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Strong sense of community and a family atmosphere with many staff living on site. ‘Staff totally committed and often find it difficult to leave’ but still a healthy number of young teachers. Fleet of coaches ferries children home for exeats – as one father said, ‘the school has something special and it is worth the long journey.’ A school with a genuine sense of individuality, ‘where you can really be yourself and where everyone’s personality has a place,’ according to one sixth form girl. Described by a parent as…

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Meet Shrewsbury School at the Independent Schools Show 2018, Stand 416

What the school says...

Founded by Royal Charter in 1552 - a major public school in beautiful setting above the river Severn in Shropshire. Has taken girls in the sixth form since 2008 and is going fully co-ed in 2014. A school where individuals and individual talents are truly celebrated and where there is 'breadth of opportunity without a pressure cooker atmosphere.' ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Spanish at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.


Unusual sports






What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2018, Leo Winkley, previously head of St Peter's School, York. Read theology at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Taught at Ardingly College and The Cheltenham Ladies' College as head of religious studies; has also been managing head at Bedales. A keen runner and follower of sport. Married to medical oncologist Jules; they have three young children.

Academic matters

In 2017, nearly 79 per cent A*/B at A level/Pre-U and 50 per cent A*/A – a comforting indication that this is a school that does not chuck out kids at 16. Particularly good showing at maths and further maths. Sixty-five per cent A*/A in IGCSE (most subjects) and GCSE in 2017. Wide choice at A level/Pre-U – usual academic subjects plus ceramics, photography, computing, design, theatre studies, PE and most combinations can be accommodated. ‘Clinics’ offer...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

Although Shrewsbury is not a specialist school for pupils with special educational needs, it is pleased to offer learning support to boys and girls for whom such support is likely to be of real benefit. All pupils who enter Shrewsbury must have performed satisfactorily in our entrance tests. As a guide, we expect boys and girls taking Common Entrance to achieve an average score of not less than 55% across the subjects. Shrewsbury's Learning Support Department consists of six members of staff with specialist qualifications. Each works at the school to a weekly part-time timetable under the responsibility of the head of department. The work of the department is primarily geared to helping pupils whose academic progress is affected by dyslexia or a specific learning difficulty (usually associated with dyslexia). Tuition, one hour per week, is offered outside the teaching timetable and takes place in one of the four specialist rooms occupied by the Learning Support Department.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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