King Edward VI School at Shrewsbury
|Motto||Latin: Intus Si Recte Ne Labora|
(If Right Within, Trouble Not)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Church of England|
|Founder||King Edward VI|
|Local authority||Shropshire Council|
|Department for Education URN||123608 Tables|
|Chairman of Governing Body||Tim Haynes|
|Gender||Co-educational (from 2015)|
|Age||13 to 18|
|Colour(s)||Royal blue and white|
|Former pupils||Old Salopians|
|School Song||Carmen Salopiense|
Founded in 1552 by Edward VI by Royal Charter, it is one of the original seven public schools as defined by the Public Schools Act 1868, and one of the 'great' nine identified by the 1861 Clarendon Commission.
It was originally a boarding school for boys; girls have been admitted into the Sixth Form since 2008 and the school has been co-educational since 2015. There are approximately 130 day pupils. The present site, to which the school moved in 1882, is on the south bank of the River Severn.
The school's alumni – or "Old Salopians" – include naturalists, poets, academics, politicians, authors, sportsmen, actors, and military figures.
Foundation and early years
The school began operation in three rented wooden buildings, which included Riggs Hall, built in 1450, and now the only remaining part of the original foundation.
The early curriculum was based on Continental Calvinism, under its first headmaster, Thomas Ashton (appointed 1561) and boys were taught the catechism of Calvin. The school attracted large numbers of pupils from Protestant families in Shrewsbury, Shropshire and North Wales, with 266 boys on its roll at the end of 1562. Early pupils lodged with local families; Sir Philip Sidney (who had a well known correspondence with his father about his schooling by letter) did so with George Leigh, Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury. Sidney attended along with his lifelong friend Fulke Greville (later Lord Brooke).
Having achieved a reputation for excellence under Ashton, in 1571 the school was augmented by Queen Elizabeth I. By 1581, the school had 360 pupils and was described by William Camden in 1582 as "the best filled [school] in all England".
Although Ashton had resigned from his headmastership in 1568, he returned to Shrewsbury in 1578 to help draw up the ordinances governing the school, which were in force until 1798; under them, the borough bailiffs (mayors after 1638) had power to appoint masters, with Ashton's old St John's College, Cambridge having an academic veto. Shrewsbury has retained links with the College, with the continued appointment of Johnian academics to the Governing Body, and the historic awarding of 'closed' Shrewsbury Exhibitions.
The stone buildings on Castle Gates, including a chapel, dormitories, library and classrooms were completed by 1630, with the Ashton's successor, John Meighen, founding a chained library in 1606, though the library had begun making acquisitions by 1596, with a terrestrial globe by the first English globe maker Emery Molineux being its first acquisition.
The school's original Castle Gates premises had little in way of provision for games. Under Dr Butler, there were two bat[clarification needed] fives courts and playgrounds in front of and behind the buildings, but after the arrival of Dr Kennedy football was permitted, for which the school acquired a ground in Coton Hill (north of Castle Gates).
The school continued in these buildings, until it was relocated in 1882. At this time, the original premises were converted to a public Free Library and Museum by the Shrewsbury Borough Council, opening in their new role in 1885; over the course of the 20th century the library purpose gradually took over the whole building, to which major restoration was done in 1983.
The school had just three headmasters during the 19th century.
Samuel Butler was appointed headmaster in 1798. Writing at this time he observed: "This school was once the Eton or the Westminster of Wales and all Shropshire", and under his leadership the school's reputation, which had receded from the Civil War, again grew.
Under Butler and Kennedy, Shrewsbury was one of three provincial schools among the nine studied by the Clarendon Commission of 1861–64 (the schools considered being Eton, Charterhouse, Harrow, Rugby, Westminster, and Winchester, and two day schools: St Paul's and Merchant Taylors). Shrewsbury went on to be included in the Public School's Act 1868, which ultimately related only to the boarding schools.
In 1882, Moss moved the school from its original town centre location to a new site of 150 acres (61 ha) in Kingsland (an area of land which at one time belonged to the Crown and granted to the Corporation at “a rather remote period, the exact date of which appears not to be known”, but apparently before 1180), on the south bank of the River Severn overlooking the town. A legacy of this move can be seen in the school premises being referred to as "The Site".
The school was located in the current Main School Building which dates from 1765 and had at different times housed a foundling hospital and the Shrewsbury workhouse, before translating to this current use. In order to meet this new purpose, it was remodelled by Sir Arthur Blomfield (whose other educational commissions include and Marlborough College and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford).
Bloomfiled also designed School House, to the east of the Main School building which was constructed during the 1880s. The new Riggs Hall (which had existed from Tudor buildings at the old site) was also built at this time, as was Churchill's Hall and Moser's Hall: these buildings are the work of William White.
A gothic chapel was built for the school (also by Blomfield) in 1887, though it has been noted that "Christian religion played only a very small part in the life of the Public Schools... [and] at Shrewsbury the Governors refused to allow Butler to address the school at a service" prior to this increased focus in the Victorian period. Its south and east windows in the chapel are by Kempe, employing medieval narrative style for lives of saints, scenes from the history of the school.
Other buildings have since grown up around the edge of the site, with sports pitches in the centre, with diverse buildings being added to the new site over the last 130 years.
The main school building suffered a major fire in 1905. Moss was succeeded in 1908 by Cyril Alington, then Master in College at Eton. Alington, though a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, was a sportsman, evidenced by the 1914 appointment as his secretary of Neville Cardus, the future cricket journalist who had joined the school in 1912 as the school's assistant cricket professional.
At the time of his appointment as Headmaster, Alington was younger than any of the masters on the staff, so to bring in new blood into the teaching staff, he recruited several former Collegers from Eton, most notably The Rev. Ronald Knox. Alington wrote the school song and commissioned its flag (a banner of arms of its coat of arms), and he was an energetic builder; the school Alington Hall (assembly hall) is named after him. In December 1914 he wrote a poem, "To the School at War", which was published in The Times. After leaving Shrewsbury, Alington went on to serve as Chaplain to the King to King George V from 1921 until 1933, and then Dean of Durham, from 1933 to 1951. He appeared on the cover of Time magazine on 29 June 1931. "An accomplished classicist, a witty writer especially of light verse, and a priest of orthodox convictions ..."
Mountaineer Andrew Irvine, who, with George Mallory may have reached the summit of Mount Everest in the 1924 British Everest Expedition attended Shrewsbury during the First World War. During the 1920s the Georgian villa houses at Severn Hill and Ridgemount were acquired by the school and adapted into boarding houses. Severn Hill, the linear decedent of the house of which Irvine was captain, holds his ice axe from the expedition, discovered in 1933 by Wyn Harris.
First World War and afterwards
The First World War saw 321 former members of the school die serving their country. A war memorial was added to the school in 1923 for these fallen. This memorial was added to after the Second World War to include the 135 members of the school who fell in that conflict. The monument contains a statue of Sir Phillip Sidney, the Elizabeth soldier, poet and courtier who himself was a former member of the school and died of wounds sustained at the Battle of Zutphen in 1597, and it faces the Main School building down an avenue of linden trees, known as 'central'.
Post Second World War
Between 1944 and 1950 John Wolfenden (later Lord Wolfenden) was headmaster; he left Shrewsbury to become Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading. He was appointed to various public body chairmanships by the Privy Council, and also went on to be director of the British Museum. His name is closely associated with the government-instituted Wolfenden Report, which he chaired.
In 1952, the school was 400 years old. It received a royal visit to mark the occasion, and presented the town with a new cross for the historic site of the town's High Cross (which had been removed in 1705) at the termination of the market street which was a starting point for civic and religious processions in the medieval town and a significant location (the place of execution of Earl of Worcester and others after the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403, and of Dafydd III, last native Prince of Wales in 1283).
The future Deputy Prime Minister of the UK Michael Heseltine attended the school immediately after the Second World War on scholarship. A number of the founders and writers of the satirical magazine Private Eye attended the school in the 1950s. Willy Rushton was also at the school at this time. The comedian, actor, writer and television presenter Micheal Pailin of Monty Python's Flying Circus attended the school shortly afterwards and a scholarship is now available named for him.
Between 1963 and Donald Wright served as headmaster. The Times has called Wright a "great reforming headmaster". While there, working with the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool, Wright took a leading role in the building of a new Shrewsbury House, the school's mission in Liverpool, which was opened in 1974 by Princess Anne. He secured many leading churchmen to come to preach in the school chapel, including Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury. After retiring as a headmaster in 1975, Wright became the Archbishop of Canterbury's Patronage Secretary, chaired the William Temple Foundation, and served as Secretary to the Crown Appointments Commission.
In the 1960s, Kingsland House, another C19th gentleman's residence was acquired by the school and adapted for use for central catering for all pupils (previously food had been arranged in houses).
In 1988, another Georgian villa house, the Grove, was bought and adapted for use as boarding house.
Since the turn of the millennium, the school's site has seen investment, beginning with the addition of a statue of alumnus Charles Darwin being added to the site to mark the millennial, which was unveiled by Sir David Attenborough.
Girls were admitted to the school for the first time into the sixth-form in 2008, and the school became fully coeducational in 2015.
In 2012 the rowing facilities was extend with a new Yale Boat house, which was opened by Olympian Matt Langridge. A new Computing and Design faculty building, "the Chatri Design Centre" was established in 2017, re-purposing and redeveloping a former humanities building. In 2015 a new building, Hodgeson Hall, was built to house the 5 humanities departments.
The main sport in the Michaelmas (autumn) term is football, in the Lent term fives and rugby, and in summer cricket. Rowing takes place in all three terms. The kit of many of the sports teams shows a cross from the crown in the school's coat of arms, which is a practice that has been in place for at least 150 years. During much of the twentieth century, this cross was used solely by the school’s boatclub.
Admission of girls in 2015 has seen the introduction of field hockey, netball and lacrosse, with cricket and tennis played during the summer term.
Football, as a formal game, was incubated at the public schools of the nineteenth centuries and Shrewsbury had a key role in the game's development. Salopians were prominent in the early history of the organised game at Cambridge University, according to Adrian Harvey "Salopians formed a club of their own in the late 1830s/early 1840s but that was presumably absorbed by the Cambridge University Football Club that they were so influential in creating in 1846". The school has an 1856 copy of the Cambridge rules of football, predating the 1863 rules of the FA.
In these early years, each of the schools had their own versions of the game, and by the 1830s the version played at Shrewsbury had become known as "dowling", taking this name from the Greek word for slave: the goal had no cross bar, favoured dribbling, and was being formally supported by the school's authorities to the extent it was compulsory. While, at the beginning of the 18th century, however, the school authorities deemed football "only fit for butchers boys", an attitude common at the other public schools, by the 1840s, all boarders were required to play Douling three times a week unless they were excused on medical grounds.
From 1853, the national press was publishing reports of football at the school, although at this time matches were predominantly between the various House. The school's first captain of football was appointed in 1854, and a school team was formed in the early 1860s for external mataches. Also by the 1860s football was sufficiently well-established for all Houses to field 1st and 2nd XI sides across all age groups.
The Arthur Dunn Challenge Cup (annual football cup competition played between the Old Boys of public schools started in 1903) was contested by Shrewsbury and Charterhouse in the first ever final, and shared by the two institutions following two draws, with two Morgan-Owen brothers choosing instead to turn out for Shrewsbury, instead of playing internationally in a Wales vs. Ireland game for which they had been selected. Shrewsbury has won the Arthur Dunn Challenge Cup a total of 11 times.
Shrewsbury has won the Independent Schools Football Association Boodles ISFA Cup twice: in 2000 and 2010.
Th Royal Shrewsbury School Boat Club (RSSBC) is one of the oldest school rowing clubs, having been founded in 1866.
- Elsenham Cup: 1919
- Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup: 1955, 1957, 1960, 1961, 2007
- Ladies’ Challenge Plate Winner: 1932
- Special Race for Schools/Fawley Challenge Cup: 1975,1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985
Shrewsbury is one of only two public schools to have bumps races, the other being Eton, between the houses. They are rowed over four evenings at the end of term in July. There are usually three boats entered per house. On the fourth evening there are prizes for the leaders of the chart and the Leadbitter Cup for the boat which has made the most bumps over the four nights. The event is marshalled by senior rowers and rowing prefects, usually masters. The crew training is mainly pupil driven, though in preparation for Henley the school's First VIII rowers often do not take part, and therefore the boats are composed of other rowers and some non-rowers. Previously, races were run every day until there were no more bumps (i.e. until they were nominally in speed order). This historical set-up could lead to weeks of racing and it was therefore abandoned in favour of a four-day version more than 100 years ago. Otherwise, it is only Oxford and Cambridge that continue to have bumps. Shrewsbury and Eton both race bumps in fours whilst Oxford and Cambridge race in eights.
The town's rowing club, Pengwern Boat Club, has close historical links to the School's rowing activities, and for a time thy jointly rented a boat house at the site of the current Pengwern club house.
A former captain of the boat club, John Lander, is the only Olympic gold medallist to have been killed in action in World War 2. GB Olympic silver medalist Rebecca Romero, and Paralympian Becca Chin both recently been appointed to coach within the club.
The Royal Shrewsbury School Hunt (RSSH or "the Hunt") is the oldest cross-country club in the world, with written records (the Hound Books) going back to 1831 and evidence that it was established by 1819. The sport of "the Hunt" or "the Hounds", now known as a Paper Chase, was formalised at the school around 1800. Two runners (the "foxes") made a trail with paper shreds and after a set time they would be pursued by the other runners (the "hounds"). The club officers are the Huntsman and Senior and Junior Whips. The hounds start most races paired into "couples" as in real fox hunting; the winner of a race is said to "kill". Certain of the races are started by the Huntsman, carrying a 200-year-old bugle and a ceremonial whip, dressed in scarlet shirt and a black velvet cap shouting:
All hounds who wish to run, run hard, run well, and may the devil take the hindmost
before lounging the bugle: and this has been done for nearly 200 years.
In his 1903 semi-autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh, Old Salopian Samuel Butler describes a school based on Shrewsbury where the main protagonist's favourite recreation is running with "the Hounds" so "a run of six or seven miles across country was no more than he was used to". The first definite record of the Annual Steeplechase is in 1834, making it the oldest cross-country race of the modern era.
The main inter-house cross-country races are still called the Junior and Senior Paperchase, although no paper is dropped and urban development means the historical course can no longer be followed. Every October the whole school participates in a 3.5-mile run called "The Tucks", originally intended to prevent pupils attending a local horse race. It is now run at Attingham Park.
The school also lays claim to the oldest track and field meeting still in existence, which originated in the Second Spring Meeting first documented in 1840. This featured a series of mock horse races including the Derby Stakes, the Hurdle Race, the Trial Stakes and a programme of throwing and jumping events, with runners being entered by "owners" and named as though they were horses.
Cricket was being played at Shrewsbury at least as long ago as the 1860s. A reference was made to an effort to set up a game with Westminster School in 1866 (declined by Westminster) in a House of Commons debate by Jim Prior in 1961. Neville Cardus was the school's cricket professional in the early twentieth century.
Eton Fives is major sport within the school and it has 14 Fives courts. At the end of the Lent Term the school competes in the Marsh Insurance National Schools Eton Fives Championships, which are held in rotation at Shrewsbury. Highgate and Eton.
Minor sports include: shooting, fencing, basketball, golf, equestrian, badminton, swimming and squash.
The School, as of Michaelmas Term 2020, has 807 pupils: 544 boys and 263 girls. There are eight boys' boarding houses, four girls' boarding houses and two for day pupils, each with its own housemaster or housemistress, tutor team and matron. Each house also has its own colours.
A single house will hold around 60 pupils, although School House and each of the dayboy houses hold slightly more. Having about 90 pupils, School House used to be divided into Doctors (black and white) and Headroom (magenta and white) for most sporting purposes, whilst being one house in other respects, but this distinction was abolished in around 2000.
There are many inter-house competitions: in football, for instance, each house competes in four different leagues (two senior, two junior) and three knock-out competitions (two senior, one junior).
The houses and their colours are:
|Churchill's Hall||Dark Blue & Light Blue||Richard Hudson||Opened in 1882, listed building|
|The Grove||Cornflower Blue and White||Clare Wilson||Converted to girls' house in summer 2014|
|Ingram's Hall||Green & White||Sam Griffiths|
|Moser's Hall||Deep Red & Black||Jane Pattenden||Opened in 1884, listed building|
|Oldham's Hall||Chocolate Brown & White||Henry Exham||Opened in 1911, listed building|
|Port Hill||Gold & Red||Andy Barnard||Formerly merged as Dayboys Hall|
|Radbrook||Violet & White||Richard Case|
|Ridgemount||Royal Blue & Old Gold||William Hughes||Opened in 1926, listed building|
|Rigg's Hall||Chocolate & Gold||Matthew Barrett||Opened in 1882, listed building|
|School House||Black, Magenta & White||Morgan Bird|
|Severn Hill||Maroon & French Grey||Adam Duncan||Formerly known as Chances|
|Mary Sidney Hall||Dark Blue & Pink||Anita Wyatt||Opened in September 2008|
|Emma Darwin Hall||Wedgwood Blue & Green||William Reynolds||Opened in September 2011|
Coat of arms and flag
As a banner of arms, this is also used as the school's flag.
The following royal visits have been made to Shrewsbury School:
- Princess Louise, visited the school for coffee on 19 January 1898.
- The future Edward VIII, then Prince of Wales, visited in 1932 to celebrate the Jubilee of the school's move to the Kingsland site.
- George V visited the town of Shrewsbury, and he laid a foundation at the school for a new library by electrical switch from the town's square.
- HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited the school to celebrate its 400-year anniversary of foundation in 1952.
- The Princess Royal opened the new Shrewsbury School Club, called the Shewsy, in Everton in1974.
- Princess Margaret, in 1984, while officially visiting a new library in the town, lunched at the school and had a look at the new Art school.
- The Queen Mother came to Kingsland Hall during the headmastership of Donald Wright in the 1990s.
- The Prince of Wales opened the new music school in 2001.
Grants and prizes
The school awards a number of prizes, some of which have been running for many years, among these are:
- Oxbridge. The Trustees commissioned Sir Edward Thomason to cut the original die and the image was based on a miniature painted by George Perfect Harding and owned by Dr Kennedy, now in the School collection. The medal was discontinued in 1855 when the stocks were exhausted, but was revived again in 1899. In 1980 the Salopian Club decided that the Medal should be open to all disciplines and not purely the Classics. Since that time the majority of recipients have excelled in the sciences.
- The Arand Haggar Prize, established 1890, original known as “The Mathematics Prize”, an almost unbroken run of the annual competition paper stretches back in our archives to 1890. This makes it, possibly, one of the longest continually run mathematics competitions in the country.
- The Bentley Elocution Prize, established 1867, candidates are required recite well a poem of at least sonnet length, introduced by Thomas Bentley, whose career at the School spanned more than 50 years. Past winners include Michael Palin
- Richard Hillary Essay Prize, established 2013, modled on the single word essay formula used for admission for All Souls, Oxford
- The Miles Clark Travel Award, established 1994, recipients of this award have, for instance, cycled around the world for over four years; cycled back to the UK from Siberia, cycled by tandem from the north coast of Canada to Tierra del Fuego - anumber of accounts of these travels have been published=.
Co-curricular and Extension
Among past guest speakers hosted at the school include:
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Hilaire Belloc
- Donald Coggan when Archbishop of Canterbury
- Lord Hague,
- Lord Heseltine,
- Lord Hennessy,
- Lord Hutton,
- Lord Hurd,
- Oleg Gordievsky,
- Sir Colin McColl,
- Aidan Hartley.
- Will Gompertz
There are dozens of organisations known as 'societies', in many of which pupils come together to discuss a particular topic or to
listen to a lecture, presided over by a senior pupil, and often including a guest speaker, they are largely run by the students.
Those in existence at present include:
- Art & Photography
- Bastille Society (history)
- Canoe and Kayak Club
- Christian Forum
- Craft and Textiles Club
- Creative Writing Society
- Darwin Society (Science)
- Debating Society
- Heseltine Society
- Junior History Society
- Maths Club
- Model Railway Society
- Paired Reading Society (students visit a local primary school, where they work with younger children on a one-to-one basis in order to help develop their reading skills).
- Royal Shrewsbury School Shooting Club
- Sidney Society (literature)
- Spanish Society
- Technical Theatre
There is also a Combined Cadet Force.
Music and drama
Orchestras, ensembles and choirs
The school has the following orchestras ensembles and choirs:
- The Symphony Orchestra;
- The Wind Orchestra;
- Big Ban;
- The Pepys Brass Quintet (one of two brass quintets run for the best senior brass players in the school);
- The Senior Brass Ensemble
- The Senior String Ensemble
- The Chamber Choir
- The Chapel Choir
- The Community Choir (includes local members who are not part of the school)
- Jazz Band
- String quartets
- Junior and Senior string ensembles
- Clarinet and sax groups
- Year-based brass groups
- Flute Ensemble
- Tuba and horn quartets
- Rebecca the Drowned Bride
- What You Will
High-profile musicians and performers also visit the school with such visitors including:
- Jacques Lussier
- The Swingles
- Cristina Ortiz
- Tenebrae Choir
- Joe Stilgoe
- Jason Rebello
- Jenny Agutter
- Peter Donohoe
The schools' prefects are known as præpostors. The word originally referred to a monastic prior and is late Latin of the Middle Ages, derived from classical Latin praepositus, "placed before".The use of praepostor in the context of a school is derived from the practice of using older boys to lead or control the younger boys. Privillages associated with the office are a particular tie showing the school's arms and the right to cycle a bike to lessons. Defining the role in 1821, Dr Butler wrote:
"A præpostor is one of the first eight boys to whom the master delegates a certain share of authority, in whom he reposes confidence, and whose business it is to keep the boys in order, to prevent all kinds of mischief and impropriety..."
House and school ties and scarfs are awarded achievements in co-curricular activities.
Scholarships, exhibitions and bursary support
Various measures of financial assistance are available to students associated with need and with ability, as set out below:
- Four Butler Scholarships (up to 30% of fees)
- Six Kennedy and Moss Scholarships (up to 20% of fees)
- Seven Alington Scholarships (at least £2,000 per year)
Art Scholarships are awarded anually, most of which carry a fee remission of 10%, and larger awards are sometimes made.
Music Scholarships are awarded each year, worth up to 30% of the and the scholars receive free music tuition on two instruments.
A small number of Sir Michael Palin All-Rounder Scholarships are awarded each year.
Other scholarships and bursaries
The school has an ancient library, containing various significant antiquarian books and other items.
Particular highlights of the collection include:
- Charles Darwin's school atlas, along with books, manuscripts and letters
- Newton's Principia, acquired on publication in 1687
- some forty medieval manuscripts, including a fine twelfth-century Gradual from Haughmond Abbey and the Lichfield Processional with its unique liturgical English plays of circa 1430 and polyphonic music
- the death mask of Oliver Cromwell
- first edition of the King James Bible
- 1534 Tyndale Bible
The Moser Gallery, within the library buildings, contains part of the school's collection of paintings.
- 2018– : Leo Winkley
- 2010–18: Mark Turner
- 2001–10: Jeremy W. R. Goulding
- 1988–2001: Ted Maidment
- 1981–88: Simon J. B. Langdale
- 1975–80: Sir Eric Anderson
- 1963–75: A. R. D. Wright
- 1950–63: John "Jock" Magnus Peterson
- 1944–50: John Wolfenden, Baron Wolfenden
- 1932–44: Henry Harrison Hardy (father of the actor Robert Hardy)
- 1917–32: Harold A. P. Sawyer
- 1908–17: Cyril Argentine Alington
- 1866–1908: Henry Whitehead Moss
- 1836–65: Benjamin Hall Kennedy
- 1798–1836: Dr Samuel Butler (afterwards Bishop of Lichfield)
- 1771–98: Revd. J. Atcherley
- 1754–70: Charles Newling
- 1735–54: Leonard Hotchkiss
- 1727–35: Robert Phillips
- 1723–27: Revd. H. Owen
- 1687–1723: Revd. R. Lloyd
- ?1646–87: Revd. A. Taylor
- 1645–62: Thomas Pigott (deprived under Act of Uniformity)
- 1637–45: Revd. Thomas Chaloner (expelled by Parliamentarians, died 1664)
- 1583–1635: John Meighen
- 1571–83: T. Lawrence
- 1561–71: Thomas Ashton
- Nick Bevan, housemaster, rowing coach, later headmaster of Shiplake College
- Anthony Chenevix-Trench, housemaster of School House, later headmaster of Bradfield College, Eton College and Fettes College
- Frank McEachran
- The Reverend Monsignor Ronald Knox, English Catholic priest, theologian, author and broadcaster
- David Profumo, 6th Baron Profumo, teacher and novelist
- Sir William Gladstone, 7th Baronet, teacher and officer
Shrewsbury has the following affiliate schools:
- Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok. Riverside located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, opened 2003 with 1,736 students
- Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok. City Campus, established in 2018, a feeder school for Riverside campus
- Shrewsbury International School, Hong Kong, opened 2018;
- Packwood Haugh School, is a Shropshire Preparatory School which united with Shrewsbury School in 2019.
Shrewsbury is also set to open three new international schools in China by 2022, including its first overseas boarding school.
Fess and admission
Pupils are admitted at the age of 13 by selective examination, and for approximately ten per cent of the pupils, English is a second or additional language. The fees at Shrewsbury are up to £12,980 a term for UK students and up to £13,500 a term for international students, with three terms per academic year in 2019.
Contemporary Old Salopians
- Sir William Adams (born 1932), ambassador to Tunisia 1984–87 and Egypt 1987–92
- Peter Brown (born 1935), historian of Late Antiquity and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford
- Christopher Booker (born 1937), journalist, founder of Private Eye
- Michael Heseltine, Baron Heseltine (born 1933), politician and Deputy Prime Minister
- Brian Hutton, Baron Hutton (born 1931), Law Lord, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and Chairman of Hutton Inquiry
- Christopher Gill (born 1936), politician
- Richard Ingrams (born 1937), journalist, founder of Private Eye
- Sir Colin Hugh Verel McColl (born 1932), head of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)
- Air Marshall Sir Michael Simmons (born 1937), Royal Air Force Officer, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
- Richard Barber (born 1941), historian
- Richard Best, Baron Best (born 1945), politician
- Piers Brendon (born 1940), writer
- Major General Sir Robert John Swan Corbett (born 1940), Commandant of the British Sector in Berlin 1987-90
- Sir Peter Davis (born 1941), businessman and chairman of Sainsbury's
- Edward Foljambe, 5th Earl of Liverpool (born 1944), Conservative politician and peer
- Martin Ferguson Smith (born 1941), scholar, writer and Classics and Ancient History professor at Durham
- Robin Hodgson, Baron Hodgson of Astley Abbotts (born 1942), politician and life peer
- Stephen Jessel (born 1942), BBC correspondent
- David Lovell Burbidge (born 1943), High sheriff of the West Midlands County 1990–91
- David Lamb, 3rd Baron Rochester (born 1944), noble
- Christopher MacLehose (born 1940), publisher
- Terry Milewski (born 1949), journalist
- Nick Owen (born 1947), TV presenter
- Sir Mark Moody-Stuart (born 1940), ex-chairman of Royal Dutch Shell and Chairman of the UN Global Compact committee
- Sir Michael Palin (born 1943), actor and TV presenter
- Richard Passingham (born 1943), neurologist
- Sir Nicholas Penny (born 1949), art historian, Director of the National Gallery
- Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow (born 1942), Astronomer Royal, erstwhile Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, ex-President of Royal Society
- Sir Francis John Badcock Sykes, 10th Baronet (born 1942), businessman
- Thomas Townley Macan (born 1946), Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the British Virgin Islands
- Sir Roderic Victor Llewellyn, 5th Baronet (born 1947), author and partner of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
- Selby Whittingham (born 1941), art expert
- Sir James William Vernon, 5th Baronet (born 1949), landowner and accountant
- Sir Christopher Wallace (born 1943), Lieutenant General and Royal Green Jackets
- Sir Stephen Wright (born 1946), diplomat, Under-Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ambassador to Spain
- Bruce Clark (born 1958), author and International Security Editor of The Times
- Stephen Glover (born 1952), journalist & columnist
- Timothy Edward Lamb (born 1959), cricketer and sports administrator
- Sir John Auld Mactaggart, 4th Baronet (born 1951), entrepreneur and philanthropist
- Jonathan Peter Marland, Baron Marland (born 1956), Treasurer of the Conservative Party
- Sir Andrew McFarlane (born 1954), Lord Justice of Appeal in England and Wales
- Sir Philip Montgomery Campbell (born 1951), astrophysicist and editor-in-chief of Nature
- Michael Proctor (born 1950), academic and Provost of King's College, Cambridge
- Nicholas Rankin (born 1950), writer and broadcaster
- Johnathan Ryle (born 1952), writer, anthropologist and professor at Bard College
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Victoria Cross holders
Old Salopain activities
The "Old Salopian Club", now known as the Salopian Club, was founded in 1886. A number of reunions, clubs and activities are arranged by the club. The post nominals OS are used to denote Old Saloplians. .
Former members of the school have various sporting clubs:
- Rowing is arranged by the "Sabrina Club", which fields crews, including for Henley Royal Regatta as well as supporting the school crews at various events
- Cricket is arranged by the "Saracens"
- Old Salopian golf, yachting, fives cross country, tennis, football, squash and basketball are also provided for.
Careers, arts and activities
A mission in Everton, Liverpool, called "Shrewsbury House" was established in 1903. It is less formally known as "the Shrewsy" and is a youth and community center associated with St Peter's Church Everton. Lord Heseltine was first introduced to social issues in Liverpool which the took up in the 1980s at this mission.
The charity Medic Malawi, which includes a hospital, two orphanages and The Shrewsbury School Eye Clinic has an ongoing relationships and support from the school community.
During the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 the school donated over 1,600 items of personal protective equipment to the NHS, including face shields it had 3D printed in its technology labs. It also opened up rooms in its boarding houses for use for NHS staff.
One of the Southern Rail, class V, Schools Class 4-4-0 locomotives designed by Maunsell and built at Eastleigh and was named "Shrewsbury". Its SR number was 921 and its BR number was 30921. It entered service in 1934 and it was withdrawn in 1962 and from use on railways and the name plaque preserved in the Admissions Offices/Registry of the school.
This is used for outward-bound type activities and research trips.
In 1965 the school established "The Foundation", which is one of the oldest school development offices in the country.
In September 2005, the school was one of fifty independent schools operating independent school fee-fixing, in breach of the Competition Act, 1998. All of the schools involved were ordered to abandon this practice, pay a nominal penalty of £10,000 each and 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 had been shared.
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