Shrewsbury School

Shropshire

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 570 (Boys) 215 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1552

General Information

Shrewsbury School has a world-class reputation for all-round excellence.  Fully co-educational, with a seven-day boarding heartbeat and an integral day community, we deliver a dynamic education that develops the abilities and enthusiasms of each and every individual girl and boy.

Scholarships

Third Form (Year 9) Scholarships: Academic, All-Rounder, Art, Design & Technology, Drama, Music, Sports.

Sixth Form (Year 12) Scholarships: Academic, Music, Sport, Art and Drama.

Some Bursaries are available, please contact the school for details.

Open Days

2019. Sat. 2nd March (13+ and 14+ entry), Sat 11th May (16+ entry) and Sat. 8th June (13+ and 14+ entry).

The day starts at 10.15am and concludes after a buffet lunch. For further information and enquiries, please contact Kate Evason, Marketing Manager, on 01743 280521 or email admissions@shrewsbury.org.uk.

Fees

2018/2019. All per term.

Lower School (Third, Fourth & Fifth Forms). Boarding, UK/EEA resident £12,090; Boarding, non-UK/EEA resident £12,590; Day: £8,295.

Sixth Form. Boarding, UK/EEA resident £12,540; Boarding, non-UK/EEA resident £13,040; Day £8,745

Reports

ISI Focused Compliance Inspection 2017
ISI Educational Quality Inspection 2017
ISI Boarding Inspection 2014

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Leo Winkley

Contact for enquiries: Vicki Moeller, Admissions Manager

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Location Description

Shrewsbury School lies on the outskirts of the town of Shrewsbury, approximately 50 miles west of Birmingham. It is surrounded by glorious unspoilt countryside, close to the Shropshire Hills and the nearby Welsh Marches and just a short drive away from Snowdonia National Park.

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School News

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Congratulations to James Hinwood (Rt U6) and to Jude Huffer (Rb 5), who won gold and bronze respectively in the U18 Boys’ Epée in the

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West Midland Qualifiers for the British Youth Championships.

They now proceed to the British Youth Championship Finals, which will be held at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield in May.

There were fine performances, too, from the other members of the Shrewsbury School epee team: Almaz Razif (EDH L6) finished 6th in the U18 Girls’ competition; Third Former Ed Scott (Rt) who took 9th place in the U16 Boys; and his fellow Third Former Tom Ross (Rt) was 16th in the U14 Boys.

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Congratulations to our 1st XII lacrosse team, who beat Malvern St James, Marlborough and Cheltenham Ladies’ College on Saturday – a great start to the

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season.

Shrewsbury started the tournament with a match against Malvern St James. We started strongly, scoring two goals in the first two minutes – and then added a third. But MSJ came back into the game with some strong attacking play to make it 3-2 after six minutes. Shrewsbury managed to get back on top and started to play as a unit, working the ball to goal well so that the half-time score was 5-2.

After the short break, MSJ started stronger and left Shrewsbury a little on the back foot. They got the score back to 5-4, so it was all to play for until Shrewsbury found another gear, scoring another three goals before full-time to give a result of 8-4. Not our best performance, but a positive start. Goals came from Izzy Morris (3), Phoebe Wasdell (2), Georgia Kannreuther (2) and Laura Elliott (1).

Our second game came after a short break, but we had made sure we were fully warmed up and prepared and thus started strongly against Marlborough. Captain Phoebe Wasdell was on excellent form, scoring two goals in the first three minutes. Our defence stayed strong, giving Marlborough very few shooting opportunities. However, they managed to pull one back before Wasdell struck again to give us a 3-1 lead at half-time.

We dominated the second half, with another goal from the Captain plus two from Georgie Nicholas, before Willa Bowman (MSH) slotted home our seventh. Marlborough managed to score with 30 seconds left, but by this point Shrewsbury were home and dry. A great result, 7-2.

Shrewsbury were now fully warmed up and ready to go for our final game against the hosts Cheltenham Ladies. As with our previous games, we came out strong from the first draw and didn’t look back. We produced some of our best attacking performances of the afternoon and by half-time we were three goals up.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first, with Shrewsbury attacking straight from the draw and working well as a team to the goal. The final score was an emphatic 7-1 win, with goals from Kannreuther (3), Wasdell (2) and Morris (2) who was later named Player of the Tournament.

A fantastic display from the 1st XII, which bodes well for the Nationals in March.

Nicola Bradburne, Head of Girls’ Games

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Director of Drama Helen Brown: “As a teacher, the proudest moments come when you have rendered yourself entirely redundant. My Lower Sixth have just staged

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one of the most complex and brilliant plays of the twentieth century – BY THEMSELVES.”

For my money, Arcadia is the greatest play of the 20th century. It is an English country-house farce about the death of the universe. It is a laugh-filled tragedy about what happens if you take poetry seriously. As a director, it marks a theatrical Everest. How do you marry the complexity of the ideas with the lightness of the comedy? How do you make us care about the characters while still following the discussion of chaos theory?

It is a truly extraordinary accomplishment, therefore, that this brilliant production was brought to the stage by a director in the Lower Sixth. Abi Watkinson is offering the play as her Extended Project Qualification, but, as befits Stoppard, she manages to balance the intellectual with the emotional.

The play is set in Sidley Park, an English stately home, in two different centuries. It opens in 1809, when a libertine Cambridge graduate, Septimus Hodge, takes a job tutoring the precocious 13-year-old daughter of the house, Thomasina Coverley. Reading through her Latin homework, she wants him to explain what “carnal embrace” means. When he tells her, she is appalled. “Now whenever I do it, I shall think of you!” she squeals. Septimus’ interest in carnal embrace is more than theoretical – he has recently been enjoying a “perpendicular poke in a gazebo” with Mrs Chater, whose husband, a truly awful poet, subsequently challenges him to a duel.

Freddy Williams plays Septimus with laconic glee, clearly relishing the chaos he leaves in his wake. Ayesha Mitchell brings a wistful innocence to the role of Thomasina, languishing in her unrequited love for her handsome tutor. It is easy to reduce the other inhabitants of Sidley Park to comic archetypes, but Ella Windle, Koby Ferdinand Okpala, Aaron Clark and Jetty Russell bring nuance and humanity to their cameos. Having recently left the family buttling business to play a bear and a billionaire, Harry Remnant returns to his traditional role as Jellaby.

The action then shifts suddenly to the present day. In the same house, a historian called Hannah Jarvis – a role written for Felicity Kendal and played here with characteristic thoughtfulness by Eve Hartley – is delving into the history of Sidley Park with the permission of the Croom family. Her work is interrupted by a braying, patronising English don called Bernard Nightingale who – we soon realise – believes Lord Byron, the great Romantic poet, fought the duel and killed Chater. This would explain his until-now mysterious departure for France in 1810. It will be “the literary discovery of the century”, he boasts, turning him into a “media don – book early to avoid disappointment”.

Otto Rothwell Hurley perfectly captures the arrogance and pomposity of Bernard; his shameless seduction of the delightful Chloe (Charlie Tonks) is poignantly juxtaposed by her brother Valentine’s shy but heartfelt courtship of Hannah. Valentine is played with gentle warmth by Ben Lloyd: the moment when he begs Hannah for a “trial marriage – we can call it off in the morning” is one of the most touching in the play.

Thus the structure of the play is set. We watch the action unfold from 1809 to 1812, while the characters in the late 20th century try to figure out what happened using the surviving scraps of their lives. The stories alternate until, in the final scene, they appear on stage together, stumbling past each other, unseen, unseeable, yet locked in a waltz.

Stoppard is often accused of being brilliant but heartless. Yet here – at the core of his best play – is one of the greatest love stories on the British stage. Yes, the characters bond over ideas – but some of the most interesting people in life do just that.

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For the second year running, the U15 girls’ cricket team have claimed the Runners-Up trophy in the Lady Taverners Indoor Cricket Tournament – a competition

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that started with 866 schools.

“The consistent level of performance required to achieve this speaks volumes for the high level of skill attained by the girls and the quality of coaching and support they receive,” said Andy Barnard, Teacher in Charge of Cricket.

Report by the team’s coach, Gwenan Davies:

After travelling down on the Tuesday night, our girls were ready and raring to go on the morning of the National Finals. A change to the playing schedule meant that we were up against The Perse School first, rather than Bournemouth School for Girls.

By 10:30am we were underway and batting first, our preference despite losing the toss. Our opening batters Ellie Kynaston and Izzy Morris set the tone, with both girls retiring convincingly on 15. Harriet Shuker and Alice Hughes continued the dominating display, with Harriet retiring on 15 and Alice unfortunately run out on 8.

Our lower order batters Georgie Nicholas, Lisette Barden, Ellie Corbett and Elizabeth Edwards followed suit and got us to a total of 106 from our 8 overs. We then followed up our batting performance with an even better bowling and fielding performance: The Perse were all out for 56 in 6 overs. As a team were looking incredibly focused and organised, and to have put in one of our best ever performances made for a fantastic start to Finals Day!

In our second match we were up against Queen Elizabeth High School. Winning the toss this time, we batted first once again. After some confusion and an unlucky dismissal, we were looking wobbly at 32-4. However, Georgie Nicholas steered us to a competitive total of 79, although by our standards this was a little under par. Nevertheless, the girls showed again just how ruthless they can be with the ball by bowling Queen Elizabeth HS out for 64. It must be said that Adelaide Sillar’s fielding in this particular match was second to none and she was instrumental in more than two important dismissals. The result was a little too close for comfort, but the girls had bagged their second win going in to lunch.

Over lunch we were treated to a tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground. This was a fantastic opportunity for our girls to take in the history surrounding them. With views of the ground from the home changing room, the MCC Members’ balcony and the Media Centre, plenty of photos were taken!

After lunch we were finally up against Bournemouth School for Girls. Winning the toss, our skipper decided for the third time to bat first. The girls gave another dominant batting performance, particularly from Georgie bringing up the tail, and they posted a strong total of 101. This time however, for the first time in the competition, our bowling and fielding let us down. Bournemouth were able to get 19 from our first over, which resulted in a downward spiral from there on. In the final over Bournemouth surpassed our total with one ball remaining. We now needed Bournemouth to lose a game for us to be in with a chance of walking away as champions.

In our fourth and final game, we faced Bede’s School. Posting a respectable total of 83, and finding our feet again with the ball by bowling Bede’s out for 38, it unfortunately wasn’t to be, as Bournemouth went on to win their last two remaining games versus Bede’s and Queen Elizabeth. We were crowned as Runners-Up for the second year in a row, from among 866 schools.

Although the result was bittersweet, I am extremely proud of what the girls have achieved so far this season, and even prouder of the honest and hard-working manner in which they go about their game. We now look ahead to the outdoor National Cup, hoping for a victory in our last group game against Moreton Hall on Wednesday 23rd May to head in to the next round.

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Shrewsbury School is celebrating the glowing results of two major inspections carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

Shrewsbury has been assessed as “excellent” –

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the highest available category – in the ISI Educational Quality Inspection, which focuses on the quality of the School’s work.

And the ISI Focused Compliance Inspection has affirmed that the School is fully compliant in all respects with the highly rigorous regulations and boarding standards.

“The Inspectors’ findings and conclusions serve as a wonderful endorsement of everything that we are doing at Shrewsbury” said Headmaster Mark Turner. “They reflect extremely positively on the work of the pupils, staff, and wider school community.”

The inspection was one of the first of the new ‘no notice’ format introduced by the ISI in January, which meant that the School was informed of the inspection less than 24 hours before it began.

Mark Turner expressed his pleasure at receiving the official Reports following the intense three-day Inspection process (28th February – 2nd March 2017):

“We pride ourselves on the huge breadth and wealth of our academic and co-curricular offering to pupils at Shrewsbury School, and on the tremendous talent, commitment and expertise of the staff who deliver it. We are delighted that the ISI Inspection Team have recognised and endorsed the fact that we don’t just have pockets of excellence at Shrewsbury, but that everything we offer – whether it be in the classroom, on the sports field, in music, art, drama, debating and much else besides – is of the utmost quality. And indeed our pupils’ achievements in external competitions, in gaining academic distinctions and their success in sport, music and the arts are described in the report as being ‘exceptional’.”

The second of the two key focuses of the Educational Quality Inspection was the quality of pupils’ personal development.

“For us at Shrewsbury, this is every bit as important as pupils’ academic and other achievements,” said Mark Turner. “And it is perhaps more difficult to measure, relying as it does on getting a general ‘feel’ for the School and its ethos and observing how pupils behave towards one another and interact with staff.

“We are very proud – although not surprised – that the quality of pupils’ personal development was given the top rating of ‘excellent’. The Report comments in particular on how well the pupils get on with one another and how naturally courteous and respectful they are both of one another and of the adults who care for them. And it notes that pupils also demonstrate a keen awareness of their responsibility to the wider community. The final paragraph, stating that ‘Pupils mature into independent and self-motivated students during their time at the school so that they are not only well prepared for the next stage of their lives but also ready to make a most positive contribution to society’, is a ringing endorsement of everything that we set out to achieve at Shrewsbury.”

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On 24th February, we were delighted to welcome back Michelle Degli Esposti (MSH 2008-09) to give a Darwin Society lecture on “What we know about

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the human brain”.

Michelle joined Shrewsbury School in 2008 as the only girl in the Upper Sixth and the following year become the first ever Old Salopian girl. She spent a Gap year working to support a trip to a remote Island in Fiji, where she helped an isolated village build a community hall and taught English. She then went on to read Experimental Psychology at Magdalen College, Oxford, where she graduated as top of the year with the Commendatory 1st Class Honours.

Michelle is currently studying for a DPhil in Experimental Psychology investigating Childhood Adversity and Life-time Resilience. The project focuses on a better understanding of the long-term psycho-pathological outcomes of people who were maltreated in childhood, specifically looking at risk factors and potential pathways to life-time resilience.

Michelle captivated an audience of current Shrewsbury School students, staff and visitors with her lecture on the different branches of psychology, which included audience participation and many pertinent examples of psychological experiments. She pitched her talk at a perfect level and left the audience asking for more.

She was accompanied by Ben Jenkins, who is a DPhil student in Materials Science at Oxford University. They were both very helpful in answering questions from a number of students who are interested in applying to Oxford next year.

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Having originally set ourselves an ambitious target of raising £70,000 from our Whole School Sponsored Walk for our youth club in Everton, Shrewsbury House (‘the

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Shewsy’), we were thrilled when we were able to announce in October that the total had reached £80,000. Now, thanks to the fantastic support of the School Governors, that figure has grown to a magnificent final total of £100,000.

This is double the amount raised by the last Sponsored Walk in 2011.

“Club members and staff have been completely overwhelmed by the amount raised,” said Dave Brereton, Senior Youth Worker at the Shewsy. “This funding is a lifeline for the young people of Everton. It has given all of us at the club a massive boost to morale and to what we are able to plan for the immediate future. Thank you!”

Dave Brereton with the Third Form when the total broke the original target of £70,000 in October

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United Nations flags fluttered proudly above the Main School Building last weekend, to welcome more than 100 delegates representing countries from all over the world

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to the inaugural Shrewsbury School Model United Nations Conference.

Devised and organised by a small and extremely hard-working Executive Committee made up of Sixth Form students led by Secretary General Ed P, ShrewsMUN 2017 was hailed an outstanding success by delegates, organisers, Chairs of Committees and accompanying members of staff alike.

Together with Ed, Deputy Secretary General Max M, Joint Heads of Press Michael S-W and James W and Head of Media Sebastian H-J had collectively put in hours of work in the weeks and months leading up to the Conference. They were supported, too, by a team of fellow ‘MUN-ers’ who took on the roles of Chairs of Committees and Presidents of the Security Council, preparing resolutions, and researching and writing briefing notes for delegates.

The Committee were delighted that seven schools from across the UK signed up for the Conference and they were particularly thrilled that two teams from Frankfurt International School travelled over from Germany. They were also very honoured to welcome Justin Bedford, Head of the UN Strategy

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Many congratulations to all members of the Royal Shrewsbury School Hunt squad for their outstanding performances in the Knole Run at Sevenoaks on Saturday 14th

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January. Not only did they retain their national title, but there were also some incredible individual successes.

L-R: Charlie T-H, Harry R, Monty H, Cameron A, Freddie H-F, Scott H, Will H, Owen M

After winning the Knole Run for the first ever time last year, the boys’ A team retained their national title in fine style.

Freddie H-F won the individual boys’ race with a commanding run in which he got his tactics absolutely right – becoming only the second Salopian ever to do so in the history of the race. Will H also had a cracking run to finish third individually, with a large gap to fourth place. To have two Shrewsbury boys on the podium was a truly special moment and went a long way to helping secure overall team victory. The four other ‘counters’ all contributed with great runs: Harry R – 16th, Charlie T-H – 20th, Cameron A – 42nd and Owen M – 44th, and tremendous performances from Monty H and Scott H all combined to beat the perennial heavyweights The Judd School comfortably into second place.

Our boys’ B-team secured its highest-ever position with ninth place, beating several other top schools’ A-teams, thanks to terrific efforts from Sam W (33rd) and Tom J (48th) – remarkable performances from two Fourth Formers running in a senior competition – ably supported by Niklas A in 59th and Toby P in 69th to finish ninth overall, just two points behind St Albans’ A-team, who have been one of our top rivals for many years.

In the girls’ race, a frankly astonishing run from Francesca H earned her third place overall (beaten only by two GB girls from Sevenoaks School), which for a Third Former in a senior race is incredible. As a team, the girls achieved their highest-ever result in gaining eighth position, with terrific performances from Lilian W – 38th, Immie E – 47th and Lucy L – 50th in particular helping us keep such a low team score.

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Seven of our Upper Sixth biologists joined more than 7,500 pupils who volunteered to take part in the first round of this year’s Biology Olympiad,

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organised by the Royal Society of Biology. They achieved outstanding results, winning two gold medals (awarded only to the top 6%), three bronze medals and two highly commended.

The competition is open to all post-16 students in the UK and is designed to challenge and stimulate the most talented young biologists in the country.

Gold Medals: Josh B Ben J

Bronze Medals: Lucy P Josh H Will B

Highly Commended: Sasha L Jake E

Shrewsbury’s Model United Nations teams enjoyed an extremely successful weekend at the Manchester High School for Girls’ MUN Conference, 30th – 31st January, winning the

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most coveted Outstanding Delegation Award and a clutch of other impressive individual awards.

A total of 300 delegates attended the Conference from 18 schools from across the country, and the standard of debate was very high. Shrewsbury’s delegates were representing two countries – the USA and Bahrain.

Shrewsbury’s USA team were delighted to be named the Outstanding Delegation, and Ed Plaut (S UVI) won the most coveted individual award: Outstanding Delegate in the Security Council.

  • Rhys Trevor (PH LVI) was named Outstanding Delegate in the Human Rights Committee
  • Max Yale (S LVI) was Highly Commended in the Economic Committee
  • Mark Pangin (SH IV) was Highly Commended in the Environment Committee
  • Alec Barnes (PH LVI) was Highly Commended in the Human Rights Committee
  • Sasha Arridge (Rb UVI) was Commended in the Human Rights Council (a small elite committee)
  • Ed Donovan (R LVI) was Commended in the Political Committee
  • Mill Luangamornlert (SH V) was Commended in the Future Committee.

This is a tremendous boost to the team as they prepare for two MUN Conferences during half term, in Paris and Oxford.

Shrewsbury has enjoyed another successful year for Oxford and Cambridge applications as Salopians received a total of 13 offers (nine from Oxford and four from

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Cambridge).

English Literature and Biological and Human Sciences both celebrated vintage years with three offers each. Evidently, the inspiration of Sir Philip Sidney and Charles Darwin continues to flourish at Shrewsbury.

It has been a good year for P.P.E. with two positive applications for Oxford, and we are delighted to have our first successful candidate to read Law at Cambridge for a number of years. Salopians also received offers to study Physics at Oxford and Mathematics, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences and Land Economy at Cambridge.

We are delighted with the range of different disciplines and with the balance between traditional academic subjects such as Mathematics and English Literature and more specialised courses such as Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, Law and Land Economy. This shows that our strongest pupils can not only prove their expertise in the subjects they study here at Shrewsbury, but that they can also demonstrate their aptitude for new academic courses.

It is also interesting to see the link between ‘supercurricular’ activities and Oxbridge applications. This year’s successful applicants have been stalwarts of Shrewsbury societies, such as Creative Writing, Darwin, Heseltine and Model United Nations, and have taken part in competitions such as the International Young Physicists’ Tournament and the Senior Maths Team Challenge.

Pre- and post-A level applicants were finely balanced this year. Seven applicants have received offers conditional on achieving high A level grades, while six post A-level applicants have received firm offers of places.

The following pre-A Level candidates have been offered conditional places:

Sasha Arridge (Rb) Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Anne’s College, Oxford
Chloe Chen (MSH) Maths at Jesus College, Cambridge
James Chen (I) Law at St John’s College, Cambridge
Joe Davies (M) Biological Sciences at Magdalen College, Oxford
Thomas Dodd (Rb) Physics at Hertford College, Oxford
Ursule Taujanskaite (MSH) Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Selwyn College, Cambridge
Tiger Vechamamontien (M) Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

The following pupils applied post-A Level and have been given firm offers:

Alex Bird (S) Land Economy at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge
Olivia Bradley (EDH) English at Christ Church, Oxford
Theodora Briggs (EDH) English at Somerville College, Oxford
Charles Gillow (Ch) Human Sciences at St Hugh’s College, Oxford
Cecy Price (EDH) Biological Sciences at Pembroke College, Oxford
Theo Simmons (Ch) English at St John’s College, Oxford

 

Photo: Pictured with the Headmaster are six of the successful Pre-A Level Oxbridge applicants. L-R: Sasha Arridge, Tom Dodd, Tiger Vechamamontien, Joe Davies, Ursule Taujanskaite and Chloe Chen

Chloe Chen (MSH UVI), Tom Dodd (Rb UVI), David Gao (I LVI) and Evelyn Xiong (G LVI) triumphed in the Regional Final of the Senior

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Team Maths Challenge at Keele University on 18th November. They now progress to the National Final, which will be held in London on 2nd February 2016.

Earlier this month, Chloe Chen also achieved the School’s top mark (115 out of a possible 125) in this year’s Senior Mathematical Challenge paper. The paper was sat by 126 Shrewsbury pupils across all five year groups. 115 of them performed well enough to place themselves in the top 60% of the country and receive a certificate.

A special mention should go to Tianci Wang (SH III) who was amongst the 19 Gold certificate winners; an impressive achievement for a Third Former.

A group of 23 students from the School’s Model United Nations team were given a rare chance to experience life as members of the European

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Parliament when they took part in the Euroscola conference, held in the European Parliament building in Strasbourg. Representing the UK, they joined more than 500 other young delegates from 27 EU countries. Afterwards Mr Peach described it as “one of the most successful Shrewsbury performances that I have ever witnessed in my 20+ years of doing MUN”.

After being welcomed by European Parliament staff, each of the delegations gave an opening speech. Dan Edwards and Esmé O’Keeffe did a good job introducing Shrewsbury School in French and German, and used a Darwin quote to suggest that the EU should adapt to change if it wishes to survive. This was followed by a chance for the delegates to ask questions of German, Spanish and Maltese civil servants working for the European Parliament .

The Euroscola students were then divided into six multi-lingual ‘working groups’ (or what MUN-ers would call committees) to debate issues concerning the environment, aid to developing countries, the future of Europe, freedom of information, migration and integration and youth employment. Each group elected a chair and a reporter to summarise their conclusions. The job of the reporter was to report back to the Parliament in its plenary session and take questions from other delegates. Amazingly, four of the six reporters were from Shrewsbury School.

The first to speak was Koby Ferdinand-Okpala, a Third Former from School House. Koby’s topic was the environment; his report was confident, clear and constructive, his answers to questions were unhurried and cogent, and the parliament voted by 428 to 30 to accept his report.

Hardened MUN veteran, Dan Edwards, was next to give his report from the front of the parliament. He talked about foreign aid from the EU, the dangers of aid dependency, the need for tracking of aid, and dealt ably with the (not always friendly) questions from the parliament (90% of which came from Shrewsbury delegates). His report was voted through by 226 to 168 with 151 abstentions.

The next reporter was Ed Plaut, whose working groups’ ideas for the future of Europe included subsidising language teaching, lowering university costs, more welfare for the poorest, higher taxes, more rights for women and EU-wide recognition of gay marriage. This report, too, passed through Parliament.

Finally Guy Cabral gave a very clear, slow, steady and comprehensible report, taking his multi-lingual audience with him, on the subject of migration and integration.

After the debate, it was the final of the Eurogame. Earlier in the day teams of four people from four different EU countries had formed to do a multi-lingual written quiz in languages like Estonian, Finnish, Magyar and Romanian. Dan Edwards was a member of the team that eventually emerged victorious.

The day was a great success in explaining the work of the parliament in an engaging manner. It was a brilliant, very memorable way of getting young people (and their teachers!) engaged in international issues. I am sure that the effect of what they experienced, the people they met, the time they spent in Strasbourg and the debates they had, will last with our Salopian debaters for a long time to come.
Huw Peach

 

Photo: Esmé O’Keeffe and Dan Edwards introducing Shrewsbury in English, French and German

Many congratulations to the Senior Girls’ Quad, who have made history by becoming Shrewsbury’s first ever girls’ crew to qualify for the Henley Royal Regatta.

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raced against Henley Rowing Club in the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup on Thursday 2nd July. Although they were beaten in the race, they can take great pride in all that they have achieved this season and the fact that they are now competing at the same level as the boys’ 1st VIII.

The Senior Girls’ Quad departed for Henley-on-Thames on Thursday 18th June with two days of preparation on the Henley course ahead, before the start of the Henley Women’s Regatta where they would contest the Junior Quad.

The crew of Laetitia Tay, Sian Hinton, Claudia Kimpton-Smith and Abi Reynolds turned heads as they completed their training paddles on the famous course and received support from both senior crews and umpires as they completed their final preparations.

On Saturday morning the Shrewsbury Quad contested the time trial from which 19 entrants would be reduced to 16. The Shrewsbury Quad was the second crew to time trial down the course and they did so sending a message of strength and intention which saw them easily qualify for the following rounds.

At midday the Quad contested their first round against a composite crew from Doncaster, Bradford and Lincoln Rowing Clubs. The Shrewsbury quad stormed down the first five hundred meters of the course, putting themselves in a strong position and enabling them to lower the rate and control the remainder of the race and secure an ‘easily’ verdict.

As the Quad boated for their second round against Staines Rowing Club the heavens opened, drenching the course in a heavy rain storm. The Shrewsbury girls were not deterred by the soggy conditions and once again put on a display of strong oarswoman-ship, leading the race the from start to finish and winning with a lead of three and a half lengths.

The win against Staines saw the Shrewsbury Quad take their place in the semi-final against Surbiton High School, bronze medalists from National Schools. The girls knew this would be their toughest race of the weekend and rose to the challenge, charging out of the stake boats level with Surbiton. At the barrier Surbiton took a length on the Shrewsbury Quad and despite holding them at this length throughout the race, they were not able to take back the distance and lost to Surbiton by one length and one third.

Despite missing out on a place in the final, the girls can take pride in having been in such close contention with the crew that went on to win the event.

Having gone on to qualify for Henley Royal Regatta, the girls now look forward to racing against Henley Rowing Club on Thursday 2nd July in the Diamond Jubilee Cup.

The boys’ 1st VIII raced against Hampton School in the heats of the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup on Wednesday 1st July; they were beaten by three-quarters of a length.

Tess Fitton

 

Photo: Senior Girls’ Quad with coach Tess Fitton and Boatman Andy Clark

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