Shrewsbury School

Application procedure for Sixth Form (for entry in September 2023)


Application Pack

Please download an Application Pack: Sixth Form Application Pack for 2023 Entry.

If you have not already done so, you are invited to register your son or daughter by filling in a Registration Form and returning it to us with the Registration Fee.

Please also download our Guidance notes for candidates: Sixth Form Entrance Notes on Academic Assessment & Scholarships 2022-23.

Application forms for 2023 entry should be returned to us by Saturday 1st October 2022.

Any questions can be directed to Matthew Clark, Sixth Form Admissions Tutor
tel. 01743 280552

The key parts of the Application Pack are the Registration Form (for candidates who have not yet registered as prospective students at Shrewsbury), Academic Application Form and the Personal Statement. Also included are our Specialist Scholarship forms (further details below).

  • Candidates must be Registered to take our assessments and there is a £100 fee for this.
  • All candidates must complete the Academic Application form and the Personal Statement.
  • Candidates only need to complete our Art, Drama, Music or Sports Scholarship forms if they wish to apply for a specialist scholarship.  (Candidates may apply for more than one scholarship.)

Once we have received candidates' application forms, we will produce timetables for written papers, interviews and assessments. Candidates who are entitled to access arrangements in examinations (e.g. extra time, or use of laptop) will receive this for their entrance examinations, but will need to provide evidence in the form of an Educational Psychologist's report to accompany their application forms.

Assessments and Interviews

Sixth Form Assessments (arrangements for assessment in November 2022)

We will write to you in August 2022 to confirm that your child intends to take our entrance exams and to enclose our application form.

On the application form, candidates will nominate three subjects for assessment.  Ideally these should be the subjects that they intend to take for A Level.  However we recognise that some applicants will not yet have firm plans for their A Levels and we suggest that they offer three of their strongest GCSE subjects.  [Candidates for whom English is not their first language will additionally be required to offer English as an Additional Language as a fourth paper.]

Exam papers will be set in accordance with GCSE specifications, albeit in the knowledge that candidates will not yet have finished their GCSE courses.  Papers will be one hour in length.  Our Specimen Papers page contains past papers.  Please note that the papers set in November 2022 may have a slightly different structure to past years in some subjects.

Candidates will also undertake an interview with a senior member of staff.  This will be informed by the Personal Statement that is part of the Application Form and in which candidates can tell us more about their interests and achievements.  We will also ask for permission to write to the applicant’s current headteacher for a reference.

The Entrance Examinations will be held on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November 2022. International candidates will be able to take the written papers at an Examination Centre in their home country. We would anticipate that international candidates will take the exams between Saturday 12th November and Saturday 19th November 2022.


We will be offering up to 8 academic scholarships and up to 8 other specialist scholarships that include Music, Sport, Art and Drama.  Academic scholarships will be awarded as a result of exceptional performance in the entrance examination and interview. The other specialist scholarships will be assessed at the same time as the November entrance examinations, through practical assessment and interview.

The key parts of the Application Pack are the Registration Form (for candidates who have not yet registered as prospective students at Shrewsbury), Academic Application form and the Personal Statement. Also included are our Specialist Scholarship forms.

In addition, we offer two further sporting scholarships: the Margaret Cassidy Sports Scholarship and the Alex Wilson Scholarship.

Offers of Places

We aim to communicate our decisions on 1st December, and will then offer successful candidates a place in our Sixth Form, conditional on them achieving at least three GCSEs at Grade 7 and three GCSEs at Grade 5 (or three A and three B grades).

You will be sent an offer letter including an Acceptance of a Conditional Place form which needs to be completed and returned with the relevant deposit.  The deposit is 10% of a term’s fee. For families whose normal residence is outside the UK, there is an additional deposit which is 90% of the current fee for one term.

It is possible that places may remain unfilled following the entrance examinations in November. If so, then late applicants will follow a similar assessment procedure and places will be offered on a 'first come, first served' basis.


Applications from mainland China

All applicants from mainland China should contact our official representative: UK Boarding Schools Admissions Service

Tel: +86 (0)21 31651368 (Shanghai Office),+86 (0)10 86487115 (Beijing Office)

Address: Floor 3, BLDG 5, No.258, West Fuxing Road, Shanghai, 200031, China



WeChat: 英国私校入学中心UKBS(订阅号)


所有中国大陆的申请者请联系我们官方代表: UK Boarding Schools Admissions Service

电话:+86 (0)21 31651368(上海办公室),+86 (0)10 86487115(北京办公室)





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