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Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury School

The Schools, Shrewsbury, SY3 7BA, Shropshire

01743 280552



Shrewsbury School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1552
Headmaster Mr. Leo Winkley
Date Appointed 2018
Co-ed Age Range 13-18 years
Number of pupils 820
Number of boys 535
Number of girls 285
Number of boarders 618
Day fees per annum £26,415
Boarding fees per annum £38,505
Average Class Size GCSE: 18; A level: 10
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:9
Associations BSA, HMC, ISC

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 cocurricular 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.

In 2021, both A Level and GCSE results have been determined by teachers rather than examination. Although the headline A Level figures make for excellent reading (38% A*, 87% A*-B), what has mattered more than ever has been the transition of pupils to their chosen universities and over 90% of Shrewsbury School pupils have been confirmed in their first choice places with 78% attending World Top 200 universities. At GCSE level, 53% of grades were awarded at 9 or 8 (an A* on the old system) and 76% at 9 to 7. Pupils now have an excellent base from which they can move forward with confidence towards their A Level studies.

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.

The Barnes Theatre opened in 2020, providing a fantastic home for Drama at Shrewsbury. The building houses an intimate 230-seat auditorium, two drama studios, a fully equipped dance studio and a state-of-the-art technical workshop.

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.