Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury School shortlisted for two TES Independent School Awards

Friday 22 November 2019

Shrewsbury School is delighted to be shortlisted for two prestigious 2020 TES Independent School Awards: the Boarding School of the Year Award and the Creativity Award.

The TES (The Times Educational Supplement) Awards recognise the most outstanding independent schools from across the country.

Headmaster Leo Winkley said:
“We are thrilled to be shortlisted for two TES Independent Schools Awards 2020. As a thriving full-boarding school, we believe in serious fun. Each seven-day working week is packed with opportunity in an environment that is both challenging and kind. The community spirit enjoyed and created by all our girls and boys, whether boarders or day pupils, is really special.

“To be recognised as a school of creativity is testimony to the long heritage of innovation and independent thinking that inspired the creators of Private Eye and the work of Charles Darwin and many other former pupils of the school who have led lives of purpose and spirit.

“We will continue to pursue our unique model of whole person education, working to make these life-enhancing opportunities available to a wider range of pupils through our transformative bursaries programme.”

TES editor Ann Mroz said:

“The Independent schools in this country are truly exceptional. And those that have earned a place on the TES Independent School Awards shortlist are a cut above the rest. We received an unparalleled number of entries this year, all of which were first rate. The schools that have been shortlisted should be proud - it's a remarkable achievement."

The Creativity Award highlights the work of Shrewsbury School's phenomenal Art Faculty and all the wonderful work it does in engaging not only our own pupils in exciting and inspirational art projects, but also in reaching out to the wider community. Recent examples of this were their week-long celebration of The Big Draw - the world's largest drawing festival - when they encouraged the whole School to get drawing and welcomed children from local junior schools to a fun day of art activities; an exhibition and auction of postcard-sized artworks by current and former pupils and staff, which raised over £2,000 for Shrewsbury House, the School's youth and community centre in Liverpool; and joining forces with the German Faculty to create lanterns for a traditional St Martin's Day celebration and lantern walk.

We look forward to celebrating more of the Art Department's work and creations on the website in the coming weeks.

Pupils come to board at Shrewsbury School from across the UK and further afield. Shrewsbury becomes their ‘home from home’. With exceptional teaching and pastoral care, state-of the-art facilities and a rich and diverse co-curricular activity programme, the School offers them a wealth of opportunities.

For many pupils, the attraction of being able to live in the heart of a beautiful, historic and thriving town – and with ready access to glorious unspoilt countryside – is a major extra factor in their decision to choose Shrewsbury rather than any other boarding school. During their time at Shrewsbury, they experience not only the many benefits of its enviable location, but also enjoy the chance to feel part of the wider local community – and to play an active part in it.

As one example of this, more than 70 pupils volunteer each week in local care homes, primary schools, charity shops, Shrewsbury FoodbankPLUS and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. 

The announcement of the TES’s shortlist coincided with a typically busy weekend at Shrewsbury that demonstrated some of the reasons why the school has been shortlisted for the Boarding School of the Year Award:

• The pupil-led ‘Global Social Leaders’ group teamed up with Shrewsbury FoodbankPLUS, the Parents’ Association and local businesses to host the Foodbank’s Christmas Fair.

• In the same afternoon, 20 members of the School’s cross-country club made a total of 71 ascents of the Wrekin to raise funds for the charity Restart Africa.

• Almost 200 young instrumentalists and singers joined forces with the 125-strong Shrewsbury School Community Choir to perform two major St Cecilia concerts.

• Sixth Form drama students performed Christopher Marlowe’s ‘Dr Faustus’.

• Four boys and four girls competed in GB rowing trials, amongst a number of other sports fixtures.

• More than 150 potential Sixth Form applicants spent two days at the School taking part in assessments for joining Shrewsbury next September.

• And 12 Lower Sixth Formers were preparing for a residential trip to the School’s youth and community club in Liverpool, Shrewsbury House (known as ‘The Shewsy’), whose links with Shrewsbury School date back to 1903.

The winners of the TES Awards will be announced at a Gala Awards Evening in London on 7th February 2020.

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