Shrewsbury School

Our Houses

The House system is at the heart of Shrewsbury School. The House is a Salopian's centre of gravity, a real home from home, somewhere to relax and make friends, as well as work.

There are 13 Houses at Shrewsbury for 13-18-year-olds: seven boys' boarding houses, two dayboys' houses and four girls' houses for both boarders and daygirls. Queen Elizabeth Hall (Queen's) will be our fifth girls' house and is due to open in September 2023.

Each House has a dedicated Housemaster or Housemistress, who is the 'go to' lead in ensuring each pupil's wellbeing and emotional support whilst they are at Shrewsbury. It is a very special relationship fostered by a constant open-door attitude. They are the key figure in ensuring your child's happiness, welfare and progress, and they are the crucial link in communication between parents and school. Our Housemasters and Housemistresses run their houses as extensions of their own families.

Each House is unique and incredibly proud of their heritage and contemporary place in Shrewsbury’s community. The Housemaster/ mistress is supported in their role by a resident Matron, an Assistant Housemaster/ mistress and a team of 8+ House Tutors. Senior pupils are encouraged to take responsibility in the Houses, as older siblings would at home. The House system at Shrewsbury has created a vibrant community, in which everyone participates according to their different natures and abilities. House loyalty is strong, fostered by a number of House competitions, mostly in sport, but also in, for example, debating and performing.

‘Boarding plays a significant part in establishing values of mutual respect and in creating a supportive and respectful community in which good behaviour is the norm.’ ISI Educational Quality Inspection Report 2017

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