Tatler magazine’s exclusive annual guide to the top prep and public schools in the UK has just been published. Compiled over the summer of 2012, here is what they have to say about Shrewsbury School.
"One prospective parent told Shrewsbury head Mark Turner 'I want my son to be like Michael Palin.' Well, Palin is an old Salopian and he's funny, clever and adventurous – you could do a lot worse. In his day, there were no girls here, but now there are – large as life and doing brilliantly in the sixth form. By 2014, the school will be co-ed throughout. The smart new boarding house built to accommodate the girls is drawing them in in droves. Other lures are the 81per cent A*–B results at A-level, and the outstanding music – concerts performed at Birmingham Town Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, and two students making it into the County Concerto finals. The sports department has produced fives and orienteering champions, and 20 years at the Edinburgh Fringe is testament to the drama department, with one student winning a scholarship to the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Across the Pond in the other direction comes the rowing teacher - from Harvard, no less. Foreign trips are eclectic: Indonesia for biology, Croatia for sea kayaking and then home to spectacular views of the River Severn from this industrious but happy school, housed in an old Victorian asylum - excellent recycling."