Shrewsbury School

Directions to Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury School lies on the outskirts of the town of Shrewsbury, approximately 50 miles west of Birmingham, and 75 miles south of Manchester.

On most occasions when pupils travel to or from school (e.g. the beginning and end of term, half-terms, and two weekends each term), coaches run to a number of destinations around the country, avoiding the need for parents to travel to school to deliver/collect them.

Please enter in our postcode SY3 7BA, but please also enter in the 'via' postcode of SY3 7AA to ensure that your route avoids the town centre.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

We are delighted to be able to welcome visitors to our school campus once again, and look forward to your visit.    

To support our community, we would kindly request that you take note of the following:

  • As per DfE and government guidelines, visitors are now required to wear face coverings whilst moving indoors through the School.
  • If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 please do not visit the school site;
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19- or you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive- please ensure you have taken a COVID-19 test and returned a negative result before travelling to Shrewsbury School;
  • For those visitors likely to be mixing with pupils or entering buildings- including admissions visits, plays and concerts- we request that you take an LFT 24 hours in advance of your visit;
  • We have control measures in place to ensure the safety of our pupils, staff and visitors which include- but are not limited to- well ventilated spaces and access to hand sanitiser. We would be grateful if, on arrival, visitors ensured they made use of the hand sanitisers available at reception or at the venue entrances to the Barnes Theatre, the Maidment Building and the Alington Hall;

Arriving at Shrewsbury School by car - the Final Approaches

 It is better to avoid the fiendish one-way system in the centre of Shrewsbury. Instead, find your way to the roundabout at the junction of the A5 and A5112, to the south-west of Shrewsbury. Take the A5112 signposted to Shrewsbury. Continue past the retail park (Sainsbury's, McDonald's, etc. to your right) to the large Meole Brace roundabout (with traffic lights). Approach this in the left hand lane. Take the second exit (B4380, signposted Porthill and Copthorne), keeping in the left lane and forking left immediately after the roundabout. You go up an incline which is in fact a bridge over the railway. At the next roundabout continue on the B4380 (second exit). The road heads down the hill and sweeps round to the right; just as the road rises up again, take the right hand turn into Kennedy Road. The School is now on your left.

Visitors to the Bursar/Kingsland House and anyone making a delivery to the School should take the first entrance on the left; others should continue up the hill and turn left at the tennis courts onto Ashton Road. At the end of the road turn right (still on Ashton Road), and after 400 yards you will find the large blue school gates on your left.

At the School

The majority of visitors should report to reception, with the exception of those visiting Admissions, who are advised to park by the Admissions Office (see map below).  There is on site parking available for all other visitors beside the Port Hill astro with disabled parking at reception.

Visiting sports teams will find further information here.

Please note that although you can also access the School via the Porthill Gate on Porthill Road, there is no vehicular access across the School Site between Ridgemount and the new academic block, Hodgson Hall. 

Please click here to open a larger view of the site map below.

Shrewsbury is served by Virgin trains from London Euston (by changing at Birmingham New Street or Wolverhampton).  There are also regular services from Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Oxford, Cardiff and Bristol.
Click here for the national rail enquiries website. 

Shrewsbury station is just the far side of the centre of the town from the school, and is approximately 20 minutes' walk away - but the route is not easy to find for a novice, so a taxi is usually a better bet. There is usually a good number of taxis on the station taxi rank.

Pupils regularly travel from the international airports at Birmingham (1 hour by car or rail), Manchester (1 hour 15 minutes by car, with some direct trains), Liverpool and East Midlands, and a coach runs to London Heathrow at the start and end of term, and often at half-term.


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