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Sport has a high-ish profile now at Sherborne and girls’ teams are definitely up with the best in Dorset. They are old hands at the increasingly popular lacrosse and have hosted ELA lacrosse finals for 1st and U15 teams throughout UK. The undoubted advantage of an all boys' school in the same small market town means the girls can share entertainment and have sensible and reasonably safe access to town life, a situation envied by similar girls-only schools in the area. Younger girls can go…

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What the school says...

Co-operation with Sherborne School, including some joint A levels, joint orchestra, choir and drama and the same term dates. The challenging IB is now on offer alongside A levels. There are excellent direct transport links from London to Sherborne.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking History of Art at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Biology at an English Independent School (IBO Higher level component)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Mathematics at an English Independent School (Edexcel Certificates)
  • Best performance by Girls taking ESOL at an English Independent School (Cambridge International Certificate Level 1/Level 2)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Mathematics at an English Independent School (Edexcel Certificates)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Textiles Technology at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)


International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.


What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2006, Jenny Dwyer BEd (late 40s), formerly head of Prior's Field. Educated at Bradford Girls’ Grammar and then read maths at Homerton College, Cambridge. First job at Benenden (teaching/housemistress), then went on to Queen Anne's School, Caversham, where she was deputy head responsible for pastoral care. 'Glad to be back in full boarding', she asserts that ‘all girls, not only the very brightest, should have a chance of a seriously good education’. Boarding numbers are up by more that 20 per cent since her arrival and the school is nearing completion of a huge development programme of new buildings and thorough refurbishment of old.

Married to a 'very supportive man', they have two sons (educated at Charterhouse and Milton Abbey). Keen on maths, hockey and dinghy sailing at her...

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Special Education Needs

Roughly 10 per cent of pupils have ESL lessons and 12 per cent have mild SEN. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
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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