Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury School

Day Full Boarding Shropshire

Set in the heart of England, Shrewsbury is a unique school in many ways. We are a fully co-educational school committed to strong academic standards and we believe in a vision of holistic education, as demonstrated through our vast range of different activities and societies.

We are fortunate to have one of the best locations of any school in the country, a most beautiful campus-style site on the edge of one of the most historic county towns in England.

Life at Shrewsbury is founded on a close partnership between staff, parents and pupils to promote the strength of family life, foster responsibility, and balance the claims of developing individuality with the needs of a vibrant community.

 

Headmaster Turner M.A.
Year Founded 1552
Religion Christian
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Charity Commission
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Shrewsbury School has a total of 784 pupils, with 360 pupils in the Sixth Form.

101 Day Boys
(13- 18)
60 Day Girls
(13- 18)
 
468 Boarding Boys
(13- 18)
155 Boarding Girls
(13- 18)

About Shrewsbury School

Set in the heart of England, Shrewsbury is a unique school in many ways.  We are a fully co-educational school committed to strong academic standards and we believe in a vision of holistic education, as demonstrated through our vast range of different activities and societies. 

We are fortunate to have one of the best locations of any school in the country, a most beautiful campus-style site on the edge of one of the most historic county towns in England.

Life at Shrewsbury is founded on a close partnership between staff, parents and pupils to promote the strength of family life, foster responsibility, and balance the claims of developing individuality with the needs of a vibrant community.

We believe our traditional values and time-honoured reputation is enhanced by a dynamic development plan designed to embrace fully the advantages of co-education.  We are committed to providing an environment where young men and women can learn together on foundations of trust and mutual respect.  We are confident that the future will be a more equal one and we support that historical evolution.

The celebration of individuals and individual talent is central to education at Shrewsbury – both in and beyond the classroom. In whatever sphere, a pupil will find a member of staff to support and encourage, enthuse and inspire him or her to exceed their expectations and meet the challenges that lie ahead with confidence and good judgement.

 

We want all our pupils, whatever their ability, to enjoy their life both in and beyond the classroom, and Shrewsbury has a well-earned reputation for academic, musical and sporting excellence.  We compete internationally in cricket and rowing, and we are one of the strongest schools in the country for football, cross-country running and fives; facilities and coaching for these and a host of other sports including tennis, fencing, lacrosse, hockey, rugby, and netball are excellent.

Our school plays and musicals have drawn praise at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in London.  As one would expect from one of the strongest music departments in the country, the breadth and quality of music-making is remarkable, and a number of students win places at some of the top music colleges each year.

We also offer our pupils an extraordinary array of clubs, societies and other co-curricular activities, many of which take place on a dedicated weekly activity afternoon. The majority are led by members of school staff.  Shrewsbury is surrounded by glorious unspoilt countryside and the School makes the most of its easy access to the Shropshire Hills, the Welsh Marches and Snowdonia.

Above all, in the words of the motto of our youth club, based in inner-city Liverpool, ‘People matter more than things’.  You will find at Shrewsbury a community that is aiming for the stars in every respect.  Come and visit our beautiful school and meet some of the people who make it such an inspirational place.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Shrewsbury School has had a tradition, since its founding Charter in 1552, of making generous Scholarship awards. Scholarships fall into various categories - Academic, Music, Art, Drama, Design and Technology, Sport and Michael Palin All-Rounder Scholarships.

Awards are made either to pupils under the age of 14 who join the School in the Third Form, or to those entering the School at Sixth Form level.

For candidates under 14 years of age, assessments take place during the twelve months prior to entry: Sports and All-Rounder assessments are in October; Music in January; Art, Drama and Design & Technology in March; and Academic in May.

For Sixth Form entrants, scholarship assessments take place during our Sixth Form Assessment Weekend in November.

Further details are on our website: http://www.shrewsbury.org.uk/page/scholarships-and-bursaries

Admissions Process

In the first instance, families are encouraged to glimpse a slice of life at Shrewsbury by attending one of our Open Days. These events are tailored to either 13+/14+ entry or to 16+ entry and include a tour of the site and a boarding house and opportunities to speak to the Headmaster, Housemasters, academic staff and our pupils. Places can be booked online: http://www.shrewsbury.org.uk/open-days-and-booking-form.

Visits
If you would prefer to arrange a private visit, parents are encouraged to email the Admissions Office on admissions@shrewsbury.org.uk or call 01743 280552. These visits usually include a tour of the School, a meeting with the Director of Admissions and Headmaster, and a visit to one or two boarding houses.

Registration
Following your visit, and if you have not already done so, you will be invited to register your child by and to nominate your preferred choice of House or Houses, though this can be done at a later stage. 

Guaranteeing a place
About 22 months before their date of entry, families are asked to guarantee the place they have registered for their child by completing the final entry form and paying a deposit. They are of course most welcome to visit the School again before making this final commitment.

Examinations
Candidates for our Third Form (Year 9) take either the Common Entrance Exam or our own Academic Scholarship Exam in the summer of the year of entry. Scholarships are also available for Music, Art, Sport, Drama, Design & Technology and All Round ability.

Pupils in the UK who have not been prepared for the Common Entrance take our Non-Common Entrance (Non-CE) papers in the spring, and are also welcome to enter for our scholarships.  They will be invited to attend examinations in either November or March before entry.

Fourth Form (Year 10) candidates take our own entrance exam in the spring before entry.

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