to step out of their comfort zone to see what they can achieve.

Modern Approach

While we are proud of the school’s heritage we do not allow the history of the school to dictate our future. Teachers are encouraged to use their own creativity and flair in the way they teach their lessons. If you take a tour of the school you are likely to see a massive variation in teaching styles from a quiet classroom of pupils learning from a textbook through to pupils on the playground acting out important battles of the Russian revolution.

Pupils are set homework online and will often submit it via this route too. They are encouraged to use technology to support their learning and to prepare for the world of work. Innovative projects, such as the Design Technology department’s unique bike building course, mean pupils are engaged and challenged across all stages of their education. Parents can keep up to date with their child’s progress via the online tool My Child at School.

All parents enthused about how much their sons loved it, some children making the voyage from initial uncertainty about the school to a life-defining loyalty by GSCE stage. 

Good Schools Guide April 2018

Whilst we have high expectations of pupils we strongly believe that the most important aspect of your child’s life at school is how happy they are. In our experience a happy child will thrive and we warmly invite you to find out whether our school is one where your child would be happy by exploring our website.

Our son goes to school in the morning smiling and comes back home smiling every day.  He truly enjoys his time at Adams.

Year 7 parent June 2018

If you still want to find out more please arrange to attend one of our Open Events.