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|Motto||Intus Si Recte Ne Labora (Latin: "If Right Within, Trouble Not")|
Independent day and boarding
|Chairman of Governing Body||Richard H Burbidge BA OBE DL|
|Founder||King Edward VI|
|DfE URN||123608 Tables|
|Staff||ca. 100 (full-time teachers)|
|Students||ca. 720 students|
|Gender||Boys; Coeducation Sixth Form|
|Colours||Royal blue & white|
|School Song||Floreat Salopia|
Shrewsbury School is a co-educational independent school for pupils aged 13 to 18, founded by Royal Charter in 1552. The present campus to which the school moved in 1882 is located on the banks of the River Severn in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. It is one of the original nine "Clarendon Schools" or great public schools defined by the Public Schools Act 1868. Originally a boarding school for boys, girls have been admitted into the Sixth Form since 2008 and its mixed gender roll of around 720 includes approximately 130 day pupils. From 2014 Shrewsbury School will become fully co-educational. Pupils are admitted at the age of 13 by selective examination. For approximately ten per cent of the pupils, English is a second or additional language. The school's old boys – or "Old Salopians" – include naturalist Charles Darwin, poet Sir Philip Sidney, his biographer, Fulke Greville, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, authors Samuel Butler and Nevil Shute, and broadcasters John Peel and Michael Palin.
The school has a long sporting heritage, the school's cross-country running club (the "Hunt") is the world's oldest and the first modern track and field meeting was held at the school. Old boys played a leading role in formulating the rules of association football and football is still played by most boys; the Royal Shrewsbury School Boat Club is the most successful school rowing club in the history of the Henley Royal Regatta.
Following a petition in 1542 to Henry VIII from the townspeople of Shrewsbury for a free grammar school, Shrewsbury School was founded by charter in 1552 under King Edward VI by Adam Jones in three rented wooden buildings, which included Riggs Hall, built in 1450, and now the only remaining part of the original foundation. Originally, the curriculum was based on Continental Calvinism, under scholarly headmaster, Thomas Ashton and boys were taught the catechism of Calvin. The school attracted large numbers of pupils from Protestant families in Shrewsbury, Shropshire and North Wales. It had few facilities so early pupils lodged with local families. Philip Sidney, who attended Shrewsbury between the ages of nine and thirteen, lodged with the family of George Leigh, Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury. Having achieved a reputation for excellence under Ashton, in 1571 the school was augmented by Queen Elizabeth I. The stone buildings, including a chapel, dormitories, library and classrooms were completed by 1630 and the school continued in these, until it was relocated in 1882. After period of decline and following extensive restoration work, the buildings were re-opened as Shrewsbury Public Library, on Castle Hill in 1983.
The reputation of the school declined in the following centuries but it became an academic powerhouse under Samuel Butler, who became headmaster in 1798. The school had just three headmasters during the 19th century. Butler was succeeded by his pupil Benjamin Hall Kennedy (of Latin Primer fame) in 1836, who in turn gave way to Henry Whitehead Moss in 1866. Such was the school's reputation for classical education under Butler and Kennedy that Shrewsbury was one of just three provincial schools among the nine studied by the Clarendon Commission of 1861–4. Thus Shrewsbury was one of nine "Clarendon schools" (along with Charterhouse, Eton, Harrow, Merchant Taylors', Rugby, St Paul's, Westminster and Winchester) named in the Public Schools Act 1868 and regarded as the 'great' public schools.
In 1882, Moss moved the school from its original town centre location to a new site of 150 acres (61 ha) in Kingsland, on the south bank of the River Severn overlooking the town. A legacy of this move can be seen in the school campus being referred to as "The Site". The school was set up in a building that had at different times housed the Shrewsbury workhouse and a foundling hospital; buildings have since grown up around the edge of the campus with sports pitches in the centre. Moss was succeeded in 1908 by the charismatic Cyril Alington, then headmaster of Eton. Alington was no great scholar but a keen sportsman, evidenced by the 1914 appointment as his secretary of Neville Cardus, the future cricket journalist who had joined the school in 1912 as the school's assistant cricket professional. Alington revived attendance which had fallen away under Moss, and he was an energetic builder; the school hall is named after him.
Since the turn of the millennium, the school's site has seen investment. A new music school, The Maidment Building, was opened by Prince Charles in 2001. The Main School Building saw an internal renovation over several years, modernising all classrooms. A new boarding house has been completed, as has a new world-class indoor cricket centre and a new swimming pool. In 2003 Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok was opened in Bangkok, Thailand, in a location on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
In 2005 Shrewsbury School was one of fifty of the country's leading independent schools which were found guilty of running an illegal price-fixing cartel which had allowed them to drive up fees for thousands of parents. Each school was required to pay a nominal penalty of £10,000 and all agreed to make ex-gratia payments totalling three million pounds into a trust designed to benefit pupils who attended the schools during the period in respect of which fee information was shared. However, Mrs Jean Scott, the head of the Independent Schools Council, said that independent schools had always been exempt from anti-cartel rules applied to business, were following a long-established procedure in sharing the information with each other, and that they were unaware of the change to the law (on which they had not been consulted). She wrote to John Vickers, the OFT director-general, saying, "They are not a group of businessmen meeting behind closed doors to fix the price of their products to the disadvantage of the consumer. They are schools that have quite openly continued to follow a long-established practice because they were unaware that the law had changed."
In November 2005, a decision was taken by the governors to admit girls to the sixth form; initially aiming to admit 60 girls, then increasing to 100. In 2010, the governors unanimously agreed that the school should become co-educational from 2014.
The main sport in the Michaelmas (autumn) term is association football, in the Lent term Eton Fives and rugby union, and in summer rowing and cricket. A wide spectrum of other sports are played throughout the year; the admission of girls has seen the introduction of field hockey and netball.
The Royal Shrewsbury School Hunt (RSSH or "the Hunt") is the oldest cross-country club in the world, with written records (the Hound Books) going back to 1831 and evidence that it was established by 1819. The sport of "the Hunt" or "the Hounds", now known as a Paper Chase, was formalised at the school around 1800. Two runners (the "foxes") made a trail with paper shreds and after a set time they would be pursued by the other runners (the "hounds"). The club officers are the Huntsman, Senior and Junior Whips and the hounds start most races paired into "couples" as in real fox hunting; the winner of a race is said to "kill". In his 1903 semi-autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh, Old Salopian Samuel Butler describes a school based on Shrewsbury where the main protagonist's favourite recreation is running with "the Hounds" so "a run of six or seven miles across country was no more than he was used to". The first definite record of the Annual Steeplechase is in 1834, making it the oldest cross country race of the modern era. The main inter-house cross-country races are still called the Junior and Senior Paperchase, although no paper is dropped and urban development means the historical course can no longer be followed. Every October the whole school participates in a 3.5 mile run called "The Tucks", originally intended to prevent pupils attending a local horse race. The school also lays claim to the oldest track and field meeting still in existence, which originated in the Second Spring Meeting first documented in 1840. This featured a series of mock horse races including the Derby Stakes, the Hurdle Race, the Trial Stakes and a programme of throwing and jumping events, with runners being entered by "owners" and named as though they were horses.
The school buildings are arranged around the sports fields which have nine grass football pitches and one of Astroturf; almost all boys play football in the Michaelmas term. Salopians were prominent in the early history of the organised game at Cambridge University, according to Adrian Harvey "Salopians formed a club of their own in the late 1830s/early 1840s but that was presumably absorbed by the Cambridge University Football Club that they were so influential in creating in 1846". This would make the club the oldest football club in the world. The school has an 1856 copy of the Cambridge rules of football, the oldest extant copy of the Laws of the Game predating the 1863 rules of the FA.
The school's location overlooking the River Severn makes rowing a popular sport at the school and the Royal Shrewsbury School Boat Club (RSSBC) is one of the top school rowing clubs in the country. Their victory in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup in 2007 was their 14th win at Henley Royal Regatta, the most successful school in the history of the regatta. Shrewsbury is the only school other than Eton to hold bumps races ("Bumpers") over four days in the summer term, in which coxed fours from each house try to catch the boat in front whilst avoiding being caught by the boat behind. Unlike Eton, houses have three boats, each racing in a separate division. The old boys' rowing club is the Sabrina Club, named after the Celtic goddess of the River Severn.
There are eleven boarding houses and two for dayboys, each with its own housemaster or housemistress (in brackets), tutor team and matron. Each house also has its own colours. The many inter-house competitions play an important role in school life. In football each house competes in four different leagues (two senior, two junior) and three knock-out competitions (two senior, one junior). A single house will hold around 60 pupils, although School House and each of the dayboy houses hold slightly more. Having about 90 pupils School House used to be divided into Doctors (black and white) and Headroom (magenta and white) for most sporting purposes whilst being one house in other respects but this distinction was abolished in around 2000. The houses and their colours are:
- Churchill's Hall Dark Blue & Light Blue (Richard Hudson)
- The Grove Cornflower Blue and White (Stuart Cowper)
- Ingram's Hall Green & White (Mike Wright)
- Moser's Hall Deep Red & Black (Paul Pattenden)
- Oldham's Hall Chocolate Brown & White (Marcus Johnson)
- Port Hill (formerly merged with Radbrook as 'Dayboys Hall') Gold & Red (Andy Barnard)
- Radbrook (formerly merged with Port Hill as 'Dayboys Hall') Violet & White (Des Hann)
- Ridgemount Royal Blue & Old Gold (Will Hughes)
- Rigg's Hall Chocolate & Gold (Peter Middleton)
- School House Black, Magenta & White (Giles Bell)
- Severn Hill (formerly known as 'Chances') Maroon & French Grey (Dan Nicholas)
- Mary Sidney Hall (opened in September 2008) Dark Blue & Pink (Anna Peak)
- Emma Darwin Hall (opened in September 2011) Wedgwood Blue & Green (Kait Weston)
School Arms 
The Arms of the school are those of King Edward VI being The Arms of England (three lions passant) quartered with those of France (fleur-de-lys).
Sabrinae corolla in hortulis Regiae scholae salopiensis contextuerunt tres viri floribus legendis was a collection of Latin verse by members of the school which first appeared in 1850 (the publisher was George Bell, London). It was edited by Benjamin Hall Kennedy, James Riddell and William George Clark; there was also a revised edition (1890) with revisions by Henry Holden and R. D. Archer-Hind.
The school publishes the Public Nose newspaper - a deliberate variation of the Private Eye magazine. Despite this the Public Nose is not a satirical magazine, but a current events one more akin to a student newspaper. However, the pupils do run and publish The Falopian, which is entirely student controlled and satirises current events within the school much like the Private Eye does in wider society. The Salopian is a newsletter published by the school (mainly by the staff but with some direct contributions from pupils) and sent to parents to update them on current events within the school.
- 2010– : Mark Turner
- 2001–2010: Jeremy W. R. Goulding
- 1988–2001: Ted Maidment
- 1981–1988: Simon J. B. Langdale
- 1975–1980: Sir Eric Anderson
- 1963-1975: A. R. D. Wright
- 1950–1963: John "Jock" Magnus Peterson
- 1944–1950: John Wolfenden
- 1932-1944: H. H. Hardy (father of the actor Robert)
- 1917–1932: Harold A. P. Sawyer
- 1908–1917: Cyril Argentine Alington
- 1866–1908: Henry Whitehead Moss
- 1836–1865: Benjamin Hall Kennedy
- 1798–1836: Dr Samuel Butler
- 1754–1798: Charles Newling
- 1735–1754: Leonard Hotchkiss
- 1727–1735: Robert Phillips
- 1646-1687: Revd. A. Taylor
- 1637–1645: Revd.Thomas Chaloner
- 1583-1635: John Meighen
- 1571–1583: T. Lawrence
- 1561–1571: Thomas Ashton
Notable masters 
- Frank McEachran
- Anthony Chenevix-Trench (housemaster of School House, later headmaster of Bradfield College, Eton College and Fettes College)
Old Salopians 
Former pupils are referred to as Old Salopians. Contemporary (i.e. living) Old Salopians include:
- Charles Darwin (born 1809) naturalist
- Christopher Booker (born 1937), journalist, founder of Private Eye
- James Taylor (born 1990) Nottinghamshire and England cricketer.
- Jonathan Legard (born 1961), journalist and broadcaster
- Jonty Heaversedge (born ~1971), TV doctor
- Lord Hutton (born 1931), Law Lord, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, Chairman of Hutton Inquiry
- Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow (born 1942), Astronomer Royal, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, President of Royal Society
- Michael Palin CBE (born 1943), actor and TV presenter
- Nicholas Rankin (born 1950), writer and broadcaster.
- Nick Hancock (born 1962), actor and TV presenter
- Nick Owen (born 1947), TV presenter
- Richard Ingrams (born 1937), journalist, founder of Private Eye
- Simon Shackleton (born 1968), DJ, musician
- Sir Colin Hugh Verel McColl (born 1932), Ex-Director of SIS
- Sir John Stuttard (born 1945), Alderman and Lord Mayor of the City of London 2006-07
- Sir Mark Moody-Stuart (born 1940), ex-chairman of Royal Dutch Shell and Chairman of the UN Global Compact committee
- The Right Honourable The Lord Heseltine CH PC (born 1933), politician
- Tim Booth (born 1960) musician
Victoria Cross holders 
- Ofsted Social Care report 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2010
- Independent Schools Inspectorate report 2007 Retrieved 19 March 2010
- A plaque commemorating the 60th anniversary in 1985, erected by The Rotary Club of Shrewsbury reads: Castle Gates Library erected by Edward VI in 1552, Shrewsbury School occupied this site until 1882. The stone buildings were built 1594-1630. Judge Jefferys and Charles Darwin were educated here. Re-opened as a library in 1983 after complete renovation.
- Lee, Sidney (1886). "Butler, Samuel (1774-1839)". In Leslie Stephen. Dictionary of National Biography 8. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- Stray, Christopher (2005) Histories of the Nine Clarendon Schools: v. 1 Thoemmes Continuum ISBN 1-84371-108-7, ISBN 978-1-84371-108-7.
- Ball, Stephen J. (2008). The Education Debate, Policy and Politics in the Twenty-First Century. The Policy Press. p. 60. ISBN 9781861349200.
- "Shrewsbury School". TES. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
-  TimesOnline
- "Private schools send papers to fee-fixing inquiry". The Daily Telegraph (London). 1 March 2004. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
- Robinson, Roger (December 1998). "On the Scent of History". Running Times: 28.
- "History of The Tucks". Shrewsbury School. 2011.
- Butler, Samuel (1903). "39". The Way of All Flesh. Project Gutenberg.
- "The Tucks". Shrewsbury School. 2011.
- "Football". Shrewsbury School. 2011.
- Harvey, Adrian (2005). Football: The first hundred years. Routledge. p. 251.
- "Henley". Shrewsbury School. 2011.
- "Bumpers". Shrewsbury School. 2011.
- Shrewsbury School
- 'Frank McEachran', obituary in Books and Bookmen, vol. 20 (Hanson Books, 1975), pp. 58-59
- "Philip Sidney: A Double Life" - Alan Stewart, Chatto and Windus, 2000 ISBN 0-7011-6859-5 and
- "Shrewsbury Library: Its History and Restoration" - A.M Carr Shropshire Libraries 1983
Further reading 
- Annals of Shrewsbury School, George William Fisher & John Spencer Hill (1899)
- History of Shrewsbury School, 1551-1888, John Brickdale Blakeway & Alfred Rimmer (1889)