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Should there be a sport section[edit]

It seems to me like it would be a good idea to have a section on sport at shrewsbury. Most other schools have one.

Yes, and it should state that in common with most leading public schools, Shrewsbury is a soccer school. Ausseagull (talk) 21:58, 27 May 2009 (UTC)
Yes, I've deleted the brief mention on sport that was nothing more than blatant boasting. --Kudpung (talk) 21:02, 28 February 2010 (UTC)


I believe there used to be a slang section on this page, but it was deleted because apparently didn't conform to the "Wikipedia isn't for things made up in school one day" rule. I believe that the section wasn't contravening this rule, partially because other public schools e.g. harrow, eton etc. quite legitimately have slang sections on their wikis. Should I add the section in once more? Ericbobson 22:42, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Don't put it back, because the Eton and Harrow slang is an everyday part of the way of talking in those schools for both students and teachers. I suspect that the Shrewsbury slang is used by pupils mainly so isn't "official" school language. I'm saying it's "unencyclopedic" i.e it looks odd and amateur for a serious encyclopedia. And, to make it worse, the Shrewsbury slang has been written up in a childish and jokey way. - Adrian Pingstone 22:21, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
I was a student at the school two years ago, and I know for sure that over 90% of the slang written in that section was used by both pupils and teachers alike. In fact I believe this is an official and integral part of that school's culture given that there were student bodies which authorised its use when I was around. - User:Cpkenyon 21:21, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Wikipedia is not a dictionary covers dictionaries of slang such as this. As with any school, while the slang may be valid it is not encyclopedic and should be removed. The basic idea is that outside of the school community, noone really cares. This kind of section is being removed from ALL school articles. Adam McCormick 00:48, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
A lot of the slang on this page can be generalised. All the words like 'jackwat' merely have altered syllables in them, and salopian slang is mostly based around the alteration of syllables. I will try to rewrite this section if someone agrees to collaborate with me. As for the lack of sources on this page, I have heard that a slang dictionary may be published in the annual school magazine, which would solve problems. Stephencraigen 22:51, 26 May 2007 (UTC)
All the faculties and society departments were in existence when I attended the school, and those were their respective heada. To clarify if they are all still around I would recommend consulting someone who taught there or still attended. - User:Cpkenyon 18:23, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
Whoever deleted the 'slang' section - could it please be reinstated? I found it incredibly useful to understand what my brother was saying half the time, I know several friends did too. It doesn't need to be 'censored' because one person doesn't think its interesting or relevant - it is, and from a public school POV its also intersting to compare the different slangs. so I say put it back where it belongs, it definately helped me for one.

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────A slang section isn't even needed. Whoever deleted it initially is correct; wikipedia is not just a list of indescriminate information. I'm pretty sure if it should go anywhere it would be in Wikitionary. Further, as stated above quite plainly, Wikipedia:Wikipedia_is_not_a_dictionary. So i'm going to remove it. 21:21, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

I could put a short slang explanation in that would not seem dictionary-like at all, and just how the majority of Shrewsbury School Slang is formed (through the lengthening of vowel sounds). Would any wiki user object to this if I did it? It would not be a list of words. Stephencraigen 18:09, 27 August 2007 (UTC)
I still don't think it would really be of encyclopedic value to the larger comminity of information seekers.. A whole section on school jargon was recently removed from the page of one of the most notable schools in the country - without a murmur.--Kudpung (talk) 20:57, 28 February 2010 (UTC)


Erm, but there's only one link, Snoyes... -- Oliver P. 01:27 Feb 27, 2003 (UTC)
Call me irrational, but to me "external links" just sounds more better, even if there is just one; There could be more in the future and "external link" somehow sounds too canonical - just as "external resources" would sound better even if there was only one. Oh well, its not that important - just change it to however you want it !  ;-) --snoyes 01:34 Feb 27, 2003 (UTC)
Oh, I expect I'm just as irrational, but the other way, since I obsessively change "external links" to "external link" wherever I see that there is only one... Tell you what, let's have an edit war over it! Last one to drop dead from exhaustion from adding or removing too many "s"-es wins... ;) -- Oliver P. 01:44 Feb 27, 2003 (UTC)

You may want to consider upgrading this article to conform to Wikipedia:WikiProject Schools. Davodd 07:51, Feb 24, 2004 (UTC)[edit]

You may want to consider upgrading this article to conform to Wikipedia:WikiProject Schools. Davodd 07:51, Feb 24, 2004 (UTC)

The list of pupils includes Ian Hislop, but according to the entry about him here, he didn't go to Shrewsbury and went to Ardingly College. I personally don't think he did go to Shrewsbury, although many make the mistake due to the Private Eye connection. Does this need checking?- 22:29, 17 October 2005 (UTC)


This article says the boarders fees are £230,000 per annum. I don't believe it, whats the true figure? - Adrian Pingstone 09:56, 17 October 2006 (UTC)

About 1/10 of that figure, where did you get that from? 22:48, 17 December 2006 (UTC)
From the article, of course- Adrian Pingstone 22:56, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

The current figure for a boarder is about £29,000 per year — Preceding unsigned comment added by Altechs (talkcontribs) 23:30, 19 December 2011 (UTC)


This article is important. Can someone add some references? You need to use the ref and references tag. Then the article would be in the top 100 articles on Wikipedia. Victuallers 11:00, 12 August 2007 (UTC)

'The Falopian'[edit]

Are you sure this isnt vandalism? The source linked has an image which says 'The Salopian'. Another source is required to verify the claim. (talk) 19:44, 8 April 2008 (UTC)

The Falopian isn't vandalism as it is a satirical news paper published by students. The Salopian is publish by the school at the end of every term and is written by staff. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Altechs (talkcontribs) 23:31, 19 December 2011 (UTC)


Nothing about John Peel being sexually abused by an older boy when he was here? Really? I know the school wouldn't appreciate it, but it's pretty significant. Mankytoes (talk) 23:18, 5 February 2009 (UTC)

i'm not sure this is the type of thing to put in an encyclopedia about any school. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:39, 28 November 2009 (UTC)

Tittle-tattle of non encyclopedic value. One must not lose focus on: Who wants to know? --Kudpung (talk) 20:59, 28 February 2010 (UTC)

Surely this is more to do with the biography of John Peel, not in the page concerning the history of Shrewsbury School? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:10, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

Of course it belongs in the article. Only someone more concerned with preserving the image of the school, would say otherwise. Spacecowboy420 (talk) 10:30, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
And on a personal note, I find it rather disgusting that the rape of a child can be dismissed as "tittle tattle" Spacecowboy420 (talk) 13:35, 25 February 2016 (UTC)


At some regatta, I heard a reference to "Royal Shrewsbury School". Is that official? Ausseagull (talk) 21:59, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

technically yes it is Royal shrewsbury school. This is because it was founded by King Edward VI. However the term royal is never used, apart from use by some sports clubs within the school. Such as Rowing and Cross country. Talking of cross country i understand it possibly is the oldest running club in the world??? needs to be verified and also the old swimming pool is something like the oldest/first school swimming pool in the country. Wether this should go in the article is debatable??? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:37, 28 November 2009 (UTC)

Old Salopians[edit]

I see Simon Dee is included here. As much of the public information about him (actually Cyril Nicholas Dodd) is untrue, we need evidence that Dee was here. (See Dee article) He may have been at Brighton College 1951-52 - no evidence yet found - so was he at Shrewsbury before this? Evidence?Sebmelmoth (talk) 16:44, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Shrewsbury: --Kudpung (talk) 01:19, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

The trouble with obituaries is that they are unsourced - I know, I write them myself - so repeat folklore or, as here, wishes and hopes. Surely the school knows whether Cyril Dodd was a pupil and the circumstances of his departure. Same with Brighton College. Sebmelmoth (talk) 15:22, 29 July 2011 (UTC)


The co-ordinates "52.4214°N 2.4558°W" put the school in the middle of nowhere in south Shropshire. Anyone got any better suggestions? —Preceding unsigned comment added by MyForest (talkcontribs) 00:50, 12 January 2010 (UTC)

Fees and scholarships[edit]

This is strictly school brochure information which makes the Wikipedia article look like an ad. If there are no concrete objections, it will probably be removed in keeping with the style of other school articles. There are plenty of other sections that can be expanded to make the article look bigger. --Kudpung (talk) 21:05, 28 February 2010 (UTC)

Fees section removed. Lead section cleaned up. Info box updated and cleaned up. References added. History looks like OR - section tagged as requiring more references. --Kudpung (talk) 01:05, 19 March 2010 (UTC)


Separate list of Old Salopians updated, and Alumni list on main article pruned to include living alumni. There is no point in the duplication between the two lists.--Kudpung (talk) 03:12, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

Two libraries in Shrewsbury?[edit]

Are there indeed two different libraries in Shrewsbury? --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 06:43, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from , 13 November 2011[edit]

Please add titles and honours to the following Alumni: 1 Sir Mark Moody-Stuart 2 Michael Palin CBE 3 Baron Rees of Ludlow (not just plain Martin Rees) 4 The Rt Hon The Lord Heseltine CH PC 5 Sir John Stuttard (talk) 17:56, 13 November 2011 (UTC)

Done --Ella Plantagenet (talk) 20:50, 13 November 2011 (UTC)


Darwin, who died in 1882, is said to be alive. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:17, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

It doesn't say he's alive, it just doesn't list a death date (in common with the other dead Old Salopians listed). --Demiurge1000 (talk) 18:56, 25 October 2013 (UTC)
I am not sure that any others in the list now are dead. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:17, 26 October 2013 (UTC)
... which is rather odd in itself, given the number of birthdates in the 1930s and 1940s. Perhaps being an Old Salopian confers longevity. I've now put in Darwin's death date - thank you for pointing this out. --Demiurge1000 (talk) 11:28, 26 October 2013 (UTC)

Darwin "most famous alumnus" - POV?[edit]

The caption to Darwin's statue at the school describes him as the school's "most famous alumnus" - he was not the only Old Salopian surely of major historical interest? Should the description be deleted as POV? Fame is subjective, in the eye of the beholder; I would only use the description in the context of a quoted statement. (This is not an anti-Darwin rant.)Cloptonson (talk) 19:56, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

It would be very difficult to make a case for him not being the most famous. True there are a gaggle of very well known politicians and senior judges, etc., but you'd have to be at least prime minister to rival Darwin, and only Heseltine came close to that. Likewise Palin is exceptionally well known, but I think he'd laugh at being asked whether he or Darwin were more famous.
It would be nice to find a citation for it, but I don't think there's a big problem with it staying, even without one. --Demiurge1000 (talk) 20:17, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Use of old School Buildings as Library[edit]

After period of decline and following extensive restoration work, the buildings were re-opened as Shrewsbury Public Library, on Castle Hill in 1983.

This is misleading - the building had been reopened as the town's "Free Library and Museum" after the school vacated to Kingsland and continued as such, with library use as an increasing role, by the time the restoration work completed in 1983 - almost exactly 100 years on - began. I and a good deal of the Shrewsbury area public were using the library there before the work.Cloptonson (talk) 20:08, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

I have reworked that part of the paragraph on the lines indicated, cited to a booklet produced about the history and restoration of the buildings.Cloptonson (talk) 20:22, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Private School[edit]

I would suggest that Shrewsbury school be described as a private school. The description independent is vague and unclear. Wikipedia is global and most readers recognise organisations as being either public sector or private sector. 'Independent school' is an Anglocentric term and is just not a recognised term in most countries. It only serves to open up questions; independent from whom? Independen from what?

Over the last ten years most UK public sector secondary schools have converted to academies and are therefore independent. They're independent of central government and Local Education Authority control. This development has made it all the more confusing to describe private schools as independent. If you take private healthcare; go to the BUPA article and in the opening paragraph it is described as a private hospital. If private schools have private school in the opening paragraph the link takes the reader to an article that makes explicitly clear:

Private schools, also known as independent schools, non-governmental, or nonstate schools,[1] are not administered by local, state or national governments; thus, they retain the right to select their students and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition, rather than relying on mandatory taxation through public (government) funding; at some private schools students may be able to get a scholarship, which makes the cost cheaper, depending on a talent the student may have (e.g. sport scholarship, art scholarship, academic scholarship), financial need, or tax credit scholarships that might be available.

That is clear, unambiguous and uneqivocal. (Garageland66 (talk) 01:27, 30 August 2016 (UTC)).

Please see discussion on Talk:Westminster School Benboy00 (talk) 19:23, 30 August 2016 (UTC)
This has been dealt with on Talk:Westminster School (Garageland66 (talk) 14:04, 7 January 2017 (UTC))
And mentioned on several other school articles' talk pages; there is a clear consensus for "independent", which is the status quo here. You should not be trying to force through your personal opinion by edit-warring, on multiple pages or on one. Chiswick Chap (talk) 18:10, 7 January 2017 (UTC)


A few of the citation links (citations 11 & 12) are archived or no longer continue to function. We should find new citations to replace them. A few of the houses are also missing opening dates that I'm curious about. Dalon041 (talk) 02:39, 14 September 2016 (UTC)

@Dalon041: An okay assessment, David, but you really did not follow instructions under Week 2 of our timeline. You were supposed to ask critical questions of the post. You merely pointed out a small absence of references. Please take the time in the future to read the instructions fully before moving forward with your assignments. Alfgarciamora (talk) 11:38, 16 September 2016 (UTC)


The infoboxes for the seven historic English public schools are, at present, inconsistent. Five have the School Type listed as ‘Independent’, one has it as ‘Private’ and only one has it as ‘Public’. Can I propose that, for the sake of consistency, they all have ‘Public School’ in the infobox. They are defined as such by the 1868 Public Schools Act. Is there a consensus on this? Garageland66 (talk) 11:35, 16 February 2017 (UTC)