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  • Sherborne Preparatory School
    Acreman Street
    DT9 3NY
  • Head: Mr N Folland
  • T 01935 812097
  • F 01935 813948
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 2 to 13
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Dorset
  • Pupils: 256
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £8,790 - £16,380; Boarding £22,425 - £23,460 pa
  • Open days: Autumn term, and very flexible re individual visits
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Non-selective, non-snooty. Characterful prep marching to the beat of its own drum. Founded in 1885, the school is now a bustling, enthusiastic and happy community hidden behind a mild-mannered Sherborne street-front. Difficult to capture in words - Sherborne Prep looks...

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What the school says...

At Sherborne Prep School we aim to meet the needs of each child as an individual and they are supported not only by the enthusiastic and committed staff but also by each other as a community and family. There is a real warmth and vitality about the School and visitors always comment on the happy children. When you visit you will see confident enquiring children, happy to be learning about the world around them. They will be keen to speak to you and show you what they are doing. You will also see for yourself the variety and excellence of our staff.

We provide a wide range of opportunities on the academic, creative and sporting front whilst allowing children to be children. Consistently, all our pupils are successful at reaching the Senior Schools of their choice and leave feeling delight in their many achievements.

Such things are admirable, but we aim to proivde more. We believe that education should convey a real sense of meaning and purpose and grow open and enquiring minds. We value imagination, individualism and variety and we want our young people to fulfill their talents wherever they lie.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Non-selective, non-snooty. Characterful prep marching to the beat of its own drum. Founded in 1885, the school is now a bustling, enthusiastic and happy community hidden behind a mild-mannered Sherborne street-front. Difficult to capture in words - Sherborne Prep looks traditional but thinks outside the box. Breaking the mould when it comes to...


Since September 2015, Nick Follard, previously head of St John's-on-the-Hill prep in Chepstow. BSc and PGCE from Loughborough; taught young deaf people for three years before moving to Blundell's. He taught A level geography there, and was housemaster for six years, before becoming inaugural head of Blundell's Prep. Used to play first class cricket for Somerset; is also an ISi inspector. His partner, Diane, has a background in speech and language difficulties. He has two children, at senior school and university.


Non-selective, non-snooty. Interview...

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Special Education Needs

Sherborne Prep prides itself in catering for individual children regardless of academic ability. We cater for a wide range of learning needs including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Asperger's and Speech and Language difficulties. Children entering Sherborne Prep are not routinely screened for SEN but those who come with an SEN background or assessments are picked up automatically. If a child does appear to be struggling, they are assessed and appropriate support allocated. Support is offered, depending on need, in the form of individual, or group lessons with specialist teachers. There are also assistants in classes up to Year 6 to support those children who are having difficulty and to extend gifted and talented children. Where appropriate, some SEN children are also withdrawn from Latin, to have extra support lessons in Maths and English. A successful Occupational Therapy club operates to help children with Dyspraxic tendencies.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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