Scholarships and Bursaries

Shrewsbury School has had a tradition, since its founding Charter in 1552, of making generous Scholarship awards. Scholarships fall into various categories - Academic, Music, Art, Drama, Design Technology, Sport and All-Rounder. Awards are made either to pupils under the age of 14 who join the School in the Third Form, or to those entering the School at Sixth Form level.

Scholarships for Candidates Under 14

Please also see our Third Form scholarships page.

For candidates under 14 years of age, assessments take place during the twelve months prior to entry: Sports and All-Rounder assessments are in October; Music in January; Art, Drama and Design & Technology in March; and Academic in May.

Academic Scholarships

  • 4 Butler Scholarships (up to 30% of fees)
  • 6 Kennedy and Moss Scholarships (up to 20% of fees)
  • 7 Alington Scholarships (at least £2,000 per year).

The value of scholarships can be enhanced subject to means testing.

Candidates for these awards sit the Scholarship Examination in May of their year of entry. They spend two and a half days at the School, and awards are made on the basis of written papers and interview.

 Music Scholarships
We award a number of Music Scholarships each year, worth up to 30% of the fees depending on the quality of musicianship and the range of entry in any one year. In addition, Music Scholars receive free music tuition on two instruments. Scholars are expected to play a full part in the musical life of the School during their time at Shrewsbury.

Art Scholarships
We award a few Art Scholarships each year, most of which carry a fee remission of 10%, although larger awards are sometimes made. Awards are made on the basis of a personal portfolio, a practical examination in drawing from an object or group or objects, and an interview.

Design and Technology Scholarships
A small number of Design and Technology Scholarships are awarded annually, most of which carry a fee remission of 10%, although larger awards are sometimes made. Awards are made on the basis of a portfolio of work, an exam designed to test a candidate's ability to design under exam conditions, and an interview.

Drama Scholarships
A small number of Drama Scholarships are awarded annually, most of which carry a fee remission of 10%, although larger awards are sometimes made. Awards will be made based on the presentation of two short, contrasting monologues, an intervew and participation in a group workshop audition. Candidates will be asked to provide information on their previous drama experience and the School will also seek a reference from the candidate's current school drama teacher. Drama Scholars will be expected to play a full part in the dramatic life of the School during their time at Shrewsbury.

Sports Scholarships
A number of Sports Scholarships are awarded annually, worth up to 20% of the fees. Candidates will spend a day at Shrewsbury, during which they will be evaluated in their chosen sports and a variety of other fitness, agility and decision-making tests. The Director of Sport will also take into account references supplied by the candidate's school and by other individuals involved in coaching the candidate. The winner of a Sports Scholarship must also reach a satisfactory standard in Common Entrance, the Academic Scholarship Examination, or the Shrewsbury School 13+ examination before entering the School.

Sports Scholars are expected to play a full part in the sporting life of the School during their time at Shrewsbury,

All-Rounder Scholarships
A small number of Michael Palin All-Rounder Scholarships are awarded each year. Candidates will be assessed in four equally-weighted areas: two specialist areas selected from Sport, Music, Drama and either Art or DT; an interview with a senior member of Shrewsbury School staff; and an IQ test and short written exercise. The winner of a Michael Palin Scholarship must also reach a satisfactory standard in Common Entrance, the Academic Scholarship Examination, or the Shrewsbury School 13+ examination before entering the School.

    Sixth Form Entrance Scholarships

    Please also see our scholarships information on the Sixth Form Applications for 2017 and the Sixth Form Applications for 2018 and beyond pages.

    Most Sixth Form scholarship assessments are made during the assessment weekend in the November prior to entry.

    We are withdrawing the Sir Martin Rees Scholarship for Excellence in Physics this year, as funding is no longer available.

    Any scholarship may be increased in value in cases of need, at the discretion of the Governors. Entry forms are available from the Admissions Office - telephone 01743 280552 or email admissions@shrewsbury.org.uk.