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These are just some of our events from our Calendar - Clicking on an event title will show the event in more detail.

Friday 30 September 2016

  • 19:30
    Sidney Society: "The Minds of Others: Fiction and Culture": Dr Laura Ashe, Worcester College, Oxford (Moser Library)

    Dr Ashe is Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford University, and works on the literature, history and culture of England during the High Middle Ages, c. 1000-1400. Her research has been focused on the multiple languages of English literature after the Conquest, and on the social, political, legal, and cultural developments involved in this time of great change.

    Her latest book, ‘Early Fiction in England: from Geoffrey of Monmouth to Chaucer’, shows how fiction was reinvented in the twelfth century after an absence of hundreds of years.

    Her current major project is volume one of the new 'Oxford English Literary History (1000-1350)', which aims to give meaningful shape and coherence to a relatively under-studied, but important and complex, period of literary history.

    Dr Ashe can also be found on BBC Radio 4's programme In Our Time, and has made a number of television appearances.

Saturday 1 October 2016

    Old Salopian Open Art Exhibition: 1st - 15th October (Art School)

    The Art Department is excited to be exhibiting work by a group of Old Salopian artists, from Saturday 1st  – Saturday 15th October.

    The exhibition has been curated by OS Maximillion Baccanello, who is currently working and exhibiting regularly in London.

    There are eight very talented OS artists featuring a diverse range of work at the exhibition, many of whom were Art Scholars at Shrewsbury School:

    Max Baccanello
    Rory Fraser
    Jose Hamilton-Read
    Jamie Munro
    Timothy Morgan-Owen
    Kit Oates
    Val Pitchford
    Georgina Walton
    Darryl Walker

    The Private View takes place on Thursday 6th October from 6pm-8pm. The artists will be there to meet and greet guests and to discuss their work. There will also be drinks and nibbles available for guests. Please feel free to bring friends and family.

    If you would like to attend the Private View, please email Amanda Barrow:

    Location: Art Department

    Date: 1st – 15th October 2016

    Time: Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.
    (Closed Sunday)

Saturday 8 October 2016

  • 19:30
    Music: The Swingles in Concert (Alington Hall)

    For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. With two new albums in 2015 (Deep End and Yule Songs vol.II), The Swingles celebrate that legacy by starting a whole new chapter.

    In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle first assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing Bach’s keyboard music.   The resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the Swingle Singers to fame. Since then their repertoire has grown to include a huge variety of music, as well as new original songs.

    They have released more than 50 recordings, winning five Grammy® awards and appearing on numerous film and TV soundtracks, including Sex and the City and Glee.

    We are delighted to welcome The Swingles to Shrewsbury School and the Alington Hall for a not-to-be-missed evening of beautiful vocal performances.

    Tickets £15.00, (£7.50 for 18s and under)
    Available from or 01743 280812

Monday 10 October 2016

  • 19:30
    Art Society: 'Rembrandt's Etchings and Drawings': Mark Beaven OS (Art School)

    Mark Beaven (Oldham's 1972-77) was taught Art at Shrewsbury School by John Alford. Since his time at Shrewsbury he has forged a successful career as a Fine Artist and exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad. He also runs an independent Art School in Nottingham which helps prepare student portfolios and serves the wider community with evening and weekend classes. He runs courses in painting in Italy and gives lectures to various art societies up and down the country.

    Mark Beaven will talk about the more personal and intimate aspects of Rembrandt’s art by discussing his drawings and prints. Rembrandt’s drawings are some of the most expressive and individual in Western art and he is justly considered to be one of the greatest printmakers. His etchings, highly original and often experimental, represent an extraordinary achievement for a single artist.

    This lecture puts Rembrandt’s graphic art into its historical and social context, looks at his use of different media and techniques, and argues that by examining the wide range of subject matter in his drawings and prints, we see Rembrandt at his most personal and brilliant.

    The lecture takes place in the Art School and is open to members of the public. There is no charge for admission.

Thursday 3 November 2016

  • 19:00
    'Buy in to Boarding' Event for Prospective Parents (Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire)

    We invite you to join us for a sociable information evening in the beautiful setting of Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire on Thursday 3rd November 2016 at 7.00pm.

    Please join us to find out how a boarding education could shape your child's future.

    This 'Buy in to Boarding' event offers you an opportunity to meet some of our staff and pupils informally and is designed to tell you in one evening how boarding could work for your family:

    • a huge range of extra-curricular activities, both at a participatory and elite level, all organised within the school
    • a house-based system that provides high level pastoral care whilst developing the leadership, communication and team-working skills sought by top employers
    • and high-class academic results and facilities into the bargain.

    Shrewsbury School is a co-educational school for pupils aged 13-18 with a national and international reputation, and we firmly believe we can provide the “best years of their lives” in a safe, friendly and exciting school community. A wide range of scholarships and bursaries are available.

    If you would like to attend this event, please complete the online form on our 'Buy in to Boarding' page. We look forward to meeting you.

Saturday 5 November 2016

  • 10:15
    Open Day for prospective 13+ and 14+ entrants

    Open Days are an opportunity for prospective parents and pupils to get a feeling for Shrewsbury and our aim is to give visitors a broad picture of School life.  They are informal occasions that allow you to meet the Headmaster, Housemasters, academic staff and current pupils, tour the School and ask questions.

    The day starts at 10.15am and concludes after a buffet lunch.

    Places must be booked in advance, please see our Open Day page, which includes an online booking form.

Welcome to Shrewsbury

HeadmasterWhilst I am delighted to welcome you to Shrewsbury School's website, I hope you will not regard a trawl through our web pages as a substitute for a visit in person. 

Shrewsbury is a unique school in many ways.  We are committed to strong academic standards and we believe in a vision of holistic education, as demonstrated through an incredible range of different activities and societies.  We are passionate about boarding not just being for convenience, but in providing the best opportunity for young men and women to develop real confidence and belief in themselves.  We are fortunate to have one of the best locations of any school in the country, a most beautiful site on the edge of one of the most historic county towns in England.

We are delighted that in September 2014 we welcomed our first cohort of Third and Fourth Form girls, building on the outstanding success of the introduction of girls into our Sixth Form in 2008. We believe our traditional values and time-honoured reputation will be enhanced by this move to full co-education.  We are committed to providing an environment where young men and women can learn together on foundations of trust and mutual respect.  We are confident that the future will be a more equal one and we support that historical evolution.

Above all, in the words of the motto of our youth club, based in inner-city Liverpool, ‘People matter more than things’.  You will find at Shrewsbury a community which is aiming for the stars in every respect.  Come and visit our beautiful school and meet some of the people who make it such an inspirational place.

Mark Turner