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Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury School

The Schools, Shrewsbury, SY3 7BA, Shropshire

01743 280552



Shrewsbury School
School type Coeducational Day & Boarding
Founded 1552
Headmaster Mr. Leo Winkley
Date Appointed 2018
Co-ed Age Range 13-18
Number of pupils 807
Number of boys 545
Number of girls 262
Number of boarders 612
Number of sixth formers 377
Day fees per annum £25,770
Boarding fees per annum £37,560
Average Class Size GCSE: 18; A level: 8
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:9
Associations HMC,BSA

Located on a beautiful 110-acre site, perched above the historic town of Shrewsbury and the banks of the River Severn, Shrewsbury School has a world-class reputation for all-round excellence. Fully co-educational, with a seven-day boarding heartbeat and an integral day community, we deliver a dynamic education that develops the abilities and enthusiasms of every individual girl and boy.

School should be serious fun. Learning and enjoyment go hand in hand: in the classroom, through a vibrant co-curricular programme and in the communal life of the School. At Shrewsbury, we aim to provide the most diverse, challenging and supportive environment in which all our children can thrive and exceed their own expectations.

A good education opens doors. This means getting the best possible examination results and qualifications. Academic excellence is achieved through a wide-ranging curriculum that uncovers and encourages a genuine love of learning, alongside inspirational teaching that challenges each pupil to strive for her or his personal best.

Our 2019 leavers achieved another excellent set of A Level results, with 73% of the exams awarded at the top A*, A or B grades, and more than 18% of all exams gaining the top A* grade. Our pupils also celebrated a strong set of GCSE results, with 65% of the exams awarded an A* or A grade and 40% of results achieving the top A* grade.

However, examination certificates are just one product of education. Many skills, values and aptitudes do not come with a piece of paper, but they are nonetheless vital for happy and purposeful living. A great education nurtures character; and it lasts a lifetime.

We want all our pupils to enjoy their life beyond the classroom and Shrewsbury has a long-standing reputation for musical, dramatic and sporting excellence. We compete internationally in cricket and rowing and, on a national level, we are one of the strongest schools for football, cross-country and fives. Facilities and coaching are first-rate across each of these sports, as well as a host of others, including rugby, hockey, netball, lacrosse, fencing, swimming and tennis.

The breadth and quality of drama and music-making at Shrewsbury is remarkable. Shrewsbury School plays and musicals have regularly drawn praise at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and each year our pupils have the opportunity to perform at prestigious venues, such as London’s Cadogan Hall and Birmingham Town Hall. A number of our pupils win places at top music colleges year-on-year.

Shrewsbury pupils also enjoy an extraordinary variety of clubs, societies and co-curricular activities, many of which take place on a dedicated weekly basis. Surrounded by glorious unspoilt countryside, the School makes the most of its close proximity to the Shropshire hills and Snowdonia.

The Shrewsbury School motto gets to the heart of our vision: Intus Si Recte Ne Labora – ‘if all is right within, trouble not’. Ours is not a superficial, skin-deep education but one that seeks to develop the whole person. If our values are true, and we live by them with honesty and conviction; if we look beyond the surface of things to question and champion independence of mind; and if we learn deeply in order to lead lives of meaning, generosity and purpose, then we will see the full fruits of a Shrewsbury education.