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Shrewsbury School 13 Plus (13+) Entrance Exam Information


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Shrewsbury School is an independent co-ed day and boarding school in Shropshire. Established in 1552, it boasts an impressively rich history and a very long list of notable alumni, featuring ambassadors, historians, neurologists, entrepreneurs, architects, authors and Victoria Cross recipients. [1]


Its students follow a forward-looking curriculum that successfully combines modern teaching with traditional values. Ranging from science and design to Classics and French, the provision is supported by experienced staff, including tutors who closely monitor the cohort’s academic progress. 


The wealth of after-class activities maximises the quality of the education on offer. Choosing from Chinese, coding, Darwin Society, debating, STEM, DofE and a selection of further pursuits, students expand their abilities and develop self-discipline, accessing young adulthood with a wide span of interests and hobbies. [2]


Shrewsbury School organises trips to far-off destinations on a regular basis, enriching pupils’ cultural understanding and versatility as they embark on adventurous journeys. In recent years, Salopians have visited Guyana, Malawi and the WWI Battlefields, emerging stronger, brighter and happier from each of these thrilling expeditions. [3]


Shrewsbury School 13 Plus (13+) Exam Information


Address: The Schools, Shrewsbury, SY3 7BA

County: Shropshire

Admissions info: or 01743 280552 

School type: Independent co-ed day and boarding school

13+ Exam date (Non-CE): November of Year 8

13+ Exam date (CE): June of Year 8


Open Events for Shrewsbury School 13 Plus (13+) Entry


The school hosts Open Days in Spring and Autumn, providing families with the rare opportunity to explore the school’s grounds and learn more about the overall offering. An informal meeting with the Head is included in the event’s programme, as are one-on-ones with members of the academic staff. Please follow this link to learn more. 


Shrewsbury School 13 Plus (13+) Admissions


In the following stage of the admissions process, you will be asked to register your child for a Year 9 place. The fee of £100 is non-refundable.


To secure your child’s place, you will also be asked to pay a deposit, refunded in case they fail to pass the entrance examinations. 13+ entry is through these two routes:


  • Non-Common Entrance (Non-CE) exam, better known as Shrewsbury School 13+ Entrance Examination, which is held in November of the year preceding entry.
  • Common Entrance (CE) exam, held in June prior to the September entry.


Please note that early registration of 22 months (or more) prior to entry is highly recommended. 


Shrewsbury School 13 Plus (13+) Scholarships and Bursaries


The school offers Academic, Music, Art, Design Technology, Drama, Sports and All-Rounder Scholarships.


Academic Scholarships are also known as:


  • Butler Scholarships (can cover up to 30% of fees)
  • Kennedy and Moss Scholarships (can cover up to 20% of fees)
  • Alington Scholarships (can amount to at least £2,000 per year).


Please note that the evaluation process includes further assessments and an interview. Subject to need, scholarships can be coupled with bursaries and cover up to 100% of fees.


Music Scholarships can be valued at up to 30% of fees and are awarded following an audition and interview. Most Art Scholarships are valued at up to 10% of fees, taking into consideration the quality of the student’s portfolio and their performance in an interview and practical assessment.


DT, Drama and Sports Scholarships all cover up to 10% of fees, as well as All-Rounder Scholarships, which include IQ testing as part of the evaluation process. Further details about scholarships, including assessment dates and application deadlines, can be accessed through this page


Bursaries are awarded following a rigorous means-tested procedure and are subject to annual review. All recipients are expected to play an active role in school life. More details about bursaries are available on this page


Shrewsbury School 13 Plus (13+) Exam Format


The Shrewsbury School 13+ (Non-CE) entrance examination consists of the following assessments:


  • English 
  • Mathematics
  • French


The English paper examines comprehension and writing skills, including inference, vocabulary and punctuation. Marks will be awarded for good use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organisation, cohesion and sentence structure.


The maths exam assesses problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills. The paper will include questions on number, measurement, geometry, algebra and statistics.


The French paper is optional, offered only to applicants with previous knowledge in the subject area.



The Shrewsbury School 13+ Common Entrance examination will include the following assessments:


  • English 
  • Mathematics
  • Science


Similarly to the Non-CE exam, the English section assesses comprehension and writing skills, while the mathematics test evaluates problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills.


The Science paper tests acquired knowledge in the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Shrewsbury School 13+ entrance examinations.


How to Prepare for the Shrewsbury School 13 Plus (13+) Exam


Our practice tests help students become familiar with the style and layout of the Shrewsbury School exams, which can help boost their confidence in the lead up to the big day. They cover all the question types that could be asked in the entrance exam and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work.


Once you devise a specific study schedule and a structured approach towards 13+ exam preparation, you will be able to remove unnecessary stress from the preparation process and make it more manageable for your child.


We highly recommend that students take our practice tests under timed conditions to get used to answering questions quickly and under time pressure.


Our practice tests are age-appropriate, yet still challenging, corresponding perfectly with the demands of a competitive independent school’s 13+ entrance exam. Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Shrewsbury School 13 plus entrance examination can be found below.


Shrewsbury School 13 Plus (13+) Exam Practice Papers




We highly recommend the following packs to successfully prepare your child for the 13 Plus English paper. They will prove useful for both the Shrewsbury 13+ CE and Non-CE English exams:


13+ English Pack 1


13+ English Pack 2


13+ English: Rewrite & Improve




We highly recommend the use of the following papers to help develop your child’s arithmetic and problem-solving skills within the examination context of the Shrewsbury School 13 Plus maths test. They are relevant to both the 13+ CE and Non-CE Mathematics exams:


13+ Mathematics Pack 1


Science (Common Entrance)


We highly recommend the following practice papers to help your child prepare for the 13 Plus CE Science exam at Shrewsbury School:


13+ Physics (Common Entrance) Pack 1


13+ Chemistry (Common Entrance) Pack 1


13+ Biology (Common Entrance) Pack 1



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Shrewsbury School 13+ past papers. The information provided about Shrewsbury School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.

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