Shrewsbury School

Applications for 2023 and beyond

Open Days

In the first instance, families are encouraged to attend one of our Sixth Form Open Days. These include talks about the admissions process (including the Sixth Form Assessment Weekend) and a tour of the site and a boarding or day house. There are also opportunities to speak to the Headmaster, Housemasters/Housemistresses, current pupils and representatives from each of our academic Faculties. Places can be booked online via our Open Days and Booking Form page.


Individual Family Visits

If you would like to arrange a individual family visit, please email the Admissions Office on This will usually include a tour of the School, a meeting with the Sixth Form Admissions Tutor and a visit to one of our houses. If you would like to see the Headmaster during your visit, please do let us know.



Following your visit, and if you have not already done so, you will be invited to register your son or daughter by filling in a Registration Form and returning it to us with the Registration Fee of £100.


Sixth Form Assessments (arrangements for assessment in November 2022)

We will write to you in August 2022 to confirm that your child intends to take our entrance exams and to enclose our application form.

On the application form, candidates will nominate three subjects for assessment.  Ideally these should be the subjects that they intend to take for A Level.  However we recognise that some applicants will not yet have firm plans for their A Levels and we suggest that they offer three of their strongest GCSE subjects.  [Candidates for whom English is not their first language will additionally be required to offer English as an Additional Language as a fourth paper.]

Exam papers will be set in accordance with GCSE specifications, albeit in the knowledge that candidates will not yet have finished their GCSE courses.  Papers will be one hour in length.  Our Specimen Papers page contains past papers.  

Candidates will also undertake an interview with a senior member of staff.  This will be informed by the Personal Statement that is part of the Application Form and in which candidates can tell us more about their interests and achievements.  We will also ask for permission to write to the applicant’s current headteacher for a reference.

The Entrance Examinations will be held beginning of November 2022.  International candidates will be able to take the written papers either at an Examination Centre in their home country or at the offices of Academic Asia and UK Boarding Schools.  We would anticipate that international candidates will take the exams beginning of November 2022.



We will be offering up to 8 academic scholarships and at least 6 other specialist scholarships that include Music, Sport, Art and Drama.  Academic scholarships will be awarded as a result of exceptional performance in the entrance examination. The other specialist scholarships will be assessed at the same time as the November entrance examinations, through practical assessment and interview.

The key parts of the Application Pack are the Registration Form (for candidates who have not yet registered as prospective students at Shrewsbury), Academic Application form and the Personal Statement. Also included are our Specialist Scholarship forms.

In addition, we offer two sporting scholarships: The Margaret Cassidy Sports Scholarship is for an outstanding sportsman (worth up to 100% of fees, subject to means testing); and the Alex Wilson Scholarship is awarded every year to a local sportsman of exceptional talent (worth up to 100% of day fees, subject to means testing).


Offers of a Place

We will aim to have made our decisions by 1st December, and will then offer successful candidates a place in our Sixth Form, conditional on them achieving at least three GCSEs at Grade 7 and three GCSEs at Grade 5 (or three A and three B grades).

You will be sent an offer letter including an Acceptance of a Conditional Place form which needs to be completed and returned with the relevant deposit. For families living in the UK, the deposit 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.


Applications from mainland China

All applicants from mainland China should contact our official representative: UK Boarding Schools Admissions Service

Tel: +86 (0)21 31651368

Address: Floor 3, BLDG 5, No.258, West Fuxing Road, Shanghai, 200031, China



WeChat: 英国私校入学中心UKBS


所有中国大陆的申请者请联系我们官方代表: UK Boarding Schools Admissions Service

电话:+86 (0)21 31651368(上海办公室)





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