Oswestry School

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

Age of pupils: 4-18 y.o.

Gender: Co-educational

Boarding: Day, Weekly boarding, Full boarding

Pupils: 455

Head: Mr Julian Noad

Last updated 11.02.2021

Short description of the school

Oswestry School is a co-educational, independent boarding and day school in the market town of Oswestry, Shropshire in the West Midlands. It accepts boys and girls from the ages of 4 to 18.

The school is set in 50 acres of its own grounds and boasts some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain on its doorstep. Oswestry School has first-class facilities including a new sports hall, an indoor swimming pool, an all weather football pitch and extensive playing fields, together with recently refurbished classrooms and boarding houses.

The School was founded in 1407, making it one of the oldest schools in England. Its founder was a wealthy landowner and politician called David Holbache. Together with his wife Guinevere, he put into trust some lands with the rents paying for a schoolmaster. The School originally only accepted boys. However, in 1972, the local pre-preparatory school, Bellan House, was taken over, enabling the School to accept girls as well and offer eduction to pupils from 4 to 18 years. Bellan House is 5 minutes walk from the senior school and accepts pupils aged 4 to 11 years.

The school motto is : "Non scholae, sed vitae discimus" - "We Learn Not For School But For Life". Pupils are educated with an emphasis on their intellectual, spiritual and physical development.

The school has a broadly Anglican ethos but welcomes pupils of all faiths or none.

What makes this school different from others?

  • 600 years of experience
  • safe and secure location
  • full integration for overseas pupils

Message from the Head of the school

Headmaster photoA combination of the School’s size and an impressive teacher/student ratio ensures a high level of individual care and attention. All pupils, supported and encouraged by an excellent team of staff, are expected to make the most of their abilities.

The size of the School helps us achieve our ethos and our pupils are bright, energetic, confident and, above all, happy. We are large enough to grant our pupils a feeling of independence and to house many superb facilities, but small enough for each pupil to be well known and make a significant contribution to the School, and to monitor and motivate pupils as they make academic and personal progress.

We are extremely proud of the excellent academic results achieved given our non-selective admission process; A-levels over recent years have had a 97-100% pass rate and around 90% of GCSE grades were A-C. Sixth Form lessons are delivered in small groups allowing intensive support and pupils enjoy enormous success with their university applications with most going on to their first choice university. Destinations include Cambridge, Durham, Warwick, London School of Economics, University College London, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and other top universities. Guidance on university applications is provided by the Head of Sixth Form, personal tutors and both Deputy Heads.

Sixth Form pupils leave Oswestry School having learnt how to respect others as well as themselves and with the desire to fulfil their own individual potential.

Maps,addresses and directions

Oswestry School stands on the edge of the attractive market town of Oswestry, in Shropshire, on the border of England and Wales. It is set in 50 acres of its own grounds and boasts some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain on its doorstep

Oswestry Senior school
Upper Brook Street
SY11 2TL

Bellan House
36 Church Street
SY11 2ST

programmes and subjects

GCSE A Level
core subjects: Art (fine art/photography)
English Biology
Mathematics Business
Separate Sciences or Coordinated Science Chemistry
subject choices: Design Technology




English as an Additional Language


English Literature




Further Mathematics

EAL and Learning Support


Food Preparation & Nutrition










Religious Studies

Sports Science Sports Studies

academic results

There are two grading systems applied in the UK. Grades in England are indicated by numbers from 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest grade.

System in Wales and Northern Ireland is evaluated using a letter grading scale from G to A*, where A* is the highest grade.

GCSE 2019-20
A*-A / 9-7 52%
B and below



A level 2019-20
A*-B 40%
C and below 11.7%


The school offers an extensive co-curricular programme of over 60 co-curricular activities.

Main sports 














Other sports
Archery Golf Squash
Badminton Handball Swimming
Basketball Horse Riding Table Tennis
Cross Country Kayaking Volleyball
Fencing Shooting  


Non-sporting activities

Adventure Education Musical Theatre
Bands Orchestral Ensemble
Choirs Rhythm and Blues Club
Combined Cadet Force Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Music Theory  


Oswestry School boasts a wide range of excellent facilities across the School campus which are immaculately maintained by a dedicated grounds team.

Facilities available
Astro pitch
Fitness suite
Sports hall (indoor) 
Swimming pool
Tennis courts

boarding options

Boarding at Oswestry School is available from age of 11 - 18 (Years 7-13).

Boarding Options

1+ nights: Occasional/flexi boarding
5 nights: Weekly boarding
7 nights: Traditional full boarding

Room type




Year 7

2-3 pupils per room

2-4 pupils per room

Year 8

2-3 pupils per room

2-4 pupils per room

Year 9

2-3 pupils per room

2-4 pupils per room

Year 10

2-3 pupils per room

2-3 pupils per room

Year 11

2-3 pupils per room

2-3 pupils per room

Year 12

2 pupils per room

2 pupils per room

Year 13

1- 2 pupils per room

2 pupils per room

How can I apply to this school?

The main points of entry to the Oswestry School are at ages 4, 11, 13 and 16, but the school also accepts applications for other year groups provided there are places. Boarders are accepted from the age of 11.

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Currency Converter:

2020-21 Academic Year

Year Age
Day fees
Bellan House
R 4-5 9,150 GBP NA NA
Y1 5-6 9,420 GBP NA NA
Y2 6-7 9,420 GBP NA NA
Y3 7-8 9,690 GBP NA NA
Y4 8-9 9,690 GBP NA NA
Y5 9-10 11,130 GBP NA NA
Y6 10-11 11,130 GBP NA NA
Senior School
Y7 11-12 15,510 GBP 23,130 GBP 29,250 GBP
Y8 12-13 15,510 GBP 23,130 GBP 29,250 GBP
Y9 13-14 16,470 GBP 24,780 GBP 34,425 GBP
Y10 14-15 16,470 GBP 24,780 GBP 34,425 GBP
Y11 15-16 16,470 GBP 24,780 GBP 34,425 GBP
Y12 16-17 16,470 GBP 24,780 GBP 34,425 GBP
Y13 17-18 16,470 GBP 24,780 GBP 34,425 GBP

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