Sherborne School

Sherborne, Dorset, United Kingdom

A unique education, in a unique location. That’s what it takes to produce men of distinction, ready to live in the complex world of the twenty-first century.

Ages taught:

13 — 18

School size:

560 boys, 0 girls

School type:



  • Day
  • Flexi Boarding
  • Weekly Boarding
  • Full Boarding


  • English National Curriculum


Vanessa Hicks

Job title:

Director of Admissions

Accreditations and memberships:

  • Headmasters' & Headmistresses' Conference - Leading Independent Schools Association (HMC)
  • International School Association (ISA)
School Website

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Sherborne is one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished places of learning, its history reaching back to the centuries before Edward VI re-founded the School in 1550. We are rightly proud of our traditions and our heritage but also acutely aware of our responsibility to nurture, inspire and prepare our boys to take their places as leaders and innovators in a rapidly changing world. Academic success, inquiry and fulfilment sit firmly at the centre of Sherborne life. We strive to ensure that every boy reaches his full potential, enjoys the business of learning and derives fulfilment from his own unique voyage of intellectual exploration.

Welcome to Sherborne School

Senior management

Dr Dominic Luckett - Headmaster

School description

Sherborne aims to provide an outstanding, all-boys boarding education in a community that is based on Christian values.  By supporting and challenging every boy, we strive to ensure that each has the opportunity and confidence to excel.

We want our boys to become men of distinction with a strong sense of identity, an ability to think and learn for themselves, great integrity and a commitment to leadership and service.

To achieve our vision, we strive to:

- Foster a spirit of intellectual enquiry, scholarship, curiosity and creativity, so as to cultivate the habits of mind that are essential to lifelong independent learning and the pursuit of excellence and spiritual health and guides them as they grow morally and socially

- Promote independence and self-confidence, by helping boys become self-reliant and resourceful.  We prize resilience, perseverance and open-mindedness, and encourage every boy in his individual quest for meaning and purpose

- Develop a deeply held respect for the needs of others, recognising the importance of empathy, co-operation and collaboration, and for the benefits and responsibilities associated with living in any community and in the wider world

- Challenge and enable all boys to develop passions, skills and personal qualities through a co-curricular programme in which education continues beyond the classroom and that offers the broadest opportunities to participate and to excel.

Term dates

  • 2016/2017
  • 04/09/16 - 10/12/16
  • 04/01/17 - 30/03/17
  • 18/04/17 - 01/07/17
  • 2017/2018
  • 03/09/17 - 09/12/17
  • 03/01/18 - 23/03/18
  • 16/04/18 - 30/06/18

Academic information

Curriculum followed:

  • English National Curriculum

University destinations:

The great majority of our boys leave to take up places at top universities in the UK, the USA and elsewhere, including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Bristol, Imperial College and LSE.

Sports and extra-curricular activities

Sport at Sherborne is an integral part of the boys' lives and plays an important role in their personal growth and development. We encourage a life-long love for sport and the values it embodies.
Our co-curricular programme operates alongside, and in conjunction with, our curriculum to ensure variety, breadth and depth to the boys’ development.


Admission process:

Sherborne enrols interesting, bright, eager and diverse youngsters in September each year. Most of these will be 13 years old and will start Year 9 with us in September. There are limited places available for Year 10 and Lower Sixth Form entry.

Admission and language criteria:

Students will be required to sit online tests to assess literacy and numeracy skills and take a creative writing for Year 9 entry. A school reference will be applied for and a skype interview undertaken if students have not visited the School. Students where English is not their first language may also be required to sit an assessment in English.

Bursaries and scholarships


Means-tested bursaries are available to boys awarded a Scholarship who require further financial assistance.


Third Form Scholarships are available for boys showing exceptional aptitude in academia, sports, music, art and design technology.

Fees (Annual)

Secondary Day:


Sixth form:



Full boarding:




Vanessa Hicks

Job title:

Director of Admissions

School news & events


United Kingdom


Sherborne School , Abbey Road


Sherborne, Dorset

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