Shrewsbury School

eNewsletter: Friday 19th March 2021

Welcome to the latest eNewsletter

An Introduction from Headmaster, Leo Winkley

Appointment of Deputy Head (Academic) from September 2021

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Richard Kowenicki as Deputy Head (Academic) from September 2021.  He will succeed Mr Maurice Walters, who moves on to become Senior Deputy Head of St Peter’s School in York after five excellent years at Shrewsbury.

Dr Richard Kowenicki emerged as the stand-out candidate in a rigorous national search process.  Richard has a First Class degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, where he also studied for his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry.   He is currently a Housemaster at Westminster School, where he was also previously Head of Chemistry.  Prior to that, he taught at Tonbridge School.  Richard is married and has three children.  He is a marathon runner.


Headmaster, Leo Winkley, commented: “I am very confident that we have found an excellent leader to build on the outstanding work of his predecessor and continue the School’s academic programme into the future.  Dr Kowenicki’s blend of academic and pastoral leadership experience makes him ideally suited to the role at Shrewsbury as we pursue academic excellence in the context of whole person education.  Richard impressed the pupils, colleagues and governors that he met during the process.  He presented a clear and confident vision for the academic life of Shrewsbury School and will be working closely with Mr Walters over the coming months to ensure a smooth handover.”

Dr Kowenicki said: “I had such a positive experience of the whole process and was able to build up a genuine connection with Shrewsbury in a short time.  I am looking forward to working with excellent colleagues and sparky pupils to do great things together."

Planning for a fifth girls’ house

We are excited to be moving ahead with planning for a fifth girls’ house at Shrewsbury.  The School commissioned Adrian James Architects to come up with an innovative yet traditional design for a new house for boarding and day girls.


The Headmaster commented: “This is a very exciting point to reach as we plan the next phase in the development of our boarding accommodation.  We already have plans in place for the ongoing investment in our boys’ boarding houses.  With this planning application, we will be increasing the capacity for girls.  Our existing four girls’ houses will be full for September 2021 and there is growing demand for places.  The site selected for this new build project – between Hodgson Hall and Ridgemount – will bring girls into another key part of the site.”

It is planned that the fifth girls’ house will open in September 2023.


Lord Coe shows support for Global Schools' Running Race

Shrewsbury School’s initiative, the Global Schools' Running Race, has received the support from Lord Coe, who is the President of World Athletics.

In a video of support, Lord Coe praises the efforts of our School in creating the virtual event that is currently bringing runners from across the globe together.

There are only a few days to enter the Global Schools' Running Race, details can be found here.


Celebrating the effort, endeavour and enterprise of Salopians - Please follow this link for details of this week's Floreat. 

Salop’s Got Musical Talent 5

As the school community enjoys being together once again, we are delighted to be sharing our musicians’ multifarious talents, some of which have been recorded here in SY3.

This week’s concert includes a first performance from a Matron and the sound of the Chapel Organ played by the irrepressible Mr Wilson. They are joined by D. Inglis Jones, piano, M. Rogstad, saxophone, L. Morgan, voice and guitar, H. Lockett, voice and T. Ellis, violin.

Tune in and sit back!

Stephen Williams, Director of Music

Visiting Music Teachers Showcase

Join us for a special concert on Monday March 22 at 19:30 when our wonderfully talented team of Visiting Music Teachers will give an online concert.

Exploring performances from the lighter end of the repertoire will be: Mr Taylor – jazz piano, Mrs Theobald – oboe, Mrs Landon – flute, Ms Allan – piano, Mrs Robinson – violin, Mr Alldridge – trombone, Mr Lewis – Double Bass, Mr McKenzie – clarinet, Mr Bradley-Fulgoni - piano and Ms Turpin – voice.

This is not just an opportunity to enjoy lovely music, but a chance to see the wealth of talents our teachers possess.

The concert will be broadcast on the SGMT webpage.

Stephen Williams, Director of Music

Chapel Podcast for Sunday 21st March 2021

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Notices to Parents

Shrewsbury School coaches – April 2021

The school is very grateful for the many expressions of interest in coach services from London Heathrow (LHR) back to school in April.  As a result, the following chaperoned coach services from London Heathrow (LHR) Terminal 2 to Shrewsbury School are now open for booking in the normal manner:

  • 21:30, 9th April
  • 10:30, 10th April
  • 17:30, 10th April

Parents and guardians should now use the following link to book seats for students:

Shrewsbury School Coaches - April 2021 - London LHR - Shrewsbury

Bookings online close online at midnight on Thursday 25th March.  For any late bookings or changes after this time, please email  With safeguarding in mind, it is essential that an accurate record of passengers is maintained.

There are other passengers travelling on others days in April but numbers on any one occasion are small and it is impractical to run any further coach services.  Parents/guardians are at liberty to make their own arrangements and Housemasters/mistresses may be contacted in these cases for advice regarding taxis.

Thank you for taking the time to enter details of your requirements once again.

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