Shrewsbury School

Widening Access & Helping Children Through Boarding

Transformative bursaries to widen access to Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury School awards charitable grants in the form of bursaries in order to broaden opportunity and to ensure that the benefits of an education at the school are accessible to those who do not have the means to pay the full fee.

This enables us to increase the diversity of our intake and to assist with social mobility, ensuring that our student body is enriched. Bursaries are funded from charitable donations, commercial activities, modest income from the School’s endowed funds, and from School fee income.


Stronger Together...

  • The number of means-tested awards has risen from 130 in 2016-17 to 164 in 2018-19
  • The value of means-tested awards has risen from £1.75 million in 2016-17 to £2.28 million in 2018-19
  • In total £3.3 million of fee remission was awarded in 2018-19
  • Transformative bursaries are available to those in need of 75%+ remission

Benefits and Impact

"While I cannot speak for all students, from personal experience I believe that the vast majority of those who receive significant bursaries will not only make the most of what Shrewsbury has to offer, but will also endeavour to contribute to school life. Stemming from my gratitude, I certainly felt a strong desire to ‘pay back’ in any way I could, and to achieve not only for myself but for the sake of the School and those members of staff who had believed in me. I will always remain enormously grateful to The Schools for granting me what was, without a doubt, a ‘transformative’ opportunity – made possible by that 90% reduction in fees. I cannot stress its benefits enough, and I sincerely hope that other students will receive a similar gift."

Esmé O’Keeffe, (MSH 2013-15) Academic Scholar and transformative bursary recipient. Esmé joined as a Sixth Form entrant. Amongst other achievements she became the first female Head of School, captained the 1st XI hockey team and secured a place to read Latin and French at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

"Her two years in the Sixth Form saw her move from strength to strength and the confidence gained from the motivational and nurturing environment of Shrewsbury led to a degree from Cambridge and further post-graduate studies in Paris. The Shrewsbury bursary also afforded Esmé an incomparable opportunity to meet and work with many highly educated, interesting people, many of whom have become close friends. So, an enormous thank you from the O’Keeffe family."

Kay O’Keeffe, Esmé’s mother

"At the beginning of my time in Shrewsbury School I did not fully realise how impactful a music award such as this could be – so many opportunities appeared for me at the school, so many doors were opened because of it...

The fact that I was boarding at the school also made a huge difference – I was constantly involved in life at the school, I was able to practise and study on a regular basis each day, I had valuable educational contact with teachers from different departments around the school and was able to build long-lasting friendships with other pupils. Being accepted at the school not only as a music scholar, but as a full Charles Burney scholar gave me an everyday incentive to be most productive, to improve as a musician, to flourish as a person...

As far as life after the school is concerned, it must be said that it is very unlikely that I would have gotten to the point of being a Master student at the Royal Academy of Music, if it weren’t for the scholarship I had at Shrewsbury School. I had enough freedom at

the school to concentrate on studying the piano and piano performance, and the time I spent gaining experience, building personality, contacts, acquiring knowledge on so many different subjects, is irreplaceable. I do believe that my experience in Shrewsbury was a crucial step forward in my musical upbringing and I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the entire governing body at the school for their support and care throughout the years!"

Galin Ganchev, (Moser’s 2010-15) Music Scholar

"Galin’s achievements as a scholar in Shrewsbury, the mentorship which he received, the contacts he made and the experience he had, would have been difficult had he not studied at this particular school! He grew as a concert pianist, he acquired diverse intellectual skills and after he finished his education at the school, we were happy to see a mature, young man, prepared for life."

Megi and Gancho Ganchev, Galin’s parents


Positive Opportunities...

Looking forward the School will seek to:

  • Increase the number of transformative bursaries to 40 by building a designated fund by 2030, through philanthropy, fundraising and the development of alternative income streams to fund transformative bursaries
  • Work with educational charities promoting social mobility
  • Work with local authorities to explore ways of supporting children in care and on the edge of care
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