Internet Shakespeare Editions


School at Stratford-on-Avon

The schoolroom at Stratford-on-Avon.
As reproduced in William Rolfe Shakespeare the Boy (1896).
University of Victoria Library.

Although no enrollment registers survive, it is likely that Shakespeare, as the son of a public official, would have attended the King's New School at Stratford, established in 1553. The standards at the Stratford grammar school seem to have been higher than average; existing records indicate that all of the masters of the school held university degrees during the time in which Shakespeare would have been attending.

Shakespeare would probably have begun his schooling at age four or five in the petty school attached to the grammar school proper, attending from six or seven o'clock in the morning until five or six o'clock in the evening, six days a week. There, he would have learned to read and write and would perhaps have been introduced to some elementary arithmetic.