Sherborne School

Sherborne Boys entering the Courts (700x467)

Sherborne School

Type: Day / Boarding / Single Sex (Boys only)
Age Range: 13-18
Head's Name: Dominic Luckett
Address: Abbey Road
United Kingdom
Phone: 01935 812249
Fax: 01935 810423
Division: South West

School Profile

Sherborne School is an independent boys boarding school that was founded in 1550 under a royal charter granted by Edward VI. For 460 years we have educated boys in the shadow of Sherborne Abbey and have grown into a modern school of 596 pupils and 96 teaching staff.

Surrounded by the bustling market town of Sherborne and the rolling countryside of Dorset the School attracts pupils from all over the world. However, we are proud that 96% of current boys have come from UK prep schools. Shirburnians follow a diverse range of careers at the highest levels and include Actors, Poets, Diplomats, Bishops, Politicians, Journalists and Sports stars to name but a few.

As an academic school, Sherborne supports and challenges every boy to realise his potential, whatever his ability. As university places become increasingly competitive, excellent exam results are the goal. But we believe that the best route to academic success is not through exam technique, though that has its place, but through making academic study exciting. We show boys how to think and learn independently, enhanced by offering the IB alongside A-levels, so that critical, structured thinking becomes a habit.

As an all-boys school, we can use our lengthy experience of educating boys to shape our approach to their often different interests and learning styles, pastoral needs, and rates of development.

As a boarding school, Sherborne is in a privileged position to develop not only each boy's academic potential, but also his sporting, musical and artistic skills, and his spiritual and social awareness. Our House system is vital in ensuring that each boy's school life is fulfilled and secure; it is in the House that boys learn to balance the needs of the individual with those of the larger community and where they are most likely to make life-long friendships.

And finally, as part of the town's community of schools, we have particularly close links with Sherborne Girls, with whom boys regularly socialise and with whom we share the teaching of some A-level classes and of the IB. For an all-boys school, it is a unique position to be in.

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