Sherborne School: announcement of new Headmaster

The Governors of Sherborne School are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Dominic Luckett as the next Headmaster. Following a rigorous selection process, Dr Luckett was appointed from an exceptionally strong field of candidates and will succeed Mr Ralph Barlow from January 2016.

Dr Luckett was educated at the University of Leicester, where he obtained a first class honours degree in History, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he completed his doctorate on Henry VII. He then taught for eleven years at Harrow School, where he was Head of History and an assistant housemaster, before moving to Worth School as Deputy Head.  Since 2007, he has been Headmaster of Mill Hill, an HMC coeducational day and boarding school in north London, and Chief Executive of the Mill Hill School Foundation comprising the senior, prep, pre-prep and international schools.  He has published various articles on early Tudor history, is an inspector with the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate and a member of the Council of the University of Leicester, the university’s governing body.  His interests include paragliding, skiing and hill-walking.

Chair of Governors, Revered Gordon Parry said: “We were impressed by Dominic’s instinctive understanding of the character and ethos of Sherborne, his depth of experience and strength of vision.  His track record of exceptionally successful headship at Mill Hill gives us great confidence in Sherborne’s future.  We are very much looking forward to working with Dominic and welcoming him, his wife Cara and their two young daughters when they join us next year.

Dr Luckett commented:No one who visits Sherborne could fail to be uplifted by the extraordinary strength of the community, the breadth and depth of opportunity and the commitment from both boys and staff to learning in its widest sense.  I am enormously proud to have been appointed Headmaster and am looking forward to working with colleagues in forging the next chapter in the history of Sherborne School


Sherborne School started in 705AD as part of the Benedictine foundation of Sherborne Abbey.  Re-founded in 1550 by Edward VI, Sherborne is one of the country’s oldest schools, a member of the Eton group and a founding school of the HMC.

It is a boys’ only, full boarding school – one of only 5 left in the UK.  Students are drawn from across the country and indeed the world.

Other schools in the Sherborne School group include Sherborne International (a school for international students, based in Sherborne) and Sherborne Qatar (in Doha)

There is a very close relationship between Sherborne School and Sherborne Girls, with a fully coeducational social programme run jointly between the two schools.

With a long tradition of developing theatrical talent (e.g. Jeremy Irons , Charlie Cox , Sir Richard Eyre  and Hugh Bonneville  – who opened the new drama school last year), Sherborne has also been the backdrop this year for films including The Imitation Game (Alan Turing was an Old Shirburnian and there was much excitement from the boys who were able to play the ‘extras’ in the film), Far From the Madding Crowd and Wolf Hall.  School and house plays abound, many in conjunction with Sherborne Girls and Leweston, ranging from historical drama through schoolboy farce to a viscerally powerful Duchess of Malfi.

Extraordinary, inspirational and highly popular Art department –achieved 100% A* at both GCSE and A Level last year.

Sherborne has long been known for its outstanding choral tradition (the Chapel Choir of over 100 boys sing twice weekly in Sherborne Abbey). The addition this year of a Master in Charge of Rock and Pop might well produce Sherborne’s next Chris Martin; there are strong links with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Notable success on the games field at every level with boys selected to play rugby for England, 14 boys representing County Cricket teams and 2 boys picked to sail for GB. County Champions abound in Cricket, Hockey, Tennis and Cross Country. Rugby winners of the AM Davis Cup, in honour of Mike Davis who formerly coached both England and Sherborne.  Fifty acres of playing fields and great diversity of sports on offer from fives, shooting, golf, tennis, squash, basketball, riding, cross-country, sailing, swimming, skiing, water polo and the Ten Tors hike.

Alumni include:

Rt Hon Sir Christopher Chataway : Former MP Chairman BT 1979. Ex world record holder 5,000m and 3 miles.

Sir Alistair Pilkington:  Inventor of the float glass process. Former Director of the Bank of England.

Sir John Weston:  Former British Ambassador to NATO and to the United Nations,

Sir Alan Campbell: Diplomat

Hyla Stallard:  Olympic athlete and pioneering eye surgeon.

Stanley Johnson: journalist, author and father of Boris.

Hugh Bonneville : Actor

Sir Richard Eyre:  Former director of the Royal National Theatre, Director of films, TV films, opera and theatre.

Sir Timothy Clifford: Former Director of the National Gallery of Scotland

Cecil Day-Lewis : Professor of Poetry,

James Purefoy – Actor, The Following, John Carter, Rome.

Charlie Cox:  Actor, Stardust, Downton Abbey, Boardwalk, Empire.

Jeremy Irons: Actor, Brideshead Revisited, Beautiful Creatures, The Borgias, etc.

Charles Collingwood :Actor Brian Aldridge in Radio 4’s The Archers,

John Le Mesurier: Actor, Dad’s Army, Hancock

Jon Pertwee:  Author Dr Who, The navy Lark, Worzel Gummidge

Chris Martin:  Lead singer and songwriter of Coldplay.

Tom Bradby:  A senior correspondent for ITN and Author

Simon McCoy:  TV news journalist

Alan Turing: Engima code-breaker and father of digital computers.

Sir David Spedding: Former Head of Secret Intelligence Service

Alfred North Whitehead: English mathematician and philosopher

Lieutenant General David Leakey CMG, CBE: Black Rod, former British military commander.

Major General Patrick Cordingley:  Desert Rats, Chairman of the Defence and Security Forum, military commentator and author.

Major General Julian Thompson: Commanded 3 Commando Brigade Falklands and Military Historian,

David, Baron Sheppard of Liverpool: Former Bishop of Liverpool and England Test cricketer and captain, Jimmy Adams: Cricketer.

Nick Greenstock: England Rugby international, geo-political consultant.

Bill Tucker: England rugby international and orthopaedic surgeon.

David Cornwell (John Le Carre) :Author of the Spy who came in from the Cold, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Smiley’s People  etc,

John Cowper Powys : Poet and author,

Peter Oborne: Political columnist and author

Sir Michael Hopkins : Architect

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Date:            3 February 2015