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Every day is structured and active, with boys and beaks constantly on the go. Beaks wear gowns for their three-line whip coffee break – Chambers – when one beak will attract the attention of another by tugging at his gown. Has its own traditional (and ever-evolving) school language: terms are 'halves', weekly tutor sessions are 'private business' and boys who aren’t King’s Scholars are Oppidans - luckily, a helpful glossary on the school website to explain all. The boys we met were a sparky bunch who…

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Special Educational Needs are met through individual and small-group tuition rather than in classes.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Classical Greek at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Classical Greek at an English Independent School (GCSE)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.






What The Good Schools Guide says

Head master

Since September 2015, Mr Simon Henderson MA PGCE (an extremely youthful looking late 30s; possibly Eton's youngest ever head), previously head of Bradfield College. Educated at Winchester College, followed by Brasenose College, Oxford, where he read history. Teaching career started at Windsor Boys’ School, moving to Eton College in 2001, where he was a deputy housemaster and head of history, and on to Sherborne School in 2009 as deputy head (academic). Straight-talking, unpretentious – more technocrat than autocrat, Merkel than Berlusconi, Bill Gates than Donald Trump. Married to Ali (a civil servant) with four children under the age of 5.

Academic matters

First class all round. In 2016, 79 per cent A*/A at A level and nearly 80 per cent D1-3 at Pre-U. Tutor for admissions told us that it’s seen as ‘cool’ to be...

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Special Education Needs

Special Educational Needs are met through individual and small-group tuition rather than in classes. Please consult the Tutor for Admissions about our special needs provision and the allowances made in the selection process. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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