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Application for Third & Fourth Forms (Years 9 & 10)

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Shrewsbury welcomes applications from pupils who either attend a school which will prepare them for the Common Entrance examinations or from other state or private 11-18 schools.

Pupils at schools that do not prepare for Common Entrance will be required to sit our own entrance examination. Pupils via both entry routes are able to apply for scholarships and bursaries.

Application Procedure for Third Form (Year 9)

A typical route for applicants joining us will include the following phases:

Visiting Shrewsbury

Visiting Shrewsbury

In the first instance. families are encouraged to glimpse a slice of life at Shrewsbury by attending one of our Open Days. These events are tailored to either 13+/14+ entry or Sixth Form entry and include a tour of the site and a boarding or day house and opportunities to speak to the Headmaster, Housemasters and Housemistresses, academic staff and our pupils. Places can be booked online via our Open Days page.

If you would like to arrange a bespoke visit, please email the Admissions Office on [email protected]  or call 01743 280552. Your visit will usually include a tour of the School with some of our current pupils, a meeting with an Admissions Tutor and a visit to one or two houses. If you would like to see the Headmaster during your visit, please do let us know. 



Candidates for our Third Form take one of the following examination routes:

  1. Many candidates from prep schools sit the Common Entrance examinations, which are taken in their own schools in June prior to entry in September.

  2. We also welcome applications from pupils at schools that do not prepare pupils for Common Entrance. Candidates sit our own Non-Common Entrance examinations in November or February prior to entry. They complete papers in English, Maths and French (if they have studied it previously). Past papers are available on request from the Admissions Office.

    If candidates are in the UK, they are invited to sit the Non-Common Entrance Examination exams at Shrewsbury School. Arrangements can be made for overseas candidates to take the exams at their current school, a local law firm or a local Consul Office.

  3. Candidates who wish to apply for an Academic Scholarship sit our own Academic Scholarship examinations at Shrewsbury School in May of the year of entry. Although the majority of Academic Scholarship candidates are from prep schools, this is not a requirement.

    Scholarships are also available for Music, Art, Sport, Drama, Design & Technology and All-Round ability and are open to candidates from all schools. 


Following your visit, and if you have not already done so, you will  be invited to register your child by filling in a Registration Form, and to nominate your preferred choice of House or Houses, though this can be done at a later stage.  The non-refundable Registration Fee is £100 per child.

The deposit is refunded if pupils fail to pass our entrance exam or are withdrawn on academic grounds before then. Otherwise, the deposit is held until your child leaves Shrewsbury when it is returned after deduction of the final term’s extras. 

Making your preference for a particular House can be a daunting task. Our House pages will keep you up-to-date with House news and give you a flavour of what your child can expect. Families often come back for another visit before making their final choice of House, and we welcome all such visits.  Our Director of Admissions will be able to help you to make this important choice, and you may well find that the Headteacher of your child’s current school will have advice to offer you too.

Accepting an offer of a place

Accepting an offer of a place

We would expect you to guarantee the place you have registered for your child in the House of your choice by completing the final entry form 22 months (or more) prior to entry.  You will also need to pay a deposit, which is 10% of a term’s fee.

For families whose normal residence is outside the UK, there is an additional deposit which is 90% of the current fee for one term.  You would of course be most welcome to visit the School again before making this final commitment.

Joining Shrewsbury

Joining Shrewsbury

A Shrewsbury journey begins long before our new Third Formers walk through our historic Moss Gates in September. Prior to joining, our Teams will be in regular contact with all of the information needed to ensure a smooth transition for pupils and families alike. There will also be an invite to a New Pupil Event which allows pupils to meet their peers and get to know the school before the academic year starts.

We encourage families to follow our social media platforms to keep up-to-date with all of the latest Shrewsbury news.





Application Procedure for Fourth Form (Year 10)

We accept a number of applicants each year with expected entry into our Fourth Form, at the start of the two-year GCSE course.

Applications at this entry point are unique and our Admissions Team will be on hand to guide you through the process and can arrange an individual visit. We recommend completing the form below at the earliest opportunity to begin your Shrewsbury journey.

Where Next?

Open Days & Tours