Shrewsbury has always been one of the great schools of England, ever since its royal foundation in 1552 by King Edward VI. 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 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. This is as true for pupils from the UK or overseas, whose diversity of experience we both welcome and value.
Many former pupils of Shrewsbury School - Sir Philip Sidney and Charles Darwin, for example, and in current times Lord Rees, President of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal - have achieved great fame. Shrewsbury continues to attract pupils of great potential, capable of great achievements.
Each year we admit about 130 pupils into the Third Form (Year 9) at the age of 13; a small number join our Fourth Form a year later, at the start of the two-year GCSE course. Our Sixth Form (Year 12) attracts pupils from a variety of other schools, and our intake at this level comprises about 30 boys and 30 girls.
Girls joined our Sixth Form in 2008 and, building on that success, we went fully co-educational in 2014.
All enquiries are dealt with fairly and equally, irrespective of nationality, race, or religion, or personal circumstances. Disability is not a bar to application, and parents are invited to disclose disabilities if they wish, which will be handled confidentially and sympathetically. The policy is therefore inclusive and non-discriminatory.
The full Admissions Policy is available to download: Shrewsbury School Admissions Policy