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Shrewsbury School

King Edward VI School at Shrewsbury

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Motto Intus Si Recte Ne Labora (Latin: "If Right Within, Trouble Not")
Established 1552[1]
Type independent
Religion None[2]
Headmaster Jeremy Wynne Ruthven Goulding[1]
Senior Master Peter A Fanning [1]
Chairman of Governing Body Sir David Lees FCA
Founder King Edward VI
Location Kingsland
Ofsted number SC020779
Staff ca. 100 (full-time)
Students ca. 690 students
Gender Mixed
Ages 13 to 18
Colours Blue & White         
DfES 893/6009
School Song Floreat Salopia
Coordinates: 52°25′17″N 2°27′21″W / 52.4214°N 2.4558°W / 52.4214; -2.4558

Shrewsbury School was founded Royal Charter in 1552.[1] and is an independent mixed gender school for pupils aged 13 to 18. The present campus to which the school moved in 1882,[1] is located on on the banks of the River Severn in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. It is one of the original nine Clarendon Schools, [3] that were defined by the Public Schools Act 1868[4] Originally a boarding school for boys, girls have been admitted since 2008 and its mixed gender roll of around 680 includes about 130 day pupils.[2] Pupils are admitted at the age of 13 by selective examination.[2] For approximately ten per cent of the pupils, English is a second or additional language.[1] The school's alumni include naturalist Charles Darwin, poet Sir Philip Sidney, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, and authors Samuel Butler and Nevil Shute.



Shrewsbury School was founded in 1552 by Adam Jones and King Edward VI, and in 1571 was augmented by Queen Elizabeth I. The original buildings are located on Castle Hill. The school moved from these in 1882. In 1983, after some restoration work, the buildings became the town's public library. [5]

In 1868 the school was named one of the nine ‘great’ schools of England (along with Charterhouse, Eton, Harrow, Merchant Taylors', Rugby, St Paul's, Westminster and Winchester) in the Public Schools Act. Headmasters include Sir Thomas Ashton, Samuel Butler, Benjamin Hall Kennedy, Cyril Argentin Alington, H. H. Hardy, Lord Wolfenden and Sir Eric Anderson. Sir Thomas Ashton, the first headmaster, gave the school a classical and humanistic tone that has been retained, though sciences and other studies are now also in the curriculum.

In 1882, Headmaster Henry Whitehead Moss moved the school from its original town centre location to a new site over the River Severn, in Kingsland (a site which had, amongst other things, housed the Shrewsbury workhouse and a foundling hospital). The original buildings are now used as the Shrewsbury Town Library.

Shrewsbury School viewed from The Quarry, in the foreground can be seen the school's boathouse

Since the turn of the millennium, the school's site has seen investment. An award-winning music school was opened by Prince Charles in 2001.[citation needed] The Main School Building saw an internal renovation over several years, modernising all classrooms. A new boarding house has been completed, as has a new world-class indoor cricket centre and a new swimming pool. In 2003 Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok was opened in Bangkok, Thailand, in a location on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The current headmaster is a former English teacher and housemaster at Shrewsbury.

In 2005 Shrewsbury School was one of fifty of the country's leading private schools which were found guilty of running an illegal price-fixing cartel which had allowed them to drive up fees for thousands of parents.[6] Each school was required to pay a nominal penalty of £10,000 and all agreed to make ex-gratia payments totalling three million pounds into a trust designed to benefit pupils who attended the schools during the period in respect of which fee information was shared.[7]

In November 2005, a decision was taken by the governors to admit girls to the the sixth form; initially aiming to admit 60 girls, then increasing to 100.


There are nine boarding houses and two for dayboys, each with its own housemaster or housemistress, tutor team and matron. Each house also has its own colours. The many inter-house competitions play an important role in school life. In football each house competes in four different leagues (two senior, two junior) and three knock-out competitions (two senior, one junior). A single house will hold around 60 boys, although School House and each of the dayboy houses hold slightly more. The houses, and their colours are:

  • Churchill's Hall Dark Blue & Light Blue
  • The Grove Cornflower Blue and White
  • Ingram's Hall Green & White
  • Moser's Hall Deep Red & Black
  • Oldham's Hall Chocolate Brown & White
  • Port Hill (formerly merged with Radbrook as 'Dayboys Hall') Gold & Red
  • Radbrook (formerly merged with Port Hill as 'Dayboys Hall') Violet & White
  • Ridgemount Royal Blue & Old Gold
  • Rigg's Hall Chocolate & Gold
  • School House (formerly split as 'Doctors' and 'Headroom') Black, Magenta & White
  • Severn Hill (formerly known as 'Chances') Maroon & French Grey
  • Mary Sidney Hall (opened in September 2008) Dark Blue & Pink

School Arms

The Arms of the school are those of King Edward VI being The Arms of England (three lions passant) quartered with those of France (fleur-de-lys).


The school publishes the Public Nose newspaper - a deliberate variation of the Private Eye magazine. Despite this the Public Nose is not a satirical magazine, but a current events one more akin to a student newspaper. However, the pupils do run and publish The Fallopian, which is entirely student controlled and satirises current events within the school much like the Private Eye does in wider society. The Salopian is a newsletter published by the school (mainly by the staff but with some direct contributions from pupils) and sent to parents to update them on current events withi the school. [8]


Former pupils are referred to as Old Salopians.


Victoria Cross Holders

Two Old Salopians are known to have received the Victoria Cross, both in the First World War, 1914-18.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Ofsted report 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2010
  2. ^ a b c Independent Schools Inspectorate report 2007 Retrieved 19 March 2010
  3. ^ Stray, Christopher (2005) Histories of the Nine Clarendon Schools: v. 1 Thoemmes Continuum ISBN-10: 1843711087, ISBN-13: 978-1843711087.
  4. ^ The Clarendon Report: English Public Schools in the Nineteenth Century.
  5. ^ information plaque on the library building.
  6. ^ [1] TimesOnline
  7. ^
  8. ^ Shrewsbury School

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