Beyond the Classroom

One of the reasons that Shrewsbury is known to be one of the leading independent schools in the country is down to the extraordinarily diverse range of activities that our pupils enjoy. A revised and extended programme of activities was launched in September 2014 to coincide with the arrival of girls in the Lower School.

In addition to sport, which is covered elsewhere on this site, music and drama all flourish, but pupils are also able to be involved in any number of extra curricular activities.  We have an extraordinary array of clubs and societies, a dedicated weekly activity afternoon, a termly 'Field Day', as well as a varied programme of weekend and holiday activities.

Shrewsbury is surrounded by glorious unspoilt countryside. This fantastic location offers excellent opportunities to explore the Shropshire Hills and the nearby Welsh Marches, and just a short drive away is Snowdonia, where the school Outward Bound bunkhouse ‘Talargerwyn’ provides a homely base in this astounding National Park.

We do the full range of activities that you would expect from a good school – such as Duke of Edinburgh's Award, hill walking, cooking, Combined Cadet Force and volunteering. However, we also offer a huge range beyond this, and we believe we do them all extraordinarily well: mountain biking, bee keeping, gliding, sub aqua, judo, sports leadership,creative writing, quizzing and ‘special projects’  – where pupils can devise their own activity programme, just so long as it is in the spirit of what we are trying to achieve.

What are we trying to achieve? A number of things really: finding enjoyable interests, developing personal skills, providing a service to the community, and hopefully some enjoyment too; all are good reasons to try something new. In the Fifth and Lower Sixth Forms, we offer options that lead to useable qualifications or skills, whether that be through lifeguarding, yacht navigation, cadet leadership development, or medical work experience. For pupils in the Sixth Form, leaving school with a useable accreditation opens up employment and gap year opportunities that are often the first steps into the world of work.

It may be a cliché, but there really is something for everyone in the Shrewsbury Activities Programme. We hope people may discover life-long interests - even passions.

Lt Col Nick David
Director of Activities

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