I have attended Shrewsbury School for 4 1/2 years and thought I'd say a few words about it for people who might be interested in sending their children here. THE SCHOOL Shrewsbury is a traditional all boys school that was founded in 1562 by King Edward. Oridinally it was situated in the town but in the 1800's that site became too small and the school was moved about a mile away to its present site. There are just under 700 pupils in 9 boarding houses and 2 day houses. The school site is beautiful - all the buildings and boarding houses are spread around the edge of the campus, leaving big expanses of land in the middle for games pitches. The buildings are varied - we have a lovely red brick 'main school building' and a nice new Science building and decent architecture is not uncommon in most of Shrewsbury School's buildings (with the exception of the dining hall and the Lyle buildings, which are very 60's and disastrous). The actual site itself has a remarkable location. It overlooks the town and the river Severn, being on top of a small hill, and is out of the way yet only 5 minutes walk from town. The headmaster is Jeremy Golding, an ex-housemaster at the school and a sucessful headmaster at a number of school's before he took over from Ted Maidment last summer. He seems good enough and should pass the test of time. THE FACILITIES Shrewsbury is not a leading light in the facilities standings but it certainly holds its own. We had a new, expensive music school built last year and opened by Prince Charles and this is very trendy and modern. There is an indoor swimming pool, astroturf, squash courts, tennis courts and a gym and also numerous football/rugby/cricket pitches. The lack of an athletics track does not seem to hinder us because football and cricket are the main sports. Football is definitely the biggest sport and Shrewsbury is a well respected public school for football, winning the
much coveted Boodle and Dunthorne Cup two years ago. THE BOARDING HOUSES As I have already mentioned, there are 9 boarding houses. I am in School House, the biggest and, in my unbiased opinion, the best. It has just over 70 boys, a very friendly atmosphere and a good location. I also like the fact that we have a lot of space because the house could cater for over 100 people. Quite a few houses, such as the Grove or Moser's have a serious lack of space. I would also recommend Oldham's, who have an excellent housemaster and a good location. If you want my opinion on any other houses, don't hesitate to leave a comment. THE TEACHING/ACADEMIC SIDE Shrewsbury has some of the best teachers in the country; the majority have attended Oxbridge and are very well qualified. They are all very experienced and have a good relationship with the boys. The school itself is a fairly academic school which is usually in the top 50 in the A-level league tables (although this changes from year to year). Every pupil enjoys Shrewsbury School. I will probably/hopefully send my children here (when/if I have some) and would recommend other parents to do the same. One thing that does stand in our favour is that we genuinely have very little bullying and a minimum of drug taking although smoking is a pastime enjoyed by many!
When I first went to this school in year 7, I that it was going to be a great school with money and a school that was really going somewhere. As I soon realised, it wasn't as good as it was cracked up to be. KES boys are seen as 'posh little boys' who NEVER dont behave and this is how they are expected to act. You have to pass a test to get into KES so the people there are bright however, there isnt a behaviour test. They dont even know you when they choose you. They just look at your test mark. The amount of people who complain about being pushed in front of in a que or not having a door held open for them is rediculous! The new headmaster there now, Mr. Moore-Bridger recieves a rediculous amount of complaints and strangly he acts on them. I think we have a problem in most schools now-a-days with teachers getting power to their heads. Sure they are in charge but I know that if a pupil doesnt have a letter explaining why they haven't done their homework it is assumed that they havent bothered to do it. If a letter comes in, no matter what the excuse is (it got burned coz dad dropped some cigarette ash on it etc...) it is believed and the pupil is allowed to do it.... At KES now, this is definitly a problem that is very obvious. Unfortunitly in the summer of 2001, many teachers left (a total of 9) which has ment a total reshuffle of the teaching staff. I dont know if these teachers have settled in yet however to the un-lucky ones, these teacher have left during their GCSE or A-LEVEL courses. This I feel is un-fair. It is a good school. It gets good grades. However, it isnt the nicest place to work.
I am currently in the upper sixth form of this school in School house. I have been here for five years. The school is set on the other side of the river severn over looking the town of shrewsbury. Thereae i total 11 houses. two of which are for day boys the rest are bording houses. The school sit is very vey nice. There are acres of playing fields, boat house, New buildings includint the £10 million school opened by the prince of wales.Last term. The buildings them selves are very nice inside., The main school buliding Is being refurbished to have the latest techology installed, it is estimated that in 3 years there will not be a scrap of paper in sight. The houses them selves are very good. They are competative and very atomospheric. As you have to live in ne with about 50 other boys you soo learn to lke abnd care for one another. The teaching standard hee is very good. in almost all subjects A an A* grades are the ly grades achieved in both a level and GCSE. The year groups here range from the 3rd fom (yr 9) to the upper sixth form. when you foirst arrive it is very very hard you have to do everythng for the house, bring up braed from the cantine, take the washing out etc etc etc. The hosues are split into dorms, bedsits and sudys. In the s3rd 4rth and 5th form you are given a dorm and a study which is shared with about 5 other boys. In the 6th form you ae given a bedsit for your self which is a study and a dorm in one. the school day starts at 8:30 and finishes at nne at night. you have 8 lessons on mon. teus. and fri. 6 on wed and thurs. and 5 on sat. the lessons are 35 mins each. There ae 6 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. then there is a 2 hour homwork period that starts a sevenoclock at night whic is called top schools. This is only done during the week. The school is very atmospheric and cometative. It is one of the top public schools in the contry. anyonentersted should go to WW
W.Shrewsbury.org.uk. The only downfall s the fees £80,000................................