Shrewsbury House School

Shrewsbury House School

Surbiton  I   340 Pupils  I   7-13 years

Shrewsbury House School has a superb academic record, dedicated staff, small class sizes and exceptional pastoral care, allowing every boy the opportunity to fulfil his potential.

The School develops independent, curious and passionate learners to succeed in a changing world. Established in 1865, it is one of England’s oldest boys’ Preparatory Schools, fostering intellectual curiosity and offering a strong, values based education to each boy.  At age 13, our boys move up to their senior schools as well-rounded young men who have had numerous opportunities to shine across the curriculum. Each boy is recognised as an individual and their efforts and attainment are proudly celebrated.

The School has a national reputation for success in Scholarships and Awards to top day and boarding Senior Schools at 13+. Graded ‘Excellent’ in all areas in the recent ISI Inspection it was recognised that, pupils of all ages and abilities achieve exceptionally high levels of knowledge, skills and understanding. Pupils’ self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-confidence and self-discipline are all excellent, and behaviour is at a very high level from a young age. Pupils have excellent levels of perseverance and resilience, and they respond to challenges at all levels with commitment and enthusiasm. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning and develop high levels of independence from a young age. They are highly confident and speak freely showing a willingness to engage and achieve and to be fully involved with learning. Pupils show extremely high levels of perseverance, sustained focus and commitment in lessons. They collaborate extremely well and are co-operative and highly competent learners. They are eager to learn and use initiative to direct their own learning independently from an early age.

Its excellent facilities include three recently upgraded Science laboratories, which  provide the highest quality learning environments for Science and STEM teaching, a dedicated Art room with laser cutter and printer, a very wellequipped DT room where boys can design and built amongst other things a motorised vehicle, and a well-stocked library, which boys may visit throughout the day. Performing Arts are strong, benefiting from many Music practice rooms and a performance stage with over 200 boys taking instrumental lessons and a huge array of ensembles and choirs they can join. Sport at Shrewsbury House School is an integral and vital part of school life. We provide a programme based on inclusivity, enjoyment and performance. Although we are proud of our success in Regional and National competition, Shrewsbury House School is just as focused on providing as broad an opportunity as possible for all boys. The boys at Shrewsbury House School enjoy wonderful facilities based at the main School site on Ditton Road, and at our dedicated sports ground at Almshouse Lane where a fantastic new Sports Pavilion has been built to host fixtures and events not just for the boys but for the whole community. We have an indoor/outdoor covered swimming pool, three senior grass pitches, a state-of-the-art International Rugby Board certified All-Weather Surface, further sand-based all-weather surfaces, an indoor Sports Hall, a hard-standing play area, indoor and outdoor cricket nets and a dedicated athletics jump area.

The School also caters for the boys before and after school with Breakfast Club running each day from 7.30 am and over 40 different Clubs on offer after school, ranging from academic Clubs, Art, Music, Sports to other activities such as Chess, Coding and Cooking. This broad-based, progressive and varied curriculum allows boys to hone their skills and discover new passions, enriching their educational experience.

The extensive transport network carries over two-thirds of the school community to and from school each day with late buses offered to enable everyone to take part in after school clubs. The School comprehensive transport service covers the following areas: Putney, Fulham, Wimbledon, Kingston, New Malden, Raynes Park, Weybridge, Cobham, Esher, Claygate and Hampton Court.

The School has an impressive record of placing boys in the top public schools in the country is exceptional. A key strength is matching boys to the right senior school for them as individuals, and in preparing them for both the admissions process and in their ability to thrive there.

Approximately 50% of boys move onto leading day schools (some of which also have flexi-boarding), including the top London day schools, with 50% moving on to full or weekly boarding schools. Boys regularly move on to:
Eton, Westminster, St Paul’s, King’s College School, Wimbledon, RGS, Winchester College, Hampton School, Epsom College, St. John’s School, Reed’s School, Charterhouse School, Tonbridge School, Wellington College, Brighton College, Radley College, Harrow School and Cranleigh School.

Shrewsbury House School

Our next Open Morning will take place on Saturday 30th September 2023. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit the School with your son (s) and family, to explore the site and meet our current pupils and staff. To register your place, please contact our Registrar, either via email or by phone 020 8399 3066, she would be delighted to hear from you.

If you would like to visit the School before our September Open Morning, you are welcome to join one of our Executive Head’s Talks, which take place every Friday morning during term time. To book a place please either email the Registrar or call as above.

Shrewsbury House Preparatory School
107 Ditton Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 6RL
Tel: 020 8399 3066

Twitter: @shrewsburyhouse

Shrewsbury House School


107 Ditton Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 6RL


Joanna Hubbard – MA BA(Hons) PGCE PGDipSEN
Executive Head


Boys aged 7-13


All Years: £6,940 per term (morning break and lunch included)


If parents would like their son to be considered for a place at the School, whether for our main Year 3 entry or for an occasional place, a registration form will need to be completed click here and emailed to the registrar ( together with £150 registration fee


There are two entry points to the School:

Year 3: via the 7+ Assessment

Other: via an Occasional Place Assessment

Many pupils join us from our Pre-Preps, Shrewsbury House Pre-Prep School in Esher and The Rowans in Wimbledon. We also take boys from a wide range of state and independent schools through the 7+ assessment process, or via an occasional place assessment for entry into other year groups.

7+ Assessment

This assessment takes place towards the end of November preceding the year of entry, ie, when a boy is in Year 2.

Once registered, parents will be contacted at the start of the autumn term and asked to confirm their son’s attendance at the assessment, by completing an online form and paying a £100 assessment fee. School reports are requested at this time from parents and permission is sought to contact the current school for a Head’s report.

During their time with us, boys will undertake a range of Maths and English based assessments in small groups and staff will spend time getting to know the boys. Boys will need to demonstrate they have the potential to thrive at Shrewsbury House, to obtain an offer of a definite place.

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