Wrekin College

Wrekin College

Day Weekly Boarding Shropshire

Wrekin College is an Independent Co-educational Day and Boarding School in Shropshire for pupils aged 11 to 18. Founded in 1880 by Sir John Bayley the school still works to his original philosophy of providing individual attention to individual pupils. Wrekin is:

  • A school which adds value to the lives of all its pupils
  • A school which every child believes is ‘their school’, and where every child has an equal chance to contribute
  • A school that takes pride in itself, but is never complacent
  • A school where pupils understand that a first-rate education is a privilege, and one they have a duty to live up to
  • A school which is more than the sum of its parts, offering everything other great schools offer and something more - a Wrekin education.
Headmaster Mr Tim Firth
Year Founded 1880
Religion N/A
Inspection Report
Charity Commission

Wrekin College has a total of 405 pupils, with 143 pupils in the Sixth Form.

Day pupil fees are from £4685 to £5675, per term.

Boarding pupil fees are from £6750 to £9930, per term.

186 Day Boys
(11- 18)
126 Day Girls
(11- 18)
58 Boarding Boys
(11- 18)
35 Boarding Girls
(11- 18)

About Wrekin College

When Sir John Bayley founded Wrekin College in 1880, he wanted to establish a school which would be different. In particular, he said “the danger of any school is that of falling into a narrow groove of teaching all children as though they were turned out by Mother Nature in stereotyped fashion, of failing to realise that any successful school is one where each pupil receives individual attention”. This has been Wrekin’s philosophy ever since, and the Independent Schools Inspectorate noted in its last full inspection “the school provides warm and special pastoral care and treats the young as individuals”.

Wrekin College was one of the first schools of its type to become coeducational, and girls were admitted in 1975. Co-education came about because of the belief in its educational merits, rather than economic necessity, and Wrekin has now been coeducational for a generation.

Another major development came in 1994 when Lancaster House was opened to cater for an intake of 11 year old pupils. However, 13+ remains a normal entry point, at which pupils step out of Lancaster House and are new to the main school, along with incoming pupils. In 2008, the working week was changed to remove compulsory lessons from Saturday morning, replacing them with weekend activities and matches for Day pupils and Boarders. The school has grown to over 400 pupils, and in 2007 the Governance of Wrekin College merged with The Old Hall School to create The Wrekin Old Hall Trust, sharing facilities and offering education from the age of four years through to 18 years. Though the schools operate largely autonomously as educational providers, the Heads and staff of both schools work closely together.

For many years the school was known locally as ‘The School in the Garden’ owing to its extensive gardens and playing fields. Part of the Allied Schools, it is also a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

Our School Motto is Aut vincere, aut mori - Either to conquer or to die


In addition to the standard fee structure Wrekin College offers a number of innovative payment plans to enable parents to plan their child's education with confidence. 

Two-Year Fixed Sixth Form
To benefit current parents and new famillies joining the school for Sixth Form, We propose to offer a fixed annual day fee of £17,100 for the two years of the sixth form, giving a monthly payment of £1,425 starting in July 2016. You will therefore know your total fees commitment for the whole of the two sixth form years. This offer makes no changes to our existing terms and conditions, including notice periods, and extra charges continue to be paid termly as incurred. If you are interested please write to the Bursar, preferably by 31st March. She will then forward further details in due course.  

Old Hall Loyalty Bonus
If your child has been attending The Old Hall School since Reception and is moving up to Wrekin in September 2016 you will receive a £500 credit on your first bill, similarly if your child joined Old Hall in Years 1 - 3 you will receive a credit of £250, to assist with the costs of the transfer between the schools. 

Please refer to http://www.wrekincollege.com/fees2/4909.html for further information

Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships and Awards
Wrekin College offers a number of scholarships and exhibitions for pupils hoping to enter the school at 11+, 13+ and 16+.The number and size of awards in any particular year are at the discretion of the Headmaster. A scholarship or exhibition is offered in recognition of exceptional ability and promise and is usually accompanied by a financial reward of up to twenty-five percent of the fees. In cases of need, the school will consider applications to supplement an award with a means-tested bursary to enable the award and place to be taken up.

As well as financial reward, a scholarship or exhibition carries with it privileges and responsibilities. Every award holder is expected to set an example to other pupils in their approach to academic study and participation in the wider life of the school. Awards are usually for the duration of a pupil’s education at Wrekin, provided they continue enthusiastically to fulfil the obligations associated with the award. Awards and bursaries are reviewed annually.

Please refer to http://www.wrekincollege.com/scholarships-and-bursaries/2331.html for further information

Admissions Process

Wrekin College admits boys and girls from age 11 to 18. Applications for day, full and weekly boarding places are welcomed from UK and international pupils. Children usually join Wrekin College in First Form or Third Form, when most of them are either 11 or 13, and at Sixth Form.

The best way to get a true flavour of Wrekin’s special atmosphere is to visit us. We would be delighted to welcome you to the school at any time. We recommend that you allow several hours in order to make the most of your visit. This will enable you to meet the Headmaster and tour the school and, most important of all, meet the pupils.

Please refer to http://www.wrekincollege.com/admissions/2305.html for further information


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    18:00 -20:30

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