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Shrewsbury High School, Shropshire

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Established  1885
Head  Michael Getty
Gender  Girls; Boys (3-13)
Founded  1885
Type  Independent day school
DfE number  893/6018
Phone  +44 1743 494000
Local authority  Shropshire
Location  32 Town Walls Shrewsbury Shropshire SY1 1TN England
Address  32 Town Walls, Shrewsbury SY1 1TN, UK
Similar  Shrewsb School, Adcote School for Girls, The Priory School, Belvidere School, Meole Brace School S

Shrewsbury High School is an independent day school for girls from ages 3 to 18 and boys up to age 13 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. It is an original member school of the Girls' Day School Trust.



Shrewsbury High School opened as a day school for girls in 1885. It soon outgrew the site and moved to its present location on the banks of the River Severn in central Shrewsbury in 1895. The junior department transferred to Kennedy Road in 1959. In 2008 a new prep school was formed by the merger of the existing junior department with Kingsland Grange, a boys’ prep school. As a result, the school is now coeducational up to age 13 and its senior school remains girls-only.

The Senior Department is located on Town Walls, by the banks of the River Severn. The Junior Department is separate from the Senior Department and is situated a short walk away at Kingsland Grange in Kennedy Road.


Shrewsbury High School Senior Department has four houses, each named after an ancient Roman deity.

  • Apollo Yellow
  • Neptune Blue
  • Mercury Red
  • Jupiter Green
  • Following its success in the senior school, the House system was introduced to the junior school in September 2005 when Mrs Edwards joined Shrewsbury High School Junior Department as its Head. The Junior Department also has four houses, named after hills in Shropshire.

  • Wenlock     
  • Long Mynd     
  • Stretton     
  • Haughmond     
  • There are many house competitions that take place each term such as sports day, house drama and house charity events. Siblings are usually put into the same house. There are House Captains, Deputy House Captains and House Prefects of each of the four houses and also a Head Girl and a Deputy Head Girl. In the senior school these roles are taken by Sixth Formers.

    Notable former pupils

  • Lois Baxter, actress
  • Mary Beard, classicist
  • Hilda Murrell, naturalist
  • Nick Owen, newsreader
  • Bob Warman, newsreader
  • References

    Shrewsbury High School, Shropshire Wikipedia